To paraphrase the Commandant of the Marine Corp., General James Jones, at the recent funeral of Cpl. Sledd in Florida, "There is no bad time to be a Marine, just a sad one." Thought that was very fitting. Proud mother of a Marine. P. Wagner
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The following is a personal and a true personal
experience that has happened to me and wanted you to know that our "fellow" Marines, though now Civilians, still
serve the cause and traditions of the "Corps".
A number of you have been to my office. Chesty's
Gifts, Coins, Flag from Marine Corps Memorial, etc..
I left for home last night. Had dinner and went to bed
at approximately 2200 hrs. Wife was working on the
computer when our phone rang, it was the Security Firm
whom has their system in my office. The alarm went off
and they called the Newport News Police. From what I
was told, about 15 Police Cars responded. The wife woke
me up and I spoke to the Security Firm, gave them my
"pass-word, etc" and was on my way to meet the Police.
When I arrived, there was two Police Cars waiting.
The first thing the Officers stated, was they entered my
office as the Steel Door was destroyed. With Flashlights
and drawn weapons, they searched my office building and
the first things stated was, "Sir, your Marine Coins are Safe." I took them inside, turned on the lights. After a brief round of discussions, they started looking at my displays, etc. They asked a lot of questions of the many things the Marines have given me over the years. Also a photo of a close friend whom is now a Hampton Police Officer, and was a Sgt in the Marines at "Puller Hall". The Police were very concerned as my door could not be closed or even locked, but I stayed to protect my valuables. About 0300 hrs, I laided down on the sofa in my office to get some sleep. D*mn Cops kept coming in to make sure I was safe. Darn Marines!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I called the owner of the Building and he brought a mechanic in to replace the door and the damage. The mechanic saw my office and again, he started with a million questions of the Marine Corps items and displays. Darn, he served in the "Corps" from 1970 -1974. My wife was not happy of me staying here all night alone. She arrived at 0600 hrs and d*mn, woke me up too. She was here when this mechanic came in and started talking of his years in the "Corps". She even admitted, "Who is watching over you!!! Everywhere, everything, it is always Marines!!" She is so proud too. No matter what I do in life. No matter what I face or do. It is Marines, that are always there. Whether it is in fun or a problem. Marines are always there, whether they are 18 years old or 60 years old. God Bless you each and your "Corps". I thank "God" everyday for you and your Marines.
I owe you so much.
Regarding SSgt. Norman Reddick's remarks about serial nos. I know a former Marine in his 90s that was from 1924-27 and he said they did not issued him serial nos. in those days. That got me thinking and I sent away to the Marine Corps Heritage and they sent me a long item on this, but unfortunately it is stored away with my other stuff awaiting completion of my cottage. However for SSgt. Norman Redidick I am the 698,766 th marine ahead of him. Which means that there are 392339 Marines ahead of me, dependent on the date they started serial nos. which I believe to be in the late 20s or early 30s. Thought you'd get a kick out this.
Semper Fi Gene
Whether physical, emotional, or fraternal, most of us have "our own unique USMC tattoo".
Loyde P. "Snake" Arender
Note: I have added many pictures of tattoos to the page.
See: http://www.grunt.com/BS.HTM click on Tattoos
Can you handle another "tattoo story"?
I have been married to my Marine for 37 years (lst Sgt Dewayne Cargill 1961-1981, Da Nang 1971). I recently got a "tattoo" of the Marine Corps emblem on my right hip where only my husband could see it. He was very surprised that I would do anything like this; he wanted to know where I had it done and what possessed me to do such a thing. I told him that I had gone to a local tattoo parlor and I wanted to surprise him with it. I told him that I endured the pain for him. He was absolutely amazed and very happy about it. When he told me a few days later that he was going to tell his buddies, I decided it was time to tell him the truth. I had ordered the temporary tattoo from Sgt. Grit!!! I'm always looking for ways to keep our marriage fresh. He's a wonderful guy and I love him very much.
