Marine Issued Rain Hat - Anyone Have Pictures with this Rain Hat?

Marine Issued Rain Hat - Anyone Have Pictures with this Rain Hat?

Here is a picture of me wearing a Marine issue rain hat when I was on a Med Cruise with India 3/2 in 1959. I believe we were on Sardinia.

Cpl (2 stripes) Patrick Arata

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  • Paul 0311

    sir willard, you are aware of the Navy/Marine Corps rule of 3rd Purple Heart and you left the country right? I would have been forced to leave. I stayed!!!


  • G Willard 0311, 8651/0321,08511,….

    Not at all. Losers usually react with that line.
    You’re right, life is short McCarron. So you lay on your fat ass while the rest of us reach for the brass ring and do the right thing. You post your MOS’s, but you’re not bragging?? You and Paul really do resent what many of us have done, so your only defense is we’re ass kissers, we’re bragging, get over it. Get over what? You could’ve done the same thing. So why didn’t YOU? Sorry about the Purple Heart thing Paul. My outfit never said I wouldn’t be allowed back if I took another hit.
    Rant on, do you no good. I’m 10-7 so you two may as well go 10-3.
    And, pog mo thoin!!!


  • Paul 0311

    To “sir willard ” I think you just helped Nick make his point!! Good job! P.S. The instructors I remember wore pith helmets. I am going to step out of character and just say that I turned down my 3rd and 4th Purple Hearts to stay with my unit. You really DO need to get over yourself and, I’m sure I’m not alone when I say it. STOP BRAGGING!!! Paul 0311


  • BRENDAN MCCARRON 1st

    HI WILLARD DID I HURT YOUR FEELINGS/ IF YES GOOD.
    ALONG WITH ALL YOUR OTHER ACCOMPLISMENTS LISTED IN YOUR RESPONSE YOU FORGOT “HEAD ASS KISSER TO MAD MIKE.”
    WILLARD LIFE IS SHORT SO GET OVER IT.
    SEMPER FI. MARINE.
    YOUR FRIENDLY IRISHMAN. CPL. MC CARRON.


  • JAMES BRIEN Sgt E5

    I was a 1341 eng eqp mech assigned to VMFA 115 @ DaNang oct 65 – oct 66. The irishman is blunt but correct. The tow tractors under my care were half in Japan and half with me. I had to deadline one before I found the problem. Mine was the ONLY tow tractor( big ugly hough out of Illinois) on the flightline. All the units used them and followed my instructions. It works well. My regret was not getting the name of the Gunny next door and the name of the Sgt. that replaced me. He arrived the day I left with my seabag. The conversation went something like ‘that’s my bunk and the books and the clothes are now yours. I spent my 24the and 25 birthday at DaNang. Semper Fi/nunc et semper.


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