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AmericanCourage #200     14 MAY 2009

3 Generations of Marines Hi Sgt. Grit, Thought I too would send you a pic of My wife's father, myself and my youngest Son. My Father in-law was a Marine Raider in WWII. He served with the "Carlson Raiders." I served in the early 1980's during peace time. So no combat for me but loved every moment of the Corps! My son just graduated from boot camp in November 2008 and is now in Florida waiting for his MOS schooling to start! One VERY proud family to be serving our great nation as we have been over these last three generations.

Robert Guillen
1st. BN., 1st MAR., 1st. MAR. DIV.
Camp Pendleton

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And I Quote...

"A republic, if you can keep it."
-- Benjamin Franklin

Photo of the Marines who performed the detail at Heather's wedding Dear Sgt. Grit,

I am extremely blessed that I got to marry my long time friend and the love of my life on April 4th in Amarillo, Texas. We are currently stationed at Cherry Point, NC and I am so thankful that we were able to have the ceremony. We barely squeezed it in as he is currently on deployment to Afghanistan. I just wanted to share some pictures. The sword detail was perfect and all of the Marines that were a part of it were awesome. I am so proud of my man and so proud to be a part of the Marine Corps family.

Semper Fi,

Sword Detail at Heather's Wedding    Heather and her Marine at her wedding

The CO is our Mom

Sgt Grit,

I joined the Corps and did boot camp at MCRD, Rifle Range at Camp Roberts and ITR at Camp Pendleton. Did some Electronics Schooling and then to Scenic 29 Palms for fun in the sand.

Looking at the Calendar I see that Mother's Day approaches and thought I would enlighten you with one of my Marine Corps experiences.

A bit on the lighter side:

While at 29 Palms I was in a free thinking Marine Company, Platoon and Squad (point of fact learned being in a free thinking group of youngsters is not always a good thing). Anyway, we loved our nightly discussions in the center of the squad bay. One such was teasing the squad member that snickered during the flick and prompted the evening discussion which wove around, in free association, a few subjects and we ended up discussing what was in a snicker and you know it ended up to be nougat, caramel, chocolate, nuts, etc, etc of the pogey bait common snickers bar. Which in that convoluted frame of mind the next night lead us to the fact that Mothers day was coming up in two weeks and how we broke Marines would love to go home to see our Mom's. One thing lead to another and somehow someone said we could send cards home and we should all go to the PX buy a card and together we would sign our cards, address our envelopes and post them the next day. The ending discussion that night after lights out was about the old Corps adage saying if the Corps wanted you to have a wife they would issue one and the Top Sgt. was Dad and the C.O. was our Mom. With that vision in mind someone, to remain nameless, suggested that we all kick in to purchase one extra card and send it to our Marine Corps Mom. We just knew the Captain would love it and more snickers ensued.

The card was purchased and the planning was on. First rule was that all had to partake so no one would be immune to prosecution if a 'leak' occurred. Everyone had a task, some wrote parts of 'To Mom with Love', some signed 'Love - Your sons', some addressed the envelope, some entered return address, some the stamp, some sealing envelope and two were assigned with one as carrier to base mailbox and the other as 'mail prisoner chaser' to ensure mailing. All had their stake in the operation and we could barely contain ourselves with the heady feeling that we were going to 'surprise Mom'. As I remember Mothers day that year was a day of excitement for us all. Sunday evening we were in high anticipation of what would be heard from the office in surprise the next day after mail call. Monday dawned and it was very quiet all day. So was Tuesday through Saturday, Sunday night the only subject was 'The Card' and what could have happened, lost in the mail was the most agreed upon malady suggested. The Company clerk was clueless and had not seen the card arrive, we were devastated as a perfect plan had failed inexplicably.

Monday morning formation was pretty slow until SSgt Barlow stepped to the front of formation and read off a list of names to report to Gunny Laura in the squad bay after formation. We all looked at each other and we knew - Someone had been pressured and talked! Every participant's name had been on the list and called out. Formation Dismissed - in to see Gunny where he lined us up standing tall and he went to see the First Sgt. and tell him that we were all present and accounted for. We waited standing tall until a few minutes after "Mom" was heard to say he had to go out for a few minutes and the Top Sgt could use his office. We were taken into the office and lined up again and the First Sgt. stood there glaring at us.

Maybe 10 minutes later, but what seemed like several hours, Captain Horn returns with a large Manila envelope in hand. He sits at his desk, opens the envelope and looks us over. "So you ^%*()& A*&^%$ think you are funny and can pull this $&**%$@ crap on me" Silence. " I didn't hear you" he says.

