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Sgt Grit,

This is another letter from a “In the rear with the gear” guy. I have never really had conversations with any other In the Rear guys because it seems that every other vet that I meet or talk to was either a Navy Seal, Army Green Beret, Marine Recon or... well you get the picture. It was great reading the letter from W. Sikes in the July 29th Newsletter. I was starting to wonder where all the cooks, clerks and Typewriter Repairman were.

I can relate to what Warren was saying and especially his duty station in Nam. I was also stationed with 1st FSR, FLC at Red Beach from December 69 to October 70. I remember the SeaBee base and I think and Army compound close by. We used to sit on the basketball court after dark and watch movies. I’m almost ashamed to tell anyone this but the closest I came to getting hurt/killed was February 5th 1970 at a floor show out back of our Enlisted Men’s club. An agitated Marine tossed a hand grenade over the fence and one Marine was killed (Cpl Ron Pate) and 62 were wounded. I happened to be sitting far enough away that I only heard the explosion and felt the concussion then somebody yelled “Incoming”. That’s all it took for me to get the Hell out of there.

My MOS was 3241 “Office Machine Repairman” I’m the guy that fixed the typewriters that typed up everyone’s return to the world orders. So I feel pretty good about that. It’s just always burned me up that people are ashamed of what they did in any of the services. Everybody wants to be the bad azz. It took 10 of us for every 1 that had to go fight.

I always offer a Welcome Back to anyone I see with a Nam t-shirt or hat on. We did not get much of that. I am very proud of my service in the Marine Corps and my time in Nam. God bless all who served and all that serve now.

Sgt Mike Leonard
Semper Fi
USMC Feb 68 to Oct 72

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Current Ride

Huntsinger's 1954 Ford F-100 This is my current ride. It's a 1954 Ford F-100.

The first picture was taken at a local car show. The second picture is of the engine bay with the stainless steel firewall. The third picture is of the custom made wheel and the cap that Grit had made for me in his custom shop. The caps were made to accept the custom made one sided challenge coins and have the 11th Marines Cannon and name: "The Cannon Cockers." Under that is the engraved names of Goog, Hunts, Grit, and Fuller.

Grit's custom department can make all sorts of items, give them a try sometime.

SSgt DJ Huntsinger


The 4 of us served with 11th Marines HQ Btty 69-70

Fuller passed earlier this year. Agent Orange related leukemia.

Sgt Grit

I Called Him A Liar

In the last couple of newsletters I have noticed hostility over which boot camp is better. It really doesn’t matter. We are all Marines. A different boot camp can be used in fun to poke sticks at a friend but should be left at that. However it can also be used to out a poser if phrased correctly.

I was in a local bar with my girlfriend’s nephew who had just returned from Iraq (Army, unfortunately but everyone isn’t perfect) when we were approached by a youngster trying for a free drink and claiming to be a Marine. When I asked if he was a P.I. or Hollywood Marine he didn’t know what I was talking about so I asked where he went to boot camp. He told me Pendleton. I called him a liar and after a very short discussion he left the bar. I had to stop my young Army friend from following him outside and giving him a more severe lesson. The Army doesn’t like posers either.

Ed Grantham

Cpl. USMC 1964-1967

Nam 1966-1967

Figured He Had Lost

Sgt Grit,

Recently you asked for WWII stories. You published the ones I sent but now I recall one which may be of interest to you. In July, 1942 a couple dozen of us were sent to radio operators school. The classroom was about a quarter mile from Manhattan's Times Square. I contracted pneumonia and never returned to the school.

Two years later while I was on Guam I learned that some of those classmates were also on Guam. I went to visit them and learned that Brower Knaster of Pottstown, PA had been awarded a silver star for one of their actions. They insisted that he tell me about it.

