Boot Camp Story by Bill Ashworth

I was in Boot Camp at Parris Island in 1955 we started out in the wooden barracks 1st bat. The Sr DI came in and said we were moving the 3rd Bat we moved in Quonset huts then we went to the rifle range we had the M1s while we were at the range one of our JR DIs cured me of smoking we were in Quonset huts after lights out like I said one of our JR DIs caught a guy smoking and the DI his name was Sgt Hatchel he told us to get out scrub buckets he marched us to the head and told us to light up I told him sir I don’t smoke and he told me tough sh,t one of the guys gave me a cig.  And we had to put the bucket over our heads and smoke the cig. And cured me from smoking.

Bill Ashworth CPL E3 old Corps 1955 to 1964, PLT.138.  I was in the Reserves in 1954 went 2 weeks summer camp I loved it so much when we got back I went in the regular CORPS thanks Semper FI

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  • J D Lawrence

    I had a S/SGT Hatchell for a Jr DI also. Platoon112 February 1959. The others were Wondolowski, Fear and Burke. Hatchell and Burke were hard azz.

  • Chuck Moseman

    I went to PI on Oct 13 1955. I was in Plt 155 and my No starts with 155 the first No’s on my rifle were 155 and no I never won any lotto money with those No’s. Good time to be a Marine 5 yrs and no war. Chuck

  • Sgt. Terry E. Summers

    I just got back from my grandson’s graduation from boot camp at MCRD San Diego. Third generation Marine. I graduated from there in 1967. Plt. 1012. (Vietnam vet. ’69/’70) My son graduated from there in 1987 (Desert Shield vet). I don’t know where my grandson will go but when he does I know he will carry on and be one damn fine Marine. SO PROUD!

  • Maureen

    Thanks for sharing …. my son is leaving for boot camp, Parris Island, in 3 1/2 hours…. this is a very hard but wonderful day all in one!!

  • David Ravanesi

    I joined the Corps because my uncle got killed in Okinawa and my brother went to Korea so in 58 – 62 I m 17 and at Parris Island! WTF did I do was the first thing I said after stepping into the yellow footsteps and meeting our DI s for the first time. What an eye opening but after going to 1st Bn B co. And getting settled I was glad I was there because I was following in the footsteps of my family. It was the greatest experience of my life and at 76 still proud to say I m a Marine.

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