Ready for one more tattoo story? This isn't about my Eagle, Globe, and Anchor or my Devil Dog, which I have had since 1987 and 1995 respectively.
I have been a civilian longer than I care to think about. I have been traveling around inspecting and reinforcing utility poles since 1994. Two years ago, one of our other foremen was getting behind so I was sent to help out. Buck and I meet the utility company rep early one morning. Intros get made, coffee gets poured, and the meeting gets started. Five minutes into it, I ask the rep, "Dago or P.I.?" This starts the real introductions while Buck(never in the military) eyeballs the office trying to figure out how I knew this guy was a Marine. He actually asks if we have some secret handshake or something. I say I just spotted his Devil Dog tattoo on his forearm.
I later found out from my boss that after I showed up, we had better working relationship than we had ever had in that utility company district and a far easier time than any other contractors had.
CONVINCED THE GOOKS...............................................
Sgt. Grit: I know you don't receive many letter from my generation of the Corp, I joined the Corp on August 15,1941 as a seventeen year old kid. I went through Boot Camp in San Diego in platoon 111 with Red Miller as my DI. Red was one tough SOB. He recalled us as the Bolshevik Platoon When I met him after my return from Korea in late 1950. The things taught by Red are probably the reason I'm alive today. When I was hit in the Battle for Seoul I knew exactly what to do and I didn't panic. There was a Marine that saw some gooks robbing me when I was down and he came out of his foxhole with, I think, a BAR and convinced the gooks into carrying me to an aid station. He also got my watch and wallet back for me. I'm hoping that Marine might read this and contact me.
I had multiple shrapnel wounds to my chest and abdomen one of the severing an artery on the right side of my heart, Only because of that Marine I'm alive today and I sure as h*ll like to thank him. Former S/sgt W. E. (Bill Houghton) ser, #315241 Served in Korea with Wpns/2/5
Note: I wish I heard more from your generation. Outstanding
insight and stories when you do write.
It was interesting reading the post of John Papietro in
the October 17th newsletter concerning the bands. His
article concerning the audience and ATTENTION looks as
he and I were reading each others mail. Several months
before you included and article concerning my daughter
and I attending "the Presidents own" and hearing the
service medley, the same response that John referred
to, the Marines were the only group to stand at
attention thru the total of the hymn. My daughter
recognized it and called it to my attention. (I told
her it was just ingrained in us and if we didn't
somebody would probably come along and hit us over the
head with a swagger stick). Odd how certain things you
might not be aware of but you don't forget.
C-l-l, '51 -'52
Chestys' last regimental command.
TENARU (ALLIGATOR CREEK). ..........................................
FOR SEVERAL YEARS, WE HAVE RESEARCHED THE BATTLE OF THE TENARU (ALLIGATOR CREEK). THIS BATTLE WAS FOUGHT 21 AUGUST 1942 AT GUADALCANAL BY THE 1ST MARINE DIVISION. WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF FIRST HAND WRITTEN ACCOUNTS FROM MARINES WHO FOUGHT IN THIS ACTION. ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH G/2/1;
A-B-C-D/1/1; ARTILLERY FROM 3/11/1 AND TANKERS WHO CROSSED THE SAND SPIT. MUCH HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT THIS ACTION. THE MORE WE RESEARCH, THE MORE ERRORS WE FIND. PLEASE HELP US CORRECT THIS INJUSTICE TO THE MEN WHO SO VALIANTLY
SURVIVED THE JAPANESE ONSLAUGHT.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR HELP AND CONSIDERATION.
MUSEUM of the PACIFIC
306 FOREST LAKE DR.
TEXARKANA, TX 75503-1940
GOD BLESS THE USA AND OUR FORCES EVERYWHERE!