Knaster said that at one point his radio was still operable and he directed artillery fire on enemy targets. The guys insisted he tell the rest of the story. Knaster said he was a little overexposed and took an enemy bullet. He could feel his life's blood running through his trousers and down around his legs. He was terrified as he could feel no pain and figured he had lost the use of his lower body. When the order came to move up he jumped and ran with the rest of them. The warm blood running down his legs, he showed me the bullet holes in his canteen cover through which the warm water had leaked.

StfSgt Bob Gaston


Front view of EGAI was wondering if anybody out there has any info on this E.G.A. It appears to be off a garrison cover or maybe an old smokey, as you can see it has no fouled line nor a screw backing to attach it to the cover, it never has had a screw backing and the pin and clasp are original. I believe it to be pre W.W. Two. I have never seen one like this and I would like some help getting some history on it. It is the center piece of my Marine Corps memorabilia collection. Thank you.


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Hope it helps


Thanks for the good work you do.

As I explained on the phone, use this link to access a Nam casualty data base.

Look for "Name Searches" left side near top of page. Click on that.

Type in the last name and first name (all you really need is the first initial, that will give you more search parameters, in case you misspell the first name).

Hit "submit", that will take you to a page with all the names of those fitting your entry.

The page it takes you to lists all casualties by name, giving their HOR, Branch, When born, date of incident, date of death and gravesite.

Looking through that list you can narrow down who you are looking for, even though they may have a common name, by birth and casualty date.

Click on the "Go" button under the heading "Details" at the far right.

This will take you to his/her casualty sheet which has their MOS, rank, assigned unit, start of tour date, how long they had been in the service, casualty location etc.

By using this information, you can find who you are looking for, by process of elimination (he was only 20 but DOB shows someone 40, or shows he had 5 years in the service but he entered bootcamp in '67 with you and date of death means he was only in 2 years etc.

On that same page towards the bottom there is a section "Documents", in the box next to it, it will have 1-2 or more lines in blue entitled "View Document". By clicking on those it will give you a short synopsis of his death and the 2nd one will give you information about who his contact information listed for notification purposes.

For common names it may mean reading the reports on multiple servicemen, but you will eventually locate the "C Smith" you knew.

I'm sure you can explain the process I have described above in a better way, and feel free to do so.

Hope it helps all find those they are hunting for.

Semper Fi
Michael Madden
Lima 3/4 Arty FO '67-68


Sgt. Grit,

I ended up on Guam shortly after the invasion with Shore Party unloading supplies because I was too young and dumb to be with the actual invasion force.

While not actually working we learned stories about the invasion and Guam before the war. We heard the story about a Navy Radioman who hid out on the island during the Japanese occupation of the island. His name was George Tweed, as I recall, and when the American Invasion Fleet was bombarding the island he got to a cove and signaled a ship using a piece of mirror he somehow had, the mirror was red and at first, as the story goes, they thought he was firing at them until someone said it was code, in the invasion movie made by the government, it shows a Navy boat coming ashore with a sailor holding a Thompson and getting Tweed who was then taken aboard ship where he was able to point out gun emplacements and help the invasion forces. The Marine Corps had movies of the landings and battles and the scene of him being rescued is in the movie. I’m sure if someone were to google George Tweed they could get more info on the incident.

GySgt. F. L. Rousseau, USMC Retired

4th Marines

In reply to 1stSgt Stelling, the 4th Marines did not set foot on CONUS in 1965, though we were told we were going to Pendleton for a massive exercise. In reality, the ship went the other direction and they ended up in Okinawa. I missed going by one day as my enlistment ended 31 Jan 65. One more day, and I’m told I would have been extended. The 4th had been stationed at K-Bay, Oahu Hawaii, certainly American soil, especially after it became the 50th state in 1959. Prior to that it was still a US possession. I served with H&S 1/4 and HqCo 4th Mar from June 1962 until Jan 1965.

Felsen, D. Cpl 193xxxx
PEBD 28Dec60 (pay entry base date)
RELAD 29Jan65 (released from active duty-MARCORPERSMAN)

Marine Barracks Great Lakes


Today we are proud of the hard work performed by my post as well as by myself in seeing this special project come true.

