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AmericanCourage #230     08 JUL 2010
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This past week it was the 60th anniversary of the Korean War (June 25th 1950). Watching the national news that day, not once was the Korean War mentioned, nor did they mention that 34 thousand troops were killed in action in a three (3) year period. It wasn't until Saturday evening that NBC made mention of the war with a 10 second sound bite of the Korean War Monument in Washington DC.

So in reality the Korean War is the Forgotten War.

Jack Nolan 1131869
S/Sgt 1950-1957
E-2-5 1stMar Div
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In This Issue:

The story of Solita, Olive Garden and the USA/USMC pin got many responses. Some are below and many more are on the Sgt Grit Blog along with the original story.

As usual some outstanding pictures below. A Brute story. Mommy is a Marine, they told me it's true. Not my day to die; Korea. Recruiting stories are legendary, below is no different, and a Fortunate Marine.

OK MAGGOTS....LISTEN UP....Send in your stories. Volume fell off this month. I will write it off to the holidays and sunshine. Do not let this happen again. DO YOU HEAR ME PRIVATE. DO IT NOW!!!! OR GIVE ME 20. Now you say SIR, YES SIR!!! And then you sit down and send me an email. Particularly you WWII, Korea, and Cold War era Marines. You tell me all the time there is not much for you. Now is your chance.

Fair winds and following seas.
Sgt Grit


Master Sgt McNamee and Oliver Hey Sgt. Grit,
Several months ago I wrote to you and asked where I could get Dress Blues for my son's new baby boy to wear to my daughter's wedding.
You suggested I buy the Large Teddy Bear and take the Blues off and use them for the baby!
Well here is a photo of them at the Wedding. My son is Master Sgt. David McNamee and son Oliver 23 months old.

Wife of & Mother of a Marine
Shirlee Rainey


Sgt Grit as Uncle Sam 4th of July at Sgt Grit

The "Balloon Lady" (Maria) won our "Patriotic Dress" contest! But "Lady Liberty" (Toni) was a close second!

Semper Fi
Sgt Grit as "Uncle Sam"

Dress Patriotic Contest


Dear Sgt. Grit,
I came across the story on your site about the 2nd Marine Division during WWII, by Mark Griggs. My father was in that division. He died in 1950 in a car accident 6 months before I was born.
I have a photo of his gravestone which says,
"Sgt 8 Marine 2nd Marine Div WWII."
Can you help me decipher it?
I know he was a Sgt., in 2nd Marine Div, but what does the 8 mean? I also know he received two purple hearts. Thank you for your help with this.
Blessings,
Jane Magee


Sgt Grit,

This is a picture of my son at 7 months old. My saw him doing "push ups" and said, "That is definitely your son! He's doing push ups just like Daddy!"

7 Month old Marine He's two years old now and loves toy guns, but the funny thing about that is that I haven't given him any guns or exposed him to any fire arms. Must be genetic and is being passed down.

P.S.
I am Former Sgt, having served with: 1stBn 9thMarines, 1stBn 4thMarines, 5thBn 14thMarines, & 2ndBn 23rdMarines. Served from Oct '85 to Dec '94. Semper Fi!

William Chau
Captain


I was just looking at the [AmericanCourage #229] From Afghanistan and USMC Red Fridays? email newsletter and saw the adorable picture of the Sgt Grit's Devil Pups and had to go to your site to see more. :)

Kyla's son wearing Dress Blues hat while lying on flag. We have a Devil Pup of our own -- I have attached a picture of him :) This picture is from when he was 2 months old (which was about 13 months ago). Our Marine had been deployed to Afghanistan just a couple of weeks before this picture was taken with 2/8 and this is one of the pics of our precious baby boy that we sent to him for his 1st Father's Day!

Thanks,

Kyla
Proud Marine Wife


And I Quote...

"[T]he hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army, and the safety of our bleeding Country depend. Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are Freemen, fighting for the blessings of Liberty -- that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men."
--George Washington


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LCPL Bolstad's Marine tattoo Another Fallen Marine, But not forgotten Ooh-Rah Dad

Marine Corps Cross with EGA dog tag Dad 7-13-01, In Memory Of My Dad on his upcoming 9th anniversary. He was with the 1st Battalion 2nd Marines 59-62. Happy Fathers Day SGT. Gone but never forgotten. After serving his Country in the Marine Corps, he served as a Police Officer Brookline, Mass 27 years. I was LCPL in MCLS -1 Albany, Georgia 90-92 MOS 2811 Telephone Tech.

