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AmericanCourage #232     05 AUG 2010

Cpl Pogo's son. Sgt. Grit

Today my first child entered this world, 22July10 at 0838. Being that he comes from Marine Corps blood and was ready for a fight he mistook the first two nurses he saw as enemies. Using the only weapon he had at the time he put suppressive urine down range within the first 30 seconds of his life, hitting the nurses not once but twice.

So I took this picture of him in his dress blue bib that I bought from you guys a few months ago, figured you guys might get a kick out of it. About 20 mins ago he fell asleep in my arms for the first time while we watched Heartbreak Ridge on AMC. Funny thing is the wife said he was watching it with me. I don't know how true that is but it's a nice thought.

I've been out of the Marines for almost 10 years, but I guess once it's in your blood you pass it on to the next generation.

Adam Pogo
Cpl. 1996-2000
2nd Tank Bn, H&S Co. TOW Plt

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In This Issue: Above story, below story. Kinda says it all about Marine parenthood.

As usual many great quotes from mostly founding fathers. Mixing it up a bit this week, an Army unit protecting Marines, and USMC/Air Force contrast.

A guy would like to get some long lost pictures back to a Marine, an interesting story about Pre-WWII dog tags. A p-rno story (kinda) and a lengthily list of famous Marines.

I think I am getting the knack of the how to do the blog. Many more posting each morning, and (I think) more interesting. Take a look.

The Face Book page has exploded. As of this writing it was at 39,000+, should be over 40k by the time you read this. Hey, I'm an old guy, I don't get it, but it has gone crazy.

Far winds and following seas.
Sgt Grit

LCpl Maxx Juusola and his buddies of the 1/3 Marines Sgt Grit,
Thought you'd enjoy this photo taken of my son, LCpl Maxx Juusola (that's him on the front with the BCs!), and his buddies of the 1/3 Marines during their time in Marjah, Afghanistan in February of this year. Gotta love the Marines, who always make the best of a situation - adapt & improvise!

Janice C. Swift
Proud Marine Mom

My husband the Marine, his family was all Marines, all the way back, then him, then he did 20 years in the army reserve cause they didn't have a Marine reserve when he was he was discharged, We had all girls, one of them almost followed in his footsteps, We're still very proud of her, she's in the navy, and her dad's with her watching "her little" troops until their papa gets back from his deployment again. He's never lost his Marine pride and when I sent him your catalog he thought he died and went to heaven, Marine, it took him back to the 1960, I can't thank you enough for that, he is in a different place now, those catalogs I sent him was all he needed.
Love Beverly J OBrien
God Bless America and the Marines !

4 month old Grace modeling on USA Flag Good afternoon, we are part of the Marine Corps Family and thought we would share our 4th of July photo's of our Granddaughter (Grace 4mo) with Sgt Grit. Her Grandfather served in the 70's and we couldn't be more proud - I do believe she even looks like the Granddaughter of a Marine :)

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Grace Marie Thomas Znajmiecki
4 months

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same"
--Ronald Reagan

Semper Fi
Michael & Heidi Thomas

Hello Sgt Grit,

My wife Raquel and I just celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary on July 17th, 2010 and I was surprised by one of our guests who made the grooms cake. She really "made my day"!

As you can see, it was awesome!

SSgt Moreno and his wife Marine themed background and wedding anniversary cake


And I Quote...

"In the first place, it is to be remembered, that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws. Its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any."
--James Madison

"The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates."

Okay, Sgt Grit, how about this story? From one of our brothers in the other, slightly larger, ground combat service (the US Army) Ken Carlson

Semper Fi
Joe Featherston

"This is my favorite ice cream story from Vietnam. It begins as my Cav Troop is enroute home to LZ Nancy from a foray out to Khe Sanh. On the way back, we were asked to pause briefly to form a perimeter around a landing zone (LZ) quite close to the actual DMZ at Con Thien. I asked what was going to be landed there, but was told that could not be revealed yet. A Troop had occupied the firebase at Charlie 2 before and had operated around its northern neighbor, Con Thien (Alpha 4), several times, so we knew the terrain pretty well.