In the most recent issue of Leatherneck I read that a Marine resigned from his Marine Corps League Detachment because Fleet Marine Force Corpsmen are now entitled to full membership. What set this guy off was the fact that his detachment voted a FMF Corpsmen as a member! Although us Docs are entitled to wear the eagle, globe, and anchor this guy felt that only Marines are entitled to wear it after they finish basic training. While it's true we
never went through USMC basic training we did go to school for eight weeks or so of Marine training and advanced first aid and so on. While our training wasn't as rough as USMC basic training those of us who were with a rifle company in Nam shared the same hardships as our fellow grunts, and many of us learned to become an extra rifleman if needed. Those of us who did our job are according to those we served with "fellow Marines". It took
me thirty years to accept that title, but I wear it just as proudly as any Marine I know. So to those who don't think we earned the right to wear the eagle, globe, and anchor I have only one thing to say and that is "You must have never been in combat."
This Marine drill instructor, completely frazzled by
the ineptitude of his recruits, burst into a blue
streak of swearing hot enough to blister paint.
He broke off suddenly when he noticed one of the recruits
had been talking in ranks.
"WHAT WAS THAT YOU SAID, RECRUIT??" the drill
In a quivering voice, the recruit replied, "I said, to
myself,, Drill Sergeant Sir, 'if that sucker thinks
I'm going to stand here and take his crap . . . well,
he's certainly an uncanny judge of character."
Submitted by: John Wear
IT WAS ACTUALLY.........................................................
RE. "Your Marine Buddy",
(He then mailed about 25 pictures to his girlfriend with the following note: "I'm sorry but I can't remember which one you are but please take the one that belongs to you and send the rest back.) Sure hope that it really happened, but it was actually one of the story lines from the TV series, "M.A.S.H." Hey, it's still pretty funny. Just don't get sued for plagiarism. Ha! Ha! Ha! Otto Strampfer '57-'60 (Cpl. twice, without getting busted)
Note: Thanks for the info. I do not watch anti-war, socialist
I just read the few articles concerning female Marines. I served for HQMC and some very serious government acronyms in Southeast Asia from '59-'62 never having been associated with any WM's save for the two weeks of mess duty at the WM's battalion during my initiation and "vacation" at Parris Island in '59. Following my honorable discharge I changed uniform to that of a police officer in a 2,500 member department just east of New York on Long Island. Part of my service included being partnered with a female police officer. After going through the required "hi's" and "what's up's?" I learned that not only was she a former Woman Marine but that her (retired police officer) dad was a Marine, her husband was a retired M/Sgt USMC and her brother was a police officer. After we had been on a few calls together, I found that I would rather have my new partner as a backup than some of my "externally-plumbed" brothers. Ooh Rah! God bless all of my brothers and sisters who are serving or have served in any of our Armed Forces, especially the
United States Marines.
I would like to respond to the e-mail from Wm.Russo 1964/1968 who said he watched the Making of Marines on Discovery. I am a Women Marine who served on active duty from 1991 - 1997. I was an admin pogue and very proud of it! As far as your comments about boot camp, I saw the program on TV as well. Now I will never argue that it is very different from when you went and I will be the last to say that women go through the exact training as men, but give us some credit! The training Women go through now is not that much different than men. Women Marines go through some very extensive training like the males. It may not be identical but it isn't summer camp either and in no way should it ever be likened to the Army Boot camp. What an insult to the Corps! Give me a break! And I don't know about anyone else, but the last time I checked, a senior Marine was a senior Marine, male or female, and not only had the right, but the duty to give orders to a junior Marine. The men and women do not train male and female recruits together however there are male and female instructors for MCMAT and the Range now who train ALL Marines. I am proud of what they showed. And lets remember, it is only a glimpse of what happens in boot camp. No one, not even the camera can explain to others what it is or what it is like. As a Sergeant, I had lower ranking male Marines that I was in charge of and yes, gave orders to. It was my duty and I am proud of every minute I served. As far as the comments regarding 'pogues' that I have seen in various newsletters, I myself never went to combat and never saw battle. There are not even words to use to express my respect and appreciation of those who have. However, my job was important as well. I had to look my fellow Marines,
my friends, my family in the eye just before they boarded
to leave for operations such as Somalia and 'other' operations and ask them if they had their last will completed in the event they didn't return. I had to ensure all their pay was in order as well as other important documents to make sure their family was taken care of in their absence. It is Marines such as this Women Marine that made sure other's families were taken care of here so they could focus on the mission at hand and not worry about legal issues, pay, medical enrollment, etc. All Marines have a job and it may not be what some consider important but with the absence of even one, male or female, others could not function at full capacity or even at all. I'm not here to argue and I understand that my opinion may not be popular, however I deserve the respect of the title I earned, Marine.
