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Sgt Grit Marine Corps Newsletter - December 24, 2003

God Bless to all the Marines who are serving their country during this holiday season. Our prayers are with each of you.
Semper Fi
A Marine Wife

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"Tell us a story Gunny Claus!"

"All Hands On Deck!...
The Halls Of Montezumy! March Right In!
Don't Be Gloomy! Get Warm Hugs! From Holly n Susie! Mistletoe Gents!
Don't Be Choosey! Tis The Season! To Be Jolly! Our Uni's Green n Red!
By Golly! Ol' Saint Grit's! Gonna Buy Us Rounds! Generals! Privates!
Come On Down! He's Fillin' Shots! O' Ol' Wild Turkey!
That'll Make Your Egg Nog Perky! Grab Some Ham! n Cranny Sauce!
Toys For Tots! Be Generous Boss! Greet A Soul! Who's Jingin' A Bell!
Call Ol' Buds! Give'a Oorah Yell! Trim A Tree!
With Sweet Red Flowers! Stuff A Sock! With Christmas Power!
Don't Be Scoogey! Don't Be Grinch! Bless That Angel!
With'a Devil Dog Pinch! Santy's In His! Cammies This Year!
On The Battlefield! With Stealth Reindeer! Hey Ol' Timer!
Hey Young Boot! Parade On By! In Your Dress Blue Suit!
Woman Marine! Step With Pride! Watch That Lady! Hitch A Ride!
With'a Air Wing Daddy! In'a Sleigh O' Fire! Heaven Bound!
Like'a Halo'd Choir! Tanks n Trucks! n Helo Stunts!
Don't Forget! To Love Them Grunts! Hark The Herald!
Marine Choir Sings! Angels Got! Their Recon Wings!
Pin That Wreath! With Medals n Bows! Out'a Flares!
Use Rudolf's Nose! Chow Hall Feast! Is Cookin' Mac!
Read Season's Cards! On Your Sleepin' Rack! Star In The East! Neg!
That's A Drone! Boot Camp Babies! Moan n Groan!
"Mommy Send Us! Apple Pie! One Day In! I'm Gonna Cry!
Ol' Corps! New Corps! Christmas Dance! Gung Ho Corps!
Like Pic~Nic Ants! Jump On Board! The Yuletide Train!
Grab Us Both! A Candy Cane! Take A Chair! Sit On Down!
Watch Some Good! Ol' Charlie Brown! Dear Brave Wife! n Kids! n Folks!
To All Of You! We Cheer A Toast! The President's Own!
Strike Up The Band! In Coming Toys! From The Nice Fat Man!
Marine Corps! Air Force! Army! Navy! Pass That Pigskin!
Turkey n Gravy! String Some Lights! On'a Outdoor Tree!
Kiss That Dolly! Once For Me! Thy Neighbor Love!
Sing Hallelu! Sip Yourself A Frosty Brew! Praise The LORD!
For The Land O' Free! Tinsel! Cookies! USMC! It's Christmas Time!
Stop On By! A Veteran's Home! Just Say "Hi!" Sing Happy Carols!
HOHOHO! Scissor Cut! Some Flakes O' Snow! Read Dickenses Book!
To A Squad O' Kids! Tell Glory's Story! Like Saint Luke Did!
Twas A Night Before! This Eve You See! The Christ Was Born!
For You n Me! GOD Rest Ye! Merry Gentlemen! Go Leathernecks!
Be A Friend! To Some Poor Soul! Who's Stuck Inside! Buckle Up!
Shuffle! Skate n Glide! Now! Best Of All! Take Time To Pray!
For The Fightin' Troops! On Christmas Day! Peace On Earth!
Salute The Cause! Enough's Enough! For Gunny Claus!
Sound That Cadence! Time To Fly! Mount Those Coursers!
To The Sky! But Now Hear This! Ere I Jet Out'a Sight!
Merry Christmas To All! n To All! SEMPER FI!!"

LORD, save and protect all who have served, are serving, and will serve our ever GOD blessed United States of America and the Glory of Freedom world wide! ~

Amen Pastor Mark N. Johnston USMC Veteran 1973-76

"Go tell everyone The Good News!"
~ Mark 16:15 ~


'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the tent
was the odor of fuel oil(the stovepipe was bent)

The shoepacks were hung by the oil stove with care
in hope they'd issue each man a new pair.

the weary GIs were sacked out in their beds,
and vision of sugar-babes danced through their heads,

When up on the ridge there arouse such a clatter
(A Chinese machine gun had started to chatter).

I rushed to my rifle and threw back the bolt,
The rest of my tent-mate awoke with a jolt.

Outside we could hear our platoon Sergeant Kelly,
A hard little man with a little pot belly.

"Come Yancey, Come Clancy, Come Gomer and Watson,
"Up Miller, Up Shiller, Up Baker and Dodson".

We tumbled outside in a swirl of confusion,
so cold that each man could have used a transfusion.

"Get up on that hilltop and silence that Red.
"And don't come back till you're sure that he's Dead".