When we arrived at the proposed LZ, it was a large area of rice paddies, long since abandoned when the South Vietnamese population had been removed from the DMZ and resettled further south.

It was such a large open area that I began to suspect that perhaps we were going to secure not an LZ but a Drop Zone, perhaps for the Army to conduct their mandatory one-per-war airborne drop so that paratroopers could get the combat jump star on their wings. But as a paratrooper myself, I recognized that the abandoned and overgrown rice paddies and their dikes would make for a pretty rough DZ, with lots of probable injuries. Nonetheless, I set up A Troop around the area in a protective perimeter and awaited further events.

Soon, a lone CH 46 Marine Sea Knight helicopter appeared and landed on one of the paddy dikes. When the back ramp was lowered, out came six guys dressed in cooks' whites, carrying insulated mermite cans that they placed on the dikes.

My radio lit up with calls from my platoon leaders. What was this all about? I pleaded ignorance, but kept watching through binoculars. In just a few minutes, a ragged, unshaven band of seven or eight Marines came out of the nearby wood line in tactical formation. I recognized them as a Marine Recon team who, from their looks, hadn't seen a shower or a razor in several weeks.

As they approached the CH-46, the guys in the cooks' whites opened their mermite cans and prepared an ice cream sundae to order for each Recon Marine. I mean whipped cream, nuts, maraschino cherries - the whole shebang! My radio lit up again, more platoon leaders wanting to know what in the h&ll we were looking at.

I told them it looked like an ice cream social to me.

After eating the sundaes, the Recon Marines turned around and walked back into the jungle and the DMZ. The CH-46 took off. We stayed in position until I could reach 3rdMARDIV Operations to see if we could depart.

They told me to stand by for Sudden Death 66, the two-star commander of the 3rdMarine Division. He called in from a helicopter and asked me if I wondered about the mission we had been given. I allowed as to how we were a bit perplexed.

The general told me that one of his Marine Recon teams had been inside the DMZ for almost a month, and he felt they deserved an ice cream sundae. I said I thought that was a wonderful idea. The general said that the reason an entire Cavalry Troop was required to secure the LZ for the cooks was that III Marine Amphibious Force HQS wouldn't allow the sundaes to be served unless the area was absolutely secured.

We were that absolute security and, by the way, the commanding general was one of the guys in the cooks' whites. He told me to thank my troopers and tell them the story.

What outstanding leadership! Semper Fi!

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During undergraduate studies before I attended PLC in 1982 at Camp Upshur in Quantico, I had a history professor who described the Golden Years of Democracy. He said these were the years when only the USA had the atomic bomb - 1945 through 1949. They're called democracy's golden years because this is the only time in history one country had the absolute and irresistible power to take over the entire world, with no chance for anyone to prevent or stop it.

Instead, the USA chose to rebuild, forgive, help and develop the world - including those who were enemies, regardless of what was done to our people and others. Does anyone really wonder what some other countries would have done with this power? If that's not enough to make us proud to be American or to gain some understanding of the spirit of sacrifice and selflessness that underlies our Marines, sailors, soldiers and airmen still today, then we need to go back to school.


Photo of LCpl Cannava's grandson display our Pain is Weakness leaving the Body t-shirt at the top of Mt. Kilinmanjaro Hi, This is my grandson on top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, with a USMC T shirt I gave him. He is British and proud to be a part of our tradition. How many Marines have completed this fete? Show the picture for all to see.

Thanks. Semper Fi Ernie Cannava, LCpl 1957-59

My family and I were on a cross country vacation in June of this year. The trip included a visit with my brothers outside Buffalo, New York. It was at this time that a wake for a 21 year old fallen Marine was highly publicized in the Tonawanda News paper. The Marine was from North Tonawanda, New York. As a Marine veteran circa 1960-64, I had the feeling that I had to pay my respects to this Marine.

The parking lot was lined with outriders standing at parade rest with American flags held at their positions. The Tonawanda police were there and opened the door to the funeral home as I entered. I paid my respects and said a prayer before the casket. I then turned to the Marine's mother and step father to convey my condolences. I mentioned to them that I was on vacation from Washington state and just had to be here for them. The mom hugged me and thanked me for being there.

