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Marine Corps DI’s Never Die

Drill Instructors Never Die!
Brian L. Hipwell
Adjutant/Paymaster
Twin State Detachment (#1010)
Marine Corps League
P.O.Box 1058
Lebanon, NH 03766

I enlisted in the Marine Corps April 23, 1965 under the 120 day delay program while in the senior year at Stevens High School, Claremont, New Hampshire. Shortly after graduation I shipped out for P.I. My father was a retired Marine M/SGT and I had been a service ‘brat’ so I knew what I was in line for. There were no surprizes at Boot Camp.

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Sergeant Major Jokes

The Sgt Major

Take One

Two Sergeant Majors were walking across campus when one said, “Where did you get such a great bike?” The second Sergeant Major replied, “Well, I was walking along yesterday, minding my own business, when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike. She threw the bike to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, “Take what you want.” The second Sergeant Major nodded approvingly, “Good choice; the clothes probably wouldn’t have fit.”

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The Fourth Marines in Shanghai, China

THE FOURTH MARINES IN SHANGHAI, CHINA

While Shanghai is rapidly changing with old buildings giving way to new buildings, there are still many places remaining related to the Fourth Marine regiment's long presence in the city from 1927 to 1941. The 1st and 3rd Battalions of the regiment were deployed to Shanghai in 1927 to protect American citizens and property in Shanghai's International Settlement (the "Settlement") on the Puxi or west side of the Huangpu River (then called the Whampoo River). The 2nd Battalion was deployed to Tientsin, China at the same time and redesignated into another regiment. The 2nd Battalion of the Fourth Marines was reactivated in Shanghai on September 18, 1932 in order for the regiment to be at full strength to effectively defend the U.S. defense sector of the Settlement. The 3rd Battalion was deactivated in Shanghai on December 19, 1934.

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Short Stories From Heterich

Short Stories from Heterich

Herterich’s Autobiography

Joined A-Tks in 1952. After a short tour at ‘8th & V Joined 2nd Tks in late ’53’ just as they were receiving the new ‘M-48’. Over the next three years served in ‘A’ & ‘B’ ending with ‘Flames’. On my fitness report I asked for ‘Panama’, everyone said ‘You will never get it’, I did the next three years at Mar.Bks. 15th Naval District [Panama]. While in ‘Panama’ I put ‘1st Mar.Div.’ on my fitness report, againyou will never get it. ‘Everyone goes to camp lejeune’, when the orders came ——1st Tank Bn.. Three yearsthe first half with ‘Flames’, the second half with ‘H&S Co. Property [Supply]’ in the ‘Butler Bldg.’ above the ‘C.P.’. A year with ‘3rd Tanks’Flames. Back to ‘Camp Pendleton’ with ‘School Bn.’ on the ‘Ramp’ in the ‘Tool Room’. Against my wishesThree years Recruiting in Philadelphia. The next set of orders put me in ‘VN’SIXTY-SEVEN DAYS OVER AND BACK. The left eye ended up in the South China Sea, the Navy was kind enough to replace it with one with a beautiful MARINE CORPS EMBLEM. The new eye on occasion has raised some eyebrows. After the Hospital, back to School Bn.Tank School #407 & Machine Ranges. On one occasion during a ‘IG’ a Colonel inspecting [troops in ranks], stopped in front of me. Took one look at the ‘eye’, and that was the end of his inspecting the troops. Why he left I do not know! Retired ‘Not Fit for Duty in My Rank with 40% disability.

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Heroic last stand, Marines thwart enemy attack

Heroic last stand
By: Steven G. Xiarhos

Opening by Lance Cpl. Casey Jones, Regimental Combat Team 1

RAMADI, IRAQ (April 29, 2008)
It was a typical quiet morning on April 22, with the temperature intensifying as a bright orange sun emerged high from the horizon.

Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter, a rifleman with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, and Cpl. Jonathan T. Yale, a rifleman with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, RCT-1, were standing post, just as they’ve done numerous times before. During a standard length watch in a small checkpoint protected by concrete barriers where they overlooked the small gravel road, lined with palm trees leading to their entry control point.

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Remembering Your Favorite Boot Camp Lines

