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This is a story written by Gunnery Sgt. Keith A. Milks story ID. #200476750. I found this because my son had called me to let me that he had been received an award. When I asked him for what, he just said that he would let know later when he had time he was getting ready to go back out. Wanting to know why, I searched and came across the story a week later.
Corpsman Up' is one of the most dreaded sounds a corpsman can hear. and that's exactly what happened to HM3 Christopher Martinez on April 24. While riding in a multi-vehicle convoy, Martinez's seven-ton truck struck two anti-tank mines and became the target of heavy enemy fire. Braving the barrage, Martinez leapt from the wrecked truck and immediately began treating the seriously-wounded driver and two other Marines who had been injured. Calmly and deliberately, he treated the wounded Marines and escorted them to a helicopter landing zone from which they were flown to safety. Without Martinez quick and professional response, medical officials say the wounded driver quite possibly could have lost his life.
Later when I was able to talk to Chris and ask him about the event he just played off, said he was just doing his job and if needed to do it again he would.
CUT ME A HUSS
Howdy Marines, First off, the term cut me a huss I first heard in boot camp(Aug.-Nov.)1964. The meaning was to give slack,break, or help. I heard it from there all through my service time from Quantico,Pendleton,Okinawa,Nam until 68 when I was discharged. The last time I heard it was 9/11, I was driving down from Montana to Sun City,Az. to a funeral of my Best buddy I had know from the 2nd grade & went through boot camp with. That morning at the funeral( Military) was called off because of the problem we were in & I was the ONLY one to give Wayne a salute as his coffin pasted by. His two children said it was heat warming for me to do that for their Dad. I told them "someone" had to give him his last huss in this world. I later at the wake told them the meaning as I knew it. Since that day I haven't told anyone of this. Since 9/11 my oldest daughter joined the Marines, boot camp at P.I. and a year & 1/2 later O.C.S. &is now in Okinawa. My other girl&husband both Lts.(Army) are finishing up their duty in Iraq. They will be home by the end of Oct.I'am so proud of my kids!! And will ALWAYS be proud of my Country&Corps!
Semper Fi, Bob Halverson S/Sgt.64-68
TO ALL OF YOU
I've been reading the newsletters for quite awhile now and decided it was time to say thank you to some Marines out there who literally changed my life. To drill instructors Sgt. Jones, Sgt. Daniels, Sgt. Batista and Sgt. King of Plt 2112 (San Diego, 1986/87); CAPT Ellinger, the first LDO I ever met and my Avionics Officer, and the Marines of MALS-29 (640/650 shops, 1988-90), especially SSGT Ruffian, SGT Armstrong and LCPL Hasselbach.
It took a lot of years to realize what they instilled in me through instruction and friendship, but I attribute much of what I've been able to achieve in life to my faith, my family and these Marines. I have a wife and 3 wonderful kids, a dream job at NASA and I'm still serving my country (USNR vs. USMC, but still serving) thanks in large part to all of you.
Rob Spohr (CPL, USMC/ENS(LDO), USNR)
You can take the Marine out of the Corps, but you can't take the Corps out of the Marine.
I DIDN'T KNOW WHO HE WAS
With one possible exception (maybe his son?), I believe I am the only person ever to watch a Marine amphibious landing from the shoulders of Chesty Puller.
Got your attention? I was about 7 or 8 years old and dad was stationed at Camp Lejeune and Korea was on. Mom and I were standing behind the wooden stand where all of the brass was standing. I couldn't very much from behind and think I must have caught his eye because of the cut-down Warrant Officers uniform I had on. He asked me if I wanted a better view and after I walked up on the stand, he lifted me up on his shoulders. I wasn't there long and to be honest, I didn't know who he was.
He asked me my dad's name and after telling him I asked him what his name was. You can probably understand my confusion when he gave me his name and it was the same as my dog's.! He asked me why my dog was named Chesty, I told him it was because he was the fightinest S.O.B. you ever saw. Needless to say, he laughed.
I found out later that he and dad served in China together but not in WWII, dad was captured on Corrigidor. A h&ll-of-a-man. I met him and his wonderful wife twice more and will treasure the memories forever.