The, putting his thumb up in front of his nose,
Sergeant Kelly took leave of us shivering Joes.

But we all heard him say in a voice soft and light:
"Merry Christmas to all-- and may you live through the night."

By: Lt Col Darrell T Rathbun of St Petersburg, Fla, who was serving with the 9th Corps.

Sgt Grit, I've had this ever sine I left Japan in 54 to go home for discharge. I don't remember how I got. But I always remember it each year, just thought you'd like a copy. Semper Fi and oorah to all the old, the young and boot soon the be Marines Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all. I Pray for you all every night...

Paul R. Renfro,
Cpl USMC 51/54, 3d Mar. ,
3rd Marine Div.
Drop me a line anytime.


I so enjoy this newsletter. The greatest honor afforded to me in this lifetime was becoming the wife of a Marine. After our vows but before the kiss, he looked me straight in the eye and said for all to hear, " 'Semper Fi' " my dear wife. Life was never dull.

He is now with the Great Commander, and to say I miss him is truly an understatement. Tell the ones you love, that you love them ... tell them daily ... don't think they know it ... tell them. You may not have the chance before it is to late.

Thank all of you for your sacrifices in your choice to serve our Country. No one knows better the sacrifices one makes than one who is or has served.

PSR. Engelhardt


When I read the December 11 newsletter first message, I truly remember 59 years ago this month when I received the treatment from Lou Diamond which I still remember. I did well enough to be assigned to the Japanese Language School and then Combat Intelligence School at Camp Lejuene, then under the command of Chesty Puller, then a Colonel and the day after Pres. Roosevelt died, for some reason he invited me to set down with him on a bench near the drill field, just to talk a little. I think he had been honored by the President and felt the need to communicate with someone, but I was a little ill at ease to be in his presence, but I will always remember it. The time at Schools Regiment kept me out of trouble but we were on ship heading for the invasion of Japan when the war ended. I served in Transient Center and FMF-PAC headquarters and help send many men to places like Tsingtao, Tientsen, Okinawa and others lost in memory. This was brought to mind when I spent last week in China and saw those names again, but close up this time. I have just sent out releases on my trip to some media and I will forward my current impressions in another e-mail.

Great job you are doing.
George D. Weber WWII Marine 981062 Eureka, MO





Boot Camp--Parris Island ! Was in Platoon 125, summer of 1957. Drill Instructors were S/.Sgt E.V, Tipton, Sgt. Fikse, Sgt. Dean, a finer group of men (and meaner) I have ever known. They made me into a Marine of which I remain proud today. I am not as lean, not as mean, but still a Marine until the day I leave this earth. All this I owe to these Marines!!!! I hope those three Marines made it to retirement and are enjoying it today. To my Drill Instructors I proudly say to each of you -------------- Semper Fi !!!!!!!!

Marine Veteran Huey M. Travis
1st Recruit Battalion C Company Platoon 125.


Just had to share this:

Five years ago we attended boot camp graduation at MCRD San Diego for my oldest daughter's boyfriends' graduation. It was my first trip back to MCRD since my graduation in December of 1964. That boyfriend is now my son-in-law serving with the 13th MEU in and around Iraq. Well, last summer my youngest daughter met the love of her life and wouldn't you know he volunteered and reported to USMC boot camp this past September (Platoon 3033). Soooo, this past Friday, my wife and I with our daughter attended his graduation at MCRD. This old Jarhead only has two daughters and both of them are in love with Marines - must have something to do with the love their old man has for the Corps.

Former Staff Sergeant of Marines, Mark Hite
RVN 1966-67, 1969-70


You have it partially right, you are Marines up to your death. Upon accomplishing dying, to the living, you will then become a Former Marine. Upon arrival at your next duty station, you will again become the New Guy. (But still a Marine)



Another Everly Brothers Story:

I was stationed at Oaknoll (Oakland Naval Hospital) in 1967, attached to Marine Barracks, Treasure Island, serving with the Marine Liaison Office at the Hospital as diary and payroll clerk. One afternoon, while manning the lunch hour, Don and Phil showed up looking for directions to the ward that the amputees were recovering in. They had arrived in a limo. I gave them directions (this hospital was built during WWII and was spread out in the hills) toward 76. Turns out they were accompanied by the Playmate of the Month and 3-4 cases of Playboys for her to autograph. They sat in the ward and played they songs for most of the afternoon while Miss April (?) drove the jarheads crazy!!

Cpl. Dunc


Let me add another Landing Support Battalion story to your list. I joined the USMC on 13 0ct 1959 and went through boot camp at MCRDep SDiego. Early in Jan 1960, after graduation, our platoon was kept at MCRD in a casual status due to some problem at ITR (quarantine or something). Anyway, we were used for working parties, mess duty, etc. One day I was assigned to help process an incoming transplacement battalion from Okinawa. I was told to help three Corporals that were processing orders.

