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Remembering MCRDSD

BY: Sgt Ted K Shimono

Just like our fellow recruit that attended MCRDSD, it was a privilege to have gone through boot camp to become a Marine. Having been the only Japanese American in the siries Battalions in 1959, it was sure strange. Many of the senior DI’s were WW11 and Korean War veterans. Yes, I was “thumped” a few times for doing the wrong things at the wrong time.. What recruits go through today is too simple and easy. The only rough part was a junior DI that lost his older brother on Iwo Jima, and boy did I get his hatred as a Japanese recruit in the Marine Corps. The funniest part of bootcamp was when I spilled a pitcher of water all over a DI from the 2nd Battalion. My DI’s laughed about it until graduation. Boot camp toughen me up for what was to come from 1959-1968, Lastly, my grandson fought in iraq and Afganistan and I currently have a greatgrandson deployed. Semper Fi to all Marines from the past, now and into the Corps future!!!!

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Sgt Ted K. Shimono - June 11, 2020

Got the book, read it complete in 1 hour, laughed reading the whole book. I did not realize that Bootcamp was that fun, haha. If you have not gotten the book, you need to get it. Brings back old memories after 56 years. To all future Marines, Bootcamp is sheer hell, but worth every minute of it. Don’t let the bleeding heart politicians ruin it, this is where MARINES are made.

Jordan Taylor - June 11, 2020

I left for bootcamp on July 13, 1981 MCRDSD (Hollywood Marine). I was just about the smallest guy in platoon at 119lbs. I was in Third Battalion Plt 3057 graduated October 12,1981. From MCRDSD I reported to 29 Palms the stumps for Field Radio Operators Course. After FROC I reported to 3rd Bn/9th Marines H&S Co. Comm Plt. 1st Mar Div. At that time 3/9 was part of 7th Mar Regt. on a rotation to Okinawa where 9th Regt was headquartered at Camp Hansen. We were considered a Victor battalion. Every 18 months we would rotate to 3rd Mar Div for a 6 month deployment. Would spend 18 months state side 6 months Okinawa. Ended up being good duty for me as a communicator. Head of a Comm detachment for a QRF, I Co. 3/9. Ran an HF out station on Cheju-Do Island S Korea for 6 weeks for line companies that would come for so called R&R from Pohang. I received my good cookie also. The time I spent with 3/9 , 3 years 7 months and 12 days not once did I ever see any kind of hostilities or combat. During all this time I dressed and talked like a Marine but never was I a real Marine, I only played Marine. Not seeing any type of combat whatsoever I do not consider myself a real Marine, just a pretend one. I however did meet some fine Marines in my travels, some are good friends even to this day. I lost my best friend to an accident on a training mission one of the worst days of my life, lost him and 3 others all killed. To all Marines past, present and future Semper Fi and God Bless all of you. Those still in Afghanistan, Get some payback is a Mike Foxtrot.

Sgt Ted Shimono - June 11, 2020

Plt 142 was in Quonset huts near the 2nd Battalion messhall, and yes the grass was “dirt”. I live in Lake Eksinore, CA., No profile. I graduated in Sept 1959.

Sgt Ted K. Shimono - June 11, 2020

No, I was born on Dec 5,1941. My family were rounded up at 0730 AM on May 1942 and taken to the Santa Anita Racetrack and put into the horse stables that were in the middle of the racetrack. We were interred at Rowhler, AK from 1942 to l946. Other information fo what my parents lost would make people ill.

RAYMOND - June 11, 2020

You are a MARINE!!!!!!!! and thats whats important!!!!

Cpl John Durant, E-2-12, ’55-’56 - June 11, 2020

Ted, judging from your enlistment date 1959 it appears that you were born while your parents were interned in one of FDR’s many Japanese internment camps.which are presently and for many years have generally been considered to be of no value and wrong to have been done .

I take a somewhat different slant on the whole business of the internment. I believe that there was several good things that resulted from the practice. All of which are somewhat problematical.

First-off I think that it allowed the government, commercial and personal interest to focus on the hatred and demonization of all things Japanese resulting from all of the propaganda that was that was so commonplace during the war years. I believe that it saved many Japanese who otherwise would may have been murdered if the they were allowed to remain in the general population. And this allowed many otherwise good Americans to remain innocent of murder which they may have allowed themselves to commit in the spirit of national interest.

Granted that all of the foregoing is conjectural but I don’t believe that anybody can seriously argue that it is pure poppy-cock, after-all it nearly impossible to prove the negative..Chillingly, who knows, maybe one of your parents would have a victim.

Duane Peterson - June 11, 2020

Sgt. Grit,Please ask Richard Jenkins if he served in C 1/5 from about Sept 1975 to 1976 or 7 if so tell him Pete would like to hear from him.Thanks Duane Peterson

Jim Barber - June 11, 2020

The book can be found at

Donald [sonny] Key 68-72 - June 11, 2020

I went in the Corps in Oct 10, 1968, I was in Plt 1106 MCRDSD and just like everyone else when I arrive at San Diego and got off of the bus and these big ass D.I`s started yelling at use to get the hell off of their bus and line up ass to dick, I`m sure everyone was wondering just what the hell did I get myself into. I was never so scared in my life at that time but you know what I would`nt change a dam thing. Semper Fi Brother`s and Sister`s

LCpl Richard Jenkins - June 11, 2020

Looks like we were in the same series until I went to the hospital. So I think you could have been in Company C. Where you in Quonset Huts and had dirt for grass? Yes I live in Glendale Ca how about you. Do you have a profile on When did you graduate?

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