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Sgt Grit Newsletter - 11 DEC 2014

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• Glad I Didn't Go Into Combat
• Old Corps
• Anti-Corps Harry T

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Glad I Didn't Go Into Combat

Referring to Jerry D's letter about combat; when I entered our proud service I thought I would be humping some where in the world, I guess that's what all eighteen year old kids would think or I could be wrong. I to am glad that I didn't go into combat. I lucked out being in Motor T. I did get a chance to go on a patrol some where I think was north of Camp Books. So, I guess that was the closest I got to being in combat. Had we gotten into a situation and I did fail we went on a sweep and saw a Huey in action and a C-130, or it was called Puff the Magic Dragon, or Spooky. Whatever you wanted to call the plane, getting down to it, I'm glad I was not in combat, and then I wish I was. I guess fate had another plan for me from the rear.

Vic DeLeon
Semper Fi

Breaking News

This image was posted this week on the Sgt Grit Facebook Page. The image, taken by a Marine Corps Combat Photographer, displays an MV-22 Osprey preparing to take flight. The text on the image reads "You're not going to believe this sh-t, but... Word around Marine Corps Air Stations this year is that Santa retired his reindeer, put his sleigh in storage, and got himself an MV-22 Osprey! No more Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa's new slogan: Out-friggin'-standing! Told you that you wouldn't believe this sh-t."

Here are a few of the comments left by our fans.

Miriam G. - That's awesome. I can't Wait for Christmas Eve so I can stay up and watch Santa's new MV-22 Osprey. I am sure the reindeer will be flying in comfort with Santa. A Merry Christmas to all.

Dwaine G. - Just be glad it isn't an A-10 Wart Hog.

Karen S. - H-LL YEAH! That is the most AWESOME military aircraft since the FIRST Stealth Bomber! OOOHRAH! MAN!

Ronetta M. - There's a big Osprey in Christmas lights at the Bell plant in Amarillo. Santa's at the helm!

Roger P. - He still needs Rudolph to guide his bird, though. Through fog, clouds, and smog. As for the other reindeer, well, venison for our fellow Marines in combat zones.

Read more of the comments left on the Sgt Grit Facebook Page.

Old Corps

Dear Sgt. Grit,

I am an active member of the Lofton Henderson Detachment of the Marine Corps League in Lorain, Ohio. I have read all the ridiculous arguments for the distinctions between "Old" and "New" Corps. I graduated in June of 1954 and enlisted in 1955. Not only were Women Marines a separate organization, we had our own Director. I went in under the double banner from the head of the eagle, and, so far as I am concerned, that is truly the OLD CORPS. If any Marine enlisted under that depiction they are Old Corps, otherwise, if they enlisted under the single banner, they're New Corps. Check with Sgt. Grit (not that he's an expert on the situation)... but he has a mug labeled OLD CORPS, and it has the double banner on the emblem.

Pfc. Autumn Day

Me Looking Important

Sgt. Grit,

During the Korean War, damaged equipment (Tanks, Truck, Weapons Carriers and such) had to be taken to Combat Service Group about a hundred Miles behind the lines. But just getting on the lines was the only pleasant part of the deal. Tent with heat, bunk beds and Fresh hot Chow. Sometimes stopping enroute and getting a meal at an Army or Air Force Post where the food was served at tables with checkered table cloths and Pretty Korean Maidens. Of course the terrible part of the ordeal was the dirt, smoke and dust that covered you. But as you can see at the bottom of the locomotive is a pipe where steam comes out. So you put your "C" rations in an expeditionary can, pull the can up the steam pipe and have the engineer turn on the steam for just a moment or two... VOILA... Hot Chow.

Here I am at the controls of a stopped train with the engineers on top and me looking important.

GySgt. F. L. Rousseau, USMC Retired

The Surprise

Wife surprises Marine returning from Afghanistan. A surprise reunion following a year-long separation from loved ones can overwhelm even the most disciplined, battle-hardened Marine with emotion.