P.S. my dog was invited to the parade in 1955 when Chesty took command of Lejeune. He also hated officers and love enlisted men. Good night Chesty, where ever you are!
Tom Jordan (Marine brat, ex-devil pup and USAF 1962-1966), Son of C.W.O. Howard C. Jordan O49260 (deceased)
God, please forgive me but I had to beg my way into the Air Force because of bad eyes, not good enough for the Marines.
5th MARINE DIVISION
Back in the day, many pounds and years ago, I, like "Scratchie", wondered what the term "cut me a huss" meant. Someone eventually explained to me that it meant ordering a flight, most commonly a medevac utilizing a Helicopter, Utility, Sikorsky. Don't know, but that's what I was told.
Also, some old business. I just received my new 5th Marine Division Association membership book. It lists all the units assigned to the 5th MarDiv during Iwo Jima, but under the Vietnam section, it only lists 26th Marines, 27th Marines, and the 1st and 2nd Battalions, 13th Marines with their unit awards for service in Vietnam. It gives impression these were the only units reformed for service during Vietnam, while in fact the entire Division was reformed, including units that were not part of the Division in WWII. Fifth Shore Party Battalion, 5th Marine Division is a prime example of a unit that did not exist in the original Division, yet was formed as part of the Vietnam-era 5th Marine Division. H&S Company and Battalion Headquarters were at Camp DelMar. No one could say with any certainty where the letter companies were located. I would like to hear from anyone who served in the letter companies between 1966-1971.
H&S Co. 5th Shore Party Battalion, 5th MarDiv "B" Co., 5th Shore Party Battalion, 5th MarDiv "C" Co., 3rd Shore Party Battalion, 5th MarDiv (The above were actually all the same Company)
My son, Lcpl Fisel, is with Fox Co. 2/1 currently serving north of Fallujah. As I'm sure everyone knows, the Marines took a devastating hit Labor Day weekend when seven Marines were killed when a suicide bomber hit their convoy. Of course I immediately emailed my son hoping and praying that I would get a response. I did (thank God) but it made my heart break.
This is what he replied: "I'm fine, but I lost 7 of my best friends... The truck that was hit was a seven ton, not hummers. 7 of my best friends were killed..... I talked to them 20 mins earlier too. I was in the truck right behind the one that got hit. I saw everything. 7 of my friends were mutilated... I couldn't even recognize them. Body parts and sh*t everywhere......F**k this place. I'm fine. I'm just a little p!ssed, and I need some time to try and get over this, although I don't think I'm going to be able to. Well, I'm going to go. I'll talk to you later
As much as I want my son and all the others who are going thru the horrible events of war to come home, I know we (the USA) have to stay and finish what we started. I am sooooo proud of my son and all the other brave men and women who are in the military (regardless of what branch although of course everyone knows the Marines are the best of the best!) and my heart goes out to the families, friends, and fellow comrades of those who are suffering because of death or injury. I know first hand the effects of receiving the dreaded phone call advising that a loved one has been injured because my son and several other Marines were wounded on 3/26/04 when their platoon was ambushed and a fellow Marine was killed. So to all of you reading this newsletter, please support ALL of our troops with your thoughts and prayers for a safe return home!
M. Sheffield, very proud mother of a Marine.
MCL DET 801 THANKSGIVING
The Marine Corps League, Lake County Detachment 801 is proudly hosting a no-cost Thanksgiving Dinner for the families and parents of deployed Marines serving in Iraq from HQ and Wpns Co 2/24 and MACG 48. The dinner will be held on November 14th from 1300-1700 at Maravella's Banquet Facility in Fox Lake, Illinois. Dinner, entertainment and support for deployed Marine families and parents will be provided. Detachment 801 wants to ensure the families are not forgotten and are part of the Marine Corps family as exemplified by Marines for Life. For further information, contact:
Mike Decker, Commandant
I MAY ADD THE
I also went into the Marine Corps in 49 and retired March 70. I also remember my DI's. One thing I do remember we were a Camp Matthews shooting range an a DI from another Platoon had us fall out of our tents and challenged any one from our platoon to beat his ass if they think then can and this one little sh!t from our platoon got up and flatten the DI right on his ass. And as far as I remember a word was never said about it the next morning. I may add the D.I was quite drunk also.
