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Thousand Oaks

I hesitate to tell this story because of the serious content,unlike most of the stories told here.Sometimes there are events that happen and it’s hard to understand why.I often say when ask why I just say “Why ask why” This one is different to me. Was it a coincidence that a group of Veterans were at that bar? Some of these Vets belong to a group called “The RED,WHITE,and BLUE TEAM” their purpose is to help troubled vets (PTSD etc..) One of the team leaders,a Former Marine,was one of the ones killed.Two other Vets were injured One was another Former Marine that was a survivor of the Vegas shooting.The one Marine killed was a former member of 2nd Combat Engrs 2nd Marine Division and war vet. I do not believe this was a coincidence.(Only my Opinion) The shooter ,ex-marine, Yes you read it right “ex-marine”, had claimed to others that he had PTSD but there is no record of him being enrolled in the VA Health System or seeking help from any one else .Did he have any previous contact with any of the Vets at the bar? Maybe.Now just today I read that another Marine is being accused of killing his wife,also a Marine but,does not remember doing it because he was drunk and “blacked out”and has “Anger Issues”They were both still on active duty and stationed at Quantico . This happened after “The Marine Corps Ball” Everyone cannot be helped! Some will say “I don’t have a problem” My way of thinking is that if you have to say it ” You have it!” 20+Vets take their lives each day.It is estimated that 14 out of those that do are not enrolled in the VA Healthcare System and have not sought help for one reason or another.There is no shame in asking for help.It could save a life or more.Maybe I’m preaching to the choir or just venting but,if you think you might have an issue or suspect that someone you know might, try to get help.We do not have control over everything and we can’t force someone to go,(Only if it is a known threat to themselves or someone else can you force it). How many of these types of crime were prevented because a person got help? There is no way of knowing, is there? “Big Bum Out”? Agree or Disagree Harry is” Bummed ”

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2019 Mustang Muster/Reunion

Planning for the 2019 Mustang Muster/Reunion is underway and will be held in Branson MO 17-22 Sept 2019. This will be a joint Muster/Reunion with 2nd and 3rd MarDiv Associations. Details are in work as this is being written so check back often for more details and mark your calendar TODAY! For specific questions feel free to connect with our Business Manager by calling ‭(703) 349-0893 or visit our website below. We hope you will join us…

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When in Rome

Had to laugh at the saluting story. In 1971 I was an E4 aide to a Colonel at Marine Barracks NAD. We lived with the Navy in their barracks this is when they put beer machines in the barracks. As Marines we could not drink in the our barracks . The day they put the beer machines in my buddies asked me to ask the colonel since we lived with the Navy could we drink in the barracks. He said I guess when in Rome do as the Romans do. We got off of work and played that beer machine like a t v those Olys went down easy. About 4 am I was awakened by the sgt of guard telling me the colonel and Sgt Major were going to leave to go inspect West Loch and Waikele attachments then on to Kaneohe for business. They wanted to leave around 0630, lucky for me the Colonel was delayed and did not leave until 0800 gave me some more time to sober up. We got a couple of miles down the road had to pull over told Colonel had to check engine sounded like it was running rough popped the hood and threw up pretty bad. Got back in went a little further tried to pull same stunt but the Colonel an Sgt Major both got out, they thought it sounded great. The Colonel told me to get in the back with Sgt Major because he would drive , he knew what was going on by how green I was. Since we were running late we went straight to Kaneohe got to the gate you should have seen the MP’s all salute this E4 that was sitting in the back seat being driven by a full bird Colonel. Colonel Harry L Alderman and Sgt Major Sam Zavodny true Marines that took care of their men. These men made a life long impression on me .

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Ditto

Ditto US MCRD PI Plts’ 153 and 155 Shot 189, how embarrassing for one who was an avid hunter and never missed. Lucked out at ITR however and while home on boot leave my mother sewed on that first stripe. Served/Stayed in the “GunClub” for just over 20. Now serve Jesus, ordained and still active. Oh by the way expert rifle and pistol badges hang on the wall with my jump wings, AO wings, and gold leaf collar emblems. SemperFi!

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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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Siver Star:Half Century Later

I just read in The Purple Heart magazine that a Marine Vietnam Vet had received a Silver Star for action while serving with “D” Co. 1st Bat.3rd Marines He was given the award at a ceremony hosted by the National Museum of The Marine Corps.The award was presented to L/Cpl Raymond Kelley on 18-May-2018 exactly 51 years after the action.On 18-May-1967 Kelley was a machine gun team leader when his unit was tasked with to provide relief to a pinned down unit.His team began to receive heavy fire and took multiple casualties.Disregarding his own safety he repeatedly placed himself in the open to assist the wounded Marines and help them to the platoon command post where they could receive medical attention and while ignoring his own wounds continued to fight until the enemy disengaged.It did not say where this took place maybe someone reading this has more detail.Anyway congrats LCpl Kelley wherever you are and,as always well done and SEMPER FI!! Harry

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Hot August Day in 1960

I was on PI during August 1960. Plt 248 one month out of high school. We cut the grass with nail scissors. Quick story: Charging in from PT to shower and get ready for chow. Unknown by the DI(#1), No.2 DI had allowed the rack of the house mouse to be taken to the next barracks as a proper display for the newbies there. When the mouse saw the empty spot on the deck where his rack should have been, he ran to DI #1 and shouted out, “Sir, My rack is missing!” In in own gravely, guttural, growl, The DI replied, “Well, You’d better #### one!” After serving 30 years and almost another 30 after that, I still laugh at that often used phrase.

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