"No Sir" we chime in unison from years of practice. Things went down hill after that. We were finally dismissed and we headed out to the gun park for maintenance and policing the area. The next three nights we discuss and search for the rat! No success. Friday evening (we were all on base and in barracks for a few weekends) SSgt Barlow stops by and looks us over and says "Bet none of you guys knew The Captain just came from his last billet in a MP platoon and worked in the CID group. They are mighty good picking up latent finger prints, aren't they?"

He leaves and we realize we shouldn't have picked out an oversized, glossy card with foil lined envelope that all of us, in our meetings and preparation handled many times. As usual with all Moms, Mom got the best of us "boys" and I never have a mothers day go by without a shudder and fond remembrance. Finished my 4.5 years with a tour in Nam and came home to a discharge at El Toro in August '66.

Semper Fi to the 'Family': Old Salts, The Working Women and Men of the Corps, Boots and Hometown Support Personnel alike!

To all the Moms of a Marine out there we Love You All.

If in doubt - Empty the Magazine!

Sgt. T. Lepsche
May '62 - August '66

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And I Quote...

"The virtue of independence refers to one's acceptance of the responsibility of using one's own judgment for the purpose of sustaining one's own life. .... Anyone who defaults on this responsibility can only live as a parasite on the thinking and effort of other people."
-- Edwin A. Locke

Hi I am currently a contractor driving truck for the Marines out of TQ and I need to say that there are not any troops any where more professional. I am a prior Army vet 76-79 and I can see that the will of the American people is even weaker. We as a people have forgotten what it takes to win a war. We tie our troops hands and wonder why we lose young men and women. If we would ban the press and turn the Devil Dogs loose as was done during the last war we won hands down (WW2) this and Afhanistan would be done and our people would be home. In the mean time I will proudly work for the Marines
Troy Poling, Contractor, MEF Convoy Driver

Don't forget the GriTogether this Saturday, May 16...get details

In reference to the quote by Lt. General Gregory Newbolt, USMC, Ret. "The commitment of our forces to this fight [Iraq] was done with the casualness and swagger that are the special province of those who have never had to execute these missions-or bury the results." I would like to make my own comment. You don't win wars by sowing doubt in the ranks. Let's try to limit the anti- war quotes of retired generals looking for a political appointment. I fought in Iraq to send a message to our Muslim enemies that when you shoot at U.S. Marines we run toward you and hunt you down. Islamic extremists that once thought America was weak think otherwise now. Additionally, democracies do not export terrorists. Iraq is now Democratic and thus is one less Muslim country that is a security threat to the U.S. where my children and yours live. I do not want my fallen brothers deaths to be in vain. Victory is the only option. This war was not entered into casually and will not be won by these types of comments.
Semper Fidelis,
Jeffrey K. Clifford
Veteran Desert Storm
Veteran OIF, Fallujah, Iraq

And I Quote...

"Never trouble another for what you can do yourself."
-- Thomas Jefferson

I work on an air force base, and I see a lot of different things.
For the most part I do have some concerns.
I thought this would be interesting for the news letter

Air Force times newspaper for May 4, 2009.

Air Force Times front page featuring quote, Airmen want to train like Marines They say "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!" Well they can simulate our training all they want to. But at the end of the day they still won't be like us, let alone be US.

We are a breed all our own! The article and others in the issue, keeps referring to Marines, being the best, toughest, well organized, knowing the objective to achieve and not letting interfere with obtaining the objective.

That we are also in the forefront of designing and implementing new training techniques. The article even lists some of the PFT we must do to pass (sit-ups, pushup. pull ups, runs etc)

So I included a picture of the front page of the current issue. Bottom line "Airmen want to train like Marines"

From what I see day to day, 80% wouldn't pass the tests. Semper Fi

Choo Choo
No longer active duty
Sgt of Marines 1968 - 1974 RVN 70-71

Map of Iraq, religious

I would like to tell you how much reading the stories of the old Marines and the young it makes me proud to have served in the Marine Corps for ten years from Afghanistan, Somalia, and the first desert storm, I was a sniper who got shot and spent a year rehabbing then went to Afghanistan and feel proud to have served in the beloved Corps as my father in law did in ww2 just wanted to say keep up the good work and enjoy your cool merchandise, for all the young Marines fixing to prove which branch is the best Semper Fi and they are all in our prayers.

staff sergeant gary smith

And I Quote...

"Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world."
-- U.S. Senator Daniel Webster

Dear, SGT. Grit

I am 16 years of age getting ready to turn 17 and on my 17th birth-day i am going to try and enlist. I have been studying the Marines since i was ten and over the years the Marine Corps has grown on me. After awhile i noticed the values of being a Marine and the honor, and respect of being a United States Marine that since then the Marines have become my life and every one knows that's where I'm going and i never miss a chance to try to explain the brotherly bond of the Marines and the sacrifices that they have made for this country . So that they may understand why i love the honored Corps. I might not be a Marine yet but every day i pray that one day i will be one of the few the proud a Marine. In conclusion my heart goes out to every one of the soldiers that are out there defending this country.

SEMPER FI till i die.

Sgt Grit Once again this is Nile White the Gunner and these are the facts of my wife of 32 years, Jean. After being in our local hospital here in Clarksburg, West Virginia, they informed me she had to be moved to the Univ of WVa for immediate replacement of a heart valve just to prolong her life and less then an hour later re informed me that a team of three local specialists had decided that even if she survived the heart operation to replace a defective and failing a valve with her terribly deteriorating condition she would not survive the weeks of recuperation. Thus I have her at home with a care giver that has a lot to be desired for in home ones are ones that are not qualified to be making the big bucks in nursing homes etc. This whatever is not cheap but am glad I have her.

Today she, my Jean born 29 feb 29 and thus only 20, and she is in the next room from where I am sitting and even with her diminishing condition and my having no choice but to be prepared for the inevitable, but I did sit down at this machine and brought u the latest from the greatest band of brothers that my God as I know Him ever put on the face of this earth.

And I read each and every line twice and am not ashamed to say tears of what ever down both cheeks and this old 76 year old retired Gunner does not cry easy. But I did in reading of the losses of my fellow Marines and the courage and fortitude displayed by their survivors. As we, you and I, know so well it's not just the Marine in the dress blues or torn and tattered combat fatigues that makes our band of brothers what it is, it is our family, friends, and com padres.

And as I finished reading the last one, I felt as if I had been lifted by your permitting me just an old Gunner to be privileged to be a online tom a dache, any Marine who spent time in Japan will translate for you. With all my heart felt thanks once again for your web site and when my Pastor Mustang Ben Guiido stops by as he does for a quick blessing almost every day will tell him read Sgt Grits. So for now Semper Fi to all my fellow Marines and to you families of Marines in Iraq, Iran or where ever prayers are answered for if you lose a loved one, to remember the gates of heaven are guarded by U S Marines.
Semper fi /new/ de gunner white

And I Quote...

"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it."
-- Thomas Jefferson


Just wanted to add my 2 cents on the BAM debate. My fianc� and I are both Marines and the parents of a current Illinois National Guard Poolee. I know for a fact that in the 11 years I was active duty and reserve, I never used this term when referring to a female member of the Corps. I also know that if I ever used this term today, I would get my @@@ kicked all over the floor.

Semper Fi,

HMM-164 '78-85
MAG-46 -'91-94

SGT. Grit,
This is in response to VPMM of Nick, I want to congratulate you on your recent marriage. I am very happy that your son Nick was able to be there for your big day. In your letter you said that he has not been in the Corps long enough to be a hero yet, I beg to differ. Just the mere act of him enlisting and stating in that one simple act in my book qualifies him as a hero. By his decision he is saying, "I will put my life on the line for every person in this country and it is my honor to do so". There are so many people that are non deserving of that commitment and selfless act. My son is also a Marine and every day I let him know that he is my hero and my biggest Pride. I do not know your son but in my book he is a Hero, and I thank you and him for what he is will to do for me and all my loved ones as well.
Also a very Proud Mama of LCPL Joshua Jordan Garcia.

And I Quote...

"A virtuous and industrious people may be cheaply governed."
-- Benjamin Franklin

Hello my name is Kaitlin Conboy. I am writing you this letter to tell you about my mother, Mary. She is a wonderful mother of 7 children and true inspiration and I would like to share her story with you.

My brother Adam C. Conboy joined the United States Marines in March, 2005. Within a year he was sent overseas to serve in "Operation Iraqi Freedom". One Sunday morning, my mom received a phone call from Adam; he explained how he didn't have sheets or a clean pillow for his bed. My mom told him, she would run right to the store and get him a set of sheets and a pillow and mail it out right away. Adam said no thanks, unless she got 40 sets, one for each of his fellow Marines in his platoon. He suggested starting a drive at our local church. Adam jokingly said "Come on mom, get operation bedding started". That Friday May 12, 2006 Adam was shot and killed. Adam was only 21 years old. Little did he know that Sunday morning, he was setting up his own memorial fund.

