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Ever since I left VietNam in 1970, I was forever trying to locate my Platoon Sgt., a man I'd never forget! As an 18 year old Marine I looked up to this man (In his early 20's). We went on many combat patrols together as well as sharing a cold one when we got back to the rear. I feel my life was saved by this Marine, a man of honor a man looking out for his men. Several months ago I received an E-mail from this website. It motivated me with different options and ways to contact Sgt. Bill Jung, my hero. (and my families). Since this time I have found Bill and we've been in contact. Thank you soooo much!
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On November 10th, 1775, the Second Continental Congress resolved to raise two battalions of Continental Marines marking the birth of our United States Marine Corps. As Major General Lejeme's message reminds us, the ensuing gnereations of Marines would come to signify all that is highest in warfighting exceleence and military virtue. Each November as Marines the world over velebrate the birth of our Corps, we pay tribute to that long line of "Soldiers of the Sea" and the illustrious legavy they have handed down to us.
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OK...Listen up. There seems to be some confusion about the "two" newsletters. The first is the Sgt Grit Newsletter. It is Marine stories. If you don't see a story of your event, era, campaign, write one for me. A few weeks ago I got an email from a Marine wanting more Beirut stories. I told him to write me one, which he did, and I asked for more, which I got. And you got to read. By the way, outstanding Beirut stories. That's the way it works.
The second is called AmericanCourage. It started shortly after 9/11. It is patriotic, support the troops, rah-rah for the USA, Love It or Leave It, God Bless America, stop global whining, Semper fi Do or Die, give war a chance, strength, honor, courage, commitment....well you get the idea. Stories are from anyone who support Marines and America.
And yes, I occasionally include an "Anti-everything" story just to remind us there are those among us who do not appreciate what Marines do. Which makes what we do important, very important. Just ask a Korea or Vietnam vet about the importance of support.
Brand New Buck Sgt
In early 1951, I was a Radar technician on ground Radars (MGCIS-1) at K-1, Mason Korea. I was also a brand new buck Sgt. (19 year old). It did not take me long to repair a broken radar, so I had time on my hands, You are right work was found for me, I was made permanent Sgt of the Guard. I only had a half dozen or so sentries, so not too big of a deal. It was about this time that a beer company in the states sent a ship load of beer (free) to the troops in Korea. Oops, the Women's Christian Temperance Union(WCTU)would have none of that so they jumped Harry, and Harry had the beer dumped in Pusan harbor. Well, the Koreans are not dumb, so they sent divers down and recovered the beer, which they then sold to the GI's for a buck a can.
Well, we were an opportunistic bunch, and some of our guys were probably related to Al Capone,(some of the nearby Army units were convinced we were all related to Al Capone) so they hijacked a truck load of the beer. The Skipper said they could sell the beer for $.10 a can but you could only have four cans per day ( I think the number four came up because that was as high as the Sgt Major could count). The beer would be kept in a tent and my sentries would guard it. About midnight I heard this terrible racket, and went to investigate. Here was my sentry, can of beer in one hand, rifle muzzle in the other, dragging the rifle and yelling at the top of his voice, in the middle of officers country, some very uncomplimentary things about officers and their ancestry or lack thereof. I quickly got him out of there, and to bed and put out the standby. In about a half hour he was also drunk, so I moved him to another post, he was sober enough to stand guard, but his singing was terrible. If any enemy was listening they probably thought we had caught one of them and was torturing him. I guarded the beer myself the rest of the night. I didn't drink then and still don't. The next day I suggested to the Skipper it would be best to let everyone have their beer, and thankfully he agreed. He must have heard some of the singing. The next night at about 2 am, I was checking post, and found my first drunk from the previous night sleep walking! It was about 10 degrees outside, and he was huddled in his parka. He walked right past me and never saw me. I was carrying a Thompson (I think a 19 year old Marine buck Sgt with a Thompson is against the Geneva Convention), so I stepped up behind him and from about two feet from his head let go a complete magazine! I don't know the total of "cures" I accomplished that night, but sleep walking and slow bowl movements were two.
