Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF – Fri-Yay/Good News

Today’s Good News story comes from the United States Marines. Here is the story as told by NBC News in San Diego.

Good Boy: San Diego Marine’s Mascot Received a Major Promotion

Manny, the bulldog mascot, is moving up the ranks in the Marines

U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Jason L. Morris, Commanding General of Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego and the Western Recruiting Region, congratulates Cpl. Manny during a promotion ceremony at MCRD San Diego, April 1, 2022. Manny was promoted to the rank of Corporal during the morning colors ceremony.

Photo by Cpl. Grace Kindred

 

A momentous military promotion from Lance Corporal to the rank of Corporal happened Friday at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. The lucky receiver of this promotion? An English Bulldog named Manny, the depot mascot.

Manny has been representing the depot since 2019. He was named Manny in honor of Sergeant. Jonny R. Manuelito. Sr. Manuelito’s legacy is carried on by Manny, representing Manuelito’s work as one of the “Original 29” Navajo Code Talkers, according to the San Diego Marine Corp.

Photos: San Diego Marine’s Mascot Received a Major Promotion

 

Photos by Cpl. Grace Kindred

The pure-bred English Bulldog was promoted during the Morning Colors Ceremony, honoring the American flag. The promotion had a great turnout of friends and family of the India Company, along with the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, who graduated from recruitment training after the promotion ceremony.

Bulldogs have been connected to the Marines since the 1920s, when the Marines were looking for recruitment tactics and realized they needed a good mascot for their sports games. The addition of bulldog mascots at all of Marine’s sporting events brought “public attention and enhanced the morale and spirit of Marines,” according to the United States Marine Corps website. The spirit of the bulldog has continued on in the Marine Corps San Diego, with Manny being a good boy and becoming a Corporal.

Photos: Manny at work

Photos by Pfc. Max Noel

The Good news here is that recognition for a job well done is appreciated by everyone. Today’s John Ku talks about recognizing those who help make life easier. I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

Thanks by John W. Howell © 2022

A six lettered word,

Tells someone you are grateful . . .

And that they count – Thanks

 

94 comments

  1. Awesome all the way around! Have a splendid weekend, John!!

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    1. Have a splendid weekend as well, Annette. 😊

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      1. Well I’ll be dog gone!

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      2. Ha ha ha. Tom

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  2. Congratulations Manny! Happy to celebrate your promotion…☺️

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    1. Thank you, Lori. I hope an extra serving of biscuits came with the honor. 😁

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  3. Nothing like having a General hand you your promotion! Thanks for the good news, John.

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    1. I was very surprised that a general was doing the honors. He must be a good guy. Thanks, GP.

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      1. 👍🥉

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  4. “ Tells someone you are grateful . . .And that they count” I love these lines, John! Thanks for sharing this good news. Have a wonderful weekend 💕🙂

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    1. Have a wonderful weekend as well, Harmony. 😊

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  5. I loved this, John! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank you , Jill. 😊

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  6. I didn’t even know their mascot was a bulldog. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I didn’t know either, Chel. Always good to learn something new. 😊

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  7. You told me this was coming up, and it did not disappoint. He looks like a very good boy.

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    1. I thought you would like it. Thanks, Craig.

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    2. I thought of you when I saw this post, Craig!

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      1. I even sent a link to Old What’s Her Face. She liked it, too.

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  8. Well deserved, Manny …. and good find, John! …. and cheers to your JohnKu. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Frank. I hope you have a good weekend as well. 😊

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  9. I love Manny’s perfectly tailored uniforms! Your JohnKu is the perfect way the head into the weekend.

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    1. It is a happy story, Liz. I’m glad you enjoyed it. 😁

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  10. That’s so cool. 😁

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    1. I thought so too.

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  11. How wonderful that Manny has been recognized for all his good work. Love this!

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    1. Thank you, Darlene. 😁

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  12. Cheers for Manny!

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    1. Yes indeed. Thanks, Teri.

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  13. Lol, that dog is busy getting military promotions while my dog is snoozing on the couch every day. I guess I didn’t bring her up right.