Anti-Corps Harry T

Sgt. Grit,

At the end of World War II there were Several Attempts to get Rid of Our MARINE CORPS (There were attempts prior to this but nothing of consequence). Our President Harry S. Truman was an Army Captian that served in France during World War I, but something Happened in World War I that made the U. S. Army quite mad at the Marine Corps.

A Chicago Tribune Reporter by the name of Floyd Gibbons reported the Story of Belleau Wood, of the Bravery of the Marines that dug out the Germans and won a Battle Hard Fought. Harry Truman fought in that Battle as did other members of the U.S. Army but Floyd Gibbon, who Lost an eye during the Battle wrote a Story that was picked up by most news papers in the US. The Chicago Trib. story was the most News Worthy, the Marines were praised all around the Country, stories of the Marines Bravery eclipsed stories of the other Hero's in the War, Hence the Marines were Hated by most WWI Serving U.S. oldiers.

Harry gathered some Democratic Friends who were Members of the U. S. Congress and they tried to push through a Plan to rid the USA of the Marines by making all Armed Forces of the USA the "United States Armed Forces" no more Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines, just the "United States Armed Forces". Well Congress put the Kabosh to that in a hurry. The Delightful part of this Story comes about a year Later.

The North Korean Army Crossed the 38th Parallel requiring the Commanding General to call for the only U.S. Armed Force that could do the Job. General MacArthur called President Harry Truman and asked for a Brigade of Marines.

After World War 2, the U.S. Army advertised; "Join the U. S. Army and become an AMBASSADOR". Wherever the Army Went they carried no weapons. Weapons were at each Base for Arming an ARMY with "Weapons" most had never fired or fired only a few shots.

Don't believe it look it up, might take some time. I know about it because I was there, I carried a .30 Caliber Semi Automatic Rifle, M1. I was trained and was an Expert.

GySgt. F. L. Rousseau, USMC Retired

Lovely Summer Resort

Sgt Grit,

Graduated high school in June, 1956, enlisted July 10, 1956, a special date: Married 7/10/65, son began as midshipman, 7/10/84, heart attack, 7/10/91 Any way; arrived at Yemassee early AM with about 200 young nervous boys and was greeted by ONE Marine Corporal Military Policeman in full uniform, white helmet liner, .45 cal. pistol on hip. He continually screamed, "fall in, dress is right, an cover down". Of course we had no idea what he was talking about. I would suspect thousands of young men experienced this introduction to that lovely summer resort of Parris Island.

Corporal Rowe 1623xxx​


We posted this image to the Sgt Grit Facebook Page this week. The image displays Santa Claus flying across the night skyline with his team of reindeer. The text on the image reads "What normal people see... Santa and his reindeer. What Marines see... Flying Venison."

Here are a few of the comments left by our fans.

Miriam G. - Ok Marines those reindeers are off limits, I want my Christmas presents to get to my house.

Anthony V. - If it flies, it dies.

James P. - If it sits still... it dies too!

Rick G. - Fast food to go.

Read more of the comments left on the Sgt Grit Facebook Page.

Make You Feel Better

I have just finished reading the story about tie-ties. I went thru Parris Island starting in July of 1961. I had forgotten about using tie-ties on wash day out back of our barracks. I also remember during the hot summer days they had green, yellow, red and black flags flying... depending on the temperature. The day the whole platoon lined up to get our medical shots... about three in each shoulder. The DI knew some of shots (like yellow fever) made you sore. So with the black flag flying, on a day when the DI's knew it was well over 100+ degrees... we were all doing extra push-ups behind the barracks. Then maybe some rifle exercises with our M1's... all this to make you feel better.

Cpl G.Bradshaw
1941xxx 1961-1967

Guadalcanal Video


An excellent Guadalcanal video, about 15 minutes long, combining actual WWII combat footage, footage from "The Pacific" and footage from 2012.

