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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  • Bill Wertz

    Platoon 3088 graduated January 1980, Sr DI Staff Sgt Bettancourt, a solid leader of Marines, hard but fair, Jr DI’s Sgt’s Fitzgerald, Clem and Earl a mixed bag of mean and crazy. I couldn’t imagine a better group to make Marines out of the rabble they were given. Sad to see the old barracks being torn down but the next breed gets to make their own memories and pass on our traditions. Semper Fi! Bill “Yak” Wertz STA 3/2


  • Richard W. Morrison

    Sgt Brian Farney it’s a small world. I was in Plt 336, 29 Jun – 2 September 1965 and probably the same Cpl Odachowski was a Junior DI in Plt 337 at the same time. Did he happen like to carry a K-Bar with brass knuckles? If so it is the same person. Sorry to see our barracks are a thing of the past. Couldn’t make it there for our 50th, but hope to get back there before going to that big Parade Deck in the sky. Semper Fi. GySgt USMC (Retd) ’65-’85.


  • Russ McCrimmon

    I enlisted in Aug of 49 at 17 and you guys can do the numbers.Quit grousing about how bad the living Quarters were or that some new are coming down. I bet you all tell great stories about your time there and the listeners get you all pumped up with questions and there telling you that it takes a man to have taken the tests of becoming a “Marine”. In my 39 months I made it to “Buc” Sergeant and Met 2 “MOH” recipients. Korea was colder than imaginable and makes Wisconsin a very tolerable state to live in now. I learned how beautiful this country ours is by having been at PI, Cherry Point, El Toro, LTA or Santa Anna, to be in the First Helicopter transport Squadron HMR-161, Korea, Break through the fog to look up and see the Golden gate and See S.F. bay. From there I went to Great Lakes and Did duty at Great Lakes NTC and receive My DischargeFrom a Bird Colonel who told me to Use my High school diploma and GI Bill to get a good education. Since Discharge I have Seen 49 States, Lived an unbelievable good life. SEMPER FI, Marines


  • Chris Purse

    Great answer.


  • DENNIS TUOHY

    I WAS IN plt 301 JAN 61 DI WILSON,WADE, ? THEN MOVED ONTO L/3/8 2ND DIV THEN TO D CO.2ND RECON BN. I WENT INTO THE MARINE CORP ON MY 17TH BIRTHDAY 1-10-44 JUST A KID AFTER MY ARRIVAL AT P.I I SAID TO MYSELF WHAT HELL DID I DO BEING SO YOUNG I WAS VERY TRAINABLE I DID NOT EYE BALL I LOOKED STRAIGHT AHEAD AND SHUT MY MOUTH. THIS MAY SOUND CRAZY TO SOME OF YOU BUT I NEEDED BOOT CAMP ON THE STREET I WAS HEADING FOR TROUBLE I THANK GOD FOR THE MARINE CORPS EVERY DAY FOR SHOWING ME THE WAY AND GETTING MY ASS STRAIGHTEN OUT I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER PLT 301 IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF MY LIFE SEMPER FI


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