Dear Krall Family,
In response to Joe's letter, may I extend my condolences to you all. My father, Carl R. Magnuson 1921-2001, was also in the 4th Marine Division and survived Iwo Jima, Saipan, Tinian,.... he was wounded, received the purple heart, was being transported via ship to Tinian for R & R, but being Dad, he jumped ship, and found his way back to his buddies. (He had shrapnel in his face, eye, neck)
I understand having grown up with a Marine, what an honor it truly was. I know for a fact, not a day went by throughout his life that he wasn't thinking of his fallen comrades, and remembering those days. That was his life. Although successful in business, providing for his wife and family, Semper Fi forever.
God bless our soldiers. I pray every day for their safe return.
Integrity, Loyalty, Honor
Nancy D. Magnuson Davis
You can't make this stuff up. Keep them coming. Geezzzz......jumped ship to get back to his buddies. What a brotherhood we are all blessed to be a part of. What a privilege.
While Looking For
While looking for members of Platoon 145, MCRD San Diego, 1962, I found a Dominic V. Bommarito in Casa Grande, AZ that looked promising. Since there was no phone number, I sent a letter.
Monday, May 12th, I received a call from his wife. Dominic died in 2007. Cause of death - esophageal cancer.
Dominic's wife told me, until the day he died, he was very proud of his service in the Marine Corps.
Heaven all secure, sir. Another Marine reports for duty.
The Few. The Proud.
Monday the 26th is a special day for us all. Do what you can when you can on that day to remember. Even if it is only a few short minutes of silence in the privacy of your home. Remember the sacrifices made.
God Bless them ALL.
This is for Mike Kunkel of 3/8 Root Vet! Mike, Court Street is no more, it has been gone a while, I was with the 1st Blt 2nd Mar Wpns Co 81mm from 1982-86, I still go through Jacksonville every summer, I am from NC and still go to the beach at Emerald Isle every year. You would not know the place now they have redone the roads and you pretty much go around Jacksonville now. I got my first Tattoo on Court Street. I used to remember partying there on Sat night and going back Sunday to just hang out and seeing all the blood on the sidewalks from some of the fights from the night before. I was at Camp Gieger in Oct 82-Dec 82, a lot of my friends went to the Eighth Marines, Yall went to Beirut (Med) and we went to Norway (NATO) and West Pac, Eighth Marines still had open squad bays if I remember right. Semper Fi, Greg Hill 1st Blt 2nd Mar Wpns Co 81mm 1982-86
This is in response to Mike Kunkel re. Court St. I heard from an old retired Marine that lives in J'Ville that all those slop shutes were torn down. Ah the memories, 'Rathskeller', Speedos, Eight Ball and others that have AWOL'ed from this old Marine' memory. I was stationed at Lejeune in early '68 and again on return from RVN 12-70 thru 12-71.
Those places weren't much but they were all we had
Sgt USMC '67-'71
RVN 3/7/1 12-68 thru 12-69
to the Marine asking about Court St., I remember back in 87 or 88 my NCOIC telling me that he had gone to Lejeune on leave, and that Court St. had been bulldozed. He was very depressed about it. His wife wasn't. I did make a similar trip a few months later and there was one lone "shack" surrounded by a fence. I think the area is now a strip mall.
A. M. Grabill
6 June 1963 JFK USMC San Diego
When I see a story about Camp Matthews, it always makes me smile. Yes I remember the duck walks with sea bags and all the fun games on Grab a$$ Sunday, and all. But what I always remember is one night just after etreat, we were all lying in our cots When one guy said Goodnight Bob and repeated it seven times. One other asked, what are you doing? He replied, I was just thinking, all of us have the same first name Robert. Which was true, but we all went by our last names. Just then The DI stepped into the tent and bellowed "Bob up and kiss my A$$ and give me fifty push ups". That was not as funny , But always brings a smile to my face .
Smilin_Bob Young PFC 56-58
Sgt Grit - I forwarded a friend serving at the US Embassy in Iraq the piece submitted by the young lieutenant and his new tattoo.
