Raging Granny’ Gets Marine Recruitment Letter

Hide your grandmothers, Uncle Sam is in need of their service. 82 year old peace activist, Sally-Alice Thompson, received a letter from Brig. Gen. Walter E. Gaskin, Marine Corps’ commanding general, telling her the military “is in need of your service” and inviting her to find out more by sending in an enclosed card.

It looks like the Marine Corps, will get more bang for their buck, than they anticipated, when Thompson and other Raging Grannies, make their planned showing at the Marine Recruiting Center, minus the sent cards.

Sally-Alice Thompson had to laugh when she got a letter from the Marine Corps’ commanding general, telling her the military “is in need of your service” and inviting her to find out more by sending in an enclosed card.

“What else could I do? I mean, I’m 82 years old,” Thompson said.

Not only that, Thompson is a well-known local peace activist who is a charter member of the Center for Peace & Justice in Albuquerque and belongs to Veterans for Peace and Raging Grannies.

So instead of sending in the card, she plans to visit the Marine recruiting center with other Raging Grannies, which Thompson describes as “a group of women unhappy about wars of aggression and about nuclear armaments.”

“I don’t know what kind of reception we’ll get,” said Thompson, who served in the Navy in World War II.

She began questioning government actions when the United States went to war in Vietnam. She’s since taken part in the Great Peace March of 1986 across the United States, participated in a similar march from Leningrad to Moscow the following year. She’s been in more than a dozen marches since President Bush took office and went to Crawford, Texas, in August in support of anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan when Sheehan tried to talk with the president on his vacation to Texas.

The letter from Brig. Gen. Walter E. Gaskin told Thompson that “now is the time to put your unique language skills to the test as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Your command of the Arabic language will be invaluable among the elite few.”

Thompson, who said she knows two words of Arabic, said she has no idea why she got the letter.

But she’s heard similar stories.

“A number of older women have been getting these letters,” she said. “So I think someone is pulling the Marines’ leg.”

So even a former Marine like myself, must draw the line, and tell you Hell No, if you plan on coming for my 80 year old Grandmother.

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6 Responses to Raging Granny’ Gets Marine Recruitment Letter

  1. Listen Donnie, your Grandma is now part of the 4th Marine Division of the Fighting Grannies. If she’s got a problem with it you tell her to give you 20! Heck, she’ll be based right there in LA for training until she ships out. So stop your grousing.

    Just think of the fear it will strike in the hearts of our enemies when they see a platoon of 80 year old grandmothers advancing on them swinging those big pocketbooks! :-O

    The Few. The Proud. The Grandmothers?

  2. LOL Dave, I don’t know if they can handle my grandma. They might send her back when she starts making them do the right thing.

  3. Dave from P

    LOL! Hey Grandma whatcha got in your pocketbook… an ouzi?

  4. Maybe they are thinking that the grannies don’t have a mother like Cindy Sheehan, to picket them! 😉

  5. NativeTexan4Kerry says:

    Speaking of unlikely people getting letters, did you hear that Hillary got a letter from her opponent in 2006 asking her to give money to their campaign? haha

  6. NativeTexan4Kerry Says:
    October 22nd, 2005 at 7:09 am

    Now that is something to put an add out in the papers and commercials about.