Photo of the Marine Memorial during daylight A few days later, my brother (former Army) and I were visiting the military memorial in Tonawanda and then on to the Marine Corps memorial in North Tonawanda. The purpose was to locate my name on both memorials. As we finished up at the NT memorial and were leaving, two men were coming towards the memorial. I inquired if they were Marine veterans. No, one was an Army veteran and the other said "I know you, you're from Washington".

He happened to be the step father of the fallen Marine. We had a good discussion and he thanked me profusely for coming to the wake for his step son. He was there to determine where his step son's name plate was to be mounted on the Memorial. What a great chance of fate. I enclose a copy of the Marine Memorial.

Dan Suter
West Richland, Washington

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CEO and Co-Founder Milissa Wise, a former Marine, has recently launched eWisdom TV. eWisdom TV, the first expert how to video site empowering people to get paid for their knowledge, announced they would be launching a special section called Veteran Experts and invites Former Marines and other Veterans to share their knowledge via How to Videos and our "Answers on Demand" Q&A feature.

They are submitting a Press Release on July 26th to announce this upcoming Channel for Veterans and invite Veterans to upload their profile and video by COB on July 25th to be featured in the Press Release, so GET INVOLVED TODAY!

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In response to the order "Secure That Building!"...

A Marine squad will clear the building of combatants room by room.

An Army squad will post guards at every entrance, checking IDs of everyone going in or out.

Navy personnel will make sure all the lights are turned off and the coffee pots unplugged.

Air Force personnel will obtain a five-year lease with options on the building.

Frank Sobieszczyk USAF '64-'68, Ofc of UnderSecretary of Defense for Acquisition 1981-2001

And I Quote...

"Patriotism is easy to understand in America; it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country."
--Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) thirteenth President of the United States

"The strength of the Constitution, lies in the will of the people to defend it."
--Thomas Edison

Sgt. Grit;
In response to the story from Mike Smith about the painting, "The Good life"...

I too remember seeing that at the Cowboy Hall of Fame and it stuck with me too. That just struck me the same is it did Mike Smith. In the martial arts world we call it "Indomitable spirit".

As a teen I had the Bruce Lee posters on my wall but I also had a copy of that Cowboy in the rain. Chowin'n on rainy beans. The Good Life.

As a Grunt, I remember very well eating chow in the rain and mud and the dry desert sand of The Stumps. It's been a while but I'd love to be there with those young Marines now. They may think that life is rough at the moment, but those young Marines are living the good life.

Semper Fi.
Cpl. Smith, D. C. 1986-1990

Pvt Carl J Roemhild Sean Roemhild's tattoo of the Marine Corps Emblem and a banner that reads Pvt Carl J. Roemhild

First let me thank you for your store and for your newsletter, I read it all the time...look forward to it.

My son Pvt Carl J Roemhild is my hero. He graduated from Parris Island and became a Marine on September 11, 2009. I do not have the words to describe how proud I am of this young man and his service to our country. His graduation on this day of all days was very emotional for me. It really added an extra sense of pride and importance to what these guys do for us. I feel pride for each and every Marine in the Corps and I am thankful for all of them. Their brave service is what makes our country great and it is a debt that could never be fully repaid.

I recently got this tattoo as a tribute to my son and his service.

Semper Fi forever and god bless you all for you bravery

Proud Marine Father
Sean Roemhild

Raymond Pursell with his Japanese flag Photo of Raymond Pursell during WW2

This is a picture I took yesterday of my Dad (Raymond Aubrey Pursell) and a flag he brought back from Japan. (At the top of the flag, my Dad had written: Service Co. 5th Amphibious Corps Sasebo, Kyushu, Japan). He had all the men in the company sign the flag at the time, which makes it even more of a treasure to him. The following is a list of those men's names and the hometowns at the time of WWII. Because the ink on the flag had faded a bit, we had some difficulty reading some of the names. If there is a question mark following either the name or the hometown, it is because we were not completely sure we had the spelling correct.

