Jardhead

Jardhead

By: Michael Scheff

I’ll never forget when we finished boot camp at Parris Island in 1966. Our drill instructor called 3 of us over to tell us we were going to radio school. After he told us where we were going he said, and I quote: “I just want you boys to know that once the shootin starts the average life of a radio operator is 30 seconds.” That was not something we wanted to know. Thanks be to God I lived much longer.

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17 comments


  • James D. White

    They told all of us that we were going to Vietnam Nam and die


  • Raymond Fuston

    When were you with M 3/1? I was with M 3/1 from June 70 to Jan 2/71


  • Kapena

    I think our drill instructors use their own form of psychology to tweek your mind! In boot camp every night we ended our day in our racks on our backs ending our rendition of the Marine Corps hymn with OOO-RAH! PRAY FOR WAR!!! WE WERE PSYCHED!


  • CPL Ed Peters 1967-71

    I served in RVN in 1968 as a 2531 with Fox 2/12 as an arty radio operator. Attached to Kilo 3/9 we were on an operation in September, gooks on one hill, we were on another. Army helicopter gun ships, who were supporting us, mistook us for the gooks. Within a few seconds, 3 WIA and 1 KIA Marines. A misadventure. The fog of war. You don’t expect your own guys to be shooting at you. I was one of the WIA. Well, that was along time ago. I was born on Flag Day, it’s my BD today. SEMPER FI all.


  • CPL Ed Peters 1967-71

    I served in RVN in 1968 as a 2531 with Fox 2/12 as an arty radio operator. Attached to Kilo 3/9 we were on an operation in September, gooks on one hill, we were on another. Army helicopter gun ships, who were supporting us, mistook us for the gooks. Within a few seconds, 3 WIA and 1 KIA Marines. A misadventure. The fog of war. You don’t expect your own guys to be shooting at you. I was one of the WIA. Well, that was along time ago. I was born on Flag Day, it’s my BD today. SEMPER FI all.


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