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Sgt. Schultz and his Glass Eye

Sgt. Schultz and his Glass Eye

This story took place at MCSC Albany, Ga. in 1964. Sgt. Schultz was a decorated Korean War Vet. Being wounded in Korea, He had lost his left eye and he was given a glass replacement. He was a little guy, about 5′ 5″ and weighed about 140 lbs. He was a Marine with a sense of humor beyond compare. He was sarcastic and outright funny and could make anyone laugh with the antics he could pull off. On an overseas tour, he had a spare glass eye made up in Japan but the exception was that this eye had a tinny, gold Marine Corps emblem in the center. He called it “His inspection eye”.So, any time there was to be any major inspection like a C.G., a junk on the bunk, or whatever, he would wear his eye with the emblem. Schultz favorite move was to walk up to a group of new Marines who had never seen his inspection eye and shock the hell out of them. Every one would react the same way. Their head would jerk back, Their eyes would pop wide open and their jaw would drop. He would then laugh and say “knocked off their skivvies”.or one thing or another. On this Morning we where geared up for a Commanding Generals inspection. Schultz took his place as 1st squad leader of our platoon. I was 2nd squad leader and stood directly behind him with a perfect view of the reactions he would get. I knew off the special glass eye but had never seen it put into action at an inspection before. As we where about to be called to attention, Schultz said “every one ready for some fun”!!. The first officer to inspect (as I recall) was a Lt. Colonel. Schultz raised his rifle to inspection arms, looking down to inspect for a clear chamber then raised his head. With that the Colonel reacted the same way everyone did then spoke. Ah Ah Ah AND JUST WHAT IS THAT THING!!!?? Sir, that is my glass eye, Semper Fi and Gung Ho sir. The Colonel stuttered saying he had never seen anything like it before. Schultz answered that not many had either Sir, had it made up in Japan a few years ago. Well said the Colonel when this inspection is over, you are to proceed to sickbay and have that thing surveyed ASAP. From behind, I stood there tight-lipped trying not to burst out laughing. Schultz mumbled ” wonder if his bowels moved”. I mumbled back “I believed they may have”. In the Corps there was always one Marine or another who could bring down the house with humor and Sgt. Schultz was one of them.
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Edward Roessler - May 7, 2020

It could be. He served in Korea and that war was June 1950 to April 1953. As to what year he served there is a Question. However, in 1970 he would have been near retirement. By that time and would most likely be a Gunny. I hope he did not have a hand in creating a new volcano. He was the most comical Marine I ever knew.

Edward Roessler - May 7, 2020

It could be. He served in Korea and that war was June 1950 to April 1953. As to what year he served there is a Question. However, in 1970 he would have been near retirement. By that time and would most likely be a Gunny. I hope he did not have a hand in creating a new volcano. He was the most comical Marine I ever knew.

Edward Roessler - May 7, 2020

It could have well been the Schultzter. Never a day went by when he did’nt have some crazy trick up his sleeve that was always great for a laugh.

Lester Bell - May 7, 2020

I wonder if he retired to Oceanside. There was an Marinethere with the same eye.

Lester Bell - May 7, 2020

I was stationed there in 70 after Nam.

Harold Allie - May 7, 2020

I was in the burn ward at NNMC Bethesda Md. in the mid fifties and the entire ward would go to little bar down the street for beer once a week the new patients would always receive a glass eye in the bottom of that long beer glass on return from a head call the eye would stare them in the face and was and ongoing piratical joke do you think it might have been the same sgt. ?

Andrew H. Gardner 69-71 - May 7, 2020

There was a GySgt at Camp Smith Hawaii around 1970 that wore a glass eye of the same type on the Marine Corp birthday. Same Marine?

Richard Barlow - May 7, 2020

I was stationed in ALBANY in 55 and 56. Great place.

Bobby Yarbrough, GySgt USMC (ret) 1969-1994 - May 7, 2020

Loved the story. Semper Fi.Not many know of the best duty station called MCLB Albany, Ga. spent some time there after recruiting duty in Miami. 1983-1985. Loved the place.

Ken Havelka - May 7, 2020

Semper Fi Sgt. Schultz. I also had a buddy Sgt. Herman Dahl who also lost an eye in Korea and he had a very wonderful sense of humor too. He’s gone now but remembered by a whole bunch of 1st.Marine Division Association Chicago Chapter Members.

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