Madison Rising

Sgt Grit, brother and sister Marines,

I'm a deputy sheriff and had the fortunate opportunity to work a
security detail for a patriotic rock group, Madison Rising. The
event coordinator knows I am a Marine and told me the lead singer, Dave Bray, was a corpsman. Dave was meeting with fans and when there was a break in the action I approached him and asked if he was a Doc. He said he was and was stationed at Camp
Lejeune, NC. I asked him what outfit he was in and he said 2/2.
Amazingly enough, I was with Regimental Headquarters at that same time he was with 2/2! Such a small world and even smaller Corps. We exchanged stories about our units and places of deployment.

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Which would you prefer Doc… Us or the Navy

On a bus in the fields at Camp Pendleton and on the road back to Garrison, the LT was sitting up front behind the driver. I sat across the isle. In idle conversation, LT asks, "Did you ever serve aboard a ship doc? "Yes Sir, a destroyer and a troop carrier". His inevitable question, "Which would you prefer Doc, Us or the Navy". I am on a bus loaded with 2nd Platoon Marines who weren't tired and it was a long drive ahead of us. All marines were listening to the conversation. My response to him came from my gut instinct… "Marines". The LT looked doubtful. What else was I likely to say in my situation. Then I offered my explanation "why". I began to speak from my heart. "The Marines are the most self-sacrificing, dedicated, resourceful, motivated, deadly and patriotic branch of service. If I had the choice to save the life of a Marine or a Sailor, I would automatically choose to save the Marine, over the fellow Sailor (assuming that doing so would not endanger the mission.) The LT said I had grabbed his attention with that statement. He said, "you are going to have to do some pretty good explaining. I told him that Sailors are too attached to their specialty systems. If their system fails, they are done, The Marine IS a weapon. I am proud to be counted among the Marines on the bus. At the start of the ride, the Gunny asks, "Sergeant! How many we got?" Sergeant responds,"We got 57 men and a Doc". Just once I'd like to hear him say, we got 58 men. One of them a Doc.

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Sick bay Commando, Son of a B*tch , Rat Bastard , Communist !

As sick call supervisor I've seen it almost all. I was with 5/11 in 1991 at the Stumps. It was 2 days prior to a 25 mile hump. I looked in sick calls waiting room, and no shit there he was, not only the Btn's Shit Bird,but sick bay commando too. Ya think he might have been looking for a light duty chit ?

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Doc & Gunny Just Laughed !!!

In the 1980s my platoon from 1st. CEB had been sent to the Army jungle survival school in Panama for 30 days. I as the company Doc had my hands full with cuts, scrapes, and rashes.

One day the Co. Gunny and I were heading up the the barracks stairs to our 2nd floor home. All of a sudden a large bodybuilding Marine came running down the stairs with his hand covering his forhead. Blood was all over his face, and running into his eyes, he was a mess!

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“DOC” Peter De Beers

I am PROUD to have serves as a CORPSMAN with the Marines.In 1967, I was with Co. "B",First Batt. Fourth Marines.. We had one H=== Of A Fight. I lost one of my MEN, Five others were wounded, other that the one KIA, the rest of us made it. I could not have served with a BETTER group of Men. For this action, I recieved the Silver Star and Purple Heart. I wish I could given to to all MY MEN. To All My Brothers……. SEMPER FI     "DOC"

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Corpsman Awarded for Valor after 66 years

Dear Sgt. Grit:

I am submitting the press release I wrote for the United States Marine Corps about my dear friend, PhM (then) 3/C William G. Lynne (1st Platoon, George Company, 2d Bn/5th Marines) for his heroic action during WWII on Okinawa. With the help and tireless effort of many fine Marines, I was able to get this award for valor pushed through in time for Doc to receive it in Detroit, Michigan.

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we served with honor and respect

I became a corpsman in 1965, a marine (fmf) in 1967 with 1st Mar Div in Da Nang ,1st Med Bat. In my 22 months of time in country , I spent 3 months with 2/5 ,4 mos 1st Force Recon and 15 months with C Company 1st Med . from ChuLai to Hue,Laos to the coast. I loved my marines and they took care of me. A few purple hearts , 2 bronze stars and a silver star later ,I made the Navy home for 22 years.  I will never forget the grunts and how proud I was to wear Marine Corps green.

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Eagle, Globe and Anchor

Robert A. Rainey
U.S. Embassy San Jose

No offense taken.  I have worn the USMC uniform with pride. I did so for almost 4 years.  I took care of MY marines and they took care of me.  I have been in fights with Navy personnel because of their disparaging me and MY Marine corps Uniform.  I have also been cussed and spat on because of MY Marine Corps Uniform(this happened in that lovely city by the bay).  Unlike you, I did not have a choice but I am PROUD of my Marine uniform, and will be buried in it.  I was authorized by the Department of the Navy, United Stated Marine Corps to wear the uniform.  It was Issued to me at USMCB Camp Lejeune, NC in Oct, 1968.  I last wore my Marine uniform in Apr, 1972
Semper Fi
Doc Davis

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