On November 10th 2015 ( date pending ) we are going to see the following Marine Barracks plaque become permanently affixed to the former MB bldg # 2.

Plaque approved by the USN

The many duties of these Marines while posted involved 1). Cross country chasers ( AWOL collections ) 2). Brig Security/Duty, 3). Honor Guard -Burial details ( at times two per day ) 4). Caring for our wounded ( casualty company ) getting our wounded Marines back on their feet.

Chesty's house in Virginia

Check presentation towards the Marine Barracks Great Lakes Special Plaque. Gene T. Spanos & Ms. Diane Schneider (Marketing Mgr For Cabela's - Hoffman Estates, IL)

Since being closed in 77' this former Marine Bks has been closed without any recognition for the three generations of United States Marines that served there in peace time and war.

We also wanted to thank Cabela's in stepping up to the plate with an in kind donation as well.

Semper Fi
Gene Spanos
Marines Sgt. ( 66-71 )
MB G-Lakes 1st Tour part of 67' - 2nd tour 3/69 - 9/70

Same Place, Different Ship

Sgt Grit

I could almost follow this story with just a few changes.

1st Marine Brigrade - 4th Marine Regt. Kaneohe MCAS Oahu Hawaii... B-1/4 March 65

Units started dissappearing almost over night I think we were the last to leave for Pearl Harbor. USS Iwo Jima-LPH, loading all sorts of stuff for trip to Camp Pendleton Calif. to play games with Grunts there. That lasted a few days till we off loaded to the USS Princeton-LPH, and we were loading all sorts of Ammo for deployment to ??? Of course no one tells PFCs what the hell is going on. And away we go to Okinawa, Camp Swab, where we played raid the villages against people dressed in black pjs and straw koolie hats. What the hell is a V.C.? We were there for a few weeks then off we go in the same direction as before. Not many of us knew what Vietnam was.

A few days later off shore [May 6th] of some piece of hilly land, below deck of the LPH Princeton we are told and "I swear to you the truth" almost Verbatim that tomorrow morning.

May 7th 1965, We are going in by chopper to a new place called "CHU LAI" in the R.V.N. that has been secured by the Vietnamese Army and we will be providing security for the SeaBees while they build a support Air Field for the one farther south, DaNang. "We should be here for about 3 weeks and then leave!" OY VAY, 1st big F****** Lie we hear before we even landed. Families back in Hawaii were already being told not expect them back for about a year! Hmmmmmm!

They passed out ammo later that day. Those of us carrying the Auto M-14 got about 1100 rounds plus grenades, flares, water, and all sorts of stuff even a couple of 60mm motor rounds. I kept thinking if we get hit we is going to look like the 4th of July going in. Next morning off we go in our fat, ugly UH-34 Choppers with a big yellow pineapple painted on her belly that "Charlie" soon started to use for target practice.

Nice + Breezy off the carrier till we crossed the beach below and hit the 100 degree heat when all went quiet as we looked at each other with that "What the F***" look... and the rest is History + Commentary.

G-d Bless us all + Semper Fi Brother Grunts
L/Cpl J.V.
B-1/4 Chu Lai A-1/3 Danang
[May 7th 65 - March 7th 66]

No Can Do

Was on the USS WISCONSIN Mar Det and although I have fairly common but slightly longer feet I could not get dresss shoes. They tried to order and all I got was b/s. Went to rifle range at, I think Little Neck or Dam Neck Va, and while there was sent to Quantico base supply with proper paperwork to get shoes. Walked in and presented paperwork to Sgt in Charge at desk and was told "No can do...closed for inventory, chicken pox or some other poor excuse. Said thanks and left.

Was standing outside and a Top Sergeant with more service stripes than I had ever seen stopped and asked what my problem was. Said "nothing SIR. Just trying to get some shoes but was told no go." He said "OK, first don't call me sir." I said "you are to me" and he smiled and said "lets go back in and try something else."