Initially Was Good
My name is David Most and I served twenty years in the Marine Corps, retiring as a Gunnery Sergeant in 1996. I now serve the citizens of Maryland as a State Trooper. I had the privilege to serve two tours in Beirut in 1983. Both with the Second Battalion, Sixth Marines. First tour was from January to June and we were in country from February to May. I served in the S-3 shop as the Battalion NBC NCO. If my memory serves me correctly the Ops Chief was MSgt Willie Sutton, a Marines Marine. Also in the shop was Sgt Keith McDonald, and Cpl Gregory Kunkle. I've forgotten the Officers names and I am sorry for that. They were all a great bunch to work for.
We worked out of the bomber out FAA Building on the grounds of Beirut International Airport, which was still in operation at the time. Our shop was on the second floor facing the airport terminal building. Cpl Kunkle and I shared a room at the top of the stairs leading to the second floor. It had been an air conditioning room before the building was bombed. Directly below our room was a small store run by a gentleman who was nickname "Shuffles". I believe he died in the bombing of the barrack on 23 October 1983.
Life in Lebanon initially was good. Stray rounds occasionally, but we could PT along the perimeter without much concern. CPL Kunkle and I would ride shotgun with the Ops Officers when they tour the perimeter or would made the trip to the University were we had an outlying company set in. We would occasionally accompany a mounted patrol through the city and usually end up at the Embassy.
That all changed in April 1983 when the Embassy was destroyed in what I believe was the first shot of the war on terror. I rode shotgun with the Ops Officer to the Embassy and we stayed until it got dark as the rescue and recovery efforts continued.
The rest of our initial tour was uneventful, accept for the occasional stray round. 2/6 returned to Camp Lejeune and we pick up the division Air Alert duty later that summer. We were called in on 23 October and flew out of Cherry Point to eventually land at Beirut International Airport early on 24 October 1983. Initially we stayed in a hanger at the airport before we moved into a building behind the devastated former barrack. One memory that sticks in my mine is of Congressmen who were visiting after the bombing having their pictures taken in front of a stack of metal coffins that were awaiting the remains of those killed at the barrack. To this day I don't trust one of those SOBs in Washington to be honest and truthful. Thank god those coffins were empty at the time.
I remember my time in Beirut with pride and am proud to have been able to serve my Corps there. I would return to active duty today if the Corps called upon me. God bless those in harm way now and in the future. Semper Fi Marines.
Trooper First Class David S. Most
Maryland State Police
Dear Sgt. Grit: First I wish to say Thank you for giving us a wonderful form to express our feelings and support for our young men and women who so proudly serve our country. I am a little behind in my reading and just came across a letter from Forrest Weatherbee about what he called "Hollow Heroes." He ask just what did John Wayne do for this country to deserve a heroes status. Mr. Weatherbee, you state you were a Marine in the early fifties, so allow me refresh your memory.
Marion Morrison AKA John Wayne did not serve on active duty in the military due to an injury from when he played football, and was deferred due to this. At the start of WW11 this country had taken a very hard blow from the cowardly attack on Pearl Harbor and moral was at an all time low. The US Government commissioned the Hollywood film industry to help raise the moral of this country by producing what is called Propaganda films to put a positive light on our fighting men and women in the armed forces. One of the first films was The Fighting Sea Bees. Followed by other films and shorts including "The Sands of Iwo Jima." These movies portrayed our fighting men and women in a strong and positive light and did a tremendous amount to bolster the moral of this great nation. Not only did John Wayne star in the above mentioned films, but he did War Bond drives and much more, along with many other Hollywood Stars who did films, bond drives, Red Cross work and so much more.
John Wayne in his portrayal of the American Fighting Man portrayed the epitome of the American Sprit, and the heart and sole of every American.
In the early 50's John Wayne endured the wrath of Joe McCarthy and his witch hunt. He was called a Communist and stood tall, fought back and told ol Joe where to get off.
The remainder of Wayne's life he continued to stand tall, not only for our American Service Men and Women but with a passion for his love of this Great Country, America.
John Wayne was "adopted" by the USMC as a figure to strive for, (remember most of us young "Boots" cut our teeth on the Saturday Matinee in the late 50's and early 60's with stars like John Wayne on the big screen).