It would do his heart good to hear from any of these guys, or members of their families (or any other veterans of Iwo Jima). They could send the emails to me, and I would gladly forward them to him.

photo of the Marines in Service Co. 5th Amphibious Corps Attached, please find the list of names/cities that are written on the flag, a current picture of my Dad with the flag, an old picture of his unit when they were on Oahu (before they went to Iwo Jima), and a picture of him back then.

Thank you, Sgt. Grit, for posting this, and a big 'Semper Fi' from my Dad to all of his fellow Marines reading it!

glendajoy @ comcast .net
Glenda Clark- daughter of.
Raymond Aubrey Pursell
USMC/1943 - 1946

Here's a couple things. No rant this time.
I was in the LRS (logistics readiness squadron - vehicle maintenance) shop today.
I was waiting around for service and I noticed something. Us (USMC) vs. THEM (AIR FORCE)
I read a report (again) the other day about HMLA 367 Scarface in Marble Mountain Vietnam (my squadron) as how in a COMBAT zone at one time they had 100% AIR CRAFT up and flying.
That's US. We strive to attain 100 percent efficiency in everything we do.

So today while at work on the Air Force Base (stateside), I see my front end loader needs Hydraulic fluid. Our shop is out, I see on the board it was ordered TWO WEEKS AGO.
Well I presume it was actually ordered.
So I drive the unit down to LRS, the maintenance shop.
They have ONE barrel on a dolley with ONE pump and ONE gun and this is a very large shop.
It won't pump oil out. The E-7 just b-tches he isn't ready for this sh-t. Gives up after a 1/2 hour and says to come back later.

So two hours later I come back. NO one knows where he is at, or if the pump has been looked at and then they confess it has been down for two weeks!
So I am looking at certificates on the wall describing goal for vehicle availability for the ENTIRE wing and the squadron. Their GOAL is ONLY 90% availability.
HUH? They aren't even trying for 100%

If this had been my shop (military or civilian) heads would of rolled.
I suggested we use the overhead hoist, lift the barrel out of the container dolley. Put a manual valve on it. Lay it over, pour oil into a can and pour it into the loader tank.
Oh HECK no that WAS work and they weren't going to do it!
So no wonder they don't accomplish much.
Dang I really miss the CORPS after all these years! we GOT SH-T DONE!

On a side note. Thursday was our 3rd parade for Frontier Days (tomorrow is last and I WILL be in it).
Anyway, I was moving along curb greeting people (kids, adults and SENIORS), thanking them for coming out to watch, thanking for their prior service, asking if they were having a good time, joking with them, etc just having a good time myself and running way behind!
But just like the opera. The opera isn't over till the fat lady sings. Well this parade isn't over until I reach the end!
Well these two kids (about 8 yrs old) had small cheap digital cameras. Grandma was with them, but I didn't know that. They BOTH wanted a picture of me. Sure why not...

Choo Choo in his Dress Blues Last night I celebrated my 60th birthday a day early with a neighbor friend.
I have known him 10 years or so. But last night was first night I met his wife. Go figure!
She knew me right off from the parade (well I was still in my blues). Turns out she was the Grandma of the two kids. She said they couldn't stop talking about the MARINE that stopped and talked to them and posed for THEM.

So any way here is a very close up of the picture he took. I also was grabbed by a 80+yr old lady and did a short western dance with her right on the street. Said she hadn't danced with a MARINE in over 50 years! She bent me over in a dip and kissed me! Must be the uniform, you think!

Another lady wearing a sash, Miss Rodeo something or other was from Missouri or Arkansas, Wanted a picture also, So you bet I posed with her too!
I would venture I meet and greet more people in one parade than in an entire year.
Not to mention the thank you's I get for greeting them and saying hi. Making them feel important and wanted. And they are.
What fun is a parade if no one is on the sides watching??

The fringe benefits (kisses and hugs) ain't bad either!
Tuesday a kid asked for autograph I gave him one!
He asked again Thursday, he pulled the book out, and low and behold it was the one I gave him Tuesday. But he still wanted another!