I joined in 46 after 11/2 yrs in Merchant Marines. Honorably discharged from Marine Corps as Cpl in 49, Suffice to say 1 in every 29 MM seaman was either killed or wounded in WW II,more than any other branch of the military. They were first to go and the last to come back. And they were not given Veteran status until 1988 despite the fact That Pres Roosevelt asked for it in 1945 before he died. Oh well Congress did funny thing back in those days too
RAN OUT OF LISTERINE
Just wanted to comment on Brother Marine John Sullivan's hilarious "smell good" story. His story reminded me of my own mouth wash story at PI. We were preparing for our battalion commander's inspection (I think) and the DI's were checking our shaves and applying after-shave and mouth wash. One DI walked down one side of the squad-bay plastering each side of our faces with Aqua Velva as the other DI marched down the ranks giving each of us a cup-full of Listerine so we didn't offend "his" battalion commander with our foul-smelling sh*t-breath. I forget now which DI had the mouthwash, but when he got about three quarters down the last side, he ran out of Listerine, so he grabbed a couple of bottles of after-shave (I swear this is true) and made the recruits gargle (he cautioned us not to swallow). Fortunately I was one of the lucky ones who got to gargle with Listerine so I cannot tell you what Aqua Velva taste like!
Cpl. 0331 - 81-85
Plt 2063 - PI
I HAVE NEVER SAID ANYTHING
I recently ran into a man and noticed the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor along w/ USMC on his arm. I asked him when he was in the Corps to which he responded that he was never in but his son currently is. I must say I was stunned and could only utter 'oh' and walked away. This left an odd feeling in me. On one hand, I thought 'how dare a person that has never donned the uniform display my emblem that I have earned' and on the other hand, I am sure he is proud of his son and wanted to pay respect to him by tattooing himself. I don't want to disrespect his son and my Marine brother but I continue to lean towards the thought that tattooing yourself w/ anything that has to do w/ the Marine Corps without earning the right to do so is unacceptable. I have never said anything to the man one way or another. Until now, this has been my own internal battle.
THIS HAS STAYED WITH ME
I had it easy! All peacetime duty. I remember raising my right hand and saying these words we all said, but I can't remember any time limitations on them. The Marines I served with made me feel special and there was nothing I could think of that would be worse than to let them down. This has stayed with me for over 46 years now and I believe that I have been a better person because of the years I wore Marine Green. I know that I can suck it up and keep going when thing get tough. May all Marines come home safely from wherever duty takes them.
Jim Olive, DT2, USN
R & R HOTEL IN OSAKA JAPAN
The Hank Snow song "I'm Movin On" had a lot of different words put in to fit the times. I remember a version that went, I'm a rice paddy daddy without a pass and if the MP's catch me it going to be my *ss. I'm movin on. That was a lot of years ago and that is all the words I can remember. There was also a song called, She ain't got no yo-yo. At least that's what it sounded like she was singing. I picked up a few 78 RPM records while I was on R&R in Japan and still have them. They are on hard red plastic. I wonder how many guys remember the R&R Hotel in Osaka Japan. It was a fabulous place and was very inexpensive. A complete five course dinner cost about a dollar and they had entertainment in the evening. Real great bands and floor shows. We had a big shock when we were taking a shower as a lady came in to clean up the bathroom. She paid no attention to us and went about her work as if we weren't there. If it didn't embarrass her then it didn't bother us either. The week on R&R was too short. We were jealous of the men stationed there and would have liked to trade places with them. Oh well, they didn't get to see "The Land of the Morning Calm "and we got to see "The Land of the Rising Sun" as well.
PASSED A GENTLEMAN
Just a little humor about Semper Fi and Gung Ho. Recently I passed a gentleman about my age (72) who was wearing a "Once A Marine Always A Marine" cover and I had on a Sgt. Grit "USMC" cover. I told him welcome home and thanks for serving. He said, "are you a Semper Fi Marine or a Gung Ho Marine?" At my age you may be both.