My family is heart broken, but we stick close together and go on day by day because we know that's what Adam would want. Nothing and no one could ever come close to replacing Adam; he was so special to us and many other people. He was such a unique individual; he could brighten the darkest day with his sense of humor. He was truly an amazing person with a heart of gold and my family and I intend on spreading his legacy forever.

At the funeral, my mom asked instead of the beautiful flower arrangements family and friends were offering, she asked for a small donation to help us fulfill Adam's last wish. We were going to make sure Adam's platoon got their 40 sets of sheets and pillows plus all the other necessities they asked for, like their favorite snacks, shaving cream, baby wipes, socks, eye drops, and so on. My mom received an overwhelming amount of support from our community. From that day forward she opened the doors to "Operation Bedding".

Operation Bedding is in memory of Adam and all those who gave their lives to defend our country and our freedom. It is a non- profit organization run out of Philadelphia, Pa since 2006. We have sent nearly 10,000 boxes overseas to our troops. Our motto is "Honor the Fallen by Supporting Those Who Serve" Although we receive love and support from many; my mom receives some cruel messages on our website from anti- war activist, who obviously don't take the time to see what we are really about. Operation Bedding has no opinion on the war; our goal is simply to try and keep our troops as comfortable as possible. We also want to let them know we support and thank for all they do for us. Despite every obstacle my mom faces, she refuses to give up. My mom works 7 days a week trying to keep this going; she is determined not to give stop until every troop is home safe and sound with their families. I appreciate your time, thank you. Semper Fi
Sincerely, Kaitlin Conboy

To Roger Ware,
you are not only a hero in my mind, but I'm sure to every Marine you dealt with in Vietnam. I can say this because I was with Delta Company of the First Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division from 10, 1966 to 6, 1967. I know you were most likely involved in some of the most costly battles for the 5th Marines during the Vietnam War: Operations Union and Union II. Though the final outcome of those operations for the 2nd North Vietnam Army Division was to be nearly wiped-out, the 5th Marines paid a great price accomplishing this. June 2, 1967, Fox 2/5 was attached to our battalion and I know they took numerous casualties just like my company did when we encountered the 3rd Regiment of the 2nd NVA Division.

I guess what I would like to say to you is this; war is literally h&ll at its core and it effects all who participated in it from one degree to another. How we learn to overcome it is to recognize that we will never completely overcome it, but that we need to find a way to learn how to live and deal with it. I know what I'm saying is a lot easier said then done, but first you got to believe it is possible to do so. First thing I learned to do was to live my live to its fullest. To give a 110% to everything I do in my life, and I live this way because I know that's what I would want you to do if I was one who died.

You may try writing about your tour in Vietnam. In 1983 I began doing just that and with in just a few months I somehow began feeling better about myself. About three years ago, my niece Olivia asked to do an interview with me about my time in the Marine Corps and Vietnam. She compiled a list of 47 questions that I answered for her, but afterwards realized that wasn't satisfactory enough to me. I felt that the interviewer needed to know much more about the person being interview and the circumstances of the time to truly understand the answers given.

This past October the book in which I fill in these areas came out and it's called "The Best of the Best - The Fighting 5th Marines - Vietnam". "It's a memoir of my life from childhood to the present with a heavy influence of the Marine Corps and my time spent with the 5th Marines in Vietnam and how it affected me then up to today.

My hope is to have this book used in schools from middle school on through college. It is an easy to read eye opener written in a way as to not make it objectionable reading to most parents of these students.

There is much in this story that I'm sure you can relate to and you may be able to draw from it a different perspective of your role in it then the one you have. If you are interested, you can order my book on

Semper Fi, Paul A McNally
Cpl. of Marines - Delta 1/5, 1st Marine Div. 66-67 2121897

And I Quote...

"For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice."
-- James 3:16

Hi Don,

My late father was in New Guinea and New Britain as a sergeant in the Australian Armoured Corps. He witnessed the effects of Japanese torture on the civilian population of New Britain after the US and Australians liberated the island. The irony was that at the end of hostilities, the Australian Army discovered that he was a lawyer. They then drafted him into the Legal Corps to serve with the Rabaul War Crimes Commission. He started as a defense attourney, then as a prosecutor. He did this until late 1946 and more than 100 Japanese were convicted and hung for their crimes. I have a lot of the mug shots and courts documents. He gave them to me to read when I was 21 and then hid them away again. He said this was "just so you know what really happened". After the war when he was in business in the 50s and 60s, he found himself doing business with the Japanese big time. He dealt with that by saying that most of the bad guys were dead anyway.

