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Thanksgiving 1962

Submitted by Darwinn B. Rutz

For Thanksgiving the cooks were able to obtain some frozen turkeys from the Army. The cooks put the turkeys on steel tables, the cooks then sat on the other tables. We gave them all the heavy scrub brush heads we could find. The cooks spent two nights throwing the scrub brushes at the rats to keep them fom getting the turkeys. Worked.  We had a good Thaksgiving... Anyone who was on Okinawa at that time can tell you the size of the rats, like medium sized dogs... No cats on the rock, I guess the rats got them...


  1. Jack Marino III November 26 2013, 10:21 am

    Hello! My name is Jack Marino III, I ‘am the son of the late (RET) USMC MSGT. Jack Marino Jr. He enlisted in the US MARINES in 1944, and Graduated NOV, 1944, He was only 17 at PARRIS ISLAND, SC. However he was with the 6th MARINE DIVISION, During the Battle of OKINAWA, he told me many stories, he had also went on to fight in KOREA, & VIETNAM, in “Operation Starlite” Aug, 18th 1965, was Awarded SILVER STAR & PURPLE HEART, his UNIT was also Awarded the (PUC) Presidential Unit Citation. For there Tenacious Fighting and Beating back the 1st VC REGIMENT. But back to OKINAWA, and the 6th MAR DIV, he told me about his time there and was Proud of his US MARINE SERVICE of 26 Years, I will enjoy telling his Grand Children, My Father passed in the year 2000, and two grand kids he never met, will be honored to learn of the Stories of other Marines during their time, I find this story, one of the better Stories I’ve had the privilege of hearing.

    Jack Marino III

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