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July Member of the Month: FJ_Marine

Congratulations to David John, aka FJ_Marine: The July member of the month here on FJCruiserForums!!



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Congratulations to David John, aka FJ_Marine: The July member of the month here on FJCruiserForums!!




Muddygrrl What are your future plans for the FJ?

FJ_Marine Try not to completely destroy it before the last payment is made. Then push it, pull it or carry it in for a new one, lol. Between now and then, hopefully find the time to use it for my intended purpose; exploring.

Muddygrrl What will your FJ look like years from now?

FJ_Marine There are a couple of what I would call “Gold Standard” rigs on this site that show the direction I want to go. Mike (Shadow-Warrior) and Larry (Uphill) are 2 that stand out to me. Same concept with maybe different parts is how I see mine looking years from now.

MG What will you look back on and remember most?

FJM I’ll assume this pertains to the FJ world part of my life. I bought my FJ in Aug of last year and was kinda lurking on here as a guest. After I bought it I became a full fledged member. Within days of officially signing on I heard about an event right here in wonderful Dyersburg, TN. I was invited out and met some really great folks and it has been downhill ever since.

MG What has the forum done for you and what can the forum learn from you?

FJM Besides the obvious of teaching me a lot about the FJ and meeting some great people. It has provided me with the feeling that no matter where my life or career may take me. Wherever I may call home next, there will be someone close by that I can honestly call a friend. Damn you Mo for making me get all sappy and crap, there I feel better. As far as learning from me…………I tell my young Marines all the time that they will learn from all leaders, good and bad. If they do or say something that you agree with then use that in creating your own leadership style. If they do or say something you don’t agree with then you have learned how you don’t want to do something in the future. You have to develop your own leadership style, something or someone you are comfortable doing or being. So, if I do or say something you agree with I hope you learned something. If you don’t agree, I hope you learned how not to do something, lol. I will leave you with one more piece of advice. I made mention of this in a thread somewhere. I had an old crusty Master Sergeant I worked for at my very first duty station. The day I got promoted to Corporal which is a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) he pulled me aside and told me “If you plan on making it in this gun club, you have to have thick skin and broad shoulders”. That one sentence has helped me through some of the toughest times in my life and career.


MG What is the most unusual thing about you?

FJM Absolutely nothing, I’m perfect! This question would probably be best answered by those who know me well. So if you’re up to it, take your best shot!

MG What was the best day of your life?

FJM Let’s see…….I’m married and have 3 kids, so………I would have to say……. The day I decided to become a Marine. Now before all the ladies on here form a mob to crucify me, let me explain. I’m originally from Detroit and my wife is from Memphis. Had I not become a Marine I would never have met her and would not have the 3 great kids we have together. Who knows where I would be now. For that matter, every last one of you on this forum should be grateful because I might not have bought the FJ and then none of you would have been graced with my presence.


MG Where or what is your most desired adventure/excursion?

FJM I’ll start with the standard answers: Alaska, Australia, Mexico, etc. Before I do any of that there is 1 thing I want to accomplish first. After I retire from active duty I am planning to take some time for myself. My goal is to solo hike the entire Appalachian Trail with the bare essentials. Almost like a “Man vs Wild” type thing.

MG What is your favorite trail/trip?

FJM There is a 2 track that runs through the woods on my Grandpa’s property in Petoskey, MI. Whenever I am there to visit I take his 48 Ford tractor with the farm trailer and give all the little ones a ride through the woods. This is the trail that I first learned how to wheel on. My Uncle (who has since passed) let me drive his CJ-5 all over this trail when I was about 12.

MG What is your favorite mod to date?

FJM XM Radio. I love country music but the country station to anything else ratio here is killing me; I also need my ESPN radio. Plus I cant imagine a drive to work without my Lex and Terry!!


MG What mod would you not do again?

FJM I bought my FJ used and it had a brush guard and predator bars already on it. I removed the brush guard as soon as I could. Maybe the removal belongs in my favorite mod spot, lol. Step bars are next!

MG What does your FJ do for you? How has it affected your life?

FJM It puts a smile on my face. This allowed me to decrease my Zoloft from 100mg to 50mg’s a day. Any more questions because this interrogation is starting to stress me out!!

MG What other recreation do you enjoy?

FJM I barely have enough time right now to enjoy this one let alone any others, lol. Other recreations revolve around this one though like camping, hiking, drinking beer (is that a recreation?). I think you get the point……..


MG Who are you in real life?

FJM I had no idea there was a fake life……….but I am no different in “real” life. In case this question was intended for me to give a Bio, here it goes. In case no one noticed, I am a United States Marine, active duty for what will be 17 years this August. I am currently working the mean streets of rural west TN as a recruiter. Prior to that I am an Air Traffic Control Radar Technician. I am married and we will be celebrating our 16th wedding anniversary in Aug. We have 3 children, 2 girls (15 and 12) and a 9 year old son. Oh yeah, 2 dogs and a snake live under our roof too.

MG Why did you buy your FJ?

FJM Always been a huge fan of the old FJ40’s and when I saw the concept it was all over. I had to have one!

MG How do you expect your mods to benefit you?

FJM Not a whole lot of mods to this date but with the mods I have planned I hope this will enable me to see parts of this country/world that are off the beaten path.

MG What is your favorite music? What CD(s) are in your player right now?

FJM Depends on the mood I’m in, I enjoy a wide variety of music. I have 4 MP3 disks that contain all kinds of random music.

MG Did you have a previous vehicle that was as fun as your FJ?

FJM 1985 Mustang GT, man I loved that car. I bought it in 89 for 5K cash and poured another 2-3K into it over the next couple of years.

MG What is your favorite food?

FJM If I had to pick just one, it would be Lasagna. I love pasta, pasta is good!

MG How & why do you participate on the forum?

FJM I make my opinions known, I help when I can, but most of the time I’m just sucking up bandwidth.

MG I, state your name….

FJM Do solemnly swear to support and defend the Constitution of……oh wait……wrong oath.




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Congrats, Gunny. Nice interview. Great to have you as a member here!

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Congrats Dave well deserved.


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Congrats Dave!!!

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Congrats Dave! That makes 2 member of month folks that I have had the pleasure of meeting and wheeling with.
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That was a great article. I enjoyed reading it, learning a bit more about you and about your plans for the future.

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Thanks everyone!

I feel honored to be selected considering the great bunch of people who are members here.


Terry - Yup, looks like Tennessee is representing in "da house"

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Congrats man! You deserve the recognition.

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