They Were Hypnotized Admin |

When I served in the Corps I was a teenager when I enlisted in 1958. At that time a lot of the senior NCOS were veterans of the pacific. These men were all heroes to us and when they had their dress uniforms on the ribbons on there chest would take your breath away. Sometimes in the evening the kids like me would ask them to tell us what the battles were like . They would tell us story after story and we would set there with out eyes as big as silver dollars. I remember looking around at my buddies a time or two and they looked like they were hypnotized. When I was older and had a family of my own I was reading a story to my kids one Christmas eve and I looked up at them and they had the same look on their faces. That brought it all back to me. God bless the Marine Corps and everything it stands for.

Semper Fi.

Mike Mckinney, grunt 1958 to 1961

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Was in from ’56 to ’60, MCRD San Diego Plt. 266. Served with several senior NCO’s and officers who were WWll and Korean vets. not only great stories but we all benefited from their experiences. Great times.

Bob Arends,

It is good to hear from Marines from my era, 1958 plt. 1008. I am a Hollywood marine MCRD San Diego. Joined Oct. 58, 58 to Jan. 64 Pres. Kennedy extended us for a year, with 2 years of inactive reserve. You are so right my DI,s were ww2 vets also. I was a ground pounder Echo Co. 2Ed Bat. 1st Marines 3ed marine Div. When we returned from overseas I ex tended for another duty station went to a top secret base. for 15 months then discharged. Would love to hear from any one that I served with. L/ Cpl Bland Benny B.


Amen! And thanks to you all from a proud Marine Mom.

Susie D. Shy,

August 1954 Platoon 386 @PI Our Top sargeant had the personality but not the High-jinx and humor of of Walter Beery. I think that he was in “Tell it to the Marines!”

John Durant,

USMC 1958 to 1962, four years active duty as a Radio Telegraph Operator/Special Radio operator (MOS 2533/2571). Enlisted at the age of 17 right out of high school. Turned 18 after boot camp and was at ITR, Camp Pendleton. First Christmas was in San Diego while at the radio school, which was across the grinder from the Quonset hut boot camp area. Our barracks was on the 2nd floor above the arched walkways and off to the left of the parade ground flag pole.

Scott Powell,

private clarence felton i also spent my christmas at paris island in 1958. i remember running christmas morning 5 miles full transport pack before breakfast. it was a remarkable time.

clarence felton,

I too was a teenager who joined the Corps in 1958 and spent my first Christmas away from home at Camp Matthews walking guard duty around the other boots sitting at the outdoor theater watching the movie Damn Yankees. 58 years later I still haven’t seen the damn movie!!!

PFC Jimmie Ellison,,

Same here.., 2/20/59…, talked with Marine veterans both WWII and Korea. Parris Island Plt. 214….those were the days.

Lou Famiano,

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