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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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Bob Furey - June 23, 2020

platoon 280 pi 1965 anyone out there

Carlton King - June 23, 2020

They used to call a guy in my platoon crater face

Carlton King - June 23, 2020

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 - June 23, 2020

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 - June 23, 2020

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

Carlton King - June 23, 2020

Hollywood Marines had it tougher . Standing at attention on the big grinder san diego . A private asks permission to speak to the drill instructor sir . DI says ” speak freak! ” Private asks permission to make one standing head call sir . DI says “NO ! ” private pisses in her britches so DI lets him lead the platoon in PT . He dont do nothing but count cadence . later that nite after taps ,private get a couple of knots on head . the moral of the story is ,dont have to piss when drilling on the big grinder . Semper Fi & Happy New Year .

james headrick - June 23, 2020

I was made a House Mouse and I lasted two days. In the DI’s hut and swabbing the floor, and I ran the mop across his spit-shined shoes; I almost sh$#t, and he THREW me out the door, and called me a bunch of nasty words. HaHaHa

james headrick - June 23, 2020

good one

James Headrick - June 23, 2020

<MCRD San Diego PLT 1142 07/29/1969 I had not had a bowl movement since I left Ferguson, Mo. at least 5-7 days earlier. I asked the fire watch to wake me up one night because I was determined to have one. I’m not kidding it looked like a football or maybe even a Rugby ball. It took forever and was quite painful too… OK good to go… no not good… Next I had diareah or the sh#$@%t’s….KNOCK 3 times Sir Private Headrick……..NO….once again SIR Private Headrick request’s permission…NO…AYE AYE SIR…SIR Private Headrick request’s permission to make an emergency Head Call SIR !!! GO, Get the Hell out of here !!! I took off running and I swear I could have out run BOB HAYES that day… I got to the Head, hit the door, and right there I lost the race, I didn’t quite make it to the finish line, and it was time for the scrub brush and whisk !!!…..SEMPER FI.

FRANCIS J KELLY - June 23, 2020

AL YOU ARE CORRECT I WAS IN PLT 105 JAN 13 1957 105 06 07 WAS THE PLT. SERIES FRANCIS J KELLY

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