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DI Motivation and Inspiration

We all have something our DI’s said to us or made us do. Something that inspires and motivates us to this day. Send me your example.

Semper Fi
Sgt Grit

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L/Cpl Jimmy Searcy - April 23, 2020

I comment I will never forget is when G/Sgt. Okley said you might learn anything thing here but when you leave you will shiting muscle.

Sgt. Joe Wilkerson - April 23, 2020

MCRDPI 1974. 2nd Batt. We were told that “Everyday is a holiday and every meal is a feast”. This has allowed me to appreciate all that I have today.

Sgt James D. White. 1972 – 1976 - April 23, 2020

Probably the one that stuck with me the most was Sgt Dryer told us you are all a bunch of quitters some of you could not even make it thru school without quitting. I have remembered that since he said it and used it especially while on the job being a plant electrician I run into a lot of problems that I wanted to walk away from but that always came back I didn’t fix everything but I stuck with it or got the help that was needed. Still have to stay with anything I’m doing till it’s done and hate to get whipped. Thanks Sgt Dryer and the USMC made me what I am today

G. Bradshaw Cpl. E-4 - April 23, 2020

Parris Island, S.C. 1961. Had a SSgt (E-5) Livingston (JDI) when he figured that I had screwed up, he would stand in front of me and scream about this and that,,,,,,he would always call me “a long stale bag of urination”. I was 18 yrs. young & 6 foot 4 inches tall. As I stood there at attention, my eyes almost were able to see completely over his campaign hat. I believe he may have been sensitive about being shorter than some of us. SEMPER FI !!

Sgt. John “Frenchy” Lariviere. 1967-1971 - April 23, 2020

I was in boot camp at MCRD San Diego in the fall of 1967 and one of my DI’s, SSgt. Francisco Urrutia (RIP) was addressing one of my shortcomings. He asked me why I had done something (or didn’t do something I was supposed to) and I said “the Private has no excuse, sir!” It was the standard answer; what else could you say? Ssgt. Urrutia said “ damn right you got no excuse! Do you know WHY you have no excuse?” I replied that I didn’t. He said “because, Private Lariviere, excuses are like a**holes – everybody’s got one!” My son, as a teenager, heard that line several times…..

Chris Seaman - April 23, 2020

Sgt. Franks – PLT. 3095, Graduated 25 JAN 82, Parris Island – “Quitters never WIN and WINNERS never QUIT”.

Jim Barber - April 23, 2020

SGT GRIT should check out “SH*TBIRD! How I Learned to Love The Corps” for memorable DI quotes. Semper Fi jarheads

BRENDAN MCCARRON 1st MAW 1966-1968 DANANG VIET. - April 23, 2020

MY FAVORITE TO THIS DAY. I ALWAYS LAUGH WHEN I THINK OFF IT ” YOUR LOWER THAN WHALE SHIT AND THAT’S ON THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN MAGGOT” I’M LAUGHING EVEN NOW AS I TYPE THIS. SEMPER FI MARINES.

M/Sgt S.L. Logan - April 23, 2020

I was in platoon 245 summerof1962. S/Sgt A J Veasey was our SDI.

Ray Fitzpatrick Cpl E3/Cpl E4 - April 23, 2020

Summer 1957 Parris Island, 3rd Battalion Quonset huts. On the rare occasion of reporting to the Drill Instructors hut you had to bank on the side of the corrugated metal. Till your hand was almost bleeding all you received for your effort was “I can’t hear you” then how did he know I was there is all I could think of. I looked down and saw that the lower area of the door from on the corrugated metal and noticed it was as smooth as the area where I was banging. I continued to bang on the upper portion of the hut with my hand while I was kicking the lower. In response “what do you won’t maggot”

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