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BS Both Ways

I went to boot camp 3 months after my older brother. Out of boot camp in April 1957 to ITR and into the same Company my brother had been in. Went to get my first Liberty and Liberty Card in 3 1/2 months and the CO says, “I had an Olson in here three months ago, any relative?” Now I wanted to see the sights, not BS. But I had to say “Yes Sir, He was my brother.”

Now the Lt has to take me out to the next room, to a bunch of pictures, of about 250 men each, and ask me, “Which one was your brother?” He… I had never seen the pictures, but I pointed to one of the Marines and said, “This one Sir” He said, “I think I remember him!” BS both ways I’m sure, but I got my Liberty Card! Some things you never forget!

Bob Olson 1957-58-59

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James V. Merl 57-60 - May 31, 2020

I graduated boot camp in April 1957 also. I was in Platoon 211. Instead of going to ITR at Camp San Onofre, I was selected along with a few others from my platoon to help clear an area for the upcoming Camp Pendleton Rodeo. After a week of this duty, we were put in Golf Company 2nd ITR at Camp Horno. After a year and a half at Camp Pendleton, I was sent to Okinawa. At that time, it was Okinawa, R.I. The Rock didn’t revert to Japan until much later. I was stationed at Camp Hague an artillery base. Since my company was headquartered at Camp Courtney, I had a permanent liberty card (maybe illegally). I never had to check out with a Sgt. of the Guard. For those newer Marines, there were no BAMS or Marine dependents on Okinawa. We were all bachelors which made it much easier for all of us. More perks too.

Andrew H. Gardner 69-71 - May 31, 2020

USMC got rid of liberty cards at Kanehoe MCAS in the summer of 1970. Unfortunately someone forgot to tell the Armed Forces Police about that move. Pretty interesting liberty for a few days around the island.

Gary Ray - May 31, 2020

Some ot the boots who read this story will be asking, :What’s a ‘Liberty Card’?

Bulldogman – L/CPL - May 31, 2020

Ah, yes, older brothers in the Marines. Mine sent me a 5 pound box of chocolates that arrived about the third day I was at Parris Island, while we weren’t yet allowed any mail, and boy was the senior DI pixxed. Luckily, I had to put it in the DI locker (for safekeeping) instead of eating the entire box. Never got to reclaim it – gone? Anyway, the next guy who received a box of pogybait had to eat the entire box after the DI poured Whisk all over it. I don’t think he was able to eat the entire box though before his stomach blew up. So, in a way, I guess I was lucky after all. Plt.341 June – Sept. 1962

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