He presented my paperwork to the same Sgt and was basically told the same thing I was told. He asked to speak to the OIC who turned out to be a First Louiie, he explained that I was not Base Troop and could not return at some other date so please get me some damn shoes. Lt smiled and said no can do, upon being told that he requested a phone to call the base commander. Also added I am Sergeant Major of this base and I'm sure he would love to come down and handle this small problem.

Lt then agreed that would be unnecessary gave the Sergeant the paperwork and said "Shoes," we will work out details later.

As we walked out (me with my shoes) I said "thank you SIR." He laughed and said sometimes you got to be an a/h to get things done but sometimes it's fun.

Sgt Don Wackerly 53-56
PS. Today marks the 62nd year since I took the oath in Kansas City.

Ribbon Creek

Regarding MSgt Bill Dugan's memo of 6 Aug. 2015. I believe he was with platoon 71 at P.I. in 1956. I was a recruit with platoon 72 and we all trained on the rifle range at the same time. Prior to the Ribbon Creek Incident, I remember our platoon was in formation fronting our barracks while barracks inspection was being conducted. We failed this inspection due to someone spilling our sand buckets onto the floor of the barracks and our DI was quite upset to say the least.

If I remember correctly, the scuttlebutt was that it was members of platoon 71 who were responsible due to having too much down time on their hands. Sgt. Matt McKeon of platoon 71 may have been advised of this which just added more pressure on him to make a tough disciplinary decision which resulted the deaths of 6 recruit Marines. I also remember we were informed latter that Sgt. McKeon became a D.I. and wanted to train recruits in a more humane manner and atmosphere.

Semper-fi to Retired MSgt. Bill Dugan, it appears you went all the way and paid your dues for our country with honor.

L/Cpl E. Noll
1956 thru 1959

Experiences A Bit Different

First I’d like to thank SSgt Huntsinger, Akabu and Sgt Krause for providing feedback to my letter re: MCRD PISC vs MCRD SD. Much appreciated Marines. Now a little explanation if I may. Throughout my education at PI I never once saw or heard of anyone other than a Drill Instructor lead a run or call cadence. Looks like your experiences were a bit different than mine. There was never any training (that I recall) that required a recruit to develop proficiency in marching a platoon.

If my statement was read correctly I said that IF that was the case at SD THEN MAYBE that could be a contributing factor that there was a perceived difference in training modalities between the two concerning reputation. Maybe, just maybe there was a bit of friendly sarcasm there. That was not meant as an insult but just to stoke the rivalry between the two. Suggesting that I slept through any part of the training was downright silly. And for anyone to launch a personal attack confirms the idea that those who do have exhausted their capacity for rational argument (or good natured “poking a stick in your cage”) have nothing else rational to say (bite me..Dumber than a box of pop flares). I would not and could not attack any Marine.

Apparently I insulted some Hollywood Marines and for that I apologize to those whose feelings were hurt. Awwwww... poor babies. But thanks again for the input. Semper Fi.

Gerry Zanzalari
1966 - 1970

The Warrior Song - Hard Corps

Watch this motivating music video made for the United States Marine Corps by The Warrior Song.


Chesty's Home For Sale

"A Hero's Homestead"
Built in 1920
2253 square feet
3.3 acres

View the home's listing by IsaBell K. Horsley Real Estate

Wheels Watch

Regarding enlisted pilots, I had the pleasure of working for one in the early 60's. MGySgt Patrick J. O'neill was the NCOIC of the Operations/ATC detachment at MCALF Camp Pendelton. He had flown night fighters in Korea, and at this time he was rated in the R5D, R4D, SNB, and others. To stay proficient, or when he was bored, he would grab a "snuffy" such as me, crank up the Station SNB (C-45), put us in the right seat as "wheels watch". (The pilots seat did not have a clear view of the right strut, so that was our job.) I have great memories of flying with him, shooting "touch and go's" at San Clemente Island and MCAS El Toro. He would even let us take the yoke on straight and level. Still have the manifest of a flight with him from Camp Pen to Hastings Nebraska Ammo Depot and back. I was a passenger. MGysgt O'neill was Pilot in Command, and a Major was in second seat. He was a great leader, fine man and an excellent Marine. He now rests in Fort Rosecrans cemetary, Point Loma, San Diego calif., overlooking the Pacific.