As we were working, I noticed the red patches on some of the incoming Marines and asked the Corporals what they stood for. As you all know, to a recruit, a Corporal has almost god like stature. So I totally believed them when they told me that the red patches identified Marines that had contracted an incurable, sexually transmitted, disease while they were on Okinawa. Later that day, I was having noon chow at the mess hall when three "red patchers" sat down at my table. I wasted no time in getting the h*ll away from that table and that awful disease. Of course, when I told the Corporals, they had a great laugh at my expense.

In 1982, I had the honor to command the Heavy Equipment Platoon, 1st Landing Support Battalion. I proudly wore those red patches and told my first red patch story many times.



Just came across the story sent in by retired Col. B.C. Stinemetz, former Battalion CO of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion (Reinf), 1st Marine Division and the tiger photo taken Nov. 1967

I did a double-take! I was a MACV intel advisor at ARVN I Corps in Da Nang when that happened and was the (unfortunate) briefer at Corps HQ for Gen. Cushman from III MAF on the morning that news came in. The Gen. took great exception to the possibility there were tigers in I Corps, interrupted me, and told me in no uncertain terms that the only tigers were in India. Hmmmmm. The follow-up to the story is the commander of the Special Forces unit at China Beach was in the room and apparently took pity on me. I had gotten a top-level flag rank reaming. One of the SF Teams netted a tiger, choppered it to III MAF HQ, and released it right in front of the Gen.'s office. By the time it had completed its first airlift, the tiger was completely frantic and raced around the compound scaring the s**t out of the whole HQ until it escaped.

Thanks for the memory ! ! !
Don Jones


I'm a former FMF "Doc" from the 60s. Served with the 7th Marines, 1st Div. mostly but was TDY to 3/3 at Camp Hansen, Okinawa and a little side trip to Laos during the 2 years I served with the Marine Corps after 2 years of school and training at various Naval installations. Since that time, when I was a part of the Marine Corps, caught the "esprit", realized what a unique and special group it was, I have considered and promoted myself as a Marine. It was most gratifying to be accepted by the Marine Corps League as a full member because of my FMF duty. Reading your newsletter usually results in moist eyes but when I read testimonials to other Navy Hospital Corpsmen who wore the Marine uniforms, went through the training, served alongside "their" Marines and are appreciated, the moisture turns to liquid quickly. That was the best, proudest, finest time of my life and I still value the title "DOC" when spoken by a Marine. I would not only do it all over in a heartbeat (if I wasn't 63 yrs. old) I would re-up and be in Iraq or Afghanistan (If my wife would let me) right now!

Keep up the good work.
Semper Fi, Cal "Doc" Burt, HM3

-- All that is necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.

--Edmund Burke


Please send your Marine prayers to once a Marine Always a Marine Sgt James C. Kitinos my dad, the Sgt., is dying from 4 forms of cancer he'd rather be at the point write your prayers to the kindest man in the world but still a Marine to the end, he is suffering and could use the moral boast he serves twice , cancer , is not fitting for my dad the Rock, the marine! Hugs to all my marine buddies You are the greatest!

Joy Kitinos


Have been reading comments about Marine movies. When I watch a movie most of all a movie about Marines I get nit picky. "Heartbreak Ridge" is without a doubt one of the worst Marine movies going. Where would you see Marines especially Recon Marines show the disrespect for a Gunny as they did in that movie. Besides that he's been awarded the Medal of Honor. I had seen on one Marine wearing that and was just awestruck by it. After twenty years in the Corps I doubt there are any Marines or former Marines that would act as they did. I thought it was a slap in the face against the Corps. Like I said I get nit picky for some sort of realism.

Semper Fi.
Jim Freas


Sgt. Grit,
In regard to the comments about Seabees by Terry King, SGT USMC (fmr) of Tunica, MS, there were/are Marine Engineers as well. I served with two battalions in Vietnam, 9th Engineers, 1st MarDiv at Chu Lai in 1967 and 11th Engineers, 3rd MarDiv at Dong Ha in 1968. At 9th Engineers, we worked with Seabees and traded with them for materials and supplies. I worked in the S-3 section doing drafting and surveying. We had blue line print paper but no blue print machine. The Seabees had the machine but no paper. We traded jungle boots that we could get for Ka-Bar the Seabees could get. Our work included fuel dumps, heads, communication/fortified bunkers, mess halls, e-clubs, bridges, helipads, potable water, drainage structures and main roads. Highway 1 from Chu Lai to Danang was a major responsibility. D Company, 9th Engineers built the longest bridge ever built by Marines under combat conditions over the Song Ba Ren River 29 miles south of Danang. 9th Engineers lost many men to road mines in spite of daily minesweeping activities. We also conducted daily patrols of our area both at night and during the day and stood guard on the perimeter at all times.

A book by Jean Shellenbarger gives the personal accounts of 35 members of the battalion and is titled "The 9th Engineer Battalion, First Marine Division, in Vietnam" and was published by McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers of North Carolina in 2000. The book starts at its activation on 1 November 1965 at Camp Pendleton, California, its transfer to Vietnam in May 1966, its leaving Vietnam for Hawaii and California and deactivation on 30 October 1970. Company A (Rein) continued in Hawaii for a while. Sometime later the 9th Engineer Support Battalion was formed and serves on Okinawa. In the battalion area, we had purified, running water, boardwalks as opposed to concrete walks, a full stage with movies (flicks) or shows every night, a chapel, lights and receptacles in every tent/hut, racks for vehicle maintenance, showers and a great mess hall - all the comforts of home. Those in the outlying areas didn't have it so well, living in bunkers, old tents, etc. I also served with 11th Engineers in 1968 in the HQ Co. office.