1/51 - 7/55
During the 2nd Phase of boot camp, up at Edson Range, our Company was out on one of our field exercises. The drill instructors insisted that we ate every last thing that came in our MRE's because they were "scientifically formulated to give a fighting warrior every nutritional requirement". Well, being the obedient recruits that we were, we had a process where we would carefully tear off the top of the Sanka envelope, dump in the packet of sugar and creamer, and down the hatch it went to be quickly followed by a pull off the canteen. This particular morning was dark, cold, nasty, and Sgt Lewis was in rare form. In a rush to finish up the remainder of my meal, I accidentally dumped the packet of salt, instead of sugar, into my instant coffee. I gotta tell you, that was the biggest surprise of my life. I was too scared to spit everything out, so I swallowed hard and chased it down with an entire canteen of water. God, I miss the Corps!!
I HAD AN INCIDENT
I had an incident I just had to tell you about. During this past Labor Day week-end m wife myself,& 3grandsons ,whom we have adopted, were driving in my ext. cab FORD f-150, wasn't paying enough attention to my speed as a state trooper was, 12 miles over speed limit, by the time the trooper turned around I had already stopped &was waiting, as he pulled in behind me, I noticed a grin on his face, he was smiling about my bumper sticker which read ,"NOT AS LEAN NOT AS MEAN BUT STILL A MARINE " after which he commented, I got off with a warning.
Your sticker saved me from a ticket Semper FI and keep up the good work.
Don Herndon (still an old marine)
In regard to the letter by L.D. Downs, I too have found that what I have learned in the Corps has given a focus and life skills that have allowed me the achieve my personal goals -- sometimes ahead of those with greater "credentials". I am a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with 23 years of experience and several publications -- people to this day are more impressed that I was a sergeant in the Marine Corps! Not so Lean, Definitely not as Mean --
Semper Fi Earl A. Stanley MD
AS THEY ARE NOW
Guess that we didn't go to the same boot camp....Tom Flynn....was at Marble those same years and I know were all as ugly as each other---were all green. Wanna see real Marines???? Watch the nightly news. We all were and still are, as they are now!!! PI or SanD??? Don't matter, I am a Hollywood Marine but I'm prouder of 1st Marine Division . Be proud of where you came from but be more proud of the Corp. Side note Tom Flynn, nothin more "beautiful" than a Hollywood Marine!!!!
Semper Fi brother!!!!! Marble sucked........Krusty
Chesty is smilin' down on you bro, for what you have done for the rank and files of Marines, NOLOADS, family members, wives, children, and now in some cases grandchildren in your bringing this newsletter to the eyes and ears of all of us in the "Band of Brothers"!! Since fairly new to the list, I have only had the opportunity to view a few of your newsletters and the entries therein. Some mad me laugh out loud, take a minute to think about, remember the good with the bad, and even on a few occasions, wipe a little salt from the ol' peepers. And on a few occasions, I was fuming' before I even completed reading the submission. One of which was from a Cpl Tom Flynn who managed all by himself to graduate from Parris Island, SC in 1969. He stated that he was glad he was not a "Hollywood Marine" because the only true Marines were born and raised in boot camp at PI. Now, if I may address this young stud-puppie, I would tell him that the one thing they did not teach him in our history classes at recruit training was that the true meaning of the word Marine did not include the words SanDiego or Parris Island. In addition, the phrase Semper Fidelis has been clouded with the haze of his ignorance to think that one is better than the other. Having been a graduate of the University of Bad, on the campus at San Diego, I take that comment personally, in that I would be willing to trade in all my medals, ribbons, and badges to be able to apologize to all of the parents, family members, wives , children, and close friends to those Marine Warriors of Triploi to Iraq who's gallantry in all of our wars, skirmishes and deployments inspired us. And wound up giving the ultimate sacrifice so that he may even have the choice as to what branch of the service he was going to join, let alone which side of the river he was going to be trained on!!! The finest men in the