Semper Fi "Top".
Patrick Farmer, MSgt USMC 1960-1986

My Seabag?

I have a question that is probably not only on my mind but may be in the dark recesses of hundreds of other Marines who passed through Okinawa to and from their way into RVN.

On 20 October 1968, I was enroute to RVN, and as the Commercial Air Transport stopped in Hawaii (Hickam AFB) I was pulled off the plane and advised that my wife of 8 months had died. I had my ditty bag, but my SeaBag with all my uniforms, had not made the trip.

I spent the next 3 days trying to arrange transport back to the mainland, and from Travis AFB to SFO, to SLC. I had skivvies for 4 days, shaving gear, and shower gear. But that was the extent of my USMC gear.

The Recruiters and the I & I Staff arranged for a complete set of Blues for the funeral, but, there was not a complete set of trops, khakis, or even utilities, to be found in the whole company. Uniform rules were considerably different in 1968.

The I & I Staff CO got permission for me to travel in civvies for SLC to SFO where I had a ride waiting for transport to Marine Corps Barracks Treasure Island. I had to pay for one complete Tropical Uniform, because I couldn't prove where my SeaBag was. It was to be deducted from my pay, if my pay records, my shot records, or anything else could be found. The Staff Sgt. In charge of transit barracks and assignments had a hard on for everyone on their way across T.I. To RVN. He was without a doubt the most hated person I ever met in my 6 years in the Corps. If a person had spent time in transit barracks on T.I. they had a story about him. Me, I stayed out his way after I got a travel uniform and travel orders.

My question is and it's taken me a long time to get to it. What happened to my original SeaBag, and contents? It had some family photos in it, most of my records, health, pay, etc. It had all my uniforms every stinking one. I ended up buying new ones, upon my return to my first stateside duty station which was supposed to be 17th ITT, but my orders were changed while I was on leave after RVN and I was reassigned to 29 Palms to work in the Post Office as a Marine Corps Postal Clerk. I'd only been stateside about 4 weeks. It was a bunch closer to home. I could drive it in about 8 hours.

So what happened to all those sea bags? I'd sure like to have mine back. At least some of the photos.

I did a bunch of looking while I was active, and was transferred to Pendleton for a promotion to E-5 to work the Base Locator. A lot of Marines were coming home, some to Box A, some KIA some WIA to the Base Hospital, and a lot of Marines filled up the transit barracks. HqCoHBnHReg. Ran hundreds of Marines through due to early outs, or guys like me who wanted to stay in, but had trouble finding an MOS that fit.

Sidney B. Lawrence
Sergeant 1968 - 1974
2475082/XXX XX 0280

But I Promise

Photo of Hammer In 1975, I was a Weapons Platoon Sergeant with Fox 2/7 at San Mateo, Camp Pendelton. All of the Battalion NCOs including myself were attending our monthly NCO meeting. Sgt.Maj. Yanachi was an Eskimo Indian, but to hear him tell it he was born at Tun Tavern. The Sgt.Maj. when answering a question would always start out with "Well I remember in the Old Corps when all you young kids were just a twinkle in your daddies eye" and we would all give a little laugh.

Being the Smart-A-s Comedian Sgt. that I was I raised my hand and Sgt.Maj. pointed at me and said "YES SGT. HAMMER" I stood up and asked him if he had any pictures of himself polishing his sword and shield in the Old Corps? Some NCOs were laughing and most were wide eyed going "OOOOOH!"