This is what I received in return (interesting):
Here's how that tattoo "Qawat misha al-Bahryihal al-Americaia" was translated over here (Iraq).
It means American Marine Forces.
It would be pronounced Quwat Mishat al Bahriyya al Amrikiyya.
Quwat = forces
Bahriyya = naval (bahr is the word for the sea, the -iyya ending makes it an adjective) Mishat = comes from the verb for walking, to show that the forces are from the sea but they also walk. It also means infantry.
Amrikiyya = well that's kinda obvious
SGM, USMC (ret) 71-97
Pastor of 45 Years
This Sunday my church will have our annual Memorial Day Service. We Honor those who have fought and died to allow us the right to worship and serve Jesus Christ. Those who have served will be recognized during the service, we have a Color Guard from a local high school ROTC come in. This year we will honor a special Marine who just passed away last week. Cpl. David Miller, he was an Iwo Jima Marine, a Purple Heart Recipient and most importantly a Pastor of 45 years.
I sat next to him during our Sunday services and many of opportunity to talk with him. His love for the Corps was only surpassed by his love for Jesus Christ and serving Him. Just wanted our younger generation to remember where their freedom comes form and its cost. Thank you to those who have served and serve.
Remember Them - Read On
Sgt. USMC 1981-1990
( More than just a day off work )
M is for the memory we have of those who put their lives on the line to give us the freedom and privilege of living in this blessed nation....
E is for the enduring gratitude we have for the sacrifices these men and women make for those who stayed at home....
M is for the merit we recognize in those who serve our nation when such service comes at such a high price....
O is for the obedience we honor when those in uniform follow orders that may, and many times do, cost them their lives....
R is for the reverence we give to the thoughts we have on this day, or any day, when we remember those who give so much....
I is for the integrity we salute when those in uniform stand up for all of us even when some of us do not stand up for them....
A is for the allegiance we have to the nation that these brave warriors fight and die for....
L is for the love that goes with those who are in harms way, and who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for you and me....
Offered respectfully by,
W. Larry Chapman, Jr.
Capt. USMC - Vietnam Era
Here's a photo from your '08 Gritogether site.
40 year Bravo 1/11 (Vietnam) reunion.
I recently had the opportunity to visit the new Marine Corps Museum in Washington D.C. - A very rewarding experience to say the least. After more than 50 yrs since I was first a member of this Elite Group, I was astonished beyond belief upon exiting the Museum to encounter a Three-Star General coming into the building. He extended his hand with a smile upon his face and said, "Hi Marine, I'm Ron Coleman. After shaking his hand, we exchanged some general conversation about the museum and when I had served , etc. He stated he was there to attend a Promotion Ceremony and that a couple Captains would become Majors along with some enlisted ranks as well.
I was still wondering how he knew I was a Marine when it occurred to me that upon exiting the building, I had replaced my cap which displayed the Marine Corps Emblem and even though I'm 70 yrs young try to stay half way looking fit. I'm still in amazement though because when I was a young Marine, Three-Star General didn't come up to you and start a conversation.
Later, I looked up Lt./Gen Ron Coleman on the computer and it would not astonish me if sometime in the future, he may be in the running to be Commandant of he Corps.
Semper Fi, - Cpl Joseph P Miller, 1482458 U.S.M.C.
My stomach tells me that 40 years ago today :
A group of Marines, 9 +/- , were shooting the sh*t when we were hit with 122mm rockets. I told the lead guy not to go out that door to the near bunker. Everyone looked at me "Like deer in headlights". I said go out the other door and go into the adjacent bunker. As I was pushing the last guy in, because it was a little crowded, the last guy's back was flush with the sand-bag-bunker. I tried to make sure no one went into that bunker across the way. Wop and Tex and a few others were trying to pull me in. I said jokingly, "I'll be the door shield". A very short time later, I saw a black dot with a perfect halo around it coming from "Happy Valley". As I watched I began to think that I put all these Marines in harms path. At the last second, and it seemed to last more than a half an hour, the rocket dipped down and struck that duty bunker. geo FLC/FSR Motor "T" '67/'68, Red Beach, Vietnam
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Army Strong Hoooooah!
