Book Published

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Book of my selected works finally published

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Published in: on November 17, 2007 at 12:36 pm  Comments (4)  

Happy 232nd Birthday Marines!

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I know that the Marine Corps Birthday is November 10,

but there are Marines in parts of the world who are celebrating now.

Semper Fi! Marines.

Published in: on November 9, 2007 at 6:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Marines at War

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Graphic by Robert Tracy

Published in: on November 7, 2007 at 6:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

Welcome

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In Marine Corps boot camp, if you are ordered, for whatever reason, to see the DI you knock LOUD. Then the DI says “ENTER!”

On the porch of our house this mat is what you see at the front door.

When you enter our house you don’t get the Marine Corps slogan: “Duty, God, Country”.

You don’t get JFK’s evil idea: “…ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” Like what? To go to Vietnam? How is it that Kennedy, a Democrat, got us into that war, and it became a Republican war?

No, this is our welcome mat. Here you’ll be offered the secular Marine Corps slogan: “Honor, Courage, Commitment”.

ENTER!

And welcome aboard.

Published in: on October 30, 2007 at 6:29 pm  Comments (3)  

A TITAN

“I wanted to share with you what we saw in Washington DC last week. We toured the Mall and made the usual stops at the WWII Memorial, the Wall, Lincoln Memorial, etc.

“At the Vietnam Wall we saw something unbelievable. We noticed three small index cards at the base of the Wall.

“I knelt down for a closer look and noticed that a 4-star general’s rank was pinned to each card.

“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs had laid down his rank for his boys who died in Nam.

“Oct 1 was the day he stepped down as Chairman.”
-Anon

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If you can’t read it here’s what General Pace wrote on October 1, 2007:

1 OCT 2007

“FOR GUIDO FARINARO, USMC
THESE ARE YOURS – NOT MINE!
WITH LOVE AND RESPECT,
YOUR PLATOON LEADER

And he signed it Pete Pace.

What is the significance of this?

General Peter Pace was a junior officer in Vietnam when one of his men, Lance Corporal Guido Farinaro, was killed in battle. Some 40 years later General Pace still remembers. And he honors the memory of this individual to this day. He awards his four stars as a tribute to a fallen enlisted man.

It seems somewhat obscene to make a comparison, but it must be done. Senator John Kerry threw his almost certainly unearned ribbons and medals over a wall in 1972 in protest against–when it comes right down to the truth–individual men such as Guido Farinaro, and Peter Pace.

There are great men. And there are small men.

General Pace is a giant among us.

See One Less Good Man

Published in: on October 16, 2007 at 1:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Portrait of the Artist’s Wife

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Portrait of the Artist’s Wife

Oils on linen

16 x 20″

1984

 

I’ve published a book of 70 of my works, 15 drawings and 55 paintings. Keep updated at “Art of Robert Tracy”. Soon you’ll be able to purchase the book. I’ll let you know.

My wife was 34 when I made this painting of her. Last Sunday was our 38th Wedding Anniversary. Today she looks the same as she did then. Today, as in 1984, she still looks to me as she did when I met her when she was 15, and I was barely 17.

Published in: on October 13, 2007 at 10:26 am  Comments (2)  

Happy Birthday “Atlas Shrugged”

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I’m happy to offer Ayn Rand’s favorite color in this simple graphic commemorating her monumental achievement in creating the greatest book ever written.

 

Happy Birthday Atlas Shrugged!

Published in: on October 10, 2007 at 6:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

One Less Good Man

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One Less Good Man
by Joseph A. Kinney
September 30, 2007

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“In a few short days, General Peter Pace, the first Marine to Chair the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be leaving his post and the Corps that he has served for 40 years. For a Marine Corps in search of a few good men, they will have one less when Pace leaves. In fact, they will be losing a giant of a man who has asserted moral leadership in the face of enormous pressure just when it was needed….

“…there is no doubt that Pace is a warrior’s warrior, caring deeply for those who wear the colors of this country. He demonstrated moral firmness as a young platoon commander in Vietnam and continues to do so as his final day nears. In Vietnam, Pace’s platoon was often fired upon from the edge of villages, but never once did he blindly retaliate. This showed Pace to be a measured man, understanding his purpose and mission whatever the emotion.

“Throughout his career, Pace has shown that he knows right from wrong, a quality lacking in much of officialdom. It can be said that Pace began with a strong moral compass that he never lost….

“It is well known that Pace maintained a photo of a Marine under the glass on his desk. The photo was of Lance Corporal Guido Farinaro. This young enlisted man was the first man that Pace commanded who died in combat. Recently, Pace journeyed to Chaminade High School in Mineola, New York to pay tribute to the soul behind the photo. As one enters this Catholic School, there is a plaque honoring the 55 graduates who have died in combat. Farinaro’s name is halfway down the list.

“Pace told the gathered students that Guido was gunned down by a sniper. He recalled that as he stayed with Guido, ‘a sense of rage came through me, and as the platoon leader, I started calling in an artillery strike on the village where the round had been fired.’ As he began calling for the ‘fire mission,’ Pace noticed the disdain of a Marine standing nearby. He immediately knew that he was wrong, and canceled the mission.

“’Regardless what you do in your life, hold on to your moral compass,’” Pace said to the assembled students about this lesson. ‘When you are emotionally least capable of defending yourself is when the biggest challenge will come. If you don’t have an idea of what you will let yourself do and what you will not let yourself do, you may find that you have done something that you would never believe yourself capable of doing.’

“Pace continued with his lesson. ‘We don’t control when we are going to die. We do control how we live. I still owe Guido and his fellow Marines, and now so many others, more than I can ever repay.” He concluded: “I ask you to embrace the path that God lays out for you: do the very best you can on that path and take care of the people near you who look to you for leadership.’”

Published in: on October 2, 2007 at 9:51 am  Comments (2)  

Fading Memories

 

This old green “blouse”, as it’s called in the Marine Corps, hangs in the closet. Never seen; almost forgotten. It was a long time ago and I’m aging as are my brother Vietnam Veterans. There are six medals and three ribbons. They are from lower right to upper left:

1. Republic of Vietnam Campaign
2. Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Civil Actions, First Class)
3. Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross)
4. Vietnam Service Medal (1 Silver & 1 Bronze Star)
5. National Defense Service Medal
6. Good Conduct Medal
7. Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon
8. Presidential Unit Commendation Ribbon
9. Combat Action Ribbon

And the only one that means anything to me is the one at the top leftalmost hidden by the lapel and shadow―the Combat Action Ribbon. It shows that I did fight the enemy in personal close-up battles. That I killed the enemy I am proud. In my day it was Communists. And Communism means that one’s life belongs to the State. I performed my small role in eradicating this abomination. Look at Vietnam today. A Communist nation but with little power. Communism holds little sway with the citizens. They want what America invented―freedom of the individual. And they’re gaining it as time goes by with wonderful Capitalistic products.

Today it’s much worse. Today’s American warriors are killing religious killers. Our enemy now fights to make our lives belong not to the state, but to their God.

By the nature of man; according to the sanctity and independence of the noble soul of the individual human being, we fight this evil.

I’m too old to engage in the fight in a physical way. So I can only offer my thoughts on the matter.

In a nutshell, my life belongs neither to the state nor to any Goddamn religion.

Semper Fi!

Published in: on September 23, 2007 at 4:49 pm  Leave a Comment