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    1. Oh, I think they all serve in different ways. Thanks, Phil.

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  14. I hope he got a little extra kibble and maybe a bite of steak. Great story, John.

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    1. That would be wonderful. Thanks, Dan.

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  15. I love this. Had to show my husband. He loves English Bulldogs. Congrats to Cpl.Manny!

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    1. Thanks, Joan. 😁

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  16. Thanks it’s so often a word that is overlooked. You did it proud. As did the Marine mascot.

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    1. Thank you, Pamela. 😊

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  17. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    What a great post, John. Sharing Manny’s happy day with all of us is definitely worthy of “thanks.” OohRah!

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. I thought it was a super example of giving recognition where it is due.

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  18. This made me tear up a little. Congratulations to Manny. And I love the origin of his name. I am sure he brightens the lives of the enlistees to have a dog in their lives. Give him a big dog biscuit!
    There is an organization called Paws of War, I believe, that raised money to bring back dogs and cats that have befriended our military in various parts of the world.

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    1. That sounds like a fabulous organization. Thanks, Noelle.

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  19. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    What an adorable face! Love this 🙂

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    1. Isn’t his face adorable? Thanks, Denise. 😁

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  20. I really needed this today, John. Thank you.

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    1. I’m glad it filled the bill. Thanks, Staci.

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  21. What a great soldier. I love Manny.

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    1. Me too. Thanks, Marc.

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  22. Your stories always provide the sunshine, Sheriff.

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    1. Thanks, Marc. I love to hear that.

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      1. I shared it with my sister and daughter. They are in love with Manny too.

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  23. I can’t count the ways I love this, John. And it made me think of C.S. Boyack’s bulldogs. Fantastic feel-good story and THANKS!!!

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    1. Yes it was. Sadly nothing feel-good in Ukraine this week.

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  24. Such a terrific story. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for letting me know you liked it. 😊

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  25. Good to see this. Thanks for sharing. Manny sure looks like a Marine to me. 🙂

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    1. He looks like Chesty Puller.

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      1. Yeah, he does! 🙂

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  26. I’ve never been particularly drawn to bulldogs, but this is a great story, John. Thanks for sharing it here with us. And your JohnKu could be a Hallmark “Thank You” card’s inscription!

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    1. Aw. Thank you, Debbie. 😁

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  27. Aww, a wonderfully uplighting post. And I love your JohnKu. Words and a philosophy we should live by.

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    1. Thank you, Mae. i hope you have a great weekend.

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      1. You too, John!

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  28. Perfect way to end the day, reading about good news and a dog to boot. Nice.

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    1. Thank you, Steve. Glad you liked it.

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  29. Aww.. I love this! Perfect for your feel-good Fridays!
    Well done, sir!

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    1. Thank you, Dale. 😁

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  30. Fabulous story thanks for sharing John.. love it.. have a good weekend..hugsx

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    1. Thank you, Sally.

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  31. Wonderful story, John, and I didn’t know the connection of bulldogs and the Marines. Manny is adorable (gotta love his smile) and perfect Ku, too! 😁🐶

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    1. Thank you, Lauren. 😊

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  32. Lovely JohnKu!
    Sweet puppy!!!!
    Ahh, the military!

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    1. Terrific clip, Resa. 🤣

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      1. I think so.
        Lol, it’s a cartoon.
        Hahahaha!!!

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    1. Thank you for sharing this story, Michael.

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      1. Always with a great pleasure, John! Have a great week arriving! xx Michael

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      2. Thank you and have a great week as well.

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  33. Oh, Manny looks like the evil uncle of Twiggy and Lucy. Lol He’s the military edition of a bulldog. Look at his teeth. 😉 Best wishes, Michael

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    1. Yup. Manny is a soldier for sure. Thanks, Michael.

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      1. Meeting him personally i am sure i would become very anxious. For sure a fantastic watchdog, only if you post a photo of him on the frontdoor. Lol

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  34. Cute. “Good boy!” 🙂

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  35. This is one great story! The ‘Original 29’ should always be celebrated, and a dog as wonderful as Manny deserves every recognition.

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    1. It is, Jennie.

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