The Tenaru (Alligator Creek)

Semper Fi


(Vol #12, #3)

My mother said "Where would you like to go?" I told her that "There is a very nice place not too far from here that I think you would enjoy. I have been there many times over the years and it just gets better every time we go there. I am sure you will be able to find something that you like. It's a little more upscale than the 'Cup', 'Kennedys' or 'Gardners'. Or you might prefer the Steakhouse in Mt. Holly? That was always good and they have quite a menu. Or the Red Lion Inn for something Italian? Or the Bordentown Grill?" She said "The Red Lion Inn and the Bordentown Grill are too far away." I said "I can get to either of them in less than 30 minutes. When I took Mary to Earlham we drove 75 miles to eat at the Hollyhock Hill Restaurant one evening - and she suggested going back there for breakfast the following morning - but we did not do that. The distance is not a problem - but if you wait much longer Dad will be home and maybe we can all go out to dinner." She said "I could have fixed you a nice lunch while we have been trying to decide where to go." I said "Oh, no, you don't. We're going out this time. Now where shall it be?" She said "Let's try the first place that you mentioned." I said "Okay, let's go." We headed for my Buick.

We had not gone far when she said "I have always been partial to Buicks and this is really a beautiful car. The ride is so much smoother than the Oldsmobile but Dad could not get a Buick when he got the Olds." The Hollywood Inn was only about ten minutes from the house and we were soon there. Mom liked the looks of the place even before she got out of the car. And when she stepped inside she liked it even more. The hostess led us to a booth and gave us their huge menus. Mom said "I think this place is lovely - and I love these menus. I am going to take my time when ordering." The waitress asked "What would you like to drink?" I told my Mom "Their milkshakes are fantastic - and huge. Mary and I usually share one." Mom asked the waitress for a few more minutes to decide on the drinks. The waitress said "We can split a milkshake into 2 glasses if you like." We ordered a 'Jumbo Shake' in 2 glasses and two of their special Club Sandwiches. They were huge, too. I told Mom "Take your time. There is no reason to rush." While we were eating I told my mother how Mary and I had decided to live a Platonic lifestyle. And how we slept together - as Mrs. 'B' had described it as 'beautiful'. I told her that my driving 1500 miles each weekend made it quite easy for me to sleep whenever I had the chance to do so. And Mary's hectic modeling career made it easy for her to sleep, too. Mary was 5'7" and 128 pounds, quite thin. And I was 6'2" and 178 pounds. When we were together on a sofa we didn't cover the cushions. She would lie down with her back against the back of the sofa and I would lie down facing her. I would have my arms around her body and she would have her arms around my neck. We were usually kissing when we fell into a deep sleep - and sometimes when we awoke. The 'Bs' came home one day and found us this way. They said "That is beautiful."

Happy Holidays and Semper Fi to 'You All'!

The old, real old, real, real old (85) Master Gunny.

Harold T. Freas, Sr.

Lost And Found

Sgt. Grit,

I am a past member of the USMC, 5th Com Bt. July 1965 through June 1966. I have attached the picture I took of the Christmas billboard 1965, a picture of our Christmas tree and a picture of the 5th Com. Btn. logo sign.

OK now you know who I am. I am interested in finding 11 other Marines that landed from Japan in DaNang in July 1965 to set up General Walt's Command Center. I have many pictures of the swamp we lived in "Dog Patch" and the area we survived in.

At age 72 I am skimpy with my time and I don't understand things like I used too. The holidays just seem to take on a life of their own.

Thank you,
Sgt. Jay Wackler 232xxx
USMC, Honorable Discharge 1966
Email: jaywackler[at]gmail.com


Sgt. Grit,

Hoping you could put a notification in your newsletter for a reunion of Charlie Battery 1-12, 1965-1969. Washington DC on June 17-21.

