Endless Bends And Thrust

Endless Bends And Thrust

Following up on comments/pic from Sgt. Whipple and Cpl. Griffin, I’ve attached additional current pictures of the 3rd Bn. barracks at P.I. My wife and I visited in early March of this year and were sad to see the ongoing demolition of my home during July-October of 1964 as member of platoon 366. Can’t help but remember our junior drill instructor, Cpl. Odachowski, who frequently shared such critical wisdom as “If the Marine Corps wanted you to have a wife, it would have issued you one”, when he wasn’t overseeing endless bends and thrusts… a special man and I hope he is alive and well today.

Brian Farney, Sgt.

3rd Battalion Barracks 2016 demolition from a distance3rd Battalion Barracks 2016 demolition up close

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  • T MONTANA

    Tony Cassidy
    17 OCT 2019

    Platoon 154 Graduated 14 AUGUST 1972 , Parris Island . Sr DI SSG Bishop – SGT Kincaid

    SEMPER FI MARINES


  • Robert Johnson

    I had the great pleasure of being in Company Q, 3rd Battalion from July 4, 1962 until October 1962 while undergoing recruit training. Following 2 years with H/2/6 at Camp LeJeune and the requisite floats, I went to Drill Instructors School in May 1965. I had the great pleasure of being assigned to Company Q, 3rd Battalion as a JDI. I worked with Sgt. Richard Wells, Sgt. Oscar Tuell and numerous other great Marines, to include Cpl. Odachowski and Cpl. Joe Castello. What an adventure working with those guys and 120 recruits as RVN began. After that, it was off to RVN and the 9th Marines for a stint. Whatever I may have achieved in life, I owe to the Marine Corps.


  • Cartwright

    Barracks, Hollywood Marines ain’t got no Barracks, WTF ?


  • james angelo

    Stepped on The Grounds of University of Parris Island in 1959. Transport from Boston Ma. was by Train. Although there was a dinning car and sleeper cars, we were confined to one car, (the seat backs adjusted). U Upon arriving in Yamasee, (Yes there were yellow footprints), we were trucked to recruit receiving to make up the quota of sixty turds, (Platoon complement). I was # sixty – three, so it was hurry up and wait !!! When we realized our complete number as a platoon, we were designated as Plt 112 Charlie Co. You can forget a lot of people in your life, but Never Your Drill Instructors’! Ours were from The Korean Conflict. Sr. Gunnery Sgt. Wondolowski, Jr.(s) Staff Sgt. Hatchell, Sgt. Fear. The only brick were 2nd Batt. 3d. Batt. were Quonset Huts, and 1st. Batt. were wood. I still remember polishing the deck ,, two maggots, (one to steer and one to sit on the machine to hold it down, (I think), also, we had a “House Mouse”. Now how many remember that term !!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Sgt Bill Riley

    Enjoyed the comments. I was at PI August 1953,from there went to the bird cage in Tennessee and later overseas to Okanawa with 3rd. Marines,3rd Tank Battalion as a tank commander on B33.Would like to hear from anyone stationed with me at these stations.


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