LCPL Bolstad


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Sgt. Grit.
I saw this article and fully support these former Marines. But I have a question and you have the resources that may help to answer it.

Here is a link to the Fox News article

Question is: Was the Gadsnen Flag the first flag used by US Marines?

Thanks. Semper Fidelis and a safe and Happy 4th of July to you and your staff. Keep up the good work and carry on.
FJ Breck
Cpl. USMC 1976-1980


I'm the last Private on the right in the top row. Parris Island - Platoon 362

The excitement for us was the Cuban Missile Crisis. They actually played radio news reports in the mess hall. The Drill instructors told us we'd skip ITR and be fam firing our weapons from the fan tale of a ship on our way south. It was resolved before we left though, and we went to ITR right on time. From there, I reported to the 2nd Amtrak Battalion at Courthouse Bay, Camp Lejeune.

One of our Drill Instructors, Sgt. Nicolopous made meritorious E-6 after I left and was later commissioned. A truly outstanding Marine.

Best regards,
Edwin Dassori 1997889


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Don Browning, SSgt
1st Bn 7th Marines
#2258615
OCPD retired


And I Quote...

"If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
--Samuel Adams, 1776


I took the roadster over to the store to get a 7up and some pogie bait for the weekend. As I drove in some old guy in a suit bowed and gave me a short round of applause. I said hi and then looked at his hat. It said ROK but he had a 1st Marine Division pin. I showed him the EGA on my shorts and we got to talking. This dude had some war stories.

Photo of the General. I asked him if I could take his picture and he was very happy to say yes. He shared some of his pictures and there were pictures of Marines with him. He was at some 1st Mar Div Function in Oceanside. His friend came out of the store and we had a good conversation also. When I asked if I could take his picture he said yes. He went to the car and got his coat, he is a GENERAL.
Fuller


Ms. Fomin, please find attached a couple of photos of our Cadets enjoying the products that you donated. I used them as rewards for those that showed up for some optional training...Thanks again for what you have done for us!

Cadets toasting Cadets toasting

MSgt David K. Duffield
"Others follow... we lead"
Marine Instructor
Sturgis Brown High School


I read George R. O'Connell's story of how he joined the Navy rather than the Marines. His story paralleled mine EXCEPT I went to the recruiting office to join the Navy. As in George's case I was standing in the hall awaiting the return of the Navy Chief when a door just in front of me opened and out stepped a Marine Master Sgt We began to talk and before I knew it I had papers to take home for my parents to sign as I was only 17.

This was in February of 1958, more than 50 years ago. I don't remember yellow foot prints on the deck down at MCRD San Diego I do remember the bucket issue of toilet articles, a grey sweat shirt and so forth before we were allow to get a half hour's worth of sleep.

Been so long ago and I've moved so many times I don't have the information of what platoon I graduated with. Do remember the senior Drill Instructor, Staff Sgt. Masterson. A tall skinny guy that could run like a deer . I had been picked up by this platoon after spending 3 or 4 weeks, don't remember how long, in S.T.P., To obtain the incentive I needed to be a Marine. I got it and have been a proud Marine all these years.

Gung Ho to all now serving
Gary L. Taylor Cpl (E-4) 1958 - 1962


And I Quote...

"The people of the U.S. owe their Independence & their liberty, to the wisdom of descrying in the minute tax of 3 pence on tea, the magnitude of the evil comprised in the precedent. Let them exert the same wisdom, in watching against every evil lurking under plausible disguises, and growing up from small beginnings."
--James Madison


Female Pilot photo

The teacher gave her fifth grade class an assignment: Get their parents to tell them a story with a moral at the end of it.

The next day, the kids came back and, one by one, began to tell their stories. There were all the regular types of stuff: spilled milk and pennies saved. But then the teacher realized, much to her dismay, that only Janie was left.

"Janie, do you have a story to share?"
''Yes ma'am. My daddy told me a story about my Mommy.
She was a Marine pilot in Desert Storm, and her plane got hit.