I also worked for Hitachi for many years, here in Sydney and also in Tokyo. My generation of Japanese are acutely sensitive to, and greatly ashamed of what happened. I acutely remember my Japanese boss at the time, a Mr Kobata, placed a wreath at our big memorial service in the city on Anzac Day in 1988. It was a brave thing to do in front of tens of thousands of very emotional on lookers. He got a round of applause from them which was nice.

But its true that this period, 1930-1945, was not taught in history lessons in Japanese schools. So its only by the fact that all Japanese have to learn English in school, and also because they now travel and read about it when they are overseas, do they discover what happened. Most are initially incredulous but the intelligent ones dig a bit and find the truth.

Don, we have Anzac Day here on 25th April. Its our Memorial Day. You would be pleased to know that the bond our two nations have was forged in blood in the Pacific and Melanesia in WW2 and we remember the simple fact that without the Battle of the Coral Sea and the subsequent sacrifice of your countrymen, history would have not have been the same for us here. This is a major part of the history taught in our schools, thank goodness.

All the best,

Dear Sgt Grit
I am writing to Christa Gasiewicz. I want to say that I also had a father that was a Marine he recently passed away in January, and I also want to say that I know what you mean by what you said in your letter and even though I am a Navy sailor I still grew up with a Marine for a father, so I know the sacrifices that he would have made while he was still alive. I have been subscribing to Sgt Grits newsletter for a while now and I read it every time I get it and I just wanted to say thank you for what you said. It meant a lot to me because I know exactly how you feel about the sacrifices that Marines make for their family so again i want to say thank you!

AOAN Little

And I Quote...

"It is a misfortune incident to republican government, though in a less degree than to other governments, that those who administer it, may forget their obligations to their constituents, and prove unfaithful to their important trust."
-- James Madison

When my son, first told me he was going to join the Marines, I simply freaked out! I asked him "Are you sure that is what you really want to do?" When he told me "Yes he really wanted to join the Marines and serve his country. I knew he was serious about it. He had just finished a two program at the University of Montana College of Technology in Missoula for Fire and Rescue, I thought he was going to be a Fireman, he had been a volunteer firefighter since he had been a sophomore in High School. His step -Dad and I were already so proud of him. Then we got used to the idea of him being a US MARINE. (My brother was also a Marine in 1968-1970). Then the day came when he was to leave for MCRD San Diego (Sept7,2008). I cried most of the day, of course!

Then the time came for us to leave for San Diego to go to the Dec. 5th Graduation. We were really excited about seeing our son after 13 weeks, as every parent would be. Family Day finally came, when we left to go to MCRD ( about 7:30am) my husband told me "We probably will be the first ones there, not a chance. There were already a lot of other parents there. The recruits were on the parade deck practicing. I zoomed my camera in on my son's platoon (3267) and found him! My heart just started singing and I started crying, again! Graduation was a really moving experience. Not only because of my son, but my brother too. When my brother graduated from boot camp (Dec 1968) none of his family attended. So it was like I was there for both graduations. My brother passed away on Jan 1, 2004. At his funeral, the Marine Hymn played over and over. Ever time I hear the Marine Hymn I break down and cry. Anyways, I do not know how we can be any prouder of our son. Right now he is at Twenty- Nine Palms, CA. He is not sure when he will be deployed.

In Loving Memory of Lance Cpl Donald P Miller (1968-1970)

Proud Parents Of PFC Duane R Mihalder
Gary and Mary Jones, Hot Springs, MT

Re: Paul Martell's blog in the 7 May '09 Newsletter. The unfouled EGA was issued to me when I attended MCRD, San Diego in November 1955. My best recollection is that the 'new' fouled EGA first made its appearance in 1957 or 1958. Can't remember the year the EGA's color changed from brown to black.

The unfouled EGA of 1955 was a definite improvement over those of bygone years that I've seen. The older ones were very crude in design and manufacture.

Daniel L. Taylor
1stLt, USMC (Ret)
USMC 1955 - 1976
Minco, OK

And I Quote...

"Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the Spirit of Party generally. ... A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume."
-- George Washington

I'm trying to locate my old platoon buddy's from Parris Island platoon 1071 from Nov 67 to Jan 68 I have located 5-6 as of today and 1 of our DI's a then SSgt J.D. Farrell trying to set up a reunion at the Island some time this yr. if any guys out there would like to attend contact me David Hennion 1254 galloway Cir. Pontiac Mich, 48340 248-475-3411 or email me at daveh67 @ comcast .net, hope to hear from you guys,