Check out Sgt. Grit's "The Marine BS Page" under 1st Marine Division for some of my pictures from 9th Engineers and my R&R. Also check out the following web sites:

Semper fi, Jim Harris
LCpl, '66 - '69


Sgt. Grit,
"Good night Chesty wherever you are." Just want to pass on the word. Chesty's bodily remains are buried at Old Christ Church Cemetery about 3 miles east of Saluda, Virginia. In the town of Saluda which is the county seat of Middlesex County is a small museum with a portion dedicated to General Puller including news articles, medals etc. Also across the street is the Chesty Puller Park. Saluda is north of Norfolk, Virginia and east of Hwy 64. The highway from Saluda to the cemetery is the General Puller Highway. If your in the area of Williamsburg/ Jamestown it's a great side trip to honor and visit with this great man. If you happen to be in the eastern area of Virginia there is a small section of the VMI museum also dedicated to him. Also worth a visit.

Steve Bosshard USMC 64-68
Former Sgt.of Marines/Retired Sgt. SFPD


Twelve things at Christmas the Marine Corps gave to Me.

12 - Member Squad
11 - Hours of Duty
10 - Marine Corps Pushups
9 - Mile Hike
8 - Body Builders
7 - 8 2 Gear
6 - Month Deployment
5 - Mile Run
4 - Sets of Cammies
3 - MRE's
2 - Combat Boots
1 - A Hair Cut that isn't worth a Flip.

Still Green, Still as Mean, Not as Lean
Sgt. Todd "Crusader" Bowers


Dear Sgt. Grunt:
The theme of "once a Marine, always a Marine" pervades nearly every one of your newsletters. May I share my latest experience to add to this cosmic truth.

I took my son to Las Vegas for a few days in June to celebrate his 21st birthday . On the return flight, an elderly gentleman a few rows in front of us suffered a "cardiac event". A number of self proclaimed nurses on the flight began patting his hand and calling out his name without effect. After a few minutes of watching this man fail to respond and turn a sickly shade of gray, I got up and volunteered my son to help me. Together we got him down on the deck of the aircraft and put an oxygen mask on the man even though he was not breathing, had no perceptible pulse and was quite cold. Before I could begin CPR, his wife, quite scared, asked if I was a doctor. "No m'am", I answered. "a corpsman with The Marines". "Oh", she said, "my husband was a Marine." "Is he going to die?" "No m'am", I answered with the stock phrase, "No one dies on this corpsman without my express permission." "What was your husband's rank?" She answered " He was a private at Guadalcanal in World War II."

I immediately leaned over the man and over the engine noise yelled in the man's ear. " Private, take a deep breath!" After yelling this two more times, the man's chest heaved slightly and then he took a good deep breath. After a few more good hits on the oxygen mask, he opened his eyes. Before we landed his color had returned, he had a good pulse and had warmed up. Although still groggy, as he was taken off the plane on a stretcher by the paramedics, he grabbed my hand and whispered, "Semper Fi".

P.G. Bradt, HM2(FMF)
Corpsman of Marines


I was honored by my Marine Corps League buddies to be the guest speaker at our celebration of the 228th birthday of the Corp. Here are a few things I said that night. In boot camp (Parris Island Aug 1942) we were told about the Marines in France in WW1, like when the Marines were moving to the front they met the French retreating and were told they better move back, which the Marine reply was ''retreat h*ll we just got here''. They went on to give the Germans one of the worst defeats at Belleau Wood and how they fought at Chateau Thierry. We were going to be part of this Marine Corp and we would be proud to be called Marines. (I was wounded my 4th day on Iwo Jima) I have been to several ''Iwo Jima Reunions'' and heard speakers say that we set the standard for the Marine Corps, but really we didn't set the standard. All we did was uphold the standard. The standard was set many years before by all of the Marines who served in the many missions around the world. It is evident today that Marines still uphold that higher calling. I'm proud to be called a Marine.

Cpl Robert F. Glenn
F/2/21 3rd Marine Division WW2


To my brother Marines and corpsmen - If you served with the 26th Marines on Iwo Jima (1945) or in Vietnam (1966-1973), please contact me about a book that is being written. Two other great movies are: Ambush Bay-Micky Rooney Green Eyes-?

Semper Fi,
Gary A. Gruenwald
Former Sergeant of Marines
P.O. Box 656
New Market, MD 21774


Sgt. Grit:
When I was transferred from MCRD, San Diego, in October 1953, to the Naval Amphibious Base, across the Bay, Chesty was the Commanding General, Troop Training Unit (later to become Landing Force Training Unit). He and the Admiral at ComPhibPac were constantly surprising each other with "inspections"; it was a pleasure serving with and getting to know "Chesty"....

