Iwo Jima and Beyond

I have not written a story to be posted here before, but after reading the latest post about Iwo Jima, I feel compelled to I also have a couple of Marine related questions I can’t find answers to. I am gladly attaching my e-mail, so if anyone can help me-Please Do. I served in The United States Marine Corps from 1966-1970. There is no such thing as a former Marine-I am temporarily unassigned. I was in Vietnam from September of 1967 to October of 1968. I was stationed on Hill 55, a radio man with the 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marie Division. Our regimental Colonel was Col. Reverdy Hall, our regimental Sgt. Major was “Iron” Mike Mervosh.. Right before I retired, I was a bartender at The Marine’s Memorial Club and Hotel, San Francisco, California.

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regrets

I have told myself to visit the WALL many times – never went – was supposed to go with Army friend who we bantered with each other for over 30 years – families were friends – kids played together too! Well, my buddy Jerome – had issues after he came home from Vietnam – had medical issues and demon issues too! He is no longer with us and I still intend to visit wall eventually- to see others as well who never made it back either. May their souls rest in eternal peace- AMEN

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MOVIE HEROES VS REAL LIFE

On this 4th of July Americans should pause in their usual celebrations to appreciate the full import of what this holiday really stands means to them personally. They should consider that millions of people around the world would gladly change places with any one of us – even those who are considered to live in poverty. They see our country as a shining example of freedom, not only in law, but freedom in opportunity to excel personally.
We should also pause to appreciate, not just those Sons of Liberty, who won the struggle to give us our independence, but those who have served, fought, suffered, and died to keep it. “Well, of course,” you might say. Yet there are prominent examples of those who show, not only a lack of appreciation, but a total disrespect for people who have worn our country’s uniform.

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Being a Marine

April 25,1975 was the proudest day of my life graduated marine corps boot camp , parris island . M.O.S 0311, and love everyday of it was stationed at kmcas , did 3 west pac’s learned more about life than any collage could have taught me. How many mountain climbers, bend and mother f—ers, could not even begin to count. Every sand flea , the hot sun , the nose to nose bad breath from the D.I , well brothers you know what I mean. Platoon 1027 had a drill instructor named Sgt bell. If any marine had him, please reach out and let’s talk. For some reason could never figure it out. It he love to head butt me in my chest , a tough son of a gun. Hope the best to all my brothers out there, past and present. Hope you learned what I did and took it to heart as the best expereance you could ever had. The ups the downs, but I will always remember once a marine always a marine. Semper fi do or die. God bless , some day you know we all will meet again. And you know who will be guarding those gates, that’s right a United States marine. CPL RJ Miles 1stBn3rd marines.?? My prayers go out to all the grunts , that are keeping us safe so we can enjoy what we are doing in life and being free. Please make sure a brothers got your six. My photo follows along with my camps front yard.

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