So all you Marines that aren't getting out and doing parades and other events, You're missing out on a h*ll of a lot of fun!
These parades and events are just another way of serving. So come on get out there and join in and show everybody how we live up to our motto


Semper Fi
choo choo
Sgt of Marines (nla)
1968 -1974
RVN and other interesting points 70-71

Marine Corps Exchange box This large envelope was found by an upholstery shop in Christiana, TN by Mr. Mark Savage. The vehicle was junked and he found it under a seat when cleaning it out. He is a supporter of the military and contacted me to see if we could find the owner or his family. It appears to belong to someone from Manchester, TN or the Middle Tennessee area.

The name on the envelope is "Scott Stewart" but I cannot contact anyone by that name in the global address list or Marine locator.

Marine's photos It looks to be relatively recent but there are no dates and it is hard to determine exactly what year it is from.

It looks like the Marine was in Plt 3016 at Parris Island. The envelope contains his platoon photo, his official portrait, and a high school graduation picture. There is water damage on the package and photos but it is minor and they are all intact. Photos are attached, if anyone recognizes them.

Photo of Marine in Dress Blues Any help tracking down this Marine or his family in order to return their property would be greatly appreciated.

Captain Paul Bertolone
OSO, RS Nashville

Pre-World War II, our Dog Tags had the man's Fingerprint on the back, wax was put on the back of the Dog Tag, the man pressed his thumb on it and acid dropped on, then washed off and you had the man's fingerprint on the Dog Tag. I had seen many, some from the original owners. Then one day, a couple years after I Retired, I found one at a Garage Sale and asked the Lady where they got it. She said they had been in Japan and had purchased an old dresser and brought it home.

They found it stuck in back of one of the drawers. I went to PIO Office here in Los Angeles and we looked in the Retired Marine list.

His name was there so we contacted him and found he had been a POW, captured in the Philippines, and now lived in North Carolina. Didn't know where or how he lost it. He was glad to have it back. That was over 30 Years ago and I'm sure that Marine is gone and your stories of notched Dog Tags brought it back to mind. I carry my WWII and Vietnam Dog Tags on my key ring.

Another quick story about Dog Tags, when I got to Pearl Harbor in 1944, a friend and I were taken to the Cemetery by one of our Sergeants, he showed us a Cross in which a Marines Dog Tag was fastened, he showed us his Dog Tag, they were the same, He had been in Pearl Harbor during the attack, on a ship, wounded and hauled to the hospital, his dog tag found near a body...

GySgt. F. L. Rousseau

Sarge if mom and dad were still alive they would proudly verify this short story..When I was just a 10 yr. old pup I started reading about worldwide great armies and great military leaders and tactical geniuses. King Leonidis and his 300 hundred Spartans had never known. that if they had not been betrayed at Thermopolie would have most likely annihilated that massive enemy or at least ran the Persians back across the sea in total defeat. After reading and studying Marine Corps history and tradition which I still do today I always and will go to my grave totally convinced the US Marines are the best there is the best there ever was and ever will be..OOORRRAAA SEMPER FI until I die.
Nov.65-Aug 10-69.W.L. Early

And I Quote...

"He which hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart: We would not die in that man's company."
--William Shakespeare, "Henry V"

"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt."
--Thomas Jefferson

I laughed my tail off reading about the John Wayne "quotation". During my career with the Imperial County Sheriff's Office (California) we had to buy our own business cards for many years - the department wouldn't issue them. I had mine made up at a local printer; very professional looking, with all the requisite information on the front. On the back I had the picture and quotation from Sergeant Blake's construction. They were memorable and I used them until my retirement as Assistant Sheriff, even after the department started issuing official business cards.

Michael Hackett
64-69 USMC

For August 2010, The Chosin News Editor would like to share the following information with you, on our new web site at:

On the 4th of July, The Chosin Reservoir Detachment Memorial Team was honored to lead the Loveland, Ohio, 4th of July Parade.

In late June, Marine Sergeant Derek Landis, from the 2nd Marine Division donated 13 gold Eagle Globe & Anchor (EGA) medals to the detachment Casket & Funeral Guard. Gold EGA medals are individually placed on deceased Marines during the Funeral Visitation period for which the Casket & Funeral Guard renders military honors.

