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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