At staging Battalion Camp Pendleton in 1968 there was a live fire course up a canyon with Pop Up targets called the "John Wayne" course.
There are only three movies I can think of from that era where the "Duke" died on film, The Fighting Sea Bees, Sands of Iwo Jima, and They Were Expendable.
As for Audi Murphy, here was a man of small stature with the heart of a lion, the love for his fellow comrades, and the love of his country. This young man had more intestinal fortitude and heart when the chips were down. Yes, he is one of Americas true Heroes. Upon his return to the USA he too did war Bond Drives and Hollywood made a movie about his war experiences called "To Hell and Back," staring Audi Murphy. Until his death he kept a loaded 45 under his pillow.
There are many unsung heroes both then and now who are doing there part to help make America great. May I also suggest you have your Grandson read about a quiet and shy country boy named Alvin York.
Just because a person may not have served in the Armed Forces does not mean that they did not do there very best to help keep the moral, and spirit of this Great Nation up, but also give the American people someone to look up to in our time of need.
To all the Mothers, Fathers, Family of Loved Ones, Wives, Husbands, Girl and Boy friends of those who now so proudly serve, and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for this country, to those who are about to go, are now in harms way God Bless you all, my heart and prayers are with you.
Cpl USMC, RVN 68-69
1st Marine Division Association
Sgt Grit Newsletter Readers,
The 1st Marine Division Association just partnered with Sgt Grit this past year to operate our PX and I subscribe to the newsletter. I see many inquiries about Marines or sailors trying to contact former comrades. We have the resources to help you locate them if they served in our Division. We put out a great newsletter( color, 64 pages, bimonthly) filled with articles about the past and present of the Division. I also am a reservist with the History Division of Marine Corps University and a school trained librarian and assist many folks trying to find out what their Dad or uncle did during "the war." Call us to see if we can help you or better yet, join us today.
To Cpl Grass about Faylaka Island during Desert Storm (posted in 29Sep05 newsletter). I was there with 13th MEU and BLT 1/4. HQMC published a monograph about our involvement in Desert Shield and Storm. It's called U.S.
Marines in the Persian Gulf, 1990-1991: With Marine Forces Afloat in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. LtCol Ronald J. Brown. USMCR (Ret). 1998. 263 pp. You can order if from the Government Printing Office. I read it and learned a thing or two and now events became clear as to why this raid didn't happen, etc..
Christopher G. Wright
1st Marine Division Association Inc.
410 Pier View Way
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 967-8561 FAX 8567
It's with bittersweet honor I report that Sgt. Mike Koehnen checked in to Marine Barracks Pearly Gates on Sept. 24th. at age 52. Sgt. Mike was a Nam Vet and ordinance man with VMFA 115 at Nam Phong, Thailand in 1972. Sgt K. got a wild hair a few years ago and set up a web site in hopes of drawing some of his brother Marines from that classified Marine Base in the jungle back together, and hopes of getting the straight scoop recorded. That humble effort drew hundreds of "Rose Garden" Marines together after 30 years of wondering if it really happened.
The "Rose Garden" got it's start from units deploying out of Da Nang in early 72 as "Task Force Delta", where we resumed F4 and A6 air operations over Hanoi (including Operation Linebacker II that helped bring our POWs home) and operations in Laos and Cambodia (and unfortunately contributed our share of names to the Memorial Wall). S.E.A. operations continued until Aug 15th of 1973 and by the end of Sept., MCAS Nam Phong was packed up and gone - membership in this short-lived ground and air task force was closed forever.
In one more example of a Sgt. showing one Marine can make a huge difference, Mike was responsible for: bringing us together again; for getting us hooked up with Lynn Anderson (the singer who's song gave us the "Rose Garden" name); Nam Phong archived in Marine Corps records; our first Task Force Delta Reunion in New Mexico last year - our first "welcome home"; and validation a long time coming for guys who, judging by our SRBs and experiences, served with little official recognition or even acknowledgement.
Mike lived as he was buried on Sept. 29 in his home town of Jamestown, ND, with a simple ceremony of Taps and Flag, although he certainly rated full Military honors - pomp wasn't his style.
He will be as greatly missed here as he is proudly welcomed by 230 years of Marines who served before him. We're confident he was embarrassed by the reception he got.
