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DI Abuse at San Diego

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I went through boot camp in 1962, just after the PURGE at PI, and experienced and witnessed abuse almost daily. The first time was when a recruit, the DIs called a porker, was striped to the pull-up bar with web belts and left hanging there, it seemed like a half an hour. The second was more personal. I was under 18 when I went to boot and my birthday came up at the rife range. The senior drill instructor called me to the duty tent. When I reported there he said he had a birthday present for me. His and the two other DIs give me three slugs in the goodie locker.


In reply to Bob Malone.
MCRD SD — Aug 1981, Plt 2071, G Co, 2d Battalion — We all had our share of thumpings. So f*ckn what. And, we had some recruits that NEEDED to get their ass whipped, and they got it good. Some got in worse than others, but only because they NEEDED it. The DI’s were there to see if we had what it took to wear our beloved Marine uniform. As it is said, “If everyone could be a Marine, then it wouldn’t be the Marine Corps.” Was it f*ckd up in there? Of course, but that’s how it’s supposed to be. The Marines didn’t pick us. We picked them. Make it harder. Not easier.

Ben Gomez,

In reply to m. gerhardt.

Harry Fraser,

In reply to Skip Redpath.

john hageman,

In reply to Jack Webb.
i went tomcrdsd in 1962 we had 5 dis one was a total asshole one was hard on me and i love him for it, thank you gydst rogers be cause of inyou i made sgt e-5 under 4 and fuck you cpl david h.smith you sick fuck, sgt t.a.dicks plt 164 mcrd sd 9/62 to12/62, sgt vance and sgt darner were good teachers and outstanding drill instructors semper fi to all marines

tom dicks,

I missed the part where this Marine was complaining……seems to me he was just stating the facts .In 1967 at MCRD SanDiego there was plenty of “thumping” goin’ on….but it was not abuse it was discipline…..One of the reasons that if you can get through Marine Corps Boot Camp everything that follows is “a piece of cake”.Sgt. Bob Malone…I Corps,Oct.’69 to Oct.’70

Bob Malone,

Boot camp PI 1971, OCS as a candidate 1982 as a GySgt, SD as a Company Commander, so I have seen it from several angles. Often occurred to me that one of goal of boot camp was “instant obedience to orders”. How does one reconcile the training of recruits to obey orders and then violate published orders to do so? I believe it can be done in accordance to the SOP.


In reply to Jon Atchison.

Joseph M Bennett,

In reply to m. gerhardt.

Joseph M Bennett,

In reply to William Steinberg, Jr..

Joseph M Bennett,

In reply to Marine 0331.
Yep, June 81 SD. Thumpings were a part of life in PLT 1046,, actually I would rather deal with that then being screamed at and PT’d! Thumpings usually were over with quicker! Our Jr DI was a SR DI his next plt and he did get busted thumping on a pvt by causing a black and blue mark on his chest. I just always understood that was part of boot camp and expected it. Worst thing I ever saw was a recruit get a bloody nose, no big deal just part of life becoming a Marine.

Dan Dalton,

2095###, Feb,1964 thru Sept, 1969… Boot camp was an adjustment for a sick civilian mind… Life saving experience it was… Best thing I ever done for myself was enlist in the Corps… Semper Fi Marines… Member it’s a pore ass that can’t tolerate one beating…

Henry young,

In reply to jack d.
Listen, Jack, I served as a Woman Marine in 1950-1953 snd recall a Sgt. Brooks, a male Marine, who was in charge of us every day of Boot Camp.
The female Sgts. made sure they carried through with whatever the male Sarges did, as well.
I’m in my 80s, now and my kids are proud to tell friends they knew what Boot Camp was like because with TWO MARINES FOR PARENTS, THEY LIVED

m. gerhardt,

I went to Boot Camp in SD in 1974. I, too, had the opportunity to feel the wrath of one of my three D.I.’s when I just couldn’t keep up with a Plt. run. I was “Motivated appropriately” by our J.D.I. and had no further problems with plt. runs. My Dad took me to the recruiting center and visited all the branches. The Army, Navy, and Air Force recruiters just sat on their butts and gave me the same speech about signing bonuses and such but when I walked into the recruiters office for the Marine Corps, a large Gunny turned and asked me “What the hell do you want?” After a few tense moments we sat down and he was very “sincere” about what it was going to be like in the Corps. He doubted I had what it took to be a Marine but I signed the papers anyway. My Dad said it was going to be tough and it was. I thank God every day that I had the opportunity to be a member of the finest fighting organization the world has ever seen. It has carried me through my career as a Law Enforcement Officer also. So thanks to my D.I.’s: Sgt. Thymes, Sgt. Parrish, and Sgt. Brundage. Semper Fi!

Daniel Miller,

I went to basic at PI our DI’S never touched us, if you have to strike some one to obey you have lost the ability to command. Napoleon said that the best leadership is by example, yes our DI’S were tough on us, yes they got their point across, you got PT’ED till you dropped. of course they never got tired of trying to motivate you with PT! they often told me it is good for you! more so when you got your squad to join you, they showed you that you need to get your act together! we are tired of you messing up! our senior DI cared about us and shared some aspects of his life, his time in the Corps, the fact that he was divorced yet still was on good terms with every one, on occasion he got upset with us, bunch of knuckle heads and dumb privates, our other DI’S would call us space cadets because we had nothing between our ears! one of them along with the senior DI wanted us to make it through. the other was more or less indifferent. basic was an interesting experience, for me there need’s to be accountability and balance, the DI’S are there to get us ready to go into combat so the training has to be tough if you stand a chance of making it.other wise it will be ribbon creek all over again, and that is some thing that is not needed, I am glad I was there because it has served me well. semper fi do or die!.

Civil War Marine,

In reply to Stanley Kruljac.
Stanley: Where you part of the 376 series at PI in August – November 1964? I was in Platoon 379 of the 376 series, the 3 story Brick Barracks right on the edge of the swamp. Sgt. Wells was my Senior, and Sgt. Ricker the Asst. We had a Sgt. someone for about a week or two and he was sent back for added training. Sgt. Wells could yodel out on the Quad better then any of the DI’s , and Sgt. Ricker was 6′ and some from Texas who loved to run. I will say the training we received definitely brought a good number of us home as the following year most of us ended up in Nam. And that made PI look like a walk in the park. To be called Marine by our Drill Instructors on graduation Day, to have earned the right to wear the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor. Thank you Sgt. Wells, Sgt. Ricker, you bought taught not only how to be a Marine, but a better man my entire life since then. Semper Fi to all my brothers and sisters. 1964 – 1968, Viet Nam 65 & 66, Sgt. of Marines

Chuck Reardon,

MCRDSD June 1968. Never abused, just well trained

Paul Kelly Sgt 1968-1974,

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