For the latest newsletter, readers are invited to visit our website and click on the Newsletters tab, then scroll your mouse over the 2010 Newsletters. A window will drop down revealing the Current Issue... which will be August 2010.

If you visit the PHOTOS tab, many photographs from the Loveland 4th of July Parade will be found under 2010 Photos

While visiting our website, please take the time to browse other Chosin Reservoir Detachment subject items, e. g. Officers, Events, Special Event Fliers, Photographs, Taps, Links and Supporters/Sponsors. To have your flier for a local Military, Veteran or Patriotic related event posted on our website, please contact our webmaster.

Depending upon the transmission speed of your Internet Service Provider, this month's newsletter may take approximately 15-20 seconds to completely download to your computer.

Semper Fidelis!

Walter Golladay

I was finished with the Crucible in July 2006. I had long since wrote to my parents telling them not to send me any more mail. But one night, during Mail Call, when the Senior Drill Instructor was on duty, I heard my full name called out.

As I briskly go forth to retrieve the mail, the first thing I'm thinking is, "OK. Who's the idiot who sent me something with my first name written before my last name?" I'm also thinking this same person didn't get the memo to not send me any mail at this point.

I see the SDI with a large yellow envelope in my head. My next thought is along the lines of "Oh crap, someone REALLY didn't get the memo about mail regs in boot camp!" But I go up and take the envelope. Now, per being a recruit with a large yellow envelope, I had to open it right there next to the SDI.

So I open it, slightly pull out the contents enough to I can see them, and I freeze. My heart stopped cold. It was a p-rno mag. I was certain I was going to become roadkill. The SDI looks over and says, "What's that Atwood? P-rn?" As I watched my life flash before my eyes, I said, "Yes sir!" His response, "Good. You have 10 seconds to look through it." I couldn't believe my ears. I could've sworn he was trying to trick me. Plus, I already had some pics of a cute chick back home, and was plenty confident that the contents of the p-rno mag couldn't top off her good looks. So, I didn't open it. Some recruits start looking down my way with a look of: what's the matter Atwood? Open it!

The SDI looks back to me and sees I didn't open it. He asks, "What's the matter Atwood? You don't want to look at it?" "No sir!" He reaches out and says, "Give me that." He took the p-rno mag, raised it above his head, and said, "Hey recruits. It's all yours." He throws it out to the middle of the squad bay, and I kid you not, the nearest recruits literally dived onto it. The recruits were all soon going at the mag like a pack of wolves on a carcass. They tore out the pages of pics they wanted and such, some pushed those pages in my face, going, "This is what you're missing Atwood!"

But the worst had yet to come. The smarter recruits, after looking at the pictures in the mag, soon put two and two together. This wasn't just a p-rno mag. It was a GAY p-rno mag. Needless to say, the pics of the cute chick became my only proof that I was straight, but even with those, my orientation was questioned.

What happens in the squad bay stays in our memories forever!

Cpl Atwood


Never let it be said that your service in the Air Force is no less a contribution to this country. I would only add that your time in the Marines probably made you a better Airman just as my time in the Marines made me a better Seabee in the Navy. I actually had more time in the field with Marines supporting them in exercises and operations as a Seabee than when I was a Marine. With pride I say "Welcome aboard Marine".

Patrick Corrie
Sgt USMC 67-71

Good mourning another BRAVO ZULU on the SGT GRIT NEWS concerning retired MSGT Leonard Hingle USAF Ret. I know several people that did their 1st tour of duty with the MARINE CORPS and then went into another branch of the ARMED FORCES once you earn the EAGLE GLOBE and ANCHOR you are a MARINE until the time comes to turn your earthly 782 gear. a big BRAVO ZULU for serving your country

Sgt Grit,

I feel I should comment on MSgt Leonard's letter.

First of all any service in any branch of the Military is honorable. For every man on the front line, there are many men backing him up. Wars are actually won by logistics as well as the brave men doing the shooting. Without the supplies the men on the front would soon run out of ammunition, food , and all the other things need to fight.