The Marine Replies
Marine and a sailor were sitting in a bar one day arguing over which was the superior service.
After a swig of beer the Marine says, "Well, we had Iwo Jima."
Arching his eyebrows, the sailor replies, "We had the Battle of Midway."
"Not entirely true", responded the Marine. "Some of those pilots were Marines, in fact, Henderson Field on Guadalcanal was named after a Marine pilot* killed at the Battle of Midway."
The sailor responds, "Point taken."
The Marine then says, "We Marines were born at Tunn Tavern!"
The sailor, nodding agreement, says, "But we had John Paul Jones."
The argument continued until the sailor comes up with what he thinks will end the discussion. With a flourish of finality he says, "The Navy invented s&x!"
The Marine replies, "That is true, but it was the Marines who introduced it to women."
One day, three O-6s were hiking and unexpectedly came upon a large, raging, violent river. They needed to get to the other side, but had no idea of how to do so.
The Air Force Colonel called out to God, praying, "Please God, give me the strength to cross this river. "POOF!" God gave him big arms and strong legs, and he was able to swim across the river. It did, however, take him about two hours, and he almost drowned a couple of times.
Seeing this, the Army Colonel prayed to God, saying, "Please God, give me the strength and the tools to cross this river." POOF!" God gave him a rowboat. He was able to row across the river in about an hour, but it was rough, and he almost capsized the boat a couple of times.
The Navy Captain had seen how things worked out for the other two, so when he prayed to God, he said, "Please God, give me the strength, the tools, and the intelligence to cross this river."POOF! God turned him into a Marine Lance Corporal. He looked at the map, hiked upstream a couple of hundred yards, and walked across the bridge.
This is the stuff Marine legends are made with. Oorah!
Julian P. Etheridge
The 27th. Marines were part of the 5th Mar. Div. until we went to Nam, in Feb 1968. Then it was attached to the 1st. Mar.Div. There is some confusion about the 5th. Mar. Div. being active during 67-69. It was, I served in Kaneohe Hawaii, from Oct 67 to February 68, 5th. Mar. Div, until we were sent to Nam and served with 1st Mar div. I was wounded on Operation Allenbrook, 6-17-68. C Company,1st battalion 27th Marines There is a book by, Ge Jarvis, "Young Blood The History of the 27th. Marines". That details all of this.
Camp Lejeune Wounded Warriors
Sgt Grit - FYI and to pass down the line - monetary contributions to the Camp Lejeune Wounded Warriors can be made through the auspices of the 2d Marine Division Assn. Col. Peter Grimes is the Executive Director and can be reached at P.O. Box 8180, Camp Lejeune, NC 28547 or 910-451-3167.
C. P. STAPLETON
LtCol, USMC (Ret)
One of the "Chosin Few"
Hall Of Heroes
This is a web site that all should visit. When you first open ... it takes a few seconds for the slides to start
Beats the 'Oscars', the 'Grammys', the 'Golden Globe Awards', the 'CMA' awards - hands down!
Please visit and forward as you see fit -- they were/are our best, our brightest, shining stars!
P!ssed At First
I was gifted a Sgt Grit EGA auto cup a number of years ago. Many of my fellow workers at the old United Airlines shop at SFO had their Air Force and Army mugs in the coffee mess, so I went ahead and brought mine in. In only a few days there was a sticker on the bottom. I was a bit pi$$ed at first, then I realized, it was the perfect description. It was a small label put on equipment in the cockpit to inform the crew that a particular system was inop'd by pulling a circuit breaker. It said simply:
VMO-6 '67 -'69
"Let others write of battles fought, Of bloody, ghastly fields, Where honor greets the man who wins, And death the man who yields; But I write of him who fights And vanquishes his sin, Who struggles on through weary years Against himself, ... and wins."
If you have needs, ask God; if you don't have needs, thank God.
