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Does anyone remember the POU platoon located in the 2nd Battalion???

I was a young man from the eastern shore of Maryland. My buddy and I always wanted to be Marines. On 28 June 1962 we signed up on the 120 day plan. I was 17 at the time and had never done much but play around. We left for P I on 25 Sept ’62 and arrived in Yesmassee SC at night. All of us know what happens from that point. I was a scared kid but wanted to be a Marine so I could do anything. On 26 Sept. we were picked up by our D I”s and headed to Plt 375. On 31 Oct ’62 my DI put me in his car and took me to the POU unit located in the 2nd Battalion. I wasn’t sure what was happening and he said i wasn’t keeping up with the standards that was expected.

I wasn’t in very good shape and couldn’t keep up with a lot of the PT etc. While in POU everyday doctors would talk to us and asked if we wanted to get out. That was the last thing i wanted. on 6 Nov 62 I was set back to Plt 379. From that point forward I was a different Marine. I became the DI’s “house mouse” and did everything and more that was expected of me. Upon graduation on 9 Jan’63 my DI said he had put me in to become a Marine guard at NSA at Fort Meade.In those days no one even knew what NSA was. After 14 months in C L N C and making a Med cruise I was cleared and sent to Ft. Meade Mare Guard Att.I was there for 30 months and got out a Sgt.in Oct.1966. One of the proudest things i ever did was to become a U.S. Marine especially the way I had to do it. Semper Fi always.

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Dwight Morgan - April 6, 2020

In reply to Stan.
MCRDSD in 7/72 with Plt. 1094 A Co. That is what I remember too, Stan.

Jeff “TJ” Kelly - April 6, 2020

Lots of old guys here so I’ll ask this question. How many of you wore herringbone utilities? They were fazed out just as I joined in 1963 but they were still being worn. After boot at PI, ITR and school I was with 2nd ANGLICO and scored a set of herringbone utes. I wore them only once when a senior staff sgt firmly explained to me that a boot ass PFC like me didn’t rate them and if I didn’t change immediately I was looking at four years of shit details.

Larry Major - April 6, 2020

In reply to Ed Franklin.
MCRD Diego September ’67 it was called the Motivational Platoon or fat farm. We were scared to death of falling out and being sent there and having to start all over again. I’ll tell you one thing those that went came back the most squared away and motivated Marines you’d ever meet their pride in the personal accomplishments achieved was quite appropriate. SemperFi and God bless.

Steve Naeter - April 6, 2020

Arrived at MCRD 4 FEB 89. Graduated 28 April 89 Platoon 3014 3rd Bat, Mike Co. Had two Marines graduate with 3014 who both were dropped by other platoons to PCP platoon twice. Garitty and Warneka, both these Marines arrived at MCRD in August of 88. Just imagine if your boot camp experience lasted from Aug of 88 until 28 April 1989. Who would want to do eight months of boot camp? These two did and they graduated with me. Semper Fi Devil Dogs where ever you are.

Bob Adcock - April 6, 2020

In reply to Larry Major.
That was my experience in Platoon 235, Jun – Sep 1965. I was overweight when I got there and fear of Motivation was all that kept me running.

Bob Adcock - April 6, 2020

In reply to Bob Adcock.
That was at P.I.

Cpl. G. Suniga 1371/0361 - April 6, 2020

Are there any Marines from Platoon 280 1963, out in Semper FI land. I was there on that year.

Cpl G. Suniga 1371/0361 - April 6, 2020

The Marines I’m asking are MCRD San Diego Platoon 280 1963. Semper FI

Cpl. G. Suniga 1371/0361 - April 6, 2020

Are there any Marines from MCRD San Diego Platoon 280 1963, out in Semper FI land. I was there on that year. Semper FI!!

neil berke - April 6, 2020

Any jarheads from Plt 113 Feb 1959?

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