One Old Marine Meeting Another

One Old Marine Meeting Another

I met Gunny R Lee back in 2003-04 at a motorcycle show in Boston, ask if he was a “Hollywood Marine”, he laughed and said he was. I then asked why he hasn’t done a show about the M-40 Ontos, he said that he saw them in Nam but they were not very safe as a 50 cal. could go right thru them. I explained that they were not designed for that kind of war, the were designed to hide in the brush at cross roads etc.and hit Soviet tanks then screw fast out of the area. They were equip with 6 -106 recoil-less rifles with 2 – 4 50 cal. spotting rifles mounted with tracer rounds, on the top 2-4 Rifles. I knew this as I was a member of the 2nd Anti-Tank Bn. Camp Lejune, NC in ’59-’61. Sadden to hear about the beloved Gunny. So young as I am 4 years older than he was. Semper Fi, Godspeed & Rest at Easy Gunny your brothers and sisters will miss you and remember you for the Corps you loved.
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  • artymgysgt

    An operation I was on in Vietnam in 66-67 had some Ontos that I never saw until they fired I was about 50 yards away and several Marines yelled “incoming”. Because of tall elephant grass I could not see the Ontos and thought we were being shot at until I walked to a spot where I saw them.


  • Sgt David Kennedy

    GySgt Morrison you ever stationed HQMC.


  • Richard W. Morrison, GySgt USMC (RET) ’65-’85

    I was an Admin Clerk in both Charlie and Bravo Companies while with 2dATBn in 1965-66. I also obtained a secondary MOS of 0353 while with them and got orders to Vietnam as an 0141/0353.


  • Greg L/cpl “Spiderman”

    God Bless the Marine(man) that he was .Thank you God and the Marine Corps for the Marine(man) he became in life. I wished many times that I could make it to an event he was at.I am an old generation X er (81-86),it was a good time to see a lot of the stuff used today come into being or being tested.


  • BILL MCGOVERN

    RIP GUNNY SEMPER FI


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