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LVTH-6

The Patch you are questioning is definitely an LVTH-6 patch, although as a former H-6 Battery Commander stationed at Treasure Island (in San Francisco Bay), I never saw the patch.  The H-6, a 1st Wave assault vehicle, never really had an impact since it was really never deployed properly.  At one point, in the Vietnam era, our unit and our sister unit at Camp Lejuene, were placed on alert, to replace the Navy's "Swift Boats" in the Delta area.  Since we were armored and mechanized, we would have been able to leave the rivers, go ashore with Infantary support and chase the " bad guys."    Good thinking … but we were never activated and deployed.

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My Three Favorite Memories

Take a 17 year-old redneck from Georgia, and send him to MCRD, San Diego. September, 1943( when he anticipated going to Parris Island) and you have one very frustrated "boot", with a S/N 495285; Radio School on base, Camp Pendleton, and eventually assigned to the 9th Replacement Draft. I joined the 8th AAA Bn, on Kauai; Our armament was 20mm, 40mm and 90mm guns and rifles. We eventually went into Okinawa; I understood we were part of the 1st Division "reinforced", but i sensed that was more scuttlebutt, than official.

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Talk about Old Corps

Sgt. Grit – Talk about the 'Old Corps'!  This is a picture of the 1st Aeronautics Company stationed in the Azores Islands in World War I.  It was the first US Military Aviation company to serve outside the continental US.  They hunted for, but did not find, German submarines.  The Commanding Officer was Major Evans.  He flew the sea plane in a loop, a feat thought impossible at the time and he received a Congressional Medal.  The Executive Officer was Major Brewster (Brewster Buffalo fame).  My dad was a mechanic who signed up "for the duration of the war" in Philadelphia, PA in 1917.  Major Evans' medal and the original photograph reside in the US Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, VA.

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Genuine Old Corps

Came into possession of this  photo and  just wanted  to share with my  Brothers-in-Arms.

I believe it was in Kansas? Nebraska?  was  recently purchased and is now in, or on it`s way to  Cumberland County Tennessee.   Check out the old style EGA. Maybe some younger eyes can make out the tail #.   I`ll bet it has Elephant Grass caught up in the landing gear, after all it is a Marine Combat Aircraft.   Enjoy   Ken Martin Cpl  U.S.M.C. 1967-1970 RVN  68-69

Marines back in the 20s and 30s

Sgt. Grit,

Last month my brother-in-law, retired Navy CPO Don DiRienzo, passed away. Before he passed, he mentioned that his father was a Marine back in the 20's and 30's, and had fought in the Banana Wars in Nicaragua and elsewhere. After his discharge he became very active in the Marine Corps League. The enclosed picture of his MCL detachment, the Theodore Roosevelt Detachment in Boston, taken in the 1930's, shows some Old-Old Corps Marines. Sgt. Michael DiRienzo is second from left, front row. Note the man on his left wears the fourragere over the arm, signifying that he was actually at Belleau Wood when the French awarded it. The rule is, over the arm, you were there. Under the arm, you are authorized to wear it, but were not there. I have been trying to research Sgt. DiRienzo, but have been unsuccessful. I was informed that the detachment does not exist any more. Anyone knowing anything about him or the detachment is asked to contact me here, through Sgt. Grit.     Semper Fi Paul Lindner Cpl. 1959-1963