GySgt of Marines
1949 - 1970


Dear Sgt Grit. I had the distinct pleasure to attend a unique PME (Professional Military Education) while doing my tour on the Drill Field at PI. Our Company Commander worked his butt off to make the arrangements for it. In a nutshell, I got to roll out my sleeping mat in Belleau Wood. We took a Navy bird over, stayed in some questionable barracks here and there, but we got to tour the field of battle. We even toured the nearby town, Chateau de Theirre, where the famous "Devil Dog" fountain continues to pour sacred water. What an honor!! However, seeing the terrain of the area made me realize something very important. Our Marines had to cross vast, open farmland to reach their objective. The whole time they were subjected to withering machinegun fire from well fortified German positions. It gave me a real appreciation (first hand) of what my "ancestors" have done. No wonder the Germans gave us our second name of Devil Dogs. It certainly took a hound from h*ll to wade through all of that and still take it to the bad guys. Let me take the opportunity to whole heartedly salute all of those Marines that have marched before me. You've all set an example that I can only hope to emulate. Thank you, and God bless the Marines.

SSgt John Pierce
1st MarDiv, 1st Tank Bn, AT/TOW Plt


Sergeant Grit: Always read your letters and really enjoy them. In boot camp at Parris Island 1961, platoon 149 while standing against a wall waiting to get those skin tight hair cuts , our drill instructor came up to me and grabbed me right by the sideburns I had at the time . He asked me if I was a hood from New York and robbed old ladies purses on Sunday afternoons. Every Marine should know how that turned out. Love those days and still laugh till this day.

Roy G. Domster 1964823 Chu Li 1964-65


Sgt. Grit,
Re News Letter: 11 Dec.03 Marine Movies. Thanks to, "Old Salt Marine" 543114 for some up date on Marine Movies and their titles. I have seen all those he mentioned, but, alas, they slipped my immediate attention. All are very good and have a motivating factor, well worth watching many times over. One Marine mentioned the movie, "Hail the Conquering Hero". One of the principal stars was, Eddie Bracken and not Donald O'Conner as said in the e mail. The other movie about Korea and the, "Chosin Reservoir", starred the late Frank Lovejoy, as LtCol. Corbin, and not Pat O'Brien.Another movie that has not been give to much notice is, "Hold Back The Night", starring John Payne & Chuck Connors. A close portrayal of, Fox Company 2 / 7 during December 1950 at "Toktong Pass" North Korea, while "Breaking Out to The Sea". One story of, "GRIT", to come out of this move, was, when a reporter asked one of the Marines if he was scared when he was surrounded by all of those, "Chinese Hoards" at the reservoir. "H*ll no" he replied," I was surrounded by MARINES too".

That is the way it ought to be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1st. Sgt. Pete Petrisky
' 52 ' 72


First, I seem to recall a movie titled "The Wind and the Lion", I saw part of it at PI Boot Camp 1975 during snap in week at the Rifle Range. The movie as I recall was about the US Marines in the area of Tripoli. It showed a Rifle Company or Platoon disembark from a US ship in the harbor; the Marines proceeded to fix bayonets and them double time to the Palace; whereupon, the Officer in Charge demanded the ruler's complete surrender. It seemed that it was about Lt. Presley O'Bannon and the award of the Mamaluke Sword; however, an actor in the movie appeared to be President Teddy Roosevelt so the date timeline does not seem to match. Please verify... I am not always right but I am often correct.

Secondly, I remember the movie "Stars and Stripes Forever" which was about John Phillip Sousa one of our First Band Director for the "President's Own, US Marine Corps' première band. I believe Robert Wagner was in the film as well.

OOH RAH Devildogs!!!
GYSGT ROCK Rockswold


Just wanted to respond to Chris Spencer's article regarding the Everly brothers enlisting in the Corps. They actually did. I had the pleasure of working with a retired GySgt Sterling when I was employed at the sheriff's office working in the county jail. At the time I was still in the reserves, and Gunny and I got along real well. He was in 11th Marines, and they were in his battery. He mentioned they were good Marines, and that a limo used to come to the barracks on Fridays to pick them up, and would return with them on Sunday afternoon for field day. That's about all I remember him telling me about them. Hope that helps.

David Mahoney


Sgt. Grit -
Though a bit late, I wanted to thank Sgt. Nick Sparacino for his excellent submission "What Makes a Marine a Marine!". One clarification though, if I may. The 5th Marine Regiment is part of the 1st Marine Division, not the 2nd. I was always proud to wear the fourragere.... even if it is French.

Thanks again, Sgt., for some great reading.
Ed Moore, Cpl., C 1/5, 1st Mar. Div., An Hoa, '68/'69


Semper Fi...
I enjoy this entire web site, if there was ever something I missed in this life, it's the Marine Corps! I was in platoon 328 and Sgt. Austin, Bill Chambers and Sgt. Roberts were my Drill Instructors. I do remember getting the best training there was on the island!

I think that I do have a faint remembrance of one....Private O.Possum!

