Together We Served.Com had a gathering of Marines at PISC in April 2008. Jack Lucas, the guest of honor, happened to be in the room next to mine. He graciously talked with me for a while and autographed his book, "Indestrucible", (which should be a movie), I was blessed to be seated at his table for the main dinner. Even though he was quite ill, he had still had a good sense of humor and one hell of a memory. He had come to the reunion against everyones advice, but he told them that nothing would stop him from being with his Marines.
I saw someone mention Jacklyn Lucas in the last newsletter. I thought I would share two pictures Jack signed for me about a year before he made the trip to Guard Heaven's Gates. He visited my National Guard unit, the 890th Cmbt Engr Bn, in Gulfport, MS, before we deployed to Iraq.
This is General James 'Mad Dog' Mattis and I at an event in LA this summer. I was given best regards from Tony Zinni, former Marine 4-star general, whom I reported to as top sniper in Nam together… and Mattis reported to as well.
LCpl. Thomas Moore's Company Commander, Capt. Jay Vargas and Capt. Jim Livingston another Company Commander of BLT 2/4, were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor while serving under Battalion Commander, LtCol. Bill Weise. There is a series of YouTube videos narrated by BGen. Weise describing the Dai Do battle beginning with "Battle of Dai Do Part 1". Attached are b&w photos of the aforementioned Captains Vargas (L) and Livingston (R).
Pepper's grandPAW was a U.S. Marine Raider in WWII, and she's proud of him.
Would like to let you know, as a career Marine.
18 years old when enlisted, 1939. I am now 91
After graduating in 1939 (Apr), I was transferred
to China assigned to the Old Fourth Reg. At that
time Gen Puller was a Captain. I had many runs
My brother's company built the frigate named after Lewis B.
Puller. I was a Marine in 1957 so he sent me this picture. I
thought you guys would be interested in seeing it.
These pictures are from Camp Lejeune in 1944. Thought some
old timers would like to see these base pictures
PFC. R.O. Berg
Mr. Paul S. Laskodi, USMC Ret. recently wrote in the last newsletter of Gen LeJeune's signature on a discharge document and it reminded me of a promotion warrant to corporal.
In December 1990, 2/23 Marines were called up in support of Operation Desert Shield/ Storm. I was serving with 2/23 HQSVCO Motor T. We were moved to Camp Pendelton and two weeks later flown to the lovely island of Okinawa. While there we were tasked with becoming the MAGTF and aside from movements to various locals, Korea, Japan, we pretty much remained on the island till the end of the live training excersice in Kuwait. During the later part of our stay a few of us L/Cpl's were put up for Corporal and we went through the riggors of promotion boards.
In 2006, while on R&R in Ecuador, I found this artist who hand carves the pictured artwork. I liked his artwork so much I started having him do stuff I thought was cool. I had him make the Marine logo, and I had my wife pick it up on a later date. I took in Camp Leatherneck to find a deserving Marine to give it to. I just so happened to run across Oliver North while at Leatherneck and I presented it to him for being a lifelong stand up Marine. Here is a photo of me and him.