Secondly, The Marines assign each of us to fulfill whatever duty they need and we can perform. In my case is I spent my time in the Corps, during the Korean war, in Electronics School, and then assigned to Cherry Point in SOS 2. This was permanent duty not FMF. This happened due to my test scores in Boot Camp. At that time they had very few recruits qualified for this MOS. I did what they told me to do, and went where they told me to go. Perhaps in other branches of the Military there might have been more chances to get assignments more to the individual's liking.

Third, this brings up the status of the men who were in the direct line of fire, especially those who gave their life, or were wounded. Their heroism is certainly higher than mine. However, if I had been assigned a MOS 0311, I would have willingly gone to the fighting. I feel that I am a Marine too.

William Thompson
SGT 1225080

Don't sweat the small sh-t, you entered through Marine Corps Boot Camp's Yellow Footprints and came out the other end leaner and meaner than anything known to man or beast in the universe. You're and will always be a Marine and Screw anyone that tells you different.
Or you can rip off their head and sh!t in the hole...Up to you. Semper Fi Master Sergeant...

In response to Leonard Hingle, MSgt, USAF, retired Former USMCR, still Semper Fi

After 2 tours of Vietnam and separation from the Corps, I looked into the Army National Guard as a way of making some extra money. There was a Tank unit (yes I was a Tanker) located in Annapolis not 20 miles from me. One Sunday morning I went and spent the day with them in anticipation of joining.

After the day observing, I was offered an opportunity to join them and even go to OCS! Not a bad deal for a former Corporal Tank Commander. But I had to say "no", they had no "Esprit de Corps" and I could not wear any uniform but USMC. I declined - you obviously had a very successful career in the USAF, served your country for a significant amount of time and that's all well in good. I am sure you had reasons to leave the Corps at the time but at the age of 60 does it matter anymore? I am 62, if I had joined that National Guard unit I would still have been a Marine weren't you still a Marine but in Air Force Blue? Lee

Dear Sgt. Grit

In reference to Leonard Hingle, MSgt, USAF, retired who joined the reserves . I to enlisted in the Marine reserve unit, 1 st & 23rd here in Houston, Texas. Our unit did not go to Vietnam either. I remember when going through boot camp (platoon 2107) at San Diego, how the drill instructors would always look-down on those of us who had joined the reserves and were called "week-end warriors" . But you know what, in all of the different activities, range high shooter, honor man for the platoon, and such, they were reservists.

I loved my original six years of duty. I worked my way-up to section leader in my 81 mm platoon in our H&S Company. When my time was up, I stayed-out for one year and then reenlisted for two more years. After my two years were up, the decision was made to break-up the H&S Company and form satellite companies from around the state. I was told that I would more than likely be put in communications to carry a radio. This was not my cup of tea, did not want to start all over again in a new platoon. I knew some great folks in my 81 mm platoon. Wished I had kept- up with a few of them.

Yes, I spent eight years in the reserves and I am proud as H&LL of my time in the Marines. I had some great times while in there. Nobody can ever take that away from me.

Sgt. Jerry D. Parker
1970-1979 USMCR
1/23 4 Th Marine Division
Houston, Texas

In answer to Air Force MSgt Leonard Hingle. He says he is embarrassed that he is not a real Marine? Mr. Hingle, you have the answer to your question right there in your own email. You said you JOINED the Air Force, but you fail to see that you BECAME a Marine. It is not what duty station you have, or what your MOS ends up being, or if you shared in the combat experience that makes you a Marine. My Brother, it is the fact that you graduated from Boot Camp that makes you a Marine. You are most definitely not an outsider! You are a full fledged member of the greatest fighting force the world has ever known. Be Proud, man! Be Proud, Marine!

Now, you go out, get yourself an "I am a US Marine" cover, and you wear it with the pride that you have earned.

Semper Fi MARINE!

Your Brother, Charles (Chuck) Brewer, Sergeant of Marines, 1967-1973, Aviation Ordnanceman, Vietnam 1969-1970, Gunner CH-46.s Squadron HMM-263 1970, Marine FOREVER!

