Sgt. Grit Community
Submit Your Story

Response to “Short Round” question 5/23

In "Short Rounds" in the May 23rd newsletter a Marine asked if anyone knew what happened to all the unclaimed seabags in Okinawa in 1967. I can't speak for all of them, but I can tell you about mine. I left RVN in November, 1966. No sign of the seabag I left at Camp Butler a year before. I then went on to Embassy Duty in Germany and in August of 1969 my seabag misteriously arrived. It just happened to coincide with our semi-annual junk on the bunk inspection and I had to explain to the Major how I managed to have a closet full of uniforms with PFC chevrons on them, none of which fit (the only thing that I could still use was my ties and socks) but had my name stamped on them. It is one of the great mysteries of life how it took them nearly three years to find me. 

read more

motivation

WHILE IN BOOTCAMP AT SAN DIEGO MCRD SUMMER OF 1975 WE WERE RUNNING OUR FINAL PFT FOR TIME AND OF COURSE THE DIFFERENT PLATOONS IN OUR SERIES WERE STAGGERED AT THE STARTING LINE. ONE PLATOON WOULD START AND THEN A MINUTE OR TWO ANOTHER WOULD START THEIR RUN. ANYWAY WE WOULD RUN 1 1/2 MILE AND MAKE A TURN AND GO BACK TO THE FINISH LINE. NOT BEING THAT GREAT A RUNNER JUST AVERAGE I HAD A GOOD PACE GOING AND FELT I AT LEAST WAS GOING TO MAKE IT UNDER THE TIME THE DRILL INSTRUCTORS WANTED US TO PERFORM AT NEVER MIND WHAT THE CORPS WANTED OUR MINDS AND BODIES BELONG TO THE D.I.'S AND NOBODY ELSE AT THAT TIME. ANYWAY JUST THINK WHAT WE WERE THINKING WHEN AT ABOUT THE MILE MARK A LITTLE SHIT OF A RECRUIT RAN BY US (NOT FROM OUR PLATOON) AND WAS SPRINTING BY US LIKE HE WAS RUNNING A FIFTY YARD DASH. WELL OUR FIRST THOUGHT WAS THE GUY MUST BE CHEATING OR THAT SOME ONE REPLACE OUR REGULAR BOOTS WITH LEAD BOOTS OH YAH WE RAN IN BOOTS BACK THEN. ANY WAY WHEN THIS GUY CAME BACK AND PASTED US BEFORE WE EVEN GOT TO THE HALF WAY POINT MOST OF US GOT DOWN RIGHT SCARED HELL WE WEREN'T GOING TO PASS THE PFT AND GET DROPPED TO ANOTHER PLATOON – NOT GOOD. WELL LONG STORY SHORT  I RAN THE BEST THREE MILES I EVER RAN  AND I'M SURE EVERYONE ELSE DID THAT SAW THE GUY RUN PAST US THAT DAY.  WELL THAT MAN RAN A THIRTEEN AND SOME SECONDS 3 MILE AND I KNOW AT LEAST THAT FIRST MILE OF HIS HAD TO BE CLOSE TO A 4 MINUTE MILE. WELL TURNS OUT THE GUY MADE SERIES HONOR GUARD AND WAS ALSO ONE OF THE SHORTEST MARINES EVER TO BE LET INTO THE CORPS AND I WISH I COULD REMEMBER HIS NAME. TO ME HE  WILL ALWAYS BE ONE THING THAT IS TRULY A MOTIVATOR NO DISRESPECT TO MY D.I.'S BUT THAT KID WAS HARD CORPS AND CHESTY WOULD HAVE BEEN PROUD.

read more

A Day In November

On a day in November, which we never forget The 2nd Continental Congress laid down a bet. For liberty and freedom were being put to the test King George sent Cornwallis – one of his best.   Soon to discover, Marines are quite savage We beat back his tyranny through undying courage.   Many years hence and We haven’t changed, Sending millions of rounds flying downrange. All for freedom’s sake.  This is our way of life! God help those who put up a fight.   So “Semper Fidelis” to Marines past and present Our sacrifice has made many lives quite pleasant.   One last thing on our special day Let’s remember those who have paved the way They gave the ultimate for your sake and mine, Unselfish love – like the sweet fruit from the vine.   America is free! But where would she be? Without the Marines like you and like me!   Happy Birthday Marines!   James E. Smith Sgt. USMCR 1985-1991 10 November 2010