I know Mike would like it if I took the opportunity of his passing to invite other Nam Phong Marines who haven't yet found us to muster up, and also to extend our congratulations to a brother Rose Garden Marine, General (then Captain) Peter Pace (OO/XO 3/9) on his appointment as the first Marine Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Oh Rah, Sir!
Nam Phong Marines can contact me for information on how to muster up on line with their brothers - there's a lot of us we're still looking for. If we can account for all, Sgt. Koehnen would be greatly pleased.
Cpl. "Steeley" (Dan Nelson)
I wrote you a few months ago about my experiences at, what was then called Marine Corp Cold Weather Training Center - Pickle Meadows, Bridgeport, California. Since then there have been several letters from others who were either trained there or were permanent personnel. I am still wondering if there has ever been a reunion for former Marines that were there. While I was there, 1959-1961, there was a very colorful, well liked, and admirable mustang Captain by the name of Stanley Warziniak (not sure of the spelling) He was in charge of Mountain Warfare training. Time dulls memories, but I will never forget a time when we were called out for a rifle inspection. I had just drawn my rifle from supply where it was stored while I was on leave. I hadn't cleaned it yet. Captain Ski, as we called him, snapped it out of my hands, looked in the receiver, then down the bore. I never forgot what his words were, " Rice, it looks like a whole herd of fr...ng, f....ing elephants marched down this bore and s..t every inch of the way." I said, "Yes sir!" and told him "the rest of the story" and got off with a reinspection 15 minutes later. I would like to find out where Captain Ski is now and anything more that your readers may know about him. I think he may have earned 2 Navy Crosses in Korea...not sure about that either.
Cpl USMC 1958-1962
My son is back on US soil. 1/5 and a job well done. I'm a retired Marine 1965-1985. I'm proud as hell even though I was a nervous parent. Two tours in Nam with 3rd Force Recon made me a nervous father, but I'm proud as hell of my son and every Marine with him.....
America has lost yet another of this Nation's Finest......my Dad.
Charles W. Pugh passed from this earth on September 29th,2005 at 3:55 P.M. He was 92 years old. He now lies beside his Bride of 62 years,Merdis Elizabeth Pugh who passed away on February 2nd, 2003.
He was buried with Military Honors ( Marine Honor Guard ) in Memphis,Tn. On October 4th,2005.
My Dad served in the Pacific theatre during WWII, specifically Guam,Guadalcanal,Ulithi,and Okinawa. He was involved in the Battle of Sugar Loaf Hill which turned boys into men and men into Warriors. My Dad was a true Warrior in every sense of the word, but he also left a legacy of loyalty,faithfulness,friendliness,honesty,kindness,compassion,an d love for his Family. He was a lifetime member of the 6th Marine Division Association, and attended some of their get- togethers. He was also a member of the Nashville chapter of the VFW. There was no finer man anywhere!
Before Dad was layed to rest, I had the honor of a few more 'brief' private moments at his side... as I leaned over his Flag draped coffin I said my final good-byes, none of which I can remember--but I do very clearly remember what I ended with.... something that we always said to each other through the years as we ended our conversation or visit....and those words were: Semper Fi,Dad........
Semper Fi !
Friend And Brother Marine
This November is an anniversary that I will remember always. On Veterans day weekend last year I received a call from Camp Pendleton California from a friend and brother Marine that one of my Marines who came to my unit from the reserves in Texas was KIA during an operation in Fallujia Iraq. God did my heart break for this young man was perhaps one of the happiest people I have ever met. He kept his joyous outlook on life even during the most difficult time like "Wog Day" while passing the equator. For those not in the know "Wog Day" is a time for the senior Marines and Sailors who have passed the equator to welcome our brothers and sisters into the ranks of "Shellbacks" which is that they can proudly say that they too have successfully passed the equator. Oh the joys of West Pacs and what fond memories. All I really have left to say is thank you to all persons who are currently serving in our military and to thank all those who have served in the past and those who are willing to risk everything to serve in the future. Being in the military today is possible one of the hardest jobs in today's world. Just remember brothers and sisters that there are more supporters than nay sayers even though it does not seem that way. Just a little more info before I sign off I have been out of the Corps since Feb of 03 and I have been in the Oklahoma National Guard since June of this year.