This will be my second war room. My wife did a "while you were out" war room for me in cleveland when i was doing a job in NY. We've since moved to NC. We got lucky to find an old farm house with 3 bedrooms. The deal was, if I keep all my Marine corps stuff in one room, I can build on it. The walls are olive drab, ceiling sand, trim brown. She's motivated about it like I am.

Jim Harding

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Sgt. Grit,

In Sgt. Grit's weekly letters received on July 15th, a Mr. Carson submitted a list of famous people who had served in the Marine Corps. He listed Harvey Keitel, John Russell, Glenn Ford, Louis Heyward (sic), Sterling Hayden, Tyrone Power, Lee Marvin, Gene Hackman, Robert Ryan, Steve McQueen, and George C. Scott.
Mr. Carson added that if he overlooked anyone, "by all means, add on."

Well, some of the books in my collection that relate to the Marine Corps provide the names of many, many of these Marine Veterans. The books listed below include members that, at one time or another, served as astronaut, attorney, author, bandleader, baseball player, boxer, cartoonist, comedian, golfing, journalism, movie, radio, and tv celebrities, politics, singers, and famous Marines known primarily for their military service. The names that I chose to list below are people that I have some knowledge of.

Here's the "add on" for Mr. Carson:

Don Adams, Beatrice Arthur, F. Lee Bailey, Carmen Basilio, John Basilone, Hank Bauer, Paul Benedict, Larry Blyden, Joseph Bologna, Gregory "Pappy' Boyington, Wilford Brimley, Art Buchwald, Bob Burns, Philip Carey, Drew Carey (To My Knowledge, He Was A Member Of The USMCR With No Active Duty), Macdonald Carey, Barry Corbin, Bob Crosby, Brian Dennehy, Leland "Lou" Diamond, Leroy Diamond, Bradford Dillman, Paul Douglas (That's The Senator, Not The Actor), Donald Dubbins (He Sat Behind Me In Elementary School), R. Lee Ermey, Everly Brothers, Mike Farrell, Jimmy Fidler, Pat Flaherty, Joe Foss, Rene Gagnon, Christopher George, John Glenn, James Gregory, James Griffith, Clu Gulager, Ira Hayes, Ray Heatherton, Gil Hodges, Don Imus, Dick Jurgens, Bob Keeshan, Brian Keith, John Kellogg, Fred Lasswell, Jim Lehrer, Harvey Lembeck, Joe E. Lewis (The Entertainer, Not The Boxer), William Lundigan, Jock Mahoney, Al Martino, Tim Matheson, Mike Mazurki, Joseph McCarthy, Ed McMahon, John Miljan, Michael Murphy, Oliver North, Warren Oates, Hugh O'Brian, Walter O'Keefe, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Mitchell Paige, Pat Paulsen, Jack Pennick, George Peppard, Lee Powell, Joe Pyne, Dan Rather, Ed Rendell, Hari Rhodes, Buddy Rich, Frank Rizzo, Charles Robb, Pernell Roberts, James Roosevelt, Barney Ross, Samuel "Roxy" Rothafel, Clarence D. (C.D.) Russell, Al Schmidt, John Philip Sousa, Thomas Sowell, Bo Svenson, John Charles Thomas, David Toma, Ed Townsend, Merle Travis, Lee Trevino, Bobby Troup, Gene Tunney, Leon Uris, Robert Wagner (To My Knowledge, He Was In The USMCR With No Active Duty), Ralph Waite, John Warner, James Webb, Robert Webber, Dick Wessel, David White, James Whitmore, Montel Williams, Ted Williams, Terry Wilson, Jonathan Winters, Ed Wood, And Burt Young.

If anyone can provide additional names, please send them to me at usmc45 @ comcast .net

Anyone that has read the above will probably see that most of those Marine Veterans are from the older generation. (Note my Marine Corps service number below.

Wallace L. Podell

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There! His Majesty can now read my name without glasses. And he can double the reward on my head!
--John Hancock

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God Bless America!
Semper Fi
Sgt Grit