Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Happy Donut day!

I've been unable to find the original POW remembrance about today but I'll try to retell it to the best of my ability.

Many years ago, in a place called Vietnam, there was an American prisoner of war camp. Life at such camp was brutal with almost daily beatings and interrogations. It was a hard life but most people survived by the little things that they could pull over on their captors. One such event was the American national holiday, donut day. Occasionally at the POW camp the captors would treat their prisoners to a Vietnamese semi-sweet bread that resembled a donut. After one of the standard interrogations the prisoner came back not dejected but barely stifling roucous laughter. He had managed to convince the Viet Cong that today, the 10th of November was a great American holiday. He had convinced them it was going to be donut day. Two weeks or so went by before the 10th and sure enough, the Viet Cong had brought the inmates each a donut. They had succeeded, they had convinced the Viet Cong to celebrate the fictional holiday of Donut Day! Just another fine example of American injenuity in the face of adversity.

Why is this so important? There is no donut day but the story is true. The Viet Cong did celebrate donut day on the 10th of November. So what would be such a great success if it wasn't for just another date? For those of you who don't know today is the Marine Corps' birthday! The young marine had convinced his captors to celebrate the Marine Corps birthday!

Happy 229th birthday Marine Corps!!!

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