Semper Fi Sgt Byron Norwood 0351 Javelin Gunner Wpns Company 3/1 Camp Pendleton Ca Sleep Well Brother and see you in the glorious great beyond.
US Army National Guard
Marine Infantry 95-03
Hello Marine Family!
My name is Terri Marquez. I am the Parent Liaison at Edgar Park Elementary in El Paso, TX. I run the Young Marine unit at school. Our school can't seem to concentrate because there is so much SEMPER FI excitement in the air! We are welcoming back our deployed Marines!
We have kept in touch with these Marines since they first deployed to Iraq in February. The school sent the Marines Valentines & then in May, sent them 5 HUGE boxes of goodies to help them through the sweltering summer months. We have kept in touch w/our Marines through email the entire time. We thank God they are now on their way home! One platoon is home, the 2nd platoon just arrived in the United States yesterday & the 3rd platoon is due to arrive stateside this Sat. We hopefully expect all our Marines back in El Paso by Oct. 15th. So the fun begins:
MARINE DAY @ EDGAR PARK ELEMENTARY: (hopefully) WED. OCT. 19
1) The cafeteria is Marine heaven. It is loaded w/Marine posters, stickers, books, Marine memorabilia from retired Marines (most notably- a flag that was draped on the coffin of a Marine who gave his life for his country @ Iwo Jima) & posters made by the students.
2) The lobby is wall to wall with red, white & blue & yellow--to show support for our troops still over there. Everyone will wear the same colors on the special day. Some students are even designing their own Marine/USMC/Semper Fi shirts! All 582 students & the faculty & staff will all wear a "WELCOME HOME MARINES" badge. Special & personalized "WE'RE PROUD OF YOU" badges will be given to the Marines. The Marines will also be presented with a Park/Marine certificate.
3) A huge "Welcome Home Marines!" banner is signed by the entire student body, faculty, staff & parents.
4) The Marines will have a power point presentation for all the grades, PK-5 to show the students how & where they lived. Students will be given the opportunity to have a "Q&A" time with the Marines!
5) We will treat our Marines to the best lunch ever! Scrumptious homemade dishes will be donated by Park Parents to feed our guys. Get ready, there's a ton of brisket & enchiladas coming in!
6) The students will be the tour guides for the visiting Marines to show them where they have class, go to the library, discover in the science lab & ton of other things. The kids can't wait to show the Marines around!
7) Park's own Young Marines will be in uniform & present the colors & the playing of the beloved Marines Hymn. They will be in charge of designating the "tour guides." There are 8 Young Marines & 5 Recruits.
8) A concert for the Marines (& all of El Paso's military) will be held (hopefully) on Oct.21. Four El Paso bands, Crash Kennedy, Abnik, Eleven Eleven & Elysium & one Santa Fe, NM band, Random Order, have all donated their time & talent for the event. All military get in free; for the rest it is $4. All money made at the door will be matched 100% by Wal Mart & donated to the Red Cross for the hurricane victims.
This is the very least we can do for our courageous, committed & loyal Marines. We truly appreciate everything all our military does for us. We especially love the few, the proud: our Marines. We are counting down till they come home! Please help us spread the word & tell the world how proud we are to say we have Marines in our lives. Thank you very much for your time.
Edgar Park Elementary
3601 Edgar Park
El Paso, TX. 79904
I Start My Journey
Today October 8th 2005
I received word that another family member died from wounds received while serving his country in Iraq. I have mixed emotions about this since I served for 21 years and 2 wars in the Marine Corps before retiring.
Tomorrow I start my journey to gather up all the family members, to prepare the way, for our latest warrior to be returned to his family and placed him in hollow ground where he may find peace. This is the second time since 09/11/01 I will have to do this journey. I did this many times for family and friends from 1972 though 1993
I do it now with a very heavy heart with what I now see on the news, in the paper and on the streets. I see the media having way too much power for too long to shaping opinions. We who have to give so much for freedom (our own lives, family, future's) we have done this all - - without raising our voices against this darkness - this evil.