Bill Newman


I never met a Marine active duty or otherwise that didn't want to kick *ss. I was out shopping for boots this AM and went into a local western wear store. A young man came up and asked if I needed assistance. It must have been the High and Tight under the Stetson that gave him away as mine under my old Ball cap gave me away. He was an enlisted Winger and we started talking about him wanting to get a Commission and flying. His preference was for Helicopters, but not just any chopper. He wants to fly Super Cobras and kick some A--. I told him to talk to a Recruiter and start getting his ducks lined up. After Semper-fis I went on my way. It never ceases to amaze me that no matter how long a Marine has been out we seem to keep listening for the bugle calling us to stand to on the line.

Semper Fi
Merry Xmas Marines


Hey Sgt Grit,
Loved what L/CPL Neuman said about the Marine stereotype that other countries see us as. It reminded me of something that happened in Grenada in '83. We were assigned to raid what was supposed to be the PRA/s HQ. We got there and assaulted the building, but as luck would have it, they bugged out prior to us getting there. After determining it was empty we did a good search for intel and found these pamphlets that the Soviets had printed for the Cubans, we had a few guys that could read that stuff and it was funny what they had to say about us, specifically about the Marine Corps, stuff like in order to be a Marine, you had to be a convicted killer, a rapist or a violent felon. It said that we are ruthless killers {well for the bad guys that's true} and will show no mercy { see previous} We got a good laugh from it, granted, at that point in time, Doing your time in the Corps, was an alternative to doing "other" time with the civilians, so it wasn't too far from the truth !

Semper Fi,
Gunny B

CIRCA 1927

Sgt. Grit
Watched a silent film on TCM cable some months ago that I enjoyed and thought other Marines might want to watch: "Tell It To The Marines" circa 1927 with Lon Chaney Sr. as the hard-nosed Sergeant. General Smedley Butler was an advisor and the Marine Corps allowed the use of the Marine Base in San Diego during the filming. Shots of the MCRD grinder and quonset huts from the 20's also make this film worth seeing.

My collection also includes some favorites like "Full Metal Jacket", "Heartbreak Ridge" and "The DI" (purchased from Sgt. Grit's website).

Semper Fi
L/Cpl Bardy aka crazy_mohawk
HQ Co., 8th Marines 1961-65


1st Marine Division A Comp. 1st Bn. 7th Reg. WWII & China Reunion to be held April 20-21 &22nd 2004 in San Antonio Texas Contact Lou Clabeaux

Phone # 727-399-9276 EMail

Thank You Semper FI


In regards to "Rugershooter" letter on 11 Dec. Jack Roush NASCAR car owner caught a "wire" on landing a borrowed plane on 19 April and Sgt. Maj. Larry Hicks who was trained to rescue downed aviators under water rushed from his home and went down twice to pull Jack Roush from his plane. He had given praise to Hicks last year when his Busch driver Greg Biffle won the championship. Hicks has been seen a lot in the pits at Roush racing. When he told his story last year there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Roush an avid aviator has a P-51 with Normandy markings on fuselage and tail and can be seen flying to a lot of NASCAR races while others fly them sissy jets!

Chuck Stark Riviera Beach, Fl. Hospital Corps USN


Hey there Sgt. Grit,
a note from an old washed up wannabe. I just wanted to say that I look forward to your newsletter and read them word for word. no, I was not a Marine I enlisted in U.S. Army. I am an admirer because of my brother who had all of the good sense in my family. Our only Marine. Wanted to tell you about a Marine I me at the wedding of a good friend lately. My friend is a Capt. in The Army Special forces and recently got himself hitched to the daughter of the Pastor of the church I attend. He brought along several of his fellow officers as groomsmen, etc. and they did look sharp. Every pleat and press right where it should be, but alas one of her number was delayed and they were in need of one more so he the groom and bride could walk out under crossed sabers. Well, what do you know, one of the wedding guests was there in his dress blues and I suggested to my friend he ask the Marine to stand-in. He wouldn't do the asking (Must have been intimidated or something but asked me if I would and I did. I have to tell you that young Marine looked more spiffy than all of the brass my friend brought along with him. He was of course ramrod straight and the most considered and well mannered of them all and after the wedding he was the only one of the groomsmen to drive away with one of the brides maids. One did I say? They were all in his car. Talk about class, he had it and he was only two weeks out of boot. One could tell he was well taught in everything he said and did. If he truly represents who is protecting us civvies and this great country of ours I rest easy. My brother having been a Marine (medically retired, combat wounds from Viet Nam) I always keep a sharp eye open for Marines. They are like family to me and I wasn't even one. Wish I could do it all over again, my choice of being Army or Marine. But alas isn't that the way life is? Always wishing. Any young lad out there reading this should sit down and give serious thought as to what he wants to be in his life. A retired what ever or a Marine for life because I think that is exactly what it is. My brother has been out sine the late sixties when he air evaced home and he still has that training to fall back onto in everyday life and he also has that gait and bearing in his walk and talk. I still see that pride in his eyes. Bill (brother) suffered a house fire 5 years ago in which he lost everything of importance to him. His dress blues, etc. I finally found a dress saber for him last Christmas in a pawn shop of all places that Marine must have lost every once of pride he had. Gave it to Bill for Christmas and of course he hung it on the wall just opposite his recliner where he could look at it during commercials, And God help the little rug rat who draws a kitchen chair up close to where he or she can actually touch it. It was his grand daughter who did it first. He gave her such a dressing down but she stood her ground and never shed a tear. At the end the only thing she could say was Grandpa, I wanna be a Marine just like you. Not bad for a 4 year old, huh? She always has had good taste. When the little tike left the room I saw huge tears in Bill's eyes and he mumbled to me something that sounded like "She's made of the right stuff" Well Sgt. enough of this book. I said all that just to say good job and keep it up as some of us civvies enjoy your rag as well as your brothers.Corpsman "Little tike" my old nick name.