Eagle Globe and Anchor Travel Mug
Sgt Grit: Having read the comment about the 'passing of the wine bottle', brings my thoughts back to my father, who died, defending Wake Island. His name was Rex D. Jones Jr, was a civilian who joined the Marines during the fighting, so as not to be kept in a cave. He is mentioned as 'wimpy' in "Last Man off Wake". About 15 years ago, I found out how he died by actually talking to the man who saw him bayoneted by the Japanese during the second or third wave of Japanese troops. There was, (is) a group of Wake Island Survivors still living in Coere D'lane, Idaho (spelling terrible) which are called "Survivors of Wake Island. Just letting you know there still may be some old timers left that might want to share that bottle of wine.
Sincerely, Rex D. Jones 111 Former Marine
God Bless America
God Bless the Corps
I was walking past the Psych ward at our local VA hospital the other day, and all the old coots were shouting: '13...13...13'
The fence was too high to see over, but I saw a little gap in the planks and looked through to see what was going on.
Some old WWII vet poked me in the eye with his finger. Then the rest of the old farts started shouting '14...14...14'
Aren't we supposed to just fade away? HA!
Franklin E. Ruhl
Cpl. USMC 2093452
From August 68 to February 69 I was stationed on Wake Island. It was 26 years after the invasion. The Japs had to crash the beach with a transport ships to get their infantry ashore as the Marines wiped out all landing barges. All that remained was the rust welded chain locker in the bow and debris scattered on the beach.
The fighting pits were still there. The Americans used the wings from wrecked fighters as roofs. In the shallows on the south side from the beach to the reef were machine guns, torpedoes, aircraft engines & parts. The anti-air mechanism on the gun on shore still worked. Jap bunkers were full of empty saki bottles, tabis and junk. I never went inside the Jap tank but at least one was still rusting away.
The old Pan Am ramp was still there, cracked and now used by the Coast Guard to launch their sailboats & ski boats. The causeway was still in use & sported a bar made of beach collections serving cold beer from around the Pacific basin. Concrete bunkers studded the north beach but were blasted tilting in unusable positions.
Then there was signature rock were the captured civilians were caged and etched their names on it. Then they were massacred. Serfer62
Cpl of Marines
In your current newsletter reference was made regarding 14 top secret "Birdcage" installations. I believe I was stationed at one of those Naval stations IE Naval Weapons Station [Skiffs Creek Annex] Yorktown Va from 1958 to 1960, although it was never referred to as a Birdcage. We were tasked with security for the base, provided security for the production areas, transit sites [land & water, convoys and water transport to various ships in the Norfork NOB area. The Marine detachment doing this duty all had Top Secret clearances. Does anyone know the names of the 14 "Birdcage" bases please.
Love the Sgt Grit newsletters, keep up the good work and SEMPER FI to all.
Single U.S. Marines Get New Digs
San Diego Union-Tribune
By SSGT Rick Rogers USMC,
May 15, 2008
CAMP PENDLETON - Camp Pendleton officials yesterday unveiled a new barracks building, the first of 24 to be constructed on the base in the next two years for single Marines.
The four-story, 170-room structure represents nothing less than an about-face by the Marine Corps on the issue of housing for unmarried troops, who make up about half of the service and spend more time fighting overseas than their married counterparts.
"We just fundamentally had to change the way we were treating them," said Maj. Gen. Mike Lehnert, commander of Marine Corps Installations West. "We didn't want Marines getting married just to get out of the barracks. When Marines say they were living better in Fallujah (Iraq), it hurts."
Camp Pendleton's emphasis on family housing in the past decade might have come at the expense of single Marines, who live in barracks that are about three decades old.
Three years ago, Lehnert convinced Marine commandant Gen. Michael Hagee that money - a lot of it - was needed for bachelor barracks at Camp Pendleton. The current commandant, Gen. James Conway, worked with congressional leaders to line up the funding.
The result: Camp Pendleton's $1.1 billion facilities renovation package for fiscal years 2008 and 2009 is larger than that of any other Marine base. Nearly $800 million will go toward erecting barracks. The rest will be used for repairing and maintaining training sites, gyms and other infrastructure.
