Ordinary Marines

Ordinary Marines

After reading all the stories in your great newsletter, I have come to believe my time must have been very boring. I came to look at it as a job like any other to be done to the best of my ability. Two tours in Nam and being a courier for the rest of my hitch seems lame when compared to a lot I’ve read, but I guess it takes a lot of us ordinary Marines to keep law and order in the ranks.

Love the newsletter and all of the merchandise. Keep up the good work.

Semper Fi
Ted Davis
USMC ’66 to ’68 and ’70 to ’72

Sgt Grit wants to hear from you! Leave your comments below or submit your own story!


  • Christopher Gresham

    Ordinary may be in some of the tasks you performed, but it takes extraordinary people during (extra)ordinary times to be prepared for extraordinary events; and “those” people are known as Marines! Whether you earn your EGA and the title Marine in P.I. or Dego, you are one of the elite warriors of the world, and it never goes away – in any “clime or place.” All our MOS’s link together to make us the fighting machine that we are, and we all should be proud of that no matter what or when.
    Semper Fi, brothers all, and keep the faith!
    Gresham, C. E. SSgt 80-89

  • bob lake

    PS There’s no such thing as a Ordinary Marine. The fact that you went through Parris Island or SanDiego makes you special.


    We all have a job to do. It takes at least 8 people and support for every grunt. Semper Fi Marine

  • Cpl John Engel

    Hey ted, like you stated in your note. I was also feeling a bit down when I read some stories. I was a 6412 aircraft mechanic from 58 -62 stationed in El Toro air station. We trained a lot pilots how to fly the great A4D’s that I am sure saved a lot of marines in NAM when they called for air support. So yeah, I felt good about my job in the background.still do.

  • Bobby Yarbrough GySgt (retired). 1969 – 1994

    First off I AM A MARINE, and proud of my service. my love me room shows that. 24 years two combat wars, Vietnam 70-71 Desert Storm 90-91. My job was classified but the title is Signal Intelligence Communications. I did my job to the best of my ability. The adventure was the Marine Corps. It was a job and a life style that was heaven to this old salt. I’m no different than any other Marine. Just proud of my service and I let everyone know it. I wear Marine T-shirts, ball caps and my vehicle has many Marine Corps decals and other things on it. NEVER ever say your time was just mediorcure remember your time you made history, every Marine makes hisotry no matter what they did in the Corps. SEMPER FI MARINES.

Leave a comment