She had to bail out over enemy territory, and all she had was a flask of whiskey, a pistol, and a survival knife.
She drank the whiskey on the way down so the bottle wouldn't break, and then her parachute landed her right in the middle of 20 Iraqi troops.
She shot 15 of them with the pistol, until she ran out of bullets, killed four more with the knife, till the blade broke, and then she killed the last Iraqi with her bare hands.

''Good Heavens,' said the horrified teacher.
'What did your Daddy tell you was the moral to this horrible story?

"Stay away from Mommy when she's been drinking."

They promised me this was true!
Bill Carey
Cpl of Marines 1965-69


I have nothing but respect for Marine Corps Recruiters and the job they do.

During the 60's and 70's recruiters were under tremendous pressure to get their monthly quotas and some of them "cheated" in various ways to send a body to a recruit depot.

I want to relate a true story that happened in the early 70's when I was a Drill Instructor at MCRD San Diego. We had just "picked up" a new recruit platoon from receiving barracks and were still in the processing phase for a couple of days. Most recruits in the 1st couple of days are still in a state of shock and are scared sh-tless, but I observed something about one recruit that seemed out of the ordinary. While standing at attention and speaking to a DI, he would open and close his eyes, speak in a low tone and mumble. I knew there was something more wrong with him than shock. He also fell out for the initial PT test with his PT shorts on backwards and barefoot.

I determined that he should be evaluated for mental competence and he went through the chain of command and was sent to the psychiatrist. They kept him in dispensary overnight and we learned the next day that the psychiatrist reported that he had escaped from a mental institution in Wisconsin, was hitchhiking along a road. Guess who picked him up? A Marine Recruiter!

The recruiter had another recruit take the test for him and the next thing he knew, he was in sunny San Diego with some crazy men in big brown hats yelling and screaming at him.

Needless to say he was sent back to Wisconsin, and I never heard what happened to the recruiter.
Semper Fi,
J Towey
1st Sgt USMC (Ret)


The bridge being constructed on the Mississippi River between West Feliciana Parish and Pointe Coupee Parish should be named the "Lejeune-Barrow Bridge" instead of the "John James Audubon Bridge." Louisiana has the distinction of having been the home of two Commandants of the United States Marine Corps, which is the highest ranking officer in the Marine Corps: John A. Lejeune and Robert H. Barrow. John A. Lejeune (1867-1942) grew up on the Old Hickory Plantation in Pointe Coupee Parish. After attending LSU, Lejeune joined the Marine Corps and rose through the ranks to become Commandant of the Marine Corps from 1920-1929. Lejeune is considered by many to be the "Greatest of All Leathernecks," and Camp Lejeune in North Carolina is named in his honor.

Across the river, Robert H. Barrow (1922-2008) was raised on Rosale Plantation in West Feliciana Parish. Barrow likewise attended LSU, and joined the Marine Corps following the outbreak of World War II, eventually rising to the rank of Commandant of the Marine Corps from 1979-1983. Following his retirement from the Marine Corps, General Barrow returned home to West Feliciana Parish, a community he often described as being so peaceful, "you could hear a leaf drop on the water." General Barrow was the first Commandant to decline being buried in Arlington National Cemetery, and instead chose as his final resting place the idyllic cemetery at Grace Episcopal Church in St. Francisville.

Although not a native son, it is undisputed that John James Audubon was an important historical figure, as evidenced by the fact that the name, "John James Audubon Bridge," has already been used previously for a bridge spanning the Ohio River. However, while the accomplishments of Audubon are many, he is associated mainly with West Feliciana Parish, and his name does not truly reflect the character of both Pointe Coupee Parish and West Feliciana Parish.

A bridge is supposed to connect two communities, both figuratively and literally. One common bond that the communities of Pointe Coupee Parish and West Feliciana Parish share is that these two parishes both produced Commandants of the Marine Corps, the only parishes in our state that can boast such an accomplishment. Appropriately, the new bridge should be called the "Lejeune-Barrow Bridge" to reflect the contributions of both great men, and the parishes that they called home.

Trevor Fry


And I Quote...

