By: David Myers

I saw my older brother on leave 1964 in his dress blues, metals, and rows of ribbons. My first thought was, I want that uniform and I want to be a Marine. September 12th 1968 I was at MCRD Camp Pendleton platoon 3081. I asked my brother before I went to boot camp as to what to expect. He grinned and say, no can do. I don’t want to ruin all the surprises. There were more than surprises awaiting us and my thanks goes out to DI Cpl. Joy. For his tough, physical, hard nose training, on and off the tarmac. The training it took to bring a lot of young Marines back home. Semper Fi.

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  • Rich Holleran Cpl of Marines 58-62

    Sounds like a wanna be Marine! MCRD Camp Pendleton?

  • Emerson Malone

    MCRD Camp Pendelton are you sure this was in Corps?

  • Dennis Bahnsen

    I am with you Mr. Walker. I was in USMC from ’65-69 and the west coast MCRD was in San Diego, not at Camp Pendleton. For us ‘Hollywood Marines??’, ITR and staging were conducted at Pendleton (a bit closer to Hollywood) AFTER recruit training was finished at MCRD San Diego.

    My platoon was based in quanset huts near a San Diego International Airport runway, or maybe it was an aircraft jet engine manufacturing facility (or both) with jet engine noise all day and into the evening, tho their noise did NOT drown out the voices of our DI’s. Those guys had a way of easily being heard over the din of jet engines every day! Interesting how easily I could get to sleep when it was time, tho!

  • Frank Walker, Marine Mustang Mar62-Nov82

    MCRD Camp Pendleton?????

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