Woman by birth, Marine by choice!
C. Baldwin, Sgt, USMC, '91-'97
This is in response to Wm.Russo 1964/1968 with respect to his saying "I DON'T THINK SO" as far as woman Marines giving orders to men. Well, I'll have to disagree with him just a mite. I was a 5'4" 120lb woman Marine in NCO School (1976) along with 47 male Marines. The instructors proceeded to give me separate PT standards, separate uniform standards - you get the picture. I respectfully told him where he could put those separate
standards... if the men were going to do it, so was I. The way I figured it, I was an NCO, and if the men were going to respect me as an NCO, they needed to know that I would be right along side of them all the way. I spent the next three weeks proving that I deserved to wear those crossed rifles. Long story short, I graduated first in the class with a Meritorious Mast on top of it. I ran every mile (many of the men dropped out but I am proud to say I never did), did every pushup and humped every pound. In my opinion - it's not the gender - it's what the Marine is made of. These men had no problems with following my orders, after all, they were Marines themselves and that's what we're trained to do. The fact that you ever consider to not obey a superiors orders - no matter what gender - shows that some of the Marine has gone out of the man. I will agree with him on the some of the other things he noticed on that Discovery special. I watched it and was trying to figure out what was weird... it finally hit me. The DI's were TALKING to the recruits! What happened to the veins in the neck sticking out as he/she yelled out orders or direction? What happened to the encouraging size 14 in your a$$ when you moved just a bit too slow? Come on... time out cards??? Give me the "good ol days" of boot camp - that's for sure. Thanks for letting me have my opinion as well and thanks for a great newsletter!
Dear Sgt Grit, I seem to recall that when a person is male or female but has earned the title Marine, they are a Marine. So why do "men" like Mr. Russo have such a problem with women Marines, especially women Marines giving orders to male Marines? So does that mean that just because a Marine doesn't have "outdoor plumbing", they can't give orders to subordinates that do have "outdoor plumbing"? No I DON'T THINK SO, Mr. Russo. We were always told that we had to respect the rank if not the person wearing the rank. And you didn't see the females because they were trained separately, and today they do get the same EXACT training as the men, Thank God.
Respectfully submitted, A. M. Grabill, Cpl USMC 86-91
Bill, Bill, Bill, you've got to be kidding me. You're
going to catch a lot of "hot lead" from our Women Marines on your attitude and justifiably so. Frankly, I actually enjoyed
the show. In fact, when I ran across it a second time a few
weeks later, I just had to watch it again. You've got to admit
it was a far cry better than the History Channel's Army Basic Training. The training for female recruits isn't quite exactly the same as for male recruits. For instance, if you go to PI today you can see dual confidence courses - one for males and one for females. At a quick glance they look identical, but get your tape measure and you'll see some of the obstacles on the female side are not quite the same dimensions as on the male side. So they do the same stuff, but it's adjusted for the smaller frame of a female recruit. Also, certain minimum requirements in physical tests are different between the sexes. No one would expect a female recruit to have the same upper body strength as a male for instance, so the minimum requirements for Pull Ups are also different. Yes, I can recall in Boot Camp it took about two weeks to learn my bunk mate's name and a few more days to learn he was from the same state as I was, but did that somehow make the training better? I kind of doubt it. A few years ago the lead article in Leatherneck
related that the female DI's now had the right to wear the
campaign cover. I was glad they were allowed to wear it,
but I was a little surprised they didn't already have that right all along. Enough said.