Camp Pendleton's leaders plan to spend more money from 2010 to 2013 on projects to help the base accommodate 4,000 more troops. The anticipated growth is part of the Marine Corps' mission to expand by 22,000 service members within roughly the same time period.
The barracks building that opened yesterday in the Horno section of the base cost $21.4 million to complete. Its design, based on recommendations from focus groups of young Marines, likely will serve as the blueprint for future barracks at Marine installations nationwide.
With its brick facade and activity center, the building resembles a college dormitory more than military barracks. Out are metal bunks, standing lockers and open bays where 50 or more Marines sleep. Also out are basketball courts without lights, and washers and dryers that dominate small, closed rooms.
In are two-person rooms with walk-in closets and matching wooden beds and desks. Also in are banks of gleaming washers and dryers where troops can do laundry while watching TV, areas with wireless Internet access, surround-sound chairs for the video- game room, pool tables and lighted volleyball and basketball courts.
"This is not your mother's (bachelor enlisted quarters)," Lehnert said. "If you think about what the Marines are being asked to do in war, they deserve this."
He and other commanders insisted that new barracks feature public spaces for communal interaction so Marines don't feel isolated sitting in their rooms. They said camaraderie on a base translates to camaraderie on the battlefield.
Most Marines at Camp Pendleton have served at least one combat deployment. Base officials said it's important that troops talk about their wartime experiences instead of shutting themselves away.
Enlisted Marines will start living in the freshly minted building later this week. "They are anxious to move in there, that's for sure," said Pfc. James Stein, 23, of his fellow Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. They will be the first service members to call the barracks home.
"If you are in the field for week or a month, this place will welcome you home," said Pfc. Herbert Hartfield, 20. "For those who have experienced combat, it is certainly deserved."
Hello all. I want to mention how much I enjoy reading the newsletter every week. The stories of bravery, brotherhood, respect for our Corps and country and the fond memories of those who write always touch me in several ways. I was also moved to remind everyone that Marines are famous for telling stories. We call them Sea Stories. The following are some rules that have applied since the Marine Corps was born:
As soon as you arrive at your first duty station after leaving Boot Camp, you are allowed to tell Sea Stories.
To your new brothers about the meanest, toughest D.I. that was ever in the Corps; nobody but nobody had it as tough as your platoon getting through Boot Camp.
To the new guys coming in after you, (even if they enlisted only a week after you did) you are entitled to begin your stories with, "Back in the Old Corps...".
3-4 months after leaving Boot Camp, you are allowed to say to the new guys things like, "Son, I used more ink signing pay chits than you drank coffee in this man's Corps", or "I wore out more seabags than you did socks..." and stuff like that.
When you get your first leave, you tell Sea Stories to friends and family as they drool with envy, gasp in awe and stare in admiration when you regale them with tales of a typical night's Liberty where you drank enough vodka to float an Amtrak and still could walk a straight line, dazzled several women, out foxed the MP's, helped 3 other Marines fight and chase off 23 Air Force guys, carried your passed-out buddy over your shoulder to get the last bus back to the base and still made 0500 roll call and double timed to the mess hall for breakfast, (If you were at LeJeune, it was white lightnin', instead of vodka)
No question all the stories are the absolute truth. On the day of your first year in the Corps, you officially become an "Old Salt", a title you keep for life. One final thought, with all due respect to those brethren; Boot Camp is Parris Island, SC. The other place is MCRD San Diego. There IS a difference, you know.
Cpl. USMC 1953-1956
At Any Costs
Hello Sgt Grit,
I am an Inactive Marine (1961 - 1965) who wonders why those of us who held down the fort between Korea and Vietnam have no era of our own. Though not in actual combat I, and a number of my brethren stood "hot pads" in Key West and Roosevelt Roads, P.I., during the "Castro Era". I and my unit, VMF 333, spent only a week and a half at Gitmo waiting for the "ultimate war" to start. Yet we seem to be the forgotten when people think of the Marines. Though we are technically a part of the "Vietnam Era", we are neither that nor the Korean War.