Two good movies were left off the list last month. Heaven Knows Mr. Allison with Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr. Also Hail the Conquering Hero with Donald O'Conner.

Both outstanding Marine movies.
Semper FI Merry Christmas Marines


Sgt. Grit
Sometime back I wrote of my meeting with the Chinese prisoners of war on their way back to China via the village of Panmunjom. This time I will tell the story of the Sqd. ldr. of the 3rd sqd, 3rd. plt. of B-1-5, Cpl. Delbert Carney and his meeting with the Chinese. Cpl. Carney was a tall, six foot two, Alabama boy who spoke in a soft husky voice and had a ready smile that, coupled with his "aw shucks" manner, hid the fact that he was a no nonsense Cpl. of marines. Panmunjom was the village where the peace talks had gone on for over two years and, when finally concluded, the prisoners that both sides held would be exchanged. On July twenty-seventh 1953 the fighting ended and the exchange of prisoners could begin. A checkpoint was established on the road to Panmunjom a mile or so south of the village thru which all U.N. personnel and the returning prisoners had to pass. Our men coming south and theirs going north. Cpl. Carney always felt honored and privileged to be present when our men came thru the checkpoint. He was able to welcome and shake the hand of Army Gen. Dean when he came back after three horrific years as a guest of the communists. We held tens of thousands of Chinese and, while many chose not to return to communism, there many who did return north. Those returning to Mao TseTungs paradise were brought north in open dump trucks carrying about fifty prisoners.On this particular day when Cpl. Carney came on post he found a flag lying on the ground that had been dropped from an earlier convoy of communist prisoners going north. Cpl. Carney broke a broom handle and affixed the communist flag to it. Soon the sound of Chinese voiced could be heard chanting and singing which heralded the arrival of another convoy of prisoners going north. Cpl.Carney, with the picture of the emaciated Americans he had welcomed home in his minds eye, got his broom handled communist flag and prepared to send them home Marine style.The trucks stopped just long enough for the S.Korean guards to place their weapons on the ground and as they started forward he raised the broom handled flag for them to see and as they began to sing he quickly dropped it to the ground and began wiping his boots on it. What came out of the Chinese mouths at this point was not singing but angry screaming accompanied by fist shaking on the part of those not attempting to get off the trucks. Suddenly the trucks stopped again and some of the Chinese got off and headed for Cpl. Carney who wisely drew his .45 pistol just as the trucks again started forward. Those prisoners who had managed to get off decided it would be better to put off meeting their ancestors just then and quickly climbed back aboard.Cpl. Carney is alive and well in Chatom, Alabama.

Robert Jennings MSgt.
USMCR ret.


In 1970 our squadron, VMFA 122 was rotated out of country, some of us got to fly back on a C130 with the planes. One stop (it took 5 days) is stuck in my mind forever, Midway Island. About 10 of us were just enjoying walking around the base without having to carry a weapon. We weren't doing anything but walking, people (military and dependents) would cross the street to avoid us, wouldn't speak. We were in our jungle utilities was the only difference. You'd think they of all people would understand. My son is a Marine with the 1st LAR, Weapons Co., preparing to ship out to Iraq in Feb or March 04. We had long talks before he went in, I wanted him to be prepared for everything, good and bad. It didn't change his mind. But I've found that America has a short memory, while they are Heroes one minute they can become villains the next. So many have already forgotten 9-1-1. They will not be forgotten, we can't let them. I'm so proud of all of them no matter what service. When it comes down to it they are fighting for each other, to protect their friends, to survive. I keep a photo of Jane Fonda on my wall at work to remind me of how fickle American's can be. Her setting on the AA gun with her VC helmet and remember how honored she is while the true heroes were spat upon. I went to my son's graduation from MCRD in Sept, they had the 3/10 survivors from WWII there, now my son's best friend he went in with is part of that unit. The pride is still there, there was about 2000 family members there supporting there men. Sorry about rambling on so, this old Marine is getting old and tired but would go back if they'd let me.

