Requesting Permission At P.I.

Requesting Permission At P.I.

Parris Island, Platoon 374, the private needs to make a head call, but first he has to request permission to speak to the Drill Instructor for the privilege.

SIR, THE PRIVATE REQUESTS PERMISSION TO SPEAK TO THE DRILL INSTRUCTOR SIR!

“I can’t hear you boy!”

SIR! THE PRIVATE REQUESTS PERMISION TO SPEAK TO THE DRILL INSTRUCTOR SIR!

“I still can’t hear you maggot,” (as he grabs a hand full of my stomach), “Sound off like you got a pair.”

SIRRRRTHEPRIVATEREQUESTSPERMISSION TOSPEAKTOTHEDRILLINSTRUCTORSIR!

“You want to beat the Drill Instructor?”

“NO SIR!”

“Yeah you do. You want to beat the Drill Instructor”, (while twisting my stomach). “You and me, we gonna go round and round for hours. We gonna tear up trees, shrubbery and flowers. We goin’ to Greensville.”

And so I learned that Greensville was in the third battalion area of Parris Island, South Carolina where they grow trees, shrubbery, and flowers.

Norm Spilleth
Cpl. 1960-1964

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41 comments


  • Bob Furey

    platoon 280 pi 1965 anyone out there


  • Carlton King

    They used to call a guy in my platoon crater face


  • Carlton King

    my platoon commander in boot camp was the last man out of vietnam . Staff Sergeant John Valdez , platoon 104 mcrd san diego . formed 5 Jan. 1965 in recieving barracks . he later became ncoic American embassy Saigon . in the short time before the fall , he attended to business and he and his Marines conducted a mass evacuation of Vietnamese civilians as well as U.S. staff. He retired years later as a Master Gunnery Sergeant . He was tough as a DI of course , but he never asked the recruits to do anything he didnt do first . He wouldnt let anybody touch anyone in his platoon . Sometimes those PMI’s at the rifle range got pissed at the way a private was snapping in . Sgt. Valdez would sure take care of it with the private .


  • Carlton King

    The Marine Corps always has and always will have brave , professional warriors at the ready to bring great violence and destruction to bear when called upon .


  • Carlton King

    well private , at least you got the job done . carry on .


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