The Other McCain

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My Wife Is a Soldier’s Mom

Posted on | May 12, 2013 | 25 Comments

Today was Mother’s Day, and I realized I never got around to posting the photos of my Army son’s graduation from Infantry School. My wife cried, she was so proud of him. Here he is, wearing the infantry “blue cord,” with his favorite drill sergeant:

It was nice to see the boy all grown up and, despite all that training, still cocky as ever. Here he is during his 72-hour pass in Columbus:

Not much question where he gets the good looks, is there?

So now our son’s in Airborne school, and Monday will be his first jump. Paratroopers are divided up into “chalks” of 30 men, and the Number 15 man in the chalk is the first to jump. Hooah!

Mother’s Day is, by custom, also the final day of National Offend a Feminist Week, which Mr. G. celebrates with an entirely appropriate declaration: “Now go get me a beer.”



  • Adobe_Walls

    Your pride is well justified.

  • Adjoran

    Good looking straight-backed soldier there! You and his Mom are justly proud of him, as are we all.

    Please thank him for his service and wish him Godspeed from me and all of us comments-dwellers, and thank his mother for lending him to protect us – and also for mostly keeping you out of trouble.

  • ChandlersGhost

    God bless you and your family. And congratulations to your son.

  • richard mcenroe

    So was his favorite drill sergeant a barker or one of the REALLY scary quiet ones?

  • robertstacymccain

    Good moms and good drill sergeants have a lot in common. Keeping a McCain out of trouble is a hard job, either way.

  • TC_LeatherPenguin

    Hooh. Farkin’. RAH!

  • Quartermaster

    I see a new trooper gets two Geedunk ribbons these days. It was just one in ’72.

    Congrats to the new trooper. Have a safe jump school.

  • Rosalie

    Great photos. When I was watching “The Best Years of Our Lives” on TCM, I kept thinking that you look a little like Fredric March. In your photo, you look a lot like him.

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  • Mike G.

    Good on your son. Thanks for his service. And thanks for the link.

  • Mike G.

    Funny how they do that. One DI will be a real rip-snorter while the other will be the quiet one…until you piss him off, then he will make the first DI look like a Mother spoiling her child.

  • ChelieinTX

    How’d you manage such a good-looking son?

  • Bob Belvedere

    God Bless the Scots-Irish…and the Moms who raise them.

    With men like Bob in our military, we stand a chance of surviving these Dark Times.

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  • richard mcenroe

    I figured mine was quiet because he was just savoring what was about to happen to us. Funny thing, once it got to there point where we were sure to make it, he got surprisingly human.

    Most folks don’t realize that drill sergeant is one of the most demanding, highest-stress assignments in the Army.

  • richard mcenroe

    (loosely based on a true story.)

  • Dana

    BCT and AIT are murder on parents: we keep wanting to know what is going on with our kids, and we want to know now! Nothing but snail mail and maybe a five-minute phone call on some Sundays, even as recently as 2010.

  • Delaney Coffer

    Dang! I can’t tell which of you he looks the most like. You all have those Eskimo eyes. Don’t mean that in a bad way at all. There’s just the shape and the little puff under. Makes it harder to discern from a screen.

    Anyway, Congrats!

  • RantMan

    Not much question where he gets the good looks, is there?

    His Mom.

  • RantMan

    He’s jumping outta planes? Whoa. O_o him got bigger ones than me….

  • richard mcenroe

    I settled for sliding out helicopters out of a sense of fiscal responsibility. Just couldn’t bring myself to waste half an airplane ride the taxpayers had to pay for.

  • cgable63

    what a beautiful family! god bless your son, as well as you and your family. please thank your son for his service to this country. i truly appreciate it, as do many, many others. thank you for sharing.

  • Steve T

    Video: Glenn Beck maps out how the 3 Scandals are inter-related (IRS, AP and Benghazi)

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