Time with the Grunts

Time with the Grunts

As a new 2nd Lt with the 12th Marines at Mt Fuji, I was assigned to an infantry company as an forward observer. I asked my senior Lts in the battery what should I being doing with the grunts. They told me just to stay close to the Captain and he will let you know what he wants. I stayed with the captain for about 5 miles into a hike when he turned to me and asked “Lt where are we “? My answer was “I don’t know I am following you”. After that I always knew where we were……
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  • artymgysgt

    As a 0849 in Vietnam in 1966-1967 I served as a NGF Spotter with 1/7 , 1/5 and 1st Recon Bn. both 1/7 and 1/5 were constantly asking me where we were. At first I thought they were checking me out but I eventually learned they depended on me for an accurate position report. They must of had artillery folks as instructors at the Basic School.


  • Jim Barber

    IS ANYBODY ELSE HAVING A PROBLEM SUBMITTING A STORY? EVERY TIME I REACH THE END AND HIT “SUBMIT” A SCREEN COMES UP TO SAY “PAGE 404 CANNOT BE REACHED. PAGE YOU ARE SEEKING DOES NOT EXIST?????
    Jim Barber
    jimdbone@gmail.com


  • Robert Huminski

    SFMF meaning. I remember FMF is Fleet Marine Force. Is SFMS abbreviation for SEMPER FI MOTHER F%%K^R. Many thanks. Robert USMC 1976-79.


  • Connly,David E

    2nd Lts are not required nor expected to know where they are,where they are going or where they have been! Ask the Gunny!


  • The Deuce

    Butterbars……gotta luvem.


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