Sgt. Ralph Cook, 1967-71


Sgt. Grit,
Re: 566248 (fifty six-sixty two-forty eight NO OTHER WAY) This was my serial no. in the Corps. Our DI (Sgt. Dan Manning) quickly let us know when we sounded of our number it was NOT to be five-six-six-two-four-eight...You are not here to become a Dogface or a Swabbie. You are here to become MARINES....maybe. ! He had some insidious punishments for those who screwed up.....for anything..this guy was GOOD. What a dark mind ! ! For years I used that sequence for all my numbers and Yep, people thought.....but boot camp habits are hard to break. This was in 1945 so maybe it's changed since....or was it another of Sgt. Dan Manning's sinister quirks. Did he do it to us again.?.?.? Thanks for the inquiry, Happy Holidays to all Marines everywhere..and Semper Fi

Former S/Sgt. Ed K. Collier, USMC 566248


Greetings Sgt,
I saw this in November issue of Leatherneck and thought it was a great example of why we are Marines. It may not start out this way for everyone but when you look back on your time in the Corps you find out why you did become a member of this big green family. Semper Fi! I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season whatever your spiritual followings. Coop, Sgt 84-97. "Marines are not saints; in fact they are very often lavishly outrageous sinners, but Marines are heroic at the core simply because they have chosen for a period of time to place others before themselves." - Capt Allen C. Allen, Force Chaplain,

MARFORLANT, 26 Aug 03, II MEF "Operation Iraqi Freedom"
Memorial service, Camp Lejeune, NC


A letter by SSGT Pete Fecteau gave me a boost, I instructed Marines on the range. I admit I was a little hard nose for them to make expert. But if they came home after Korea and their were many faces, I thank GOD that they new their Rifle. All Marines GOD bless Cpl Bryant Zingerman


I thought you might find this story as amusing as we did. I'm a Woman Marine and I have two sons, ages 9 and 5. My father is also a Marine. I'm active in the local chapter of the Women Marines Association, so my boys are around Marines fairly often. I didn't realize how often those Marines are women until my five-year old brought it to my attention! Last month we were visiting my parents-their grandparents. Grandpa and I were discussing how we spent the Marine Corps birthday. I heard Grandma ask the kids if they were going to be Marines when they grow up.

Naturally, I tilted my head and stopped talking long enough to hear the reply. They both thought for a minute, then the five-year old said, "Naaaah, that's for GIRLS!" Grandpa and I fell out laughing. Needless to say, I've got some work to do, "re-educating" the boys on the fact that boys can be Marines too! Also, a note for Concerned Mom...let your son join the Marines with your blessing. His chances of becoming a man that both of you can be proud of, and of becoming a survivor who has something to live for, are much greater in the Corps than in the civilian world. It's one of the best decisions he and you can ever make.

Melanie, Sgt, 1987-1995


Sgt. Grit,
Another year of great Newsletters. You give all of us a chance to remember what a great family we have as Marines. You must know it gives us all fortitude to accomplish things in our daily lives because we always remember where we were made.May the holidays be wonderful for you and your family and may God bless our country and our Corps.

Semper Fi!
Tom Masles, Sgt.


Bruce D Okeson Sr of the 1st battalion 9th Marines passed away on 12/4/03. He is now a dead member of the walking dead, who guards the streets of heaven.
long live the marines.

Just wanted to sound off a big Thanks to MSgt Reyna, Capt Mahoney, Cpl Collins and Bill "Valor" Cuccinello for the info on the Everly Brothers in our beloved Corps. I knew if I wanted the straight scoop on anything I could get it from my Marine brothers and sisters. I hope all Marines everywhere have a blessed and Merry Christmas. God bless you each and every one.
Chris Spencer
USMC 1972-76

"In response to the ones talking about marine movies, hasn't anyone seen FULL METAL JACKET, you know that brings back memories of book camp."
Semper Fidelis,

Sgt. Grit,
Regarding one of the Marine movies referred to in your last newsletter, the Chosin Reservoir film was the 1956 film "Hold Back The Night" with John Payne as a captain company commander. It had Chuck Connors in a supporting role.
Roy K. Heitman
Sgt. USMC 54-60

I passed a house recently that is fully decorated for Christmas. Right in the middle of the decorations, and clearly the best decoration of all, is the big sign welcoming home a Marine Lance Corporal.
Semper Fi...
Carole P.

I was at Camp Geiger in '62 with Don & Phil Everly. At that time they were already popular but didn't play the role. Just a couple of regulars. Of course they were a little bit thinner and didn't have earrings
P. Trainor 1988442

To the Concerned Mom who wants help with what MOS her son Michael Should choose, I highly recommended the 0311 field lots of fresh air and hiking,
GySgt Davis

Hand Salute to Grandma Cathie from Kingman Arizona for her great poem.
Larry D. Imus
Kingman, Arizona

To all those who serve in our nations defense; God bless you every one. My prayers go out for each one of you and your families.
Jeff Hooker,
father of Sgt. Caleb N. Hooker,
United States Marine Corps.

last night at dinner i had on my new SSGT shirt that you gave me. Connie said it looked very nice. Then she asked what rank is Sgt Grit.........I just looked at her.

Merry Christmas Marines!!
Give War a Chance!!
Semper fi!!
Sgt Grit

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