Retired CPL 1966-68
In response to Sgt Jander's theory oorah, his may well be right. However, I would tend to believe some of the other explanations thrown up against the wall on these pages already. I believe someone had attributed it to the Turks in a previous newsletter, for example. That said "urrah" was the battle cry the desperate Germans herd on the Eastern Front in 1942/43 when facing the intense and fearsome advance of hordes of Russians drive them
back into Deutschland. I don't know if this is the tie-in, but it seems quite possible. And it scared them sh*tless.
READJUSTING HIS BRAIN HOUSING GROUP........................................
"JUST a reservist"?!
I'm hoping that I have the distinct honor of being first in line grabbing SGT Whomble (of cannon-cocker fame out there in Oklahoma) by the stacking swivel and readjusting his brain housing group. Just a reservist? You've got me. Now the secret is out. Myself and the many, many thousands of mere reservists never had to go to Recruit Training. We learned from an MCI course. This must be like the Army, where there was different training for reservists. How many of the Old Corps brother
Marines (like my grandfather) who fought the bloody WWII Island Campaigns were "just reservists"? I just picked up a book about some distant cousin of Patton's, who began his career with the Marine Corps as "just a reservist". Shame he was just a reservist - he could've amounted to something. Puller, I think his name was. If you want to know more, either buy the book or ask an 03-type MOS. I enlisted as "just a reservist" a few years post-Vietnam. Needless to say, there weren't exactly long lines at the recruiting stations. Between SOI and additional voluntary active service (as just a reservist) I've got just about as much time as the average 2-year active guy. At zero-dark-thirty on a February morning, I don't recall Senior Drill Instructor SSGT Sheppard asserting his right to be the first to call some of us Marines, and others, "just Reservists".
CPL Tom McCourt - 0311
(just a reservist)
CHANGES AT BOOT CAMP.....................................
Dear Sgt Grit,
Now I know that I am to young to talk about "back when
I went to boot camp" since I went through in the
summer of 97'. But two years ago when my little
brother graduated PI I was kind of disgusted at how
some things had changed. There was big 5 foot cushions
at the bottoms of all the high obstacles, and carpet
on all the logs so you didn't slip and fall off of
them. I thought that was the whole point of these
things, was to make them harder to get over. Well
last weekend I made the trip back down to PI to see my
baby brother graduate. Of course I bawled my eyes out
seeing my little brother in Charlies for the first
time. That's just one of those things people who aren't
Marines just don't understand. Back to my story, even
more things have changed. Mothers of America made
sure that all recruits get at least 20 minutes to eat.
All the Sand pits are out in the open now, so people
can make sure the recruits are being treated OK, and
worst of all, the major thing I didn't agree with was,
the EGA ceremony was on family day for everyone to
see. It was rushed through to get done, and there was
parents screaming and clapping everywhere even when
they were told to do so. Believe me Sgt Grit, I love
the Marine Corps to death, but I think the Marine
Corps is catering to much to the civilians.
IF YOU REALLY WANT TO SEE.................................
While reading your 10 October newsletter "Making of a MARINE" story that was broadcast on the Discovery Channel. You have to remember that story was probably seen by millions of people. The MARINE CORPS is NOT going to show on a TV network what really goes into the training of MARINES. I know and you all should know that Males and Females do NOT train together during Marine Corps "BOOT CAMP". Not NOW not EVER. That was
just PR (Public Relations).
If you really want to see how Marines are trained today
rent or buy a copy of the video tape "The Crucible".
I believe that is the title of the Video. I have seen it
a couple of times on my local "PBS" network.
It really shows what it takes to become a MARINE TODAY!!!! What is shown is a H*LL of a lot tougher than the forced march to Elliot's beach we had to do at MCRD Paris Island in the 60's. "The Crucible" is 54 hours of h*ll with about four hours of sleep. Maybe.
I have complete faith in the MARINES of today to do the
job that has to done to protect our COUNTRY and us Not So Mean, Not so Lean, but still MARINES!!!
