During 2006 I was attending Saint Leo University at Savannah Center in Georgia. I had this biology teacher who was the worst of the worst; he felt his mission was to educate us on how bad President Bush was. After an hour of this clown running his gums about President Bush I stood up and asked: “I thought this was a biology class. I am glad you hate the President and I am grateful to live in a country that allows you to criticize him, but I came here to learn biology, so either teach us biology or I am out of here.”

So I wrote this poem for him:


“Colligate Cowards”

By D.K. Devaney


College Professors like to push their political views,

it upsets me very much; I’d like to give them a bruise,

they like to manipulate their young classes,

they think they are smart, but they are really asses.


What does politics have to do with science, computers or math?

after they spew their rhetoric, I need a bath,

I came here to learn and you are disrupting my life,

you speak of as if you are an expert, but you are causing me strife.


You are an infection, you are a disease,

you should thank our warriors from your knees,

your verbal garbage may work on a child,

how dare you criticize me, I am keeping this mild.


Some Professors think everything is a conspiracy,

spend a day in my uniform on the battlefield, then you will see.

the government is evil and always bad,

give me another grant so I can research something sad.


They hate the military and they hate the police,

Think of the sacrifice they make, to say the least,

why don’t you pick up a gun,

that wouldn’t be what you fake patriots call fun.


They criticize the decisions made by President Bush,

what should he have done when buttons were pushed?

I hope the next attack is directed towards you,

now stand there and tell me what you would do!


“The American public is slow to learn, but not stupid. The cowards in the Universities and the news Media will infect the public with hopelessness and panic. You must give the Americans many casualties to unsettle their determination. Our people will suffer greatly, but we will hide the loses and the enemy must never discover how close he is to victory even now.”


1967 General Giap, V. C. Commander


If you are reading this, thank a teacher;

If you are reading this in English, thank a warrior.


By David Devaney

David K. Devaney SgtMaj USMC Retired 2009 City of Hit Iraq with PTTDavid was born in Geneva New York and graduated from Geneva High School in 1980. He joined the Marine Corps on a guaranteed Infantry contract in April of 1983. After graduating boot camp he was stationed in Hawaii with 3rdBattalion 3rd Marines (3/3). While assigned to 3/3 he held billets as a rifleman, fire team leader, and squad leader. During 1986 Corporal (Cpl) Devaney was selected as a member of Surveillance and Target Acquisition (STA) Platoon, 3rd Battalion 3rd Marine. Upon graduation of Scout Sniper School he was assigned to the Scout Sniper Section of 3/3 STA Platoon. During his second deployment as a Scout Sniper with 3/3 he was promoted to Sergeant (Sgt). After a tour on the drill field from 1989-1991 Sgt Devaney returned to STA 3/3 were he deployed two more times. During 1994 Sgt Devaney was selected to the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSgt) and ordered to III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF), Special Operation Training Group (SOTG); while at SOTG SSgt Devaney was assigned as a Reconnaissance and Surveillance (R&S) and Urban Sniper Instructor and Chief Instructor. At the time III MEF SOTG Instructors were members of Joint Task Force 510 (JTF 510 CT); a Counter Terrorism Task Force. In 1998 he deployed to Operation Desert Fox with Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2/4 and was attached to Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 572/594 as a sniper. SSgt Devaney deployed again, during 2000, with ODA 135/136/132 to Malaysia as member of JTF 510, working with the Malaysian National Police. After leaving SOTG Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt) Devaney was assigned to Company A 1st Battalion 7th Marine, and spent much of his time training the Scout Snipers of 1/7. Just before the invasion of Iraq, in 2003, he was selected to the rank of First Sergeant (1stSgt) and led 270 Marines, sailors, and soldiers during combat – receiving a Bronze Star Medal for destroying the enemy and their will to fight. During 2004 1st Sgt Devaney was ordered to duty as the Inspector Instructor Staff 1st Sgt for 2nd Beach and Terminal Operations Company, Savannah, Georgia. During 2007 he was selected to the rank of Sergeant Major (SgtMaj) and received orders to Electronic Warfare Squadron 4 (VMAQ-4) stationed at Cherry Point, NC. There he trained a CADRE which in turn trained a massive Quick Reaction Force in combat operations. After two more deployments to Iraq SgtMaj Devaney received orders to Weapons Training Battalion, Quantico, VA. SgtMaj Devaney retired from the Marine Corps on 31 December 20013. He now works as an adjunct combat instructor at the “Crucible’’ in Fredericksburg, VA. David is also on the Board of Directors of the Marine Corps Scout Sniper Association. David’s published work: Books Devaney, D.K. (2007). Surviving combat: Mentally and physically (3rd edition). 29 Palms, CA: USMC. Devaney, D.K. (2015). They Were Heroes: A Sergeant Major’s Tribute to Combat Marines of Iraq and Afghanistan. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. Articles Devaney, D.K. (2011) Enough Talk of Suicide, Already! Proceedings Magazine. Devaney, D.K. (2011) Can PTSD Be Prevented Through Education? Proceedings Magazine. Devaney, D.K. (2012) PTSD Is Not Cancer. The Marine Corps Gazette. Devaney, D.K. (2012) Women in Combat Arms Units. The Marine Corps Gazette.

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