POU I Remember

Back in 1957 at MCRD-PI Plt 232, 2nd Bn. the threat used by Drill Instructors were to send you the POU and kick you ass out of the Corps. At that time it stood for “Psychiatric Observation Unit” and only one of our Plt. was sent, he was a Reserve 90 day guy and he had a total melt down in front of the Plt. the Drill Instructors were always trying to get to him and they did. Once at POU he was still there at PI for long after we completed AIT at Lejune, he ended up with a medical discharge. No one wanted to go to that Unit and have the Shrinks looking into your life.
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3 comments


  • Bill Little

    Semper FI Marine. I was in Platoon #175. 2nd Bn .Started boot camp June 1957..


  • Jim Lynch

    In reply to Bill Little.
    I was Plt 178, started in July ’57. Senior DI was SSgt Lowe, retired while we were in series, one of the other Di was Sgt Beene, Korea vet, and a great guy. I remember Sputnik in October of that year. It’s really hard to believe it’s been that long ago. I got to be with some guys in Saudi Arabia just south of Kafji in 1991, of course they were carrying guns, and I was running a satellite station, but Marines are always the same no matter how young or old.


  • FRANKLIN NORTON

    I WAS IN PI IN AUGUST-NOVEMBER 1956. IS THERE ANYONE THAT WAS THERE ALSO. I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU. FRANKLIN NORTON


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