I take exception to the person named “Okey, Plt. 141, 1957” who wrote about a Cpl. Stouts story that apparently failed to use the what he deemed were the proper words and implied that those of us that went through Parris Island didn’t ‘talk the talk’. Cpl. Stouts may very well have had a mental lapse after so many years of being a civvie. I can assure you that as a graduate of MCRD – Parris Island, Plt. 374, November, 1963, we also called them utilities, ladders, hatches, chow, skivvies, etc., additionally we were also told that we were the real Marines – not Hollywood Marines, like the other group of men and women who were in MCRD – San Diego. Our DI’s were meaner, our training tougher, our barracks had no air conditioning, and our sand fleas were bigger. So there ! All kidding aside, it seems that this was the only Marine, inner Corps rivalry, that I ever saw during my time as an active duty Marine.
Other than that, we are of the same breed. We are all brothers and sisters, and we will tell the world what the others proudly can’t say, “We’re Marines!”
Stephen M. Blank
2nd Force Recon
USMCR, 1963 – 1969
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