A Soldier, a Sailor, an Airman and a Marine got into an argument about which service is “The Best.” The arguing became so heated, that they eventually ended up killing each other. Soon, they found themselves at the Pearly Gates of Heaven. They meet St Peter and decide that only he would be the ultimate source of truth and honesty, so they ask him:
“St. Peter, which branch of the American Armed Forces is the best?” St. Peter instantly replies: “I can’t answer that. But, I will ask God what he thinks the next time I see him.”
Some time later the four warriors see St. Peter again and remind him of the question and ask if he was able to find the answer. Suddenly, a sparkling white dove lands on St. Peter’s shoulder. In the dove’s beak is a note with glistening gold dust. St. Peter says to the four men,
“Your answer from the Boss… Let’s see what he says.” St Peter opens the note, trumpets blare, gold dust drifts into the air, harps play crescendos and St Peter begins to read it aloud to the four young men:
MEMORANDUM TO SOLDIERS, SEAMEN, MARINES, AND AIRMEN
SUBJECT: Which Military Service Is The Best?
“Gentlemen, all the Branches of the Armed Services are ‘Honorable and Noble.’ Each of you serves your country well and with distinction. Being a member of the American Armed Forces represents a special calling warranting special respect, tribute, and dedication. Be proud of that.”
GOD, Chief, USN (Ret.)