50 Years Since I Graduated

50 Years Since I Graduated

March 15th, 2016, will be 50 years since I graduated MCRD in San Diego, CA, and on June 10th of the same year, I was graduating the Drill Instructor School. This is something I feel very proud and eternally grateful due to everything that I’ve lived as a professional and a person. Thanks a lot to my Drill Instructors who trained me and shaped me with their effort and military discipline. Our Drill Instructors did their best at sharing all the experience gathered in the swamps and forests of Vietnam; telling us what the real deal was.

cpl cordova in helmet
cpl cordova and mayo

As it happened, the fundamental basis for the “Peruvian Marines” were forged initially back in the 60’s, when officers, sergeants and corporals from the Peruvian Marines were sent to train and study with the American troops being sent to the Vietnam. It was not easy for Peruvian Marines to make it to the US and train there; we had to pass several tests, physical and intellectual, to qualify for just a handful of vacancies. The then Lt. Peruvian Marine Jose Duffoo Boza was in charge of the tests, I will always remember those who, along my professional path, were part of my military experience.

cordova at mcrd asadi
cordova 50th anniversaryphoto

There’s a lot to remember about the many jobs done with the USMC whom we respect and appreciate in true camaraderie and sense of brotherhood.

Sgt. Grit, I will very much appreciate if you allow this note to be published in your prestigious newsletter, I am also attaching some pictures. I am hoping this note reaches out to some of my old brothers in arms from the Marine Corps.

In the main picture you will see from left to right the following persons:
USMC CPL Julio MAYO Vigil
USMC LT.COL. P.H. SIMPSON, Bt. Commander
USMC S/SGT. B.W. FROST, Platoon Commander
USMC CPL. David CORDOVA Cruz

Cordova Today

My email: davidisrael06@hotmail.com

Thank you so much,
SGT. MAJOR (r) David I. Cordova Cruz

Sgt Grit wants to hear from you! Leave your comments below or submit your own story!

21 comments


  • Larry Ayers

    I enlisted Jan.5,1966 attending MCRD for 8 weeks. Then onto Marine Schools, Quantico, VA On Sept.9. 1966 I arrived Chu Lai, Viet Nam. In Apr.1967 most of the FLC was airlifted to the Northern I Corp Area. I was able to pick a forward Base named Dong Ha. So from April 1967 to May 1968 I experienced the best in being a Marine. Not everybody can say they were at Khe Sanh to Con Thein. I left Dong Ha Combat Base in May 1968 having to run after the plane throwing 2 sea bags on while the plane taxi’d. It’s been many years but not a day goes by that I often remember my Beloved Corp. I still believe if it weren’t for the Marine Corp I would not have made it to today. For any non believers I know a former US Marine who never had to go to boot camp !! Semper Fi…………


  • GUNNER

    Sounds like a leg pulling sea story! Don’t believe it!


  • Sgt Frank Zielke

    I enlisted Apr. 1954 boot at MCRD San Diego Plt. 146. graduated as PFC, But no orders. was assigned to a casualty company for two weeks, wherein I was after one day assigned TDY as an Jr. D.I. while awaiting orders, which came.


  • Dave An

    The way I read the article it appears he graduated boot camp in March and Di school in June.


  • larry foulk

    larry foulk pfc 1957 to 1960 san dinog


Leave a comment