Boot Camp Lines

  1. Flippity flop, mob stop!
  2. There are only two ways off of this island, maggots. A pine box, or a Greyhound bus.
  3. (snapping in at the range) You think it burns now, wait until I sit on your shoulders!
  4. “Platoon 2102″ ……..”MARCH INTO CHOW”
  5. Fat bodies to the end of the line, skinny bodies to the front.
  6. Stick it out if you want some prive (you could have a lot of fun with this with a good looking gal on the shirt even though that’s not what it’s about)
  7. The best part of you…..
  8. Poster by the DI house of Life Magazine showing number of wounded Marines being medivacced many with severe injuries, “Sick Call goes at 08:00 now what’s your problem sweetheart?”
  9. “Pack your trash bitch, you’re going to Motivation Platoon”
  10. To WM”s……There is over five miles of dick on this island. And for the next 13 weeks, you ain’t gonna see one inch of it!
  11. ANOTHER GLORIOUS DAY TO SERVE THE CORPS……
  12. We’re on YOUR time, now ladies!
  13. YOU EYEBALLING ME PUKE?!
  14. Did you call me a “ewe”? Do I look like a female sheep to you? Do you want to F*** me, puke?
  15. This is my rifle,
    This is my gun,
    My rifle’s for killing,
    My gun is for fun!
  16. BENDS AND MOTHER F***ERS…ALL OF THEM THAT HAVE NOT BEEN DONE…READY,…Begin……..
  17. “You can take the man from the Corps, but you’ll never take the Corps from the man”
  18. “Semper fidelis is our creed… Marine Corps, is our breed”
  19. “If anybody could be a MARINE, it wouldn’t be the MARINES.”
  20. “The road to hell is paved by the bleached bones of the privates that fell by the wayside.”
  21. Before going to sleep at the range we had to sing the Marine Corps hymn and then in unison “God bless America, F**k Ho Chi Minh.
  22. GET ON YOUR STINKING FACE…NOW!!!!!
  23. YOU JUST WANNA TO KILL MY SAND FLEA, HUH?!!!
  24. Good thing you’re not a Marine yet, Because when a Marine quits HE’S DEAD!
  25. Another Glorious day in the Corps, Where every meal is a fest and every job a job is a chance to shine.
  26. I love this S***!
  27. Chesty wouldn’t like that!
  28. Good Morning! MARINES!!!!!! (LAST DAY)
  29. You keep going until I’M tired!
  30. You maggots pissed me off…..Squat thrusts forever…..
  31. Yea, though I walk thru the valley of death, I will fear no evil, because I’m the meanest Mother F***** in the valley.
  32. Good night Chesty Puller, where ever you are…Oorah!
  33. You have 30 seconds! 29… 28… 10. 5. You’re done! You’re stinkin done!
  34. I?m gonna get the senior to take ya straight to da PITT!!
  35. You want to play games? We can play all day long…!
  36. WAKE UP!!
  37. “The smoking lamp is lit for one cigarette”
  38. “ARE YOU TALKING TO ME PUKE?!?!?” …… “I CAN’T HEAR YOU!!!!”
  39. YOUR OTHER LEFT, SH!T FOR BRAINS!!!!!!
  40. Your Marine Corps left, maggot!!!!
  41. “Sir! The private requests permission to speak! Sir!”
    “YOU TALKING TO ME MAGGOT!”
    “Sir! Yes Sir!”
    “I CAN’T HEAR YOU!”
    “SIR! YES SIR!”
    “WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU MAGGOT?”
    “SIR! THE PRIVATE REQUESTS PERMISSION TO VISIT THE HEAD. SIR!”
    “I CAN’T HEAR YOU!”
    “SIR! THE PRIVATE REQUESTS PERMISSION TO VISIT THE HEAD SIR!”
    “DO IT!”

More Boot Camp Sayings and Quotes”

Sir Private (Jones) request permission to speak to the drill instructor.
(LOUDLY)
Speak Maggot
Sir Private Joe (Jones) requests permission to make a head call, sir.
Is it and emergency head call Maggot
Yes sir.
Then sound your siren and go

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An Account of “Incoming Fire” over two Gooks

Two Gooks on a Jeep!
By Chris Sarno

It was mid autumn 1951 on the Eastern Front at the Punchbowl sector. I was basically a boot-ass replacement in “A” Company 1st Tank Battalion (Our Company Commander was Capt. Schnell), and I was anxiously awaiting my baptism of fire any day now, as our tank company was operating practically every other day with direct fire combat missions.

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Marine Corps Humor: USMC vs. USN

Gunfights USMC V. USN
Recommended by: MSgt J. R. Cook, Ret.

USMC Rules for Gun fighting:

  1. Bring a gun. Preferably two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns.
  2. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.
  3. Only hits count. The only thing worse than a miss is a slow miss.
  4. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateral and diagonal movement are preferred.)
  5. If you can choose what to bring to a gunfight, bring a long gun and a friend with a long gun.
  6. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber or tactics. They will only remember who lived.
  7. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating, reloading, and running.
  8. Use a gun that works EVERY TIME. “All skill is in vain when an angel pisses in the flintlock of your musket.”
  9. Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty.
  10. Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.
  11. Have a plan.
  12. Have a back-up plan, because the first one won’t work.
  13. Use cover or concealment as much as possible.
  14. Flank your adversary when possible and always protect yours.
  15. Never drop your guard.
  16. Always tactical load and threat scan 360 degrees.
  17. Watch their hands. Hands kill. (In God we trust…everyone else keep your hands where I can see them).
  18. Decide to be aggressive ENOUGH, quickly ENOUGH…hesitation kills.
  19. The faster you finish the fight, the less injured you will get.
  20. Be polite. Be professional. And have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
  21. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.
  22. Your number one option for Personal Security is a lifelong commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation.
  23. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun the caliber of which does not start with a “4.”

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Winning with the Picture from Iraq

Sgt Grit,

Hello from the holy land in the desert. Man it sucks here but we are making the best of a bad situation. Food is good and water is plentiful. No booze though unless you really have a hankering for some near beer.

Just wanted to send you some pictures of a couple of dedicated Marine along with a story. We had just taken over for the preceding MALS and the preceding unit had been flying the Marine Corps colors everyday. Well to say the least, one of our gunny’s noticed they were not out there. So being the inquisitive one he asked where they were. Well these old colors were well worn from all the wind and dust in this place.

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