God and 'Chesty' are watching over our MARINES where
ever they are in the world today.
BROTHERS AND SISTERS
"FOR THOSE WHO FOUGHT FOR IT
FREEDOM HAS A FLAVOR THE PROTECTED
SHALL NEVER KNOW"
"ONE NATION UNDER GOD"
GOD BE WITH OUR TROOPS
WE RAN OUT OF STEAK AND BEER................................
You sir have jogged something in my memory.
My C.O. when I was on Embassy duty in Canberra, Wellington and Phnom Penh was a ring knocker. Now he was a WW II decorated veteran an had the tightest haircut that I have ever seen on a USMC officer.
I only saw him once in two and a half years. We were all
NCO's and worked under direct orders of the Ambassador.
The C.O. was stationed in Manila which made it sweet for we NCO's .
Can you imagine four Marine Sgt.'s living in the American
compound to protect the clerks and secretaries ?
The old fox in the hen house trick.
Any way I was the NCOIC of "Marine House" and was responsible for the menu, and general upkeep and hiring and firing the indigenous help.
We worked starboard and port shifts 24 hours in two man teams. I received a panic phone call from the on-duty Marine at the Embassy saying that the C.O. had just landed at the RAAF base and was going to conduct a surprise "Junk on the Bunk" inspection...none of us had ever met him. We two Marines immediately called our female friends and cried help. We had that place spotless within one hour.
The ladies liked our parties.
The only problem was that it was 4th of July weekend
and the whole compound had pitched in and shared resources for one big "American Bash."
We Marines had build a BBQ pit and I personally drove to the sea and beat Oysters from the rocks for two days with my girlfriend. The Marines were responsible for supplying the beer, fireworks and steaks since we had the biggest refrigerator... remember that I was in charge of the menu and this is where my Marine Corps career nearly ended.
The back-up Marine at the Embassy drove the 15 miles to the RAAF station to pick up the Major and took a very circuitous route to the Marine House. When the C.O. arrived, we were always in civilian dress except inside the Embassy, I snapped to attention and welcomed the Major. Let me digress a bit here, I had to send a monthly report to Manila about our menu, each daily meal and how much each donated for food, cook and maid service.
The first thing the C.O. did was go to the kitchen and open
the refrigerator and all he saw were liters of beer and steak:
he closed the refrigerator door, paused and reopened it, turned to me and asked what in the bloody h*ll we Marines ate when we ran out of steak and beer?
I knew that I was doomed and I always go in with a grin on my face and decided that I would go out with one. I was the class clown in school. I replied "Sir, when we run out of steak and beer we sometimes fry an ice cube."
He looked at me and said " Sergeant, I am recommending
you for Officers Basic School."
That evening we had the biggest gala in the history of that
compound. He ended up in a gum tree with me squirting vodka on the attackers while they tried to shoot us out with bottle rockets.
We never know in passing another human on the pathway of life what their impact will mean when we "turn the corner" and go out of sight.
--- M. Spilman... Think!
I HAVE TO AGREE WITH.........................................
Dear Sgt Grit
I have to agree with Wm Russo (64-68) on the Parris Island of yesterday and that shown on Discovery Channel of today. No talking, eyeballing, nothing- until a week or so before graduation, and we were the Battalion Honors Platoon. BUT BECAUSE of MY Drill Instructors showing me limits, I survived being pinned down, wounded, for hours and hours by reaching deep into the tolerance they taught me. Every drill instructor, at least from my perspective of active duty, deserve auto-meritorious rank and Silver Stars, as examples to every swinging d**k in the Corps. What has happened to the Corps, I don't know either. As for this crap going around about the MOS squak of 03's are on top of the heap, I am an 0311 and EVERY MARINE AND HIS MOS IS NECESSARY
FOR ME TO DO MY JOB and I THANK ALL MOS'. ANY grunt that feels otherwise needs to hit the fu**in sand pit. Case Closed. Semper Fi
Grit - your doing a great service to many. - RC Trussell, India 3/26
(69), Plt 294 - Sep68 MCRDPI
GYSGT HATHCOCK TROPHY...............................................
