Home Sweet Home for Thanksgiving

Home Sweet Home for Thanksgiving

During the late summer & fall of 1966 Parris Island was my “Home away from Home”. Platoon “3090” was nearing the end of our boot camp training! PRT, rifle range, Elliott Beach were in the rearview mirror. We still had some major inspections, the grinder….. It was getting close to Thanksgiving but no leave yet, we still had ITR at Lejuene. To say most of us were a little homesick, especially near Thanksgiving might have been an understatement! Then practicing on the grinder one day, our DI that day gave us a great and unexpected surprise. He halted us about half way through drill practice for some reason( I’m sure it was to praise us), then asked us if we wanted to call home for Thanksgiving. Aye Aye, Sir. We were like 8th & I the rest of drill. As we were finishing, I think the DI was Sgt. Stearns, said to us,” Are you ready to call home now”. AYE AYE, Sir. He proceeded to say to us,” Well face the direction of your home and call.Sgt. Stearns never changed always the “Ball Buster”
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  • Sgt. C. Jones

    One day our Senior Drill Instructor (then Sgt. Dan Brophy) told the Junior Drill Instructor (then Cpl. Hunter) “They’ve done well. Take them to the movies”. When Sgt Brophy left, Cpl Hunter said to us “Do you think you maggots are going to the movies?”.


  • Reinhold Woykowski

    They sure knew how to play with our heads. Today I too smile at all that crazy stuff we did. Funny now but not funny then. Semper Fi USMC 1972-1974


  • Ron Black

    MCRD SD Platoon 169, summer of 67. Platoon Commander SSGT Stafford said to us, “” you turds win the close order drill competition, I’ll let you call home tonight” Well, we won. After chow we fell out on the street and he said ” Most of you shitbirds are from the east. That way is East. About face. Call home.” I would have followed that man to hell and back.No shit.


  • Duke H

    Platoon 1066 Parris Island graduated Nov ‘66. Enjoyed the story. Our Senior DI was SsGT Sweat. He really liked the buckets.


  • James Kanavy

    Great story. Plt 321 13 January 1966 to about 12 March 1966. MST Robinson, Sgt Devane that I recall.


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