He turned around to the podium (I thought he was ignoring me) and picked up the Battalion NCO Duty Roster, turning back to face me he said "No, I'm sorry to say I don't Sgt. Hamer, but I promise I'll be here every weekend this month to take your picture at the Battalion Guard Duty Desk." He then ripped the schedule in half and threw it over his shoulder and looking around the room at all the other NCOs said "Is there any other questions?" "No? Alright, then I want everybody here to thank Sgt. Hammer for volunteering for duty NCO this month so that his fellow NCOs can enjoy their weekends this month, isn't that right, Sgt. Hammer?" I snapped to attention and yelled "Aye Aye SERGEANT MAJOR." Everybody snapped to attention and Sgt.Maj. yelled "DISMISSED" everybody was laughing so loud you wouldn't have heard a grenade go off.

Every NCO patting me on the back saying "Way to go Hammer, Thanks!". I loved them then and still do, I didn't mind at all. My wife and kids all lived on Base at 633-A Puller Place a five bedroom 2 1/2 bath NEW home. And I respected the Sgt.Maj. more than any man on the base.

I read Sgt.Maj. Yanachi's Presidential Citation that on a mountain top in South Vietnam went outside the wire one night with no weapon other than his "Razor Sharp" E-tool to dig a "Cat-Hole" (out of Respect for his fellow Company Marines). On the way back to his position The Marines came under Attack. The Sgt.Maj. surrounded by Combat Armed NVAs, who not wanting to fire their weapons at one "Lone Marine" and alert the Company of Marines inside the wire attempted to bayonet the (then) 1st.Sgt. Yanachi, He just started swinging that E-tool in all Directions. It was later determined (after the battle) that THIRTEEN (13) Enemy Soldiers had been killed by an E-tool. Sergeant Major Yanachi told me he had to dig a second Cat-Hole inside the wire to clean out his shorts. I TREASURE the memories of every day I served in the Corps from 1972 to 1978 even the bad ones.

SEMPER FI Leathernecks,
See you when we regroup.

Enlisted Pilots Website

Recent submissions to this newsletters have shown a bit of interest in enlisted Naval Aviators. The website, Bluejacket - United States Sea Service History, Images and Insignia gives some history of the NAP (enlisted pilots who served in either the USN, USMC or USCG) from 1916 to 1981 and the name of every enlisted pilot who served at sometime between those years including the year he first achieved flight status.

Jim Quam
Sgt. of Marines
1952 - 1955

Lost And Found

Looking for Arty F.O Scout Observer class members, Class 0846 -5, June of '67 , @ Pendleton. Anyone that responds please give them my contact info. Thanks.

Semper Fi
Michael Madden
Lima 3/4 Arty FO '67-68



For those of you that are Members of the Marine Embassy Guard Association, and for you Marines that are thinking of joining; in just eight more months, April 2016, we will be holding our Annual Reunion at the Holiday Inn on the River-Walk in San Antonio, Texas. Start making your plans.

Semper Fi,
Denny Krause
USMC Sgt. “62-“68


Richard E. 'Dick' Campbell

Age 87, of Owosso, died Sunday morning, July 26, 2015, at Oliver Woods in Owosso.

Born in Owosso May 7, 1928, Campbell was the son of the late George W. and Louise (Pletke) Campbell.