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FOUR YEARS IN THE PACIFIC THEATER.......
Mammone, Joseph D. COLONIE -- Joseph D. Mammone, 81, of Tanglewood Road, Colonie, entered into eternal life on Tuesday, October 15, 2002 after a brief illness. Born and educated in Troy, N.Y., he was the son of the late Dominick and Anna (Fera) Mamone. As a teenager, Joe worked for his uncle at Mamone's Bakery. In 1941 Mr. Mammone entered the Marine Corps and served four years in the Pacific Theater with the 1st and 3rd Marine Division. After the war, he joined the Marine Corps League and worked diligently to help veterans achieve their rights and benefits. In the 1980s, he became national commandant of the Marine Corps League. His main goals were to increase membership in the league and achieve more benefits for veterans, especially World War II, Korean and Vietnam soldiers. He continued this help with the aid of many congressmen and senators, especially Jerry Solomon, a former Marine and Sam Straton, a highly
decorated Marine; he was a friend to all. He was also a member of the VFW and other organizations. He truly exemplified the meaning of Semper Fi.
Forwarded by: Frederick R. Miller, PH1, USN Retired
Ballston Spa, New York 12020-1041
Corporal Morgan's comment about the "two young Marines in Atlanta airport looking like dirt bags" reminded me of the following story:
My platoon graduated just a few days after Christmas 1966 and we were given a 10-day leave to be home for New Years. We would all return to PI and then go on to our assigned duty stations from there. Since I earned the rank of PFC meritoriously and also graduated as the Honor Man for my 110-man platoon (yes, the platoons were a lot bigger during the Vietnam Era.), I thought myself a very "squared away" individual. So as I was returning to Parris Island in January of 1967, I passed thru a Raleigh, NC bus station. While waiting in the lobby for my next bus, several busses arrived and unloaded their passengers. One of the passengers was a Marine Private who looked like the proverbial "dirt bag." I was embarrassed to even look in his direction. As soon as he noticed me, he headed in my direction. I cringed. I knew I out ranked him and felt obligated to say something about his appearance. I was thoroughly embarrassed and tried not to look up from where I was seated. When he got within a few feet he said something like, "Hey, would you mind watchin' my bag." I said "sure" without really looking up. Then I agonized as to what to say to him when he came out of the men's room. A good ten minutes later he finally reappeared, but he looked as sharp and squared away as ever! I was pretty relieved. Although I probably should have said something right away, I guess all it took was for him to look at himself in the mirror.
Retired CPL 1966-68
On the evening of November 8, 2002 we will be honoring our beloved Corps with a birthday celebration. All Law Enforcement, Detention, Corrections, and Firemen/EMT's who served our nation as Marines are encouraged to attend with your spouse or significant other. This well be held at the Dallas Bull on highway 301 in Tampa,Florida. The Bull is waiving the cover charge and will provide a DJ to play our request. Our private celebration will begin at 1930 hours until closing. Appetizers and birthday cake will be provided. All Marines wishing to attend are asked to contact SSGTAAV@ij.net or DEPUTYVON@AOL.COM to add your name to the attendance list, further information, and directions.
I truly believe your only an ex Marine when you're dead
AND THAT MAY NOT BE TRUE. I wish that all who are doing there time now fill like we all feel still after all these years...........semper..fi to all old and new..sgt.savio
No war was won by a poor bastard dieing for his country,
War is won by making the other poor bastard die for his country....
General George Patton
Brian SGT/USMC, Indiana
When I ordered the Semper Fi shirt with the rose a few weeks ago, I had no idea I would be wearing it to a Marine funeral for a young man in my son's battalion...but HOW appropriate...such a simple statement & sweet sentiment that says so much. Thank you. 11th MEU Marine Mom that HAD to be there in support of the Sledd family.
God Bless America!!