View from the bottom…

Discovered one of my Marines from H&S 3/3 started a web site called Terminal Lance the other day.

LCpl Uriarte was an infantry grunt whom it was discovered had a talent for art and was kidnapped into the Information Operations section. Working with our Combat Camera ninjas he contributed to a number of artistic projects for the battalion. Now back in Hawaii marking time until his EAS, LCpl Uriarte began his site featuring cartoons on Marine life from an infantry Lance Corporal’s point of view.

A word of warning: the comics feature language best reserved for the locker room or the barracks. Any professional military types easily offended by Lance Corporal humor might just do themselves a favor and give this one a pass. Remember this is Marine Corps life through the eyes of a an E-3 and Terminal Lance delivers just that. You may not get the humor if you’re not familiar with barracks life or the Corps at all so don’t say you haven’t been warned.

In my days as a Lance we were always mystified by our SNCOs lack of humor regarding the absurdity of what we perceived as our miserable existence. How was it not funny?

With that in mind I was able to enjoy the site and burst out laughing at a number of the strips. I will feature some of the Terminal Lance comics in the future as the mood strikes me.

Go on, check it out already!

Semper Fi,

America’s 1stSgt

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  1. I just checked out Terminal Lance and I’m sure that the guy at the computer next to me thinks there’s something wrong with me because in trying not to laugh I kinda had a mild seizure 😉

  2. It has been stirring some long dead memories of my Lance Corporal days. I recall being convinced that our 1stSgt had a laminated charge sheet and was only interested in taking as much rank away from us as he could accumulate. The view from the top down is vastly different I assure you.

  3. Went and checked out Terminal Lance. Have booked marked it and fully intend to start from the beginning and crawl all the way thru until the very last posting.

    Man, does that Marine have a sense of humor. Slightly twisted, just like mine.

    GO Lance Go.

    Thanks Am-1Sgt.

  4. I fully agree with the Lance Corporal that if one person messes up, we ALL get in trouble.


    Very funny, though. And the art is great and very consistent panel to panel.

  5. Any professional military types easily offended by Lance Corporal humor might just do themselves a favor and give this one a pass

    Any professional military types that are offended by that language must be Air Force types.

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