world have graced our uniform(s), and when truth be told, never in one obituary have I ever read or heard of was whether this Warrior was an east-coast or west-coast Marine. Cpl Thomas Flynn, I do seriously think you have without your own volition, opened up a can of worms, that even you as a well trained Marine from Parris Island will not be able to close. For I fear that I am not the only Marine who stood on the yellow footprints at MCRD,SanDiego, and yes, even Parris Island Marines, and all those family members of their Fathers, Son's and Brother's that will be only too glad to reload my magazine and let you have a few more rounds. And the final two salvo's to you is: The only thought of no freedom of speech, is the thought of distastefully abusing that freedom of speech, so: 1) after also being a Marine Drill Instructor and an Instructor at DI School, I definitely take exception to the fact that anyone would believe that I turned out substandard Marines from the annals of the halls of the parade deck at MCRD, SanDiego. 2) I found your statement insightful, truly unprofessional, and if your idea was to split,or pit one Marine against the other out of spite, or for your own pitiful attempt to disgruntle the masses for your own sick humor, you need to trade in your Eagle, Globe and Anchor you so skillfully earned at recruit training, and trade it in for a turban they are wearing in the Mideast right about now. Cause son, you are gonna get shot at after this hits the airwaves. I can guarantee that as much as I can guarantee that you did not make Honor Man of your platoon or series. While you are putting on your helmet and flak jacket, Remember these words very carefully Cpl Flynn: SEMPER FIDELIS FOREVER.....
Ray Whirledge, 1stSgt of Marines, (Retired) (1966-1989)
Note: I will be waiting for the next Marine to step on his crank!!! (I will be there)! (lol)
Eagerly awaiting your response...........!!!!!
TO THE MARINES WHO COVERED ME
This in reply to "Krusty"
A funny thing happened with "Gunner's" and Corpsmen. You guys had all the Ammo, and I'm pretty sure that's why we hung out with you! "Gunner's" are a CRAZY bunch of Jar Heads!
When the s--t hit the fan, there was the call for "Gun's Up", then "Corpsman Up" or vice versa. And the "Gunner" never knew where the h&ll that Doc was going to go. Right or left. Straight often was not an option. Bein' "Tight" with the "Gunner" meant you could figure out each other's moves. I will FOREVER be grateful to the Marines that covered me!
Those men exposed themselves to more fire!
I was just doing my job! Taking care of the wounded.
Bein' on a "Bird", those Corpsmen had more issues to deal with! And I take my hat off to those men! And the Pilots that brought the "Bird" in! JESUS CHEEEERIST!!!
To land in the middle of a FIRE FIGHT! That takes some "BALLS"!
So! Now you tell me...Who has the toughest job?
All I had to do was patch up my Marines. It was YOUR job to get them where they needed to be for the BEST HELP!
Often as you are being fired upon!
Corpsmen did their job as did you. (But it is always nice to have a "Gunner" in your corner! haha)
Dave "Doc" Bryson
SOMEHOW HE FOUND
Yo, Grit......seems one good story always triggers (good choice of verbs for a Marine, right?) another..........the tale of the two Seniors adjusting the sweetness of the coffee with 'backy juice caused me to recall a nasty trick once pulled on our I-I admin chief, who shall be known just as SSGT "G"........G was pretty much a rough and tumble kind of guy, as all good '01's are, but somehow he found the idea of chewing tobacco just totally beyond the pale. Now, at the time, the I-I (yours truly) was going through a pack of RedMan every couple of days......kept a #10 tin can as a spittoon next to the desk, took care of it myself, and the entire staff knew it was there.......on the day of infamy, came in to the office a little early, with a brand-new #10 can, and a can of Coke. After hiding the original can, dumped the entire coke in the new one, then manually wadded up a bolus (look it up by Googling) of chew and dropped it in the can. Around 0830, called SSGT G on the intercom, asked that he bring the stuff that needed signing and come into my office. Good Marine that he was, he hit the spot in front of the desk and reported smartly. After the "Good Morning"s, and the "Stand Easy", began to check my utility (BDU?s to you newbies) pockets, then all the desk drawers, etc......commenting "looks like I'm outta RedMan", and then, while resignedly sighing "guess this'll have to do", reached into the can of coke, picked up the wad of chew, and popped it into my mouth. SSGT G , looking more than a little queasy, promptly excused himself and left for the head. Never did tell him the real truth, so, G, if you're out there reading this.......Semper Fi, Brother, from the early 70's at OrdMaintPlt, Moline, IL (now GSM Co, 4thFSSG at last report,and long ago moved to Rock Island Arsenal)