He was a 1946 graduate of Owosso High School, and then joined the U.S. Naval Reserve and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1950.While at the university, he was a member of Acacia Fraternity which he served as venerable dean (president) in 1949.Upon graduation from college, he was commissioned as a regular officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. While a first lieutenant in the U.S. Marines, he and Catharine L. Campbell were married in Grosse Ile Jan. 10, 1953.He served as a platoon commander during the Korean War; commanded a company of Marines on Okinawa, Japan, in the late 1950s and at Camp Pendleton, California, in the early 1960s; then led a battalion of Marines to Vietnam in 1966.His duties with the Marines, outside of command, included tours as senior press officer of the Military Assistance Command-Vietnam (about half his Vietnam tour, 1966-67); public information officer of the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton; recruiting publications production officer at Headquarters, U.S. Marines Corps; Marine officer instructor at the Naval ROTC Unit at the University of Idaho; and special assistant for public affairs to the commandant of the Marine Corps in Washington, D.C.He was a life member of the Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association and was a member of the Marine Corps Association, the Marine Corps League and the U.S. Naval Institute.

Submitted by Bill Domby
USMC 67-71

Doug Wildenhaus
Mar 2nd, 1946 - Aug 6th, 2015

The first impression I had of this man was when he so rudely jumped into a bus at 0 dark 30 and woke me up yelling "My name is SSgt Wildenhaus, I am your Senior Drill Instructor for the next 13 weeks here at Marine Corps boot camp, now you maggots get your asses off my bus move move." He had the utmost respect from every recruit in that platoon. I do not think there was a single recruit that wouldn't have followed that man to hell and back as he was liked by all.

SSgt Doug Wildenhaus, (he got out a Sgt Major) Platoon 334, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Mar-June 1972, Parris Island SC. Thanks for the friendship, the training, and the memories. Rest in Peace My Brother... Semper Fidelis.

Mike Redfern

Short Rounds

Just a few jewels I remember from way back when.

The Lord said, "Let there be Marines!" and the fish rose from the sea.

I may get so drunk I have to crawl home, but by God I'll crawl like a Marine!

On the seventh day, the Lord rested and the Marines filled sandbags.

Semper Fi!
Ron Perkins
Sgt. of Marines

Enlisted Pilot
A C-117 attached to SOES, El Toro made a flight from El Toro to Camp Pendleton to pick up a general and haul him to the Stumps. It was strange seeing an E-9 at the controls. He periodically made flights with our aircraft.

Wayne Stafford

Sgt. Grit,

With all due respect to GySgt. F L R Rousseau, he is correct that Guadalcanal Diary did come out in 1943, however it wasn't the first War Movie to come out. Wake Island came out as the first in 1942.

Thank you, R O Berg

The Marine Corps, and the Navy to some extent, have a reputation for being extremely stingy when it comes to personal awards. This can be both good and bad.

The recent article regarding GySgt Paul Moore, included a picture of him in uniform. He displayed several rows of ribbons, 4 per row, representing his Marine career to include the CAB, Combat Aircrew, and others. Amazingly, I did not see even one personal award, not so much as even a Navy Achievement Medal (NAM).

How can a man serve in WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam and not be awarded at least one personal decoration? I admire the Marine Corps for not handing out awards like candy. But in his case, it appears justice has not been served.

Mark Smith, 223xxxx
Cpl LSU 2-5 Viet Nam 1967
CW5 US Army, Retired

Saw the photo of GySgt Paul Moore. Looking at his stripes it appears he is an E8 (Master Sgt or First Sgt). I see three up and three down. Did I miss something?

Sgt. A. A. Galvez

USMC 66-69


"Freedom to order our own conduct in the sphere where material circumstances force a choice upon us, and responsibility for the arrangement of our own life according to our conscience, is the air in which alone moral sense grows and in which moral values are daily re-created in the free decision of the individual."
--Friedrich A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom [1944]

"For to Marines, love of liberty is not an empty phrase… Rather it’s displayed by blood, sweat and tears for the fallen."
--General James "Maddog' Mattis

"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, 1945.

"When the acts of a popular power attain a certain degree of arbitrariness and become oppressive, they are always presented as acts of self-defense and public safety."
--Augustin Cochi

"Big Green Fighting Machine"

"Missions change...Warriors don't"

The Navy was our mother
The Marine Corps was our father
They were never married
I am one proud bastard

Fair winds and following seas.
Sgt Grit

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