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.


“I can’t hear you boy!”


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


“You want to beat the Drill Instructor?”


“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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  • Ron Shinall

    Awsome.I was in platoon 311Jan.1969.We had the brick barracks and I got my nose broken when we were Heading down the ladderwell to form up.There was a lot of pushung and shoving bacause old Gunney Brown was right behind us yellng Hurry up recuits.One night I heard a lot of yelling and Sgt Kornicki {junior D.I.} had come in shitfaced and snatched a recruit out of the rack and got in it and passed out.The recruit slept on the floor under his rack.That M-14 buttstock s.ure did a number on my nose.A whole lotta blood .SSgt Brunstead was already on the deck and said what happened and I told him I fell down,he just laguhed and said dress right dress.My god that place was cold but not as cold as the flight line at midnight at MCAS Iwakuni in January 1971. Semper Fi.

  • Sgt Court Conkwright

    Sorry Norm, post on the wrong Marine……….so sorry about that Brother……..Semper FI Court

  • Sgt Court Conkwright

    Hi Norm, Sgt Court Conkwright here with something that connects you up with one of your D.I.’s for sure. I was at P.I. in June of 1962 in Plt 238 L Company 2nd BN. A good Marine friend from Plt 236 lift the Island a Pvt and came back a Officer to P.I. in 1966. I had posted your story to my group of Marines that loved it. I have found 153 Marines from L Company, but only have around 90 of them on my email list. We have had 2 reunions back at the Island. Enjoy what you are going to read. Please contact me at, I would like to talk to you. What you are going to read is a from a Major Jim Burch who knew your D.I. Gunnery Sergeant Vigliotti Enjoy and thanks to Sgt Grit for helping put Brother Marines back together again. Semper Fi Court On Mar 28, 2018, at 11:35 PM, James Burch wrote:

    Please send this to the guys.
    Your addressees are too many for my system to handle.
    Well, the Corps just got smaller again. From October until February, then Gunnery Sergeant Vigliotti served as my Series Gunnery Sergeant in 1966-67! Not only that, Platoon 227 of that series had the finest group of DI’s to ever trod the parade deck at PISC. SDI S/Sgt. R. J. McCartick had a couple of noteworthy ADI’s. S/Sgt. David W. Sommers, twenty years later the 11th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps and then there was our very own, Sergeant Randy P. Abernathy. They were so good, that when
    I became the CO, I reluctantly broke them up because all of the best recruits on the Island would have come from ONE platoon. They took all six streamers!!! Just a little tongue in cheek, but with Gunny Vigliotti and that team how could I go wrong. Jim Burch

    Sent from my iPhone

  • The Deuce

    SSGT Blankenship, platoon 3011, San Diego, 1969 always comes to mind when I hear stories like this. He was tough and had a “crazy” air about him. Squared away Marine. I always wondered what happened to him.

  • Sgt Court Conkwright

    How could anyone forget these day and having to request to speak! I was at the Island in Jun 1962 2nd BN. Couple of years after you. I remember so much about P.I. and can think of what all happened to us in 13 weeks………..WOW Could write a book on it, but no one, but a Jarhead would believe it happened at all……..

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