HE LEFT SAYING
Just thought I'd share this with you all----I live in Cutler Ridge, Fl., and I was taking down my canopy(because of hurricane Francis) by myself(I live alone), and I had just unfastened the last connection when a gust of wind blew both of them off---all of a sudden this Van pull's up in my front yard and this young man gets out and introduces himself to me as SSgt Oscar Trujillo, and says he has seen my US and USMC flag on my flag pole for quite some time(since he lives in this area) and was wondering if I needed some help---I said 'you bet I can'----he helped me 'Corral' them, then fold them both up(he was on he way to board up his house)---he then said he was a recruiter(for Officers) and gave me some 'Goodies' and his card, which, of course, I accepted, thanking him profusely!!---he left saying 'If there is anything else I can do for you, don't hesitate to call me'!-----What's new! One Marine helping another 'Marine' ( a 73 year old one!)------Ron Dohre, '53', '54', '55'
Is it Tom or Tammy? I thought Parris Island is where they send all the women to boot camp. The REAL MEN go to San Diego!!! I couldn't resist that one. Semper Fi Marines, where ever you were born.
John A Warren
SSGT (GySgt Select) SMCR
Pltn 3094, Lima CO
Active duty 891011-951010
CAN OF WORMS
Now that you have opened that can of worms about Parris Island being the only place where real Marines are made, I'll just go ahead and add some fuel to the fire. We all know of course that 2nd Battalion is where the toughest of the tough got tougher right? Why do you think they put our main side squad bays next to the chapel? They knew the 2nd Battalion boys needed a lot more forgiveness for the dirty deeds they would do on a daily basis to all you 1st 3rd and 4th types! And now, let the email games begin! P.S. Still eatin' nails and Pi$$in' Napalm! Platoon 2090! ooorAHH!
Cpl. Andy Purchase
WON THE DUEL
For some time I have looked for a WW11 or Korean era Ka-Bar. I have a recent issue but it is too clean. I have a Korean war Camillus "Ka -Bar", but it is not the same.
I joined the Marine Reserve in 1950. In 1951 I started college and was made to join the Army ROTC. While on a school overnite hike, a buddy and I had a duel. He had a Ka-Bar and I had the sheath. We both had a bit to drink. He won the duel and I went to the hospital with a cut muscle in my middle. It wasn't fair as he had had training in hand-to-hand combat. When I returned to school, the ROTC DI told me to carry some duffle bags from one building to another, I was still hurting and under Doctors orders not to lift anything. Not even 10 pounds. He yelled "I'm not asking--I'm giving you an order". I lost it and bashed him in the mouth. That was on Friday. On the following Monday I got my draft notice, On Wednesday, I was on my way to San Diego boot camp.
I thought you might enjoy this true story.
THE FIRST BEER
I just received my Glass Stein w/USMC Emb. (Beer Mug w/USMC) to me.....In a timely manner, great service.....Thank you
I can't wait to take it down to the VFW and try it out, I'm sure there will be some flak from the non USMC types butt hey, there always jealous anyway.....
The first beer drank out of it will be in honor of all the Mud sucking Marines who have gone to regroup with Chesty....
Thanks again for the speedy service, Butt what can you expect from a Marine run company, butt the best....
"Semper Fi" C 1/7 B 1/5 0351
Michael L. Griffith
To a subject matter, that was posted in your newsletter #79. "We were shamed in Korea". NOT!!!!!!!!, and if you don't believe that, ask the nearly 50 million South Koreans, about the freedom they've enjoyed for over a half a century. Then, if you can, ask the N. Koreans, how well they've fared!!!! As to MacArthur "wanting to win", if that would have happened, then I wouldn't be here today, cause the life of a machine gunner in an infantry company, isn't too long. And, not once did I see him fire a shot at anybody. And if you read this message, remember, it's directly from me, who is very glad to be a spokesman for the 34,000+ who made the above possible and cant respond.
