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Duck part 2

By: Bob

I went to PI in October 67 and had the same duck….My version was “Duck in and Duck our ladies ( or sometime we were called ladies or maggots). I always eat dessert 🧁 first, this way I had it 🤷‍♂️ The good old days of Uncle Sams Misguided Children semper fi.

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Maurice Boudreau - March 29, 2020

Yes I went to PI Plt.3052 September 67-71 Vietnam 68-69. Did training at Camp Pendelton Calif. for three months. Spent my thirteen month’s their in DaNang. Then to the 2nd Engineer Battalion at Camp Lejeune then transferred to lst Marine Brigade Hawaii as a Career Adviser. Like it is said once a “Marine Always a Marine”. I am retired now as most of my fellow Marines are also. Semper Fi.

Billy Myers - March 29, 2020

James Kanavy, what was the name of your buddy who earned the Silver star with A/1/9?

Gerard C. Florentine - March 29, 2020

Joined the Corps in December 65, did not start training until January 66 – Platoon 2032 … Duck Soup was a PI speciality, sometimes 2 0r 3 times a week. After ITR and NJS in Newport,RI, I’m from Mass
Yes, the Home of Mass-Holes), arrived in RVN February 1967. After 8 months as a 1st Division Poge, I went to 1st Recon Bn., and stayed there until December 69. (Two 6 month extensions in the Corps, and 4 extensions in Country.)

Retired in 1993, after Desert Storm, 15 years in the 02 Field. Returned to Vietnam three times in the past 10 years, Could not believe my eyes. Americans are WELCOME with friendly smiles (U.S. Navy calls at CamRahn Bay). Chinese and Russians are NOT. English is mandatory in schools, and Capitalism flourishes everywhere, even in the dreary north.

The Country has rebuilt, and 5 star Resorts dot the South China Sea Coast. It seems the (read that the Democrat controlled U.S. Congress LOST the war, but we, the American People, WON the peace.

Semper Fi,
Gerard C. (Tran Phu), Florentine
GySgt USMC/USMCR Ret.

Rudy Gibbs - March 29, 2020

Harry I was at pi October 67 this is Gibbs Rudolph or Rudy I was a 1371 in Nam I was with 3 rd mardiv icore 3 rd B co from April to July 20 my email address is rudy12986@gmail.com please get in touch

James Kanavy, CPL, 0311, 0231 - March 29, 2020

I was in Platoon 321, 13 January 66 to March 15, ITR to April 21, 20 days leave and left for Camp Pendleton 13 May. Due to go to Vietnam, 3rd Marine Div but 29 May I was sent TDY with 62 other Marines to Vietnamese language school in Monterey Can. Ended up with the 1st Marines. My buddy went 1 June and ended up with A Co, 1/9. Silver Star. I consider myself lucky since we talked after the we got home and we were in different wars. His was all NVA and trench warfare. Mine was search and destroy against the Viet Cong and some NVA until operation Union which was NVA. Funny how a language test meant all the difference. Semper Fi

Robert K. Otto - March 29, 2020

PISC 1st Battalion, Plt 167. July -Oct 1958. All of the Platoon were Reservists and going through Boot Camp as part of the 6 months active duty. Most of the Platoon was from the Chicago or Minneapolis area. One of the guys parents owned a deli or grocery store in the Chicago area. One day during mail call he received a large box from them. Inside was nothing, but cheeses and salamis, a full box about 1 1/2 foot square. Everyone was wondering just how the SDI was going to handle it. He just took one look at the box and the recruit and turned around and turned the lights out saying that he didn’t want to see anything of the box in the morning. After the lights were out all you could here were the bayonets that everyone had coming out of the scabbards. There was no box around the next day.
I have only heard from one of the platoon since then, Jerry McKeown of Michigan. He is in the Marine Corps League there.

Mike Breece - March 29, 2020

Mike 1345 MCRD 76 platoon 3009 I remember the first time our DI said we were having duck today and I thought wow they really feed you good. Well that wasn’t the case our squad was the last to sit down and about that time our senior DI said well ladies here we are at the holiday inn. Then the first squad started getting up I said crap I’m starving. So just as I sat down and started shoveling down my food I had to get up. Just as I was about to put my tray through the window the OD of the day was a major standing right there. He said to me what’s the matter private don’t you like our food and I replied sir no sir the private wasn’t hungry. He said to me well you just sit down right there and finish your meal I said sir yes sir and part of me said to myself ah thank you and most of my thoughts were boy is my ass grass. Well when I got done and went out side the whole platoon was waiting on me and yes my ass was grass for about 3 hrs of SI Semper fi. 76 -80

Michael Banaszek - March 29, 2020

I was at PI and received the “Platoooon Dismissed in May of both rahhhh, Semper Fi Brother.
Mike Banaszek
Sgt. USMC 75 – 79
Retired DEA Supervisory Special Agent

Will Pentecost - March 29, 2020

Devil Dogs, 75 – 99 MGySgt here and even then in 75 the duck was still on the menu. And I made sure it was still the favorite when I was a DI in 83 as well.
Will Pentecost
MGySgt, USMC, rET.

Bob 1381 - March 29, 2020

I was at PI in 1966, Platoon 215, graduated March 9. I recall one time when we marched to the mass hall it was in a torrential downpour. It so raining so hard that the street was running almost curb full of water. One of our sister platoons was waiting in formation ahead of us and when our DI gave us “Platoon Halt” their DI gave them “Ready Seats” right there in the middle of the flooded street. We were afraid that ours would do the same. However, we were spared that misery……Bob 1381

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