"A nation under a well regulated government, should permit none to remain uninstructed. It is monarchical and aristocratical government only that requires ignorance for its support."
--Thomas Paine


A former Marine LCPL in the 1st Force Service Support Group put on one heck of a concert on the 4th of July at River Wind Casino in Norman, Oklahoma. Not to mention it was free!

Misti, stepdaughter Chelsea, and Josh Gracin And to show his patriotic spirit he was signing autographs and taking pictures with all his fans. This is a picture my husband took of my stepdaughter Chelsea and I with Josh Gracin!

Josh started his career as an American Idol contestant in season 2, then had to WITHDRAW to fulfill his DUTY as a Marine and went to Iraq to serve his country. He got an honorable discharge and now lives his dream as a country singer.

Semper Fi
Misti M.
Sgt Grit Customer Service


Hi
I haven't written anything to you so far. Even though I like to read all your emails I would like you to mention my brother who passed away 3 days ago. He was in the Military as an MP in the 60s. His name Richard Kenneth Warburton age 63yrs, Niles Michigan. I never met him until I was 42yr. I was adopted out I didn't get to meet my Dad, and the first thing I remember about Richard was "Come here, I will give you a big bear hug Just like Dad would have done". I missed my Dad by 3 yrs. He was a US Marine during WW11

Thanks if you publish that Jan Kidd (Warburton)
PS I am now in Australia


Custom Memory Patch Sgt. Grit,

I am the son of a Marine who served in Korea and gave the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. I was in Washington DC over Father's Day with a group for men and women who lost their father's in Vietnam. The group is called Son's and Daughter's In Touch. I meet some other Marine kids and told them about your site. And they all admired my Custom Memory Patch.

Thank you for all you do
Michael Cruden proud son of
S/Sgt Donald J Cruden 3/1 Lima Kia 12/27/67


Quote from Newsletter, 1 July 10

"I stood the I.G. with 4th Marines in K Bay in' 63 or' 64 by Lieut. Gen. Victor (Brute) Krulak.
We were grilled by N.C.O.'s to not dare glance down at the General as he stood before you ; so my running light's were locked in forward position; but I swear I can remember seeing those three silver stars on his p-sscutter. Am I falling prey to senility or is my memory clear ? Carson "

Carson, Your memory does not fail you.
On March 1, 1964, Krulak was designated Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, and promoted to Lieutenant General. (Wikipedia) Gen. Krulak, a native of Denver, received his appointment to the Naval Academy before finishing high school. He received a waiver to bypass the Marine Corps height requirement of 5 feet 6 inches. Standing barely 5 feet 5 inches tall, he was jokingly nicknamed Brute by his academy classmates. The moniker stuck, reinforced by his direct, no-nonsense style.

More on General Krulak

The Few. The Proud.
Jerry D.


And I Quote...

"Liberty will not descend to a people, a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed."
-- Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)


Answer to Jim Marin's question in last week's newsletter

Jim,
If you read "The Corps" series by W.E.B Griffin, it starts in China. It is fiction but is as accurate as Mr. Griffin could make it. The main character, Kenneth "Killer" McCoy starts in China and the series stays with him through WWII and Korea.
Great read.
Semper Fi,
Cpl (former) Michael Lewis 88-94


6 of us from Miami (ok that is) joined in 1953, the only one I stayed in touch with was my cousin. After 53 years about a year ago I got an email address of another one and 5 minutes after my message he called. Spent his later years running a motorcycle shop in southern Calif and proudly asked me if i had ever heard of the Baja 500, when I said yes he said "I won it twice on a bike".

After boot I went to ITR at Las Pulgas (Tent Camp Two) in Pendleton and from there to Sea School ending up on the USS Wisconsin BB64 for two years. We all promised to stay in touch and of course when everyone went home that went by the wayside. I joined the Association of the ship and found a few of the old ones then about 2 years ago found my best friend after 54 years.

In any event there are some we never found but I found one First Sgt Henry Barber on a site called Braxton Bragg Chapter which has all the Nam Casualties by state, alphabetically. Very complete...Henry, Hank, Buzz will always be my hero. I told the others and although they were sad they appreciated knowing. Also found Sgt James Massey, Little Rock, Ark there.. Went through boot, ITR, sea school with him also very sad day.