C-1-1, '51 - '52
Chesty's last regimental command.
IN A LOT OF WAYS
I went thru Parris Island Marine Corps Depot, and as quite a number of Parris Island Marines, I always call San Diego Recruits, Hollywood Marines, but after being stationed at Recruit Depot San Diego, I no longer feel that way, for in a lot of ways San Diego is tougher mentally that Parris Island, in that. in San Diego you had the Air Port right next to the base and you could look almost right into downtown San Diego, and it seemed like their was a lot of the opposite sex, especially around the grinder area, where as at Parris Island, the Recruits didn't get to where the women were to often, all you had to do is fight off the sand fleas, when the DI wasn't looking, for if you got caught, ( I don't know how many had a private funeral for one od the DI's pets) but I do know that our platoon did but that's another story.
GySgt John W. Grindel Sr. USMC/Ret.
For over 30 years I have been proud to call myself a Marine and I served from 1968 to 1973 in the VMF351 fighter squadron. This was a trying time with the Vietnam war going on. The military was not very popular on the home front and allot of people were downing the war.
I now ride my motorcycle with my Marine Corps patches warn proudly. The other day I went into a small bar and the waitress behind the bar asked me what the wings and Marine Corps emblem meant on my hat. I told her with a smile and she took my hand and kissed it. She said thank you so much for what you did. With tears in my eyes I told her that that was the first time I had been thanked. It took thirty years with a word of kindness from a girl that was not born when I served. I will always remember it... Tell our boys in the military that you care, I plan to every chance I get.
Joe Weems Marine VMF351 68-73 Stockbridge Georgia Semper Fi
WHEN THEY PRESSED ME
Your newsletters have brought back a lot of memories to this RVN Class of '69-'70 Navy Corpsman. I never talked too much about my time serving with the 1/3 and 3/1 Marines, but living in the San Diego area around MCRD and Camp Pendelton the Eagle, Globe and Anchor are everywhere.
As the 1/3 were leaving, to come back to the world, they gave me a very nice plaque with a big brass EG&A. Two retired career Marines and former neighbors (a Master Guns & a Colonel) saw my plaque on the wall in the den. They asked if I was a Marine. I told them no. I wore a Marine Corps uniform with Navy insignia, but I was not a Marine. When they pressed me for more information and I dug out my little batch of fruit salad (stashed away for a very long time) they smiled and said almost in unison,"You're a Marine." They told some of other neighbors about my service and Marines seemed to come out of the woodwork. It turned out there were quite a few retired Marines around from WW II, Korea and RVN. I had no idea I would be as welcomed into the Marine family as I have been while not serving actively. If I wasn't such a gimp I'd re-up in a heartbeat.
A unique breed indeed. I'm prouder than I can recall to have renewed my association with the USMC!!!
Doc B, University of Phu Bai
NOW BACK TO THE 60'S
If You Haven't Earned It Don't Wear it?
Since my days at Parris Island I have believed and stood by the above statement. Recent articles in the Newsletter about allowing others to use "Semper fi" and Cpl James Broome's disappointment about writers using EGA instead of "Eagle Globe and Anchor" brought to mind something I did almost 40 years ago,,,,but first I just want to say that I believe that anyone who greets you with "Semper Fi" is doing it out of respect and I believe that most all Marines know what the EGA stands for but it is a heckuva lot easier for us non-typists to use it in that format rather than type it out and make 3 or 4 mistakes before getting it right. I believe Cpl Broome may be just a little bit harsh using the words disrepute and besmirch, (newsletter 09/02/04) but I do respect his thoughts.
Now back to the 60's....One day our civilian company's softball team was having a Saturday morning practice session and I noticed this young attorney was wearing a red sweatshirt with the "Eagle Globe and Anchor" along with the "United States Marine Corps" on the front....Being the curious person that I was at that time I asked the attorney if he was in the Corps. He answered "No, a college buddy sent this sweat shirt to me last year"....Well,,,being the proud member of a select group of people called Marines I proceeded to tell him that "you have to earn the right to wear that shirt,,, if it would have something like My Mother/Father/brother/sister is a Marine I would say OK but it doesn't so I would appreciate it if you would not wear it in my presence....
