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On a slow boat to Rabaul

On a slow boat to Rabaul

A brief memoir of VMF-215 missions in WWII

I received a copy of this E-mail the other day from my Uncle Fred, son of Capt. Donald Aldrich, USMCR of WWII fame (20 Zeroes shot down in the Pacific flying F-4U Corsairs). The letter was written by LtCol. Arthur Roger Conant, USMC Ret’d, to other surviving members of the VMF-215 “Fighting Corsairs” Association.

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Black Knights

Black Knights

SGT. Grit,

Thank you for providing such an excellent site for Marines who have served and are serving. As it is shown in your site, no one knows what it means to be a Marine except for those of us who have served. I have friends who have been in all of the other services, and none of them displays the pride that a Marine former or otherwise displays when talking of the Corps. I am reminded of a quote I read from a Marine recruit who said “You can be in the Navy/Army or Air Force but you are a Marine.” Indicating our distinction of being referred to by the name of our branch of service.

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HEY MARINES!

HEY MARINES!

My grandfather, CAPT. THOMAS JOHN ROWLAND (Cherry Point Tom), flew the Corsair with Ted Williams and had some wild adventures around Cherry Point.

I have photos of Ted Williams sitting around the dinner table with my grandfather and this squadron photo of them. Ted Williams is back row, fifth from the right (tall Marine without the tie) and my grandfather is to his left. Enjoy a little piece of Marine Corps history only my civilian family and you Devil Dogs have seen! SEMPER FI,

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MCB Camp Pendleton

MCB Camp Pendleton

This is a pic at MCB Camp Pendleton (right), circa 9/68 thru 5/69. the war was over for me: E-4 , less than a year, and returnee from RVN. I was with MP Co. MCB. I am an airwinger so this was a new experience. It took me a long way. I “shipped over” and went to MarBar Yokosuka, Japan. My oldest son was born there. He is a preacher now. Next was MCAS Futema. Okinawa. A year later back to MCAS Cherry Point. I heard that airwing Marines are the best DI’s so my last assignment, MCRD PISC! Semper Fi,
Ssgt Jerry Hillyer.

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