M-1 to M-14

Boot SDiego Sep 61 Plt 272 -1985066- Cpl Petri SSgt Marez, and ole Corps SSgt then passed test 2d time GySgt Myers who always came back to Plt at 2AM (but they not suppose to do that – recruits need 8 hours duh). Walking with Jesus… Walking with Jesus Left right left right… Get out of those racks you &&&&

We had M-1’s then to 1962 March staging Bn we transported 2500 M-14’s over to Okinawa to be further transferred to Marines in Vietnam Danang… however We turned them in 3 times and got M-1s. Then the third time at formation Sukiran (12th Marines we fixed up the army’s condemned barracks we moved from Hague Quonset huts to Concrete Typhoon barracks.) I raised my hand and asked Gy Parson’s Hey what’s the deal we have turned the M-13’s in 3 x’s and got them back 3 x’s. Oh the wise college kid huh…

Well the piece on the right side was cut wrong and if u fire the d*mn weapon full auto for a long time it freezes and locks up but you have a d*mn good club… shut up and don’t ask so many questions…

Our m-1’s were put in the ocean off white beach and we got M-14’s toward the last of ’63 when we went to Vietnam aboard the terrill county when Diem was being ousted…

When I made capt and was back over to D/2/12 & E/2/12 who do I see Is GySgt Parson. When I asked him how did he succeed in staying a GySgt His lst action was Millson I thought I made u an officer… He still; had the same tooth pick he had in 63 when I last saw him. Said they never did get the M-14’s right and guess the bad M-14’s were with the good ones at 12th Marines and ninth Marines in 60-65 volunteer’s on the strip Danang

Gene M.

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  • Frederick Monahan

    April & May 1966 at Camp Geiger ITR I would manually chamber a blank then insert the eight round clip carefully pushing down on top round while coaxing the bolt forward giving me an M-1 loaded with nine rounds. July 1966 – March 1967 in Echo Company 2/3 had M-14 with selector and bi-pods. Would manually chamber a tracer round, send bolt home then force a 20 round magazine up into receiver giving me an M-14 loaded with 21 rounds. (Note: M-14 with selector switch on auto should only be fired with bi-pods attached.) Would clean M-14 and slather moving parts with luberplate. April 1967 – July 1967 carried the XM-16E1 (mistakenly called the M-16 for 51 years) only needed three rounds in magazine because it would jam on third round and magazine had to be removed to try to extract empty shell casing from chamber. But that’s another story.

  • G. Bradshaw Cpl. E-4

    1941560…..MCRD, PI was July 19, 1961.

  • G. Bradshaw Cpl. E-4

    1941560……Went though MCRD, Parris Island and ITR with a M-1. Late in 1962 during the Cuban Crisis about 3000 Marines got aboard the USS Breckenridge. We were all issued M-14’s. It took us 18 days, including a few stops to reach Okinawa. At our next duty station we got M-1’s again. I had always thought that this was a way to get a bunch of M-14’s overseas……???? Don’t know. Semper Fi Marines.

  • harry bierke

    nam 66-67. first series of M-16’s was an absolute atrocity. the marines in nam that had to turn in their M-14’s to be replaced by M-16’s were in shock & tears. fortunately i was a pole climber….2511 and was able to hold onto my M-14 for the duration of my service….halleluia!!

  • Gene DeAtley

    Can’t believe these guys got the right rifle in their story. The M-14, though heavey, was a fantastic weapon. I find it hhard to believe these M-14 haters are real…

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