A decade later the attorney became a senior officer of the company...and me....well I was working for another company....
I am curious how you other jarheads feel about non-Marines and non-Marine family members wearing anything with the Marine Corps Emblem or name on it....and would you make it a point to "discuss" the matter with the wearer?
I recently was walking thru Lowe's (building supplies) store when I came upon this young fellow wearing a red shirt with USMC FORCE RECON with jump wings and SWIFT,SILENT, DEADLY on the front where his chest was pushing the material to its limits (in other words he was a "walking wall"(bulkhead for you guys that still use the terminology)). Needless to say I smiled said "Semper Fi" and kept walking....at my age being confrontational is not always my first option, therefore I did not proceed to ask if he had the right to wear it...although later I thought I should have at least asked him something like where he was stationed just to satisfy my curiosity...
ps: To Sgt Dave Stutesman (re:"Handed over his cup"09/02/04 newsletter) Was glad to see your article,,,,reminded me that I can verify your previous article ("Boot Camp" March 1, 2002). I was in your dad's platoon 176 on Parris Island in July 1958 and I remember the condom incident as if it were yesterday. Your dad was picked on repeatedly by DI's Billings,Lovelace and Duerr and it wasn't because he was a bad recruit,he was just an easy person to pick on... and they sure went out of their way to do it...Please say Hi to your Dad.. If you are wondering how I remembered your previous article well I had one in that issue also "The Best $15 I ever spent"...
Welcome Home to all Vets, all wars,, my family prays for you and praises you. Semper Fi
Cpl S D Suereth 2nd Recon Bn 58-62
In a couple of years the only squadron I was a plank owner in will be 50 years old. I'm trying to locate any of the 81 original members as well as any others who would be interested.
HMR(M)461, MAG-26, MCAF, New River, NC
My plan is to organize a 50th Reunion on or near MCAS, New River, NC. Hopefully, early in 2007(we stood up on 12 January 1957) barring that certainly during 2007.
My name is Ed Bowers, I was a Sergeant. My address is 193 Grand Ave., Cranston, RI02905-3909 and my phone is 401-781-5275. I would appreciate it if you could include this in your next newsletter.
CHESTY PULLER MOVIE
You let me put a blurb on your BB seeking emails from marines interested in a Puller movie. I didn't have much luck, but I have some High Profile letters, developed a web site: www.chestypullermovie.com and have a contact in the movie business. It has been slow as a snails pace, but I'm on the right track now.
I was on cape Gloucester with D-2-11. The fifth and eleventh moved up to the Williamez Peninsula and made a beach head at Talasea, New Britain on March 6th, 1944. I didn't make it to Peleliu as I was detained by a jap 90 mm mortar shell. Came back to the states, recuperated and went back out on the hospital ship USS Relief (AH-1) in time for Okinawa. We made four evacuations from Okinawa to hospitals on Guam, Tinian and Saipan. I Didn't mention I was a corpsman.
My sentiments toward Chesty Puller go back to New Britain and after the war to one of the first talk show host, Joe Pine. He lost a leg serving with Puller on the canal. He subsequently died of lung cancer.
I pretty much forgot the war until the internet came along and when Major Loraine's first attempt to apply for a postage stamp in the general's honor, I decided he also needed a movie. I understand Major Loraine's second attempt may bear fruit. I sent letters, Postcards and hustled all my friends to do the same.
Well Sgt., I've yakked enough. Is there anyway I can appeal to you to put a link to my web site or exchange links so I can get my message out.
With fond regards,
NEED NEWS FROM THE OLD CORPS, ANY CHINA MARINES OUT THERE?
Right on Cpl Broome!!! That "EGA" bugs the living h&ll out of me too!
Sergeant Major (Retired)
I wish we lived in the day where you could challenge a person to a duel...don't pull that kind of stuff on me."
--Zell Miller responding to "Hardball's" Chris Matthews
(Senator Miller is a Marine)
When we do our job people shot at us!