Dave Hennion

I am deeply sorry to inform you of the passing of Jack Coughlin. I had only known Jack a few years from being in the L.A. chapter of the FMDA.
Jack was a Korea Marine and very proud of this service.
As a person Jack was the warmest, friendliest person you could ever know.
He was a friend to all who knew him. He had a huge heart and genuinely cared about others. And yet he was humble, never taking the spotlight but quietly doing his duty. His smile and laugh were hallmarks of our chapter get together.
He was the type of person who taught by example and was an inspiration to all who knew him.
He delighted in conversation and was always there to share a sea story or other anecdote.
When I recently joined the chapter we had our annual Del Mar Beach camp out. I saw him as we were gathering for morning colors and for reasons more of respect I snapped to and gave him a salute. Although he was bent over he straightened up and returned a crisp salute. This became a sort of tradition between us at our functions.
His dedication to things important to him such as his family, the Corps, his country, the FMDA and our chapter was extraordinary. I doubt a younger man could have kept up with him.
He was the kind of person that a man could aspire to. I can say without hesitation that the world was a much better place for his being here and he will be sorely missed.
Jack was a great man, a great friend but most of all he was a good Marine and that I think is the highest compliment anyone could receive.

Luis De La Cruz

And I Quote...

"Bear in mind, if you are going to amount to anything, that your success does not depend upon the brilliancy and the impetuosity with which you take hold, but upon the everlasting and sanctified bulldoggedness with which you hang on after you have taken hold."
-- Dr. A.B. Meldrum

Monument Dedication
Our trip to Virginia Monument dedication

To: Carol Alfieri , Gino Alfieri , Richard Berry , Carol and Don Hachey , Sail Hayward , Ted Laquercia , Sal Manno , Bill and Carol O'Loane , John Patterson , Ed Raleigh , Sal and Tissie Sorrentino

Poster of Original Memorial Design     Picture of completed Memorial

As a young Corporal, (c. 1976), I became the head of the SRB Section of Casual Company, HQ Bn, MCRD, SDIEGO. As such, I worked directly for the Personnel Officer, CWO-2 Klepetka. A former drill instructor, she was short and hard as nails. As an SRB Clerk (0121 MOS) I was always typing up Page 11s (admin/counseling) and Page 12s (disciplinary actions) because, as you can imagine, Casual Company was the repository of most of the 'problem children' in the San Diego area.

There were many shorthand acronyms we used to save space on these pages. One of the most common was (and still is) SNM - Subject Named Marine. On one occasion, a Woman Marine went up for Office Hours before the Company Commander. When typing up the aftermath on the WMs page 12, I used the acronym "SNWM".

All entries in the SRBs went to the PersO for her signature (By Dir) or for her to check before sending to the CO for his signature. Upon reading my typed entry, she marched out of her office and stood before my desk in the middle of the work space and demanded I retype the entry because "We're not 'Woman Marines', we're MARINES!" "No, Ma'am," I replied, "you're 'Woman Marines" the entry is correct." After a couple more demands (while her face and temperment got hotter!) and my polite insistence that I was correct, CWO-2 Klepetka stopped in mid-sputter, then demanded to know if I liked working for a woman! I replied, "Frankly, Ma'am, I don't like it worth squat!" To which she began to sputter again in total disbelief while stamping her feet and turning around in circles waving her arms above her head. She then stomped back off to her office.

I got an invitation from the Company Gunny to step outside a few minutes later...

A few weeks after that, I was nominated for meritorious promotion to Sergeant. There was one "no" vote on the board, and I kinda figured where that came from. (As you can see from my signature, big d*mned deal!).

One last thing. In my later, more mature and reflexive, years I realized I owed CWO-2 Klepetka an apology. She was right, I was wrong. I tried to find her several times, with no success. So, if you see this CWO-2 Klepetka, my sincere apologies. (In full disclosure, and I'm sure as penance, during my civilian career I've almost exclusively worked for and reported to women)!

David Couvillon
Colonel of Marines;
Former Governor of Wasit Province, Iraq; Righter of Wrongs; Wrong most of the time; Distinguished Expert, TV remote control; Chef de Hot Dog Excellance; Collector of Hot Sauce; Avoider of Yard Work

And I Quote...

"The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny."
-- James Madison

As I read through the newsletter and see the stories about Hollywood Marines and the Swamp Marines then the Women Marines and Male Marines I have but one thought "We are all Marines". No matter the label no matter the MOS no matter the gender.

I served from 2-70 to 12-76. I spent my first two and a half years in the grunts and loved being able to say I was a grunt. I shipped over and went to the air wing in supply. Then when I made Staff the Corps decided it was time for me to go to D.I. School. I made it and went onto the field as a new D.I. I pushed herds through for a year and then I blew out my Achilles tendon and that put me out of the Corps. I was a Hollywood Marine in boot camp, I served as a D.I. in Hollywood. I called Women Marines BAM's not out of meanness or disrespect but our of respect for a Women Marine. She earned the Eagle, Globe and Anchor just like every other Marine and she earned her "other" title just like every other Marine.