Contact: Bruce Parker

Cell: (248) 310-8195

Email: Bparker[at]kreher.com​


Please be advised that Frank P. Keller Sr. (4th Marines, 23rd Regiment, 2nd Battalion, E Company) survivor of Iwo Jima, passed away on Nov. 2, 2014. Corporal Keller served under Lt. Drizin along with 13 other Marines on what has come to be known as the "lost patrol". RIP Marine.

Frank P. Keller

It has been a truly wonderful experience shopping with Sgt. Grit these past years, one I will always look back on fondly.

However, my own precious Marine passed away today after a lengthy, drawn out combination of illnesses, and my heart is very heavy with sadness in losing my soul mate. He always looked forward to receiving your catalogs for new items he knew we would most likely order which we did.

I hope you will understand the very great loss I feel and will honor my unsubscribing.

Thank you,


Mrs. Barbara XXXXX
Honored wife of Lance Corporal Richard XXXXX
2nd Batt/7th Marines
Viet Nam Vet
US Marine Corps 1966-1969

Short Rounds

From the early days. Catalog has changed considerably. Cpl Michael Davis retired from Fox Btry, 2/14 as a 1st Sgt. He was kind enough to share this picture and memory with me.

Semper Fi!
Sgt Grit

An awesome poem by John Wayne.

"The Sky"

US Marines were referred to as the "Black Death" by enemy combatants in the battle of Fallujah in '04. Appropriately, the song 'The Man Comes Around' tells of the Apocalypse of the Revelation of St. John. This video is dedicated to the men who have been wounded and killed during their service to the Corps.

Semper Fi. -Inspired by Generation Kill-

When The Marines Come Around - By Johnny Cash

Clarence Milster. I enlisted in the summer of 1955 and was issued utilities. Have never heard of dungarees as a Marine Corps item of clothing. The Navy wore dungarees.

Paul S. Murtha, Sgt USMC
JUNE '55 To June 1960​

It was good to be updated about the base at Edenton, NC. Sixty years is a long time ago, I am wondering if MACS 5 is still active. Sully, if I recall the good liberty was in Elizabeth City, with the Navy from Norfolk, VA. Went on line to see what is what in Edenton, all I could say is the town grew up. My thanks for the interest to respond. Extending good wishes for the up coming holidays to you.

Robert P Nowicki (Ski)
Semper Fi​

Received my "Battle or Field Jacket" as we called it in 1947 when I enlisted in the USMC. I'm 85 and I still can zip it up.

CWO4 William A Cimbalo, Retired

On 3 October 1958, Plt 347, 3rdBn, P.I., we called them utilities.

Bill McDermott

Tell the Marine who wanted to learn more about the use of Dobermans on Guam to get a copy of the book "Always Faithful" by Wm. Putney.

Semper Fi,
Bob Rader #140xxxx

There is a memorial to those dogs who served in WWII on Guam. I found that info in a coffee table book entitled "A Day in the Life of the Military" (I could be wrong about the title) that came out several years ago.

James V. Merl


"'Tis well."
--George Washington, last words, 14 December 1799

"Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread."
--Thomas Jefferson

"The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!"
--Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, 1945

"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem."
--Ronald Reagan, President of the United States; 1985

"Sad will be the day when the American people forget their traditions and their history, and no longer remember that the country they love, the institutions they cherish, and the freedom they hope to preserve, were born from the throes of armed resistance to tyranny, and nursed in the rugged arms of fearless men."
--Roger Sherman, signer of the Declaration of Independence

"Marines I see as two breeds, Rottweilers or Dobermans, because Marines come in two varieties, big and mean, or skinny and mean. They're aggressive on the attack and tenacious on defense. They've got really short hair and they always go for the throat."
--RAdm. "Jay" R. Stark, USN; 10 November 1995

"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States or America."
--Constitution of the United States

"Least amphibious of all the Corps' major installations, Two-Niner Trees."

"Every day is a Holiday, Every meal is a Banquet."

"You silly people think you're tired, do you?"
"Yes, sir!"
"Well, I've got news. You're gonna practice to be tireder!"

Gung Ho!
Sgt Grit

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