Don Wackerly Sgt of Marines 53-56


Korean Marines/Chosin commemoration in Korea

I'm Fred Jameson, primary TSC Officer for Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. I'm also a Colonel, USMCR. If your Korean veterans don't know it now, we're in the middle of planning significant commemorations of Inchon and Chosin in Korea on their anniversaries.

The Chosin event will occur on November 10 in Seoul, and we believe that it will feature both the Silent Drill Platoon and the Korean Marines Ceremonial Unit. Should be a great show for our great veterans. I can direct them to the right people if they're interested.

Best place for you to contact me is this email:
jamesonfd @ gmail .com
or my work email
fred.jameson @ usmc.mil

The 60th anniversary is the most auspicious in Korean culture, so this should be a big deal..

F. D. Jameson


Please explain to the Congressman that we are having a resolution in Congress that will finally recognize the sacrifices made at Guadalcanal by having its own official Day!

The Lewis B. Puller Hike is in its fifth year and had 50+ active duty and retired Marine participants last year. Additionally Gen. Mike Myatt sponsored a Guadalcanal recognition dinner with Gen. H. Lloyd Wilkerson {one of the two surviving generals actually there} and his son Gen. Tom Wilkerson {the CEO of the Naval Institute}.

The Udall Hike will be an ongoing opportunity to be in direct contact with all Congressional offices and be an excellent occasion to build phenomenal good will on both sides of the aisle!

The Princess Diana Hike will also give contact with the upper echelons of international society!

We are asking for recognition and any support you can give us - especially with:
Participation and support;
Help with securing some recon guys for our Wounded Warriors; Help with HQ Marines Invites to the different countries involved in the PDH; Etc.

Thanks again for everything.

S F,
Philip Aaron

P.S. Please reply back
All communications should be through voicemail ONLY @ 718-670-6718 Always leave a return number & best time to reach you as my internet access is unreliable


And I Quote...

"Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day."
--Thomas Jefferson

"The Declaration of Independence is the declaratory charter of our rights, and the rights of man."
--Thomas Jefferson


Dear Sgt. Grit:

Flag picture with the Marines carrying the body bags of their brothers KIA at the battle site ran on the front page of the New York Times On June 6-8, 1968, Charlie and Delta Companies of the 1st Battalion 4th Marines fought a battle for LZ Loon (Hill 672) in the Khe Sanh TAOR on Operation Scotland South, a mission tasked with interdicting and destroying the NVA and the roads entering South Vietnam from Laos and the Ho Chi Minh trail. Your readers may be interested in the website constructed by the author of Loon, A Marine Story, here: Photographs, a tribute and links to the book are included.

Loon patch manufactured for the survivors. My wife designed and had the attached Loon patch manufactured for the survivors. The flag picture with the Marines carrying the body bags of their brothers KIA at the battle site ran on the front page of the New York Times.

Semper Fi

Dan Burton
Charlie 1/4 3RDMARDIV
RVN '67-'68


At age 45 I had 5 angeos a stent and a triple bypass. At 47 another triple bypass three more angeos and was checked out for 17 mins off and on. At 49 I had a TMR which is when the Dr. punched 46 holes in my heart with a laser.....I got a new heart Dr. who looked at my medical file and proclaimed "You must be a Marine, they are the only SOBs that can survive anything." I am still working 40 plus---Thank God and the Marines.
ST. MICHAEL
1969-71


Got a chance back in 1963 while stationed at Henderson Hall to meet Lou Lowery. He was kind enough to give me a autographed copy of his famous picture. For years I never realized what a treasure I had.
I have given copies to many former and active Marines and friends.
It's a shame he never got the real credit for taken the First picture on Iwo Jima. This the first time I've read your newsletter but am enjoying it very much. Plan on sending copies to sons and friends. Keep up the good work.

Semper Fi Jim Freas
1956-69
Ooorah


Sgt. Grit,
When I enlisted in the Marine Corps in June 1968, living conditions and comfort was not on my mind. Serving my country to the best of my ability was.

As a former 0311 'Nam grunt with G 2/4, I felt fortunate to be able to fight the rats over a can of ham and eggs or meatballs and beans that we waited two days to get as the choppers couldn't get to us because of enemy activity in the area.