One thing stands clear and always will we are all Marines and always will be no matter the additional titles we are given.

So remember we all earned the Eagle, Goble and Anchor as we did all of our titles.

J. E. Whimple
2-1970 to 12-1976
1971 2/9 RefBltlandteamVietNam


I recently became familiar with this website, and I really enjoy it. I was not in the Marines, but my dad was, (and I wish I had, but I went Air Force instead).

Recently my son was asking me about the Marines and about the Hymn...Together we composed a new Stanza, which I shared with a WWII vet (Marine) back in Feb and he responded enthusiastically.

From the Heights of Suribachi
To the depths of Belleau Wood
We will die without complaining
For we seek the greater Good

From the Mountains of Afghanistan
To Baghdad's Dusty streets
there will never be the equal
of United States Marines.

I hope you like that.
It gives me goose bumps.

God Bless America
Jonathan Burchard

And I Quote...

"Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the spot of every wind. With such persons, gullibility, which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason and the mind becomes a wreck."
-- Thomas Jefferson

As a Former Marine Infantryman with Echo Company 2/6, the funniest people that I have ever encountered in my life were in the "Field". The "Field" is where the discussions of ones life (both prior and during the Corps) are told through laugher and humor, as laughter always made us feel better, regardless of the situation.

Command Post Productions Inc will be a gateway for those who have something to say. As we evolve our online community of "Artists" to include: Comics, Poets, Storytellers, Publicist, Writers or your simply just interested in the "Arts" we ask that you take the time to review the site, enlist (become a member) and tell us what you want to think? If you are interested in working with Command Post Productions Inc, please review the "Artists Wanted" Page at

Cpl. Spencer T.D.
E.CO. 2/6 (92-96)

Tommie D. Spencer
Email: spencer-t @ att .net
Cell: (708) 724-4631

4th Annual Lake San Marcos CC
Salute to Our Heroes Golf Event
Coming June 27, 2009 - Lake San Marcos Country Club, CA

Last year there was great food, golf, and camaraderie at the 3rd Annual Lake San Marcos "Salute to Our Heroes" event to benefit the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

Service members and their wives will be treated to a wonderful day of golfing, lunch, dinner, gifts and entertainment. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. All are welcome to participate in this event.

This will be the 4th year the Lake San Marcos Country Club Men's & Women's Golf Clubs and community are hosting a golf event. To get involved contact, Frank Shubert at fshubert @ roadrunner .com

And I Quote...

"We maintain our strength in order to deter and defend against aggression -- to preserve freedom and peace. Since the dawn of the atomic age, we've sought to reduce the risk of war by maintaining a strong deterrent and by seeking genuine arms control. 'Deterrence' means simply this: making sure any adversary who thinks about attacking the United States, or our allies, or our vital interests, concludes that the risks to him outweigh any potential gains. Once he understands that, he won't attack. We maintain the peace through our strength; weakness only invites aggression."
-- Ronald Reagan

Dear Sgt Grit:

My son happens to be a Marine. He is a wonderful man at 22 and better than most. My husband (he is the stepfather) and I were talking about him. The one thing my husband said to me that I want to pass on to all Marines is, "I was in the Army for 8 years and if there is one thing I learned it was those Marines are the toughest and most respected people in the service and that includes me." I think that says it all about the Marines.

Proud mother of Ryan Reed Anderson, USMC.

There are times that we all wonder why the heck we do what we do. However there sure seems to be someone to slap me upside the head and say See numbskull that's why. With Marine Week closing in quickly for Chicago I guess it was supposed to be.

My little journey,

This past weekend I was selected by my family to drive my sister(52) and her daughter(31) to Indianapolis for some prayer ceremony that was Friday night and Saturday. Got them there for Friday and stayed for the ceremony on Friday evening, but come Saturday I just drove them over, I'd had my fill for the week, lol. Now remember I'm down sort of south and they have, guess what Bob Evans, YEAH. Decided I was going to have some old fashion Biscuits and gravy that morning for breakfast.

Went in and had a wait, not too bad, noticed a nice looking Mom with her Son (16 or 17) come in, lol no I didn't even look at her ring finger, I must be missing my touch. I was really thinking about the jeans this young man who stood about 6'3" had on, they had maybe 150 holes in them but yet looked brand new. Hear I thought that style had died out years ago when I threw mine out in 1968, oh well it's on it's way back it seems.

