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Nick Names

In the early 60’s at P.I. the battalion nick names were:

1st batt.—“Dodge City”
2nd batt.—“The Twilight Zone”
3rd batt.—“Disneyland” (the new brick buildings)

I have no idea when these nick names started or if they have been changed over the years only other Marines can answer that so all you alumni from P.I and S.D. from the “Old School” to today send in the nick names they were using when you were in boot and list either P.I. or S.D. and also what year you went to boot and the Women Marines must have some nice nick names for your batt./company also.

LCpl Joe Lacey
PLT 127 P.I.
May-Aug 1961

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E. Dennis Johnson - April 16, 2020

I remember the 1st. battalion being the Twilight Zone. The 2nd. was Dodge City and the third was Disneyland. Platoon 131 March 1964. We graduated in June and the temperature was 101 degrees.

Richard [Ski] Krawczynski Cpl USMC 1888xxx mos 1141 - April 16, 2020

P.I. January 1960 3rd Battalion.305 We lived in the Quonset huts with no heat,water or heads.Had to fall into formation outside of the huts and march to the end of the compound in underwear,towel and cleaning gear to sh– , shave and shower.We moved into the new barracks a couple weeks before graduation in March.It was a Disneyland for us.But never heard the expression.

David Florea - April 16, 2020

P.I. in 1993 3rd battalion was “Thumping Third”, 1st was “Hollywood” and can’t remember what they referred to 2nd as. Was at P.I. in Sept of 2016 for my daughter’s graduation an the new 3rd battalion barracks you all are referring to have mostly been torn down, I bought a brick from one of them.

Jesse Griffin VSM CAR CIB - April 16, 2020

What a pleasure to see the main gate sign of my home town. Born, raised, and trained there.

Lester Bell - April 16, 2020

Plt 3004 Oct 68 grad. 3rd Bn as still “Disneyland”. However, the ground floor of the buildings mad for a swimming pool or a swamp with addition of dirt.

Wayne - April 16, 2020

P. I. July 1961 Plt 332 3rd Bn. I understand why the Bn was different. Prior to the brick barracks, recruits lived in Quanset Huts.

Robert McLeod - April 16, 2020

My twin brother and I graduated on Feb 20 1962 from Plt 194 Bco 1stBn.PISC at that time the 1st BN was known as the stomping grounds and they lived up to that NAME!

Dick Martell - April 16, 2020

I Graduated from P.I. on May 19th 1965, Plt 119, Charlie Co. 1st Bn. The 1st was called the Twilight Zone, the 2nd was Dodge City, and of course 3rd Bn was Disneyland. If you ask our Senior D.I., Ssgt Wright, he will motivate the right answer out of you. 1st Bn was indeed the Twilight Zone..

PFC Robert “Bob” Swift - April 16, 2020

I joined the USMC on 3/29/52 in Richmond, VA. Was assigned to 2nd RecTrg Bn Platoon 338 PISC, graduated May 31 1952 under Sgt Henry and Sgt Waterhouse. I never heard a “nickname” while going through. Semper Fi

Bill Preston - April 16, 2020

I was in !st Bn from 6/65 to 8/65 and never heard the 1st called “Dodge City”. On the other hand, our Drill Instructors always referred the 3rd Bn as Disneyland.

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