NO MORE NO MORE SAY I. I have the right, I have the right, to tell these people this..... Without children - -these kids 18-19-20 years old who put their lives down every day and they make mistakes doing it just SO you can have a CHOICE, to live, to love, to use your voice, to practice any religion, to vote or the other RIGHTS you talk so much about.
What have you done to support these freedoms? What sacrifices have you made? What family members have you buried? What folded flag have you've given a mother drowning sorrow and tears. What gives you the right????
Tell me - What gives you the right to make your opinions known... I and my family paid our dues how about you?
Please give me an answer press I've been waiting for over 34 years
Gary R. Mosier
GySgt USMC Retired
First Sergeant Tandy Wells
A Google search of First Sergeant Tandy Wells brought me to your site and the posting last week by Ken Bell (1st Sgt. USMC Ret. 1965-1985) in which he cited his friend Tandy Wells as one of the heroes who was KIA at Beirut. I hope that Ken Bell and any others that knew 1SGT Wells get to see this. Wells was a L/Cpl on June 15, 1968 serving with Mike Co. 3/4 Third Marine Division. It was on that day that my brother L/Cpl. Richard B. Murphy of Norwood, Mass. was KIA. A flag that my brother carried with him was returned with his effects. It had been signed by Tandy Wells and 20 others. Needless to say it is a cherished item to us.
Through recent research I have located many of the Marines (and one Corpsman) that signed my brothers flag. During this research, I learned that Tandy Wells was KIA in 1983 in the Beirut Barracks Bombing. This past August I attended the 3/4 (Thundering Third) Battalion reunion in San Antonio (site of the Alamo)and met ten men who had served with my brother and Tandy Wells. Ken Bell and all others should know that Tandy Wells is fondly remembered by another group of Marines that served with him proudly 15 years before Beirut. Attached is a picture of Wells as a young Marine. If Ken Bell is in touch with family I even have a snippet of 8mm of wells in Vietnam.
I'm proud to be the son of two Marines and brother of six Marines.
Lieut. Brian P. Murphy
Norwood Police Department
Norwood, MA 02062
The 3/25 reserve unit based out of Brook Park. Ohio returned home last week. Northeast Ohio breathed a collective sigh of relief, and it was heart-warming to see the heroes welcome they received.
Also coming to Cleveland last week was Beans, the dog mascot that had been with the unit in Iraq. Beans was bought from Iraqi children for a handful of jelly beans and a quarter.
A 3/25 mom, whose son was killed in Iraq, asked Gen. Hagee if there was any way she could get Beans. A lot of the 3/25 parents knew about Beans and had been sending care packages including dog biscuits for months. Before her son was killed, they had talked about his desire to get Beans home.
Gen. Hagee said he would do everything he could do have that happen. True to his word, the Corps got Beans out of Haditha, and last week flew Beans into the States. USAir flew Beans from Jacksonville, NC to Cleveland and the commanding officer of the 3/25 delivered Beans to the mom's waiting arms.
Although it was against military regulations for Beans to have been part of the unit in the first place, there was a realization of how much this dog meant to the unit that had lost so many during the past few months. Beans accompanied the unit on patrols, and often alerted them to impending danger. It is comforting to know that the Corps was able to make an exception to a regulation and take care of its own...even one with four legs. More importantly, it was able to help this mother feel a small connection to her son, who made the ultimate sacrifice.
You can read about the whole story at www.newsnet5.com
I was proud to witness the reunion and am grateful to the Corps for going above and beyond.
A proud Marine Mom in Cleveland
Cpl. J. A. Alafonso Detachment 736 of the Marine Corps League is hosting the 230th birthday celebration on November 12, 2005 at the Brentwood Inn in Farmington, New Mexico. All Marine, Families and friends are invited to attend.
Contact: marine513 @ msn .com
Lawrence "Larry" Trujill
o Commandant Det. 736
THANK YOU, SGT. GRIT.
I was a gyrene from 1941 to 1945....Guadalcanal, Saipan, Tinian, Tarawa........and I feel for our boys today. I'm now 98 and still interested in any info on our core. Again ,thank you,. And SEMPER FI.
Michael A. Boyle
When we do our job people shoot at us.
Failure is not an option.
God Bless the Marine Corps
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