I was seated and of course had brought in my favorite magazine to finish during breakfast, YEAH Semper Fi of course. As I was at my table, that same Mom and Son came and sat down one table away. As I watch them interact I noticed the Son had taken out a foreign currency for his Mom to see. Once she had her fingers on the currency she just keep reading it and wasn't going to give it back too soon. However the Son kept trying to get it back and I was sort of laughing at him, like big chance there son. LOL. He was smiling as well.

As I was finishing my breakfast I noticed that their breakfast had come and the two of them took a minute to pray for their food. Wow I didn't think I was that far down south but I guess I was wrong. As I finished my breakfast I decided to take a chance, NO, not ask her out. I went over and told the Mom how great it was, that they prayed before their meal and me being from the Chicagoland area hadn't seen that in a long time. I also offered her my magazine, not letting her see at first what it was but saying that she could do what she wanted with the magazine. She took the magazine and I told them to have a great day.

Walked up and paid for my meal and as I was leaving I was tapped on the shoulder. I turned around to see the Mom standing their, I didn't know if I should duck at this point for giving her a Marine Magazine or not, lol.

She told me that is was a very special thing today that happened and she wanted me to know that it touched her deeply, for her brother was a United States Marine killed in a helicopter accident in 2001 during a training operation in CA. One of 4 in the copter that day and since they were traveling at high speeds only 10' off the deck, no one survived.

It touched everyone that morning including her Son, it was like his Uncle said make sure you give them the Magazine so he can see what the Corps is all about.

The Marine Family continues to surprise me, however I should of known, even the Commandant of the Marine Corps has a true Commandant as well.

Marty Smith III
Chicago, IL, Lake County Detachment 801 amaze

Dependence means living secondhand solely on the efforts of others. Parasites are counting on others to exert the effort that they choose not to exert and hoping that not too many others will get in on the game so that they will not starve.
Edwin A. Locke

My name is Jon Wall & I served from 1953 thru 1958. While stationed in San Diego I met & fell in love with a beautiful Marine, & of course we got married. We are still going strong after 53 years. What I wanted to say is they are a wonderful bunch & no one dared use the expression "BAM" in front of my lady. One did & ended up on the deck. God bless 'em.

Semper Fi,

Former Marine Sgt.,
Jon Wall


We are researching the history of the U.S. Marine ANGLICO units for a possible future book project. Although ANGLICO (Air-Naval- Gunfire-Liaison-Company), their processor JASCO (Joint-Assault- Signals-Company) units and their present USMC counterparts have been at the forefront of battlefields around the world since WWII, little has been written on the history of these units.

We are interested in all aspects of past and present ANGLICO units and related subjects, including books, manuals, documents, photos, letters, diaries etc. Please let us know if your collections contain anything related to U.S. Marine ANGLICO history or suggest other possible sources of information. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you -

Ron Selig
USMC 2nd ANGLICO 1955 - 58

Steve Selig
Author / Draughts - The Henry Eckford Story

3442 W. Meander
New River, Arizona 85087

redtitan78 @ yahoo .com

And I Quote...

"I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said."
-- William F. Buckley, Jr.

Sgt Grit,

I'm not a Marine but have worked with several in my time in the service. My Uncle was also a Marine on Guadalcanal and is a person I have a very deep respect for. I was the ring bearer at his wedding to my aunt in 1946. He would ride me unmercifully as a teenager but after many years I realize that it was something that taught me many things about life and things that would come my way. So to Marine Eugene Fuller, now of Woodstock, Illinois I say a big THANK YOU. Two of his sons also served in the Marine Corps.

Other Marines I worked closely with were Major Ben Rienhart and Major Stien who were assigned to VX-5 in the late 60's and early 70's. Following a request from them I developed a system that was used in helicopters by several services that was a counter measure device against the SAU-7 missiles. It was a successful device and used existing parts that could be found at any operating squadron. I remember coming in to work one morning and our entire flight line was nothing but Marine helicopters. When I got to my work space I had several Marine officers and maintenance people waiting for me. We looked over the aircraft and decided where to install the dispensers. They all left and I thought that that was it. The next morning they were back and had been configured as was previously discussed. We began test flights that day. I flew with them on many of the tests. That was an experience in particular one flight with two nugget officers. Wasn't too happy when they discussed the fact that we had almost had a blade closure during one of the drops. But, everything worked as planned.

Now 40 years later, I'm setting in church and talking to a friend there who I knew had been a Marine helicopter pilot talking about this. I had brought a certificate that I had and showe