Do Your Duty

I was in the fourth or fifth week of boot camp at MCRD in August 1953 when our senior DI called out “private Daly — front and center.” He stacked one locker box on top of the other and had me climb up on them. He then read the following words written on the flap of a letter from my girlfriend Margaret. “Postman, postman do your duty. Rush this letter to my Cutie.” From that day on I was known as Private Cutie at roll call, mail call and any other time the DI addressed me. That name stuck with me until I was transferred to the 3rd MarDiv 12th Marines, in 1954. In my next letter to Margaret, I told her NEVER to write ANYTHING on the outside of the envelope again. She never did ! 

 Another Marine recruit was caught signing his letter to his girlfriend with his nickname, “Bubbles”. So we had a “Private Cutie” and a “Private Bubbles” until graduation. 

 God bless all Marines. Semper Fi! 

 John B. Daly, 1412090 (0844)


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  • Norm Decicco

    At P I, the private next to me received an envelope with a bunch of love comments on it. After he finished a large amount of side straddle hoopies, and returned to his foot locker I told him he better tell his girlfriend not to do that anymore. He said the letter was from his brother, a Marine of course.

  • J B Sitler Sgt.USMCR 62-68

    HANKAWATHA HIBUTT…… Shine made me do it.

  • Sgt Hisel ’62 to ’68 USMC Reserve

    Christmas ’62 MCRDSD, an ex Air Force buddy sent a Christmas package addressed to Private Hibutt, Plt 183. Since I was the only one whose last name started with Hi I was known by that name until I became guide.

  • Jim Barber

    Where were all you guys with these funny stories when I asked for submissions for my book? “SH*TBIRD! How I Learned to Love the Corps” was a labor of love by and for Marines. It really turned out to be funny and fun to write. Thanks to all you guys who submitted stories. The book is available at, also at amazon and Barnes and Noble, in Nook and Kindle. Check out email address on back of book for future book II.

  • Lloyd Dellacort

    Marine John Daly, I was in platoon 229 at MCRDSD during the time you were there. Went to ITR and Pickle Meadows before Regimental HQ, 12th Marines in Jan 1954. Lloyd Dellacort 1341399 (2771)

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