I felt fortunate to have a blood-stained poncho liner that we carried our dead and wounded on, to catch rain water with during the monsoon so we could fill our canteens that had been empty for two days.

I felt fortunate to be resupplied in the bush with a new pair of jungle boots as my old pair had the tops rotted out.

And lastly I felt fortunate that I was only wounded once and that a med-evac helicopter was able to get us out without getting shot down.

Semper Fidelis,
Bob Chatigny
Weatherford, OK


And I Quote...

"I rejoice in a belief that intellectual light will spring up in the dark corners of the earth; that freedom of enquiry will produce liberality of conduct; that mankind will reverse the absurd position that the many were, made for the few; and that they will not continue slaves in one part of the globe, when they can become freemen in another."
--George Washington


Responses to Solita, Olive Garden and her USA/USMC pin:

Sgt Grit,

Just finished reading yet another outstanding newsletter. I have one thing to say to Solita: Young lady, you did the right thing by refusing to remove your pins. Obtaining a job at Sgt Grit is just another example of Marines taking care of their own at its finest. I wish you all the best as you take your turn at earning the title "Marine". The only bad thing about your story is the fact that it was someone named Brandon. I have two Brandons in my life. My son Brandon is a LCPL stationed on Oki. The other, his nephew and my grandson Brandon will be three years old in July. He already knows how to count cadence and salute.
At daycare before he climbs the ladder to the slide he always says "Marine Corps, AROOA".
Take care Sgt Grit and Semper Fi.

Howard Spaulding
SGT USMC '67-'71


After reading about "Solita" and Olive Gardens, there will be one less dining out option for my family.

Semper Fi

Jack Pomeroy
S/Sgt USMC inactive.


To Whom it May Concern:
I have written a respectful letter to Corporate at Olive Garden. I have advised them that I expect an apology to Solita and all Military veterans, or I will have to rethink my position on dining at Olive Garden and advise others of my position.

Sincerely,
Mike McConnell
CPL
85-92


God Bless Solita for standing up for what is right and God Bless you for hiring her!!

Freda Styers
Proud Marine Mom


Read more responses to Solita at the Sgt Grit Blog


And I Quote...

"You don't hurt 'em, if you don't hit 'em."
--Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC, 1962


South Korea can be HOT in the summer. This was one of the really hot ones and our 60MM mortar section was pinned down in a dry stream bed along with a few riflemen. Incoming small arms fire was making a WIA or KIA of any Marine who was foolish enough to stick his head up. Not a friendly place to picnic. To our left front lay an open field then a wooded area that offered some cover. Lt. Joe Owen, senior Marine present, decided we would move into that covered area and become a fighting force again instead of a pinned down bunch. Good idea, but you could meet with a serious accident between here and there. That was the plan so let's get with it.

The plan of the day was each Marine would roll toward the open field to a certain point then get up and break all speed records sprinting across that 50 yard open field. As I was the first Marine nearest the field I made my roll. Nick was next so started his roll into the spot I had just vacated. Nick was still in the process of rolling when he was hit in the chest by a 50 cal. round. This was NOT my day to die.

The move was halted until we could get Nick treated and back to the Aid Station. He never recovered.

Lt. Owen spotted the area of auto weapons that were giving us a bad time. I grabbed a mortar, he directed fire, we ended that mess. Three known and possibly more auto weapons ceased to exist.

We made it across the open field under heavy fire and the Mortar Section got separated. The section was one place and I was someplace else with three or four Marines and the gun I had been firing. To our right flank was the deep stream bed with several of our tanks slowly moving north. Ten or twelve North Koreans were advancing toward the tanks which could neither see nor fire on them. The range was feet not yards. I grabbed the tube and base plate. Another Marine, I believe Pfc Bifulk, dropped in three fast rounds. We left before the first round landed. They landed close enough to the tanks to discharge the North Koreans. The live ones fled.

It's no fun being lost in a woods where people are shooting at you. We shortly found the rest of the section and settled down to continue the War.

Semper Fi,
MSgt A "Pat" Burris
USMC Ret


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God Bless America!
Good Night Chesty Wherever You Are!
Semper Fi
Sgt Grit