My father was a WWII vet (his Ike jacket hangs in a closet about 3 feet from where I’m sitting), but he wasn’t a very sentimental guy and wouldn’t care much for a lacrimose Memorial Day tribute. 

But he would appreciate the sentiment expressed by Sgt. Ben Lepping—because it’s the kind of thing flesh-and-blood heros do when they aren’t dodging bullets on our behalf. A Military Times blogger reports:

When I came to Afghanistan, I expected to find many strange and unusual sights. A gunnery sergeant with a tattoo of Sarah Palin on his buttocks wasn’t one of them.

That’s right. Sgt. Lepping has a tatoo of Sarah Palin on his butt:

Within minutes of meeting Marines who patrol this former Taliban stronghold … I was introduced to fun-loving Gunnery Sgt. Benjamin Lepping’s left butt cheek.

At which location there is a tatoo of Palin. And yes, there’s a pic:

Lepping got the tattoo last June while on assignment in Alaska:

I decided I wanted to get a tattoo that reminded me of Alaska … What could be better than getting a tattoo of the hottest cougar in the Republican Party?

Most people who visit Alaska come back with photos of eagles. Lepping came back with a “picture” of … well … someone who (if President) would not skip the Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington.

[ht Doug Powers]

Comments 2

  1. paperpushermj wrote:

    Does this give new meaning to when she says she has your back

    Posted 31 May 2010 at 4:34 pm
  2. Dave B wrote:

    It’s a little said, little advertised, little covered thing that soldiers and cops love Sarah Palin, recognize a true leader with common sense and guts. We don’t talk out much because we can’t, we’re not really supposed to, or we have just learned to keep our mouths shut. A majority of us would follow her to hell and back. You won’t read that in the New York Times.

    Posted 06 Jul 2010 at 1:20 am

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