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WWII 5th Division Marines

WWII 5th Division Marines

This is WWII G battery 3 13th Marines, 5th Division. Feb. 1945. Iwo Jima. Glamour Gal is the gun to the left. This was sent to me my a K battery Iwo 13th Marine 5th Division vet. My grandfather was on the Glamour Gal 105 mm howitzer crew and I contacted your newsletter earlier this year to try to locate living members and or families. This is a National Archive negative W9C 856. I did visit the 5th Division page after ordering from your site tonight and noticed no photos.

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Train like Marines

Train like Marines

Ok,
I work on an air force base, and I see a lot of different things.
For the most part I do have some concerns.
I thought this would be interesting for the news letter

Air Force times newspaper for May 4, 2009.

They say “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!” Well they can simulate our training all they want to. But at the end of the day they still won’t be like us, let alone be US.

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Semper Fi #1

Semper Fi #1

SGT. GRIT,

I would like to tell you about a great group of former MARINES I found out about 2 years ago. The group is called SEMPER FI #1 We are all volunteers. We have about 70 members, active and inactive. ,Once a month we provide full military honors to Veterans at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside Ca. We usually do about 10- 15 funerals each duty day which is the 2nd Friday of each month. The branch of service does not matter. They are Veterans who earned and deserve this honor and it is our privilege to give them the full respect they deserve. The comments and thanks that we get from the families just adds to the pride we get from doing these services. We have men & women who drive 2-3 hours 1 way to be there on our duty day. The unit is just a great bunch of people from all walks of life with one thing in common, we are still MARINES. The pride we all get when we put on our Dress Blues on that 1 day each month cannot be expressed fully to you. The unit was formed 11 years ago and gets stronger each year. We are always looking for new members. If you are a Honorably discharged MARINE and would like to serve again in our unit, you can contact our president Mac Mcclain at jmksmcclain [at] gmail.com or at 909-225-2346 for more information.
Steve Fisher former SGT. of MARINES 1ST. Recon Vietnam 68-69

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Lou Lowery

Lou Lowery

Got a chance back in 1963 while stationed at Henderson Hall to meet Lou Lowery. He was kind enough to give me a autohgraphed copy of his famous picture. For years I never realized what a treasure I had. I have given copies to many former and active Marines and friends. It’s a shame he never got the real credit for taken the First picture on Iwo Jima. This the first time I’ve read your newsletter but am enjoying it very much. Plan on sending copies to sons and friends. Keep up the good work. Semper Fi

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