You have patches, etc. for "Cold War" vets, yet there is no mention of those of us who stood proudly, and firmly, in Guantanamo Bay waiting for WWIII to start. If any group of American Service men and women were forgotten; we were them. This was perhaps the closest this nation has ever come to virtually ending the world as we knew it. I remember arriving at Gitmo in October in 1962 and being told that, after getting our planes up, we had to hold onto the base for at least 7 hours in order for the base to survive. Fortunately, it ended with only one death; a U-2 pilot, and the Russians backing down, but regardless, we were there ready to do our duty at any costs. I guess the worthiness of recognition lies in the number of deaths incurred, not those prevented.
Sorry, I was looking over your "eras" products and realized that what we did simply isn't considered. That's OK though; if I were looking for fame and fortune I would have joined the Air Force, Army, or the actual Naval part of the Navy. Our recognition comes from within our own pride of who we were and what we stood for in that period time.
William A. Formby, Phd, USMC (1961 - 1965), CPL.
VMF 333, Aviation Ordnance
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Enjoyed The Humor
I'm very pleased you enabled your readers to see the numerous photos provided by Sgt J. Cris Yarborough, USMC, 1979-1983, I looked at every one of them and they are terrific.
Though my Corps' time (1947-1968) was a bit before Sgt.Yarborough's, I nonetheless chuckled at many of his pictures of barracks life, time aboard ship, on liberty, etc., and enjoyed the humor in a lot of them.
Sgt. Grit I pen this note to let you know I think your Newsletter is great. I would like this opportunity to mention that on 4 June 2008 I will celebrate the 55th anniversary of my joining the U. S. Marine Corps and my 72nd birthday, I Joined the reserves on my 17th. birthday and 1 year and three months later Joined the regulars and reported to MCRD SD with platoon 188, the Nebraska Centennial Platoon which I had the honor of being the R. Guide until the Jr. D. I and I both caught Pneumonia at Camp Mathews and were confined in the sick bay at MDRD the Jr. D. I. was able to escape the sick bay at night and go on liberty, every morning we would be treated with contraband he was able to smuggle in to us. Sick or not Boot Camp was a joyful memory for me. I was never expected to do anything my D. I.s wouldn't do and I will never regret having been there. Respectfully Don B. Crinklaw Sgt. E. 5 USMC 1356108 1953-1961/1974-1976 Ten of the best years of my life.
"Would you rather live a month as a lion or a year as a mouse?" --Motto of Jewish resistance fighters in the Warsaw ghetto
I would choose to live a mere month as the predator, rather than cower for an entire year as the prey.
All Marines would understand this.
Artifacts request in last newsletter
Update: For help regarding donation of historical Marine artifacts as mentioned in the last newsletter, please contact:
CPL Aaron Clark
Public Affairs Office
Marine Barracks, Washington D.C.
8th & I, SE
Work: (202) 433 4173
Cell: (703) 459 7628
Email: aaron.k.clark [at] usmc.mil
Dear Sgt Grit,
Been a while since I've written. Just wanted to pass on a sincere 'Well Done" to you, your crew, and all my fellow Marines. Reading the newsletter is something I enjoy very much. It's a reminder of what it means to be a Marine. Some of the politicians running for office really should read this newsletter. It's one h&ll of a demonstration of what it means to be an American. Thanks again, and Semper Fidelis.
L/Cpl P.C. Callahan USMC 1961-1966
I noted a message from John Grindel in regards to survivors of Wake Island. There is possibly the last living Wake Island officer, Captain Bryghte D. (Dan) Godbold, in Dallas. Later he was with the 1st MAR DIV at "the reservoir." At ninety-four he continues to go for daily walks, attends Auburn football games.
He retired as BGen. B. D. Godbold USMC
Marine ain't happy unless he's b!tchin"
I saw the movie at home the states one night and d*mn near fell out laughing but can't figure the title!
Any assistance would be appreciated
LCpl Laureiro, B. G.
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Reading about the people who say former or ex Marines let me say I've been Doc for 52 years and when this tour is over I'll deploy to heaven an pull my duty there with those who keep heaven secure! Once a Corpsman always a Corpsman. Semper Fi
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