From Hell to Heaven

We were all scared out of our wits after the first day- and the ability of the D I to strip you of any sense of reality- ” I am – your mother- I am your father- and I am your worst nightmare.” In reality they had a short time to break you down- rebuild you into a Marine and wash off that former self you were at before Boot Camp. Er were called all sorts of names- some we learned what was meant of these epithets later on- we fought to be the apple of the D I’s eye. We were punished severely for screw-ups and were rewarded for sometimes inconsequencial things. In a nutshell we were remolded to a fighting unit- thinking as one and of each other – accomplish the mission at all costs- blind obedience to a point. We were called Girls to embarrass us – and after graduation we were called Ladies- My best feeling of pride as a Marine – my D I ‘s recognized us as ” United States Marines” — Semper Fi- and you are always a Marine- as I am still in tyhe Marine Corps League- and can honestly voice my opinion and have no fear anymore- as you do not want to piss off a old cranky 70 something male- ” Love the Sgt Grit newsletter-
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4 comments


  • Bill Beam

    Semper Fi, brother!


  • Waldo searcy

    Boot camp was a walk in the park, just put out, help others and don’t screw up. Best time of my life. USMC, SD, 1958/1964. Gung Ho. Get some! Cpl waldo Searcy


  • Duane Friesen

    What I learned in boot camp in 1958, and the relationship I now have with Jesus Christ have me the man I am today and I couldn’t be prouder or happier


  • Lawrence L. Collins

    I was at Parris Island January 1958 platoon 112, never been able to connect with any platoon brothers ?


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