A Week In The Life Of A SgtMaj

Many Marines feel they have to deal with a lot of stupid stuff. They often think getting up in the morning is a pain in the neck. Having to shave is an inconvenience. Keeping their area squared away is imposing on their right to self-expression. The list goes on. Often I ask a group of Marines who among them thinks they put up with stupidity. Inevitably a forest of hands goes up until I bark, “Well try putting some rockers on and see how stupid it gets!” read more

Pirate Hunting Fleet In 1823

Earlier this month while vacationing in Key West, FL and wearing my new ‘Semper Fi Fund’ shirt my wife and I came upon the Truman Annex and Naval Air Station. The plaque on the wall to my right reads:

October 1, 1977

The first United States Marines arrived in Key West with Commodore David Porter’s Pirate Hunting Fleet in 1823. read more

Life Changing Event

I am a former SGT/USMC and spent 8 years on Active Duty. I deployed for OEF and OIF. I came back home with issues that were not always visible. My life was coming to abrupt end if it was not for this one organization I found. I wanted to make you aware of an organization that has changed my life completely. Dogs 4 Warriors, Inc has provided me with a life-changing Service Dog to assist with combating my PTSD, for free. My Service-Dog Samson mitigates all the symptoms of PTSD and comforts me when I am in an unfamilar environment. Dogs 4 Warriors has paired 55 Service Dogs with Disabled Combat Veterans suffering from PTSD and/or TBI within the past 2 years. D4W can not continue to do these life changing things without the support of organizations around the country. Please take a few minutes to check out their website at www.dogs4warriors.org and read my, and other Veterans, testimonials. I have also attached a brochure that includes a bit more detailed information. I have loved your magazines for years. While I do not have the funds to order much I do enjoy looking through them all. Thank you again for all you do to support the USMC and veterans world-wide. read more

When was the first time you saw a Marine recruiter?

The Marine Recruiter

When was the first time I ever saw a Marine recruiter?

I had moved to a different town so when I enrolled in the local high school I was told I'd be in sixth period P.E. which was made up entirely of Seniors. I was only a Freshman so I felt constantly intimidated by the older guys, but one day, because they were Seniors, we all had to sit through the mandatory recruiting pitch by all the services. ( How times have changed) read more

Marine Barracks Pearl Harbor Hawaii 1961

PFC Harlen, CPL Emerine & PFC Eng getting ready for duty on Nimitz Gate. PFC Davis, standing next to sign in front of barracks. PFC Eng ringing bell in front of barracks. We volunteered for duty in Okinawa 3rd Marine Division. Getting ready to ship out, missed being a grunt. read more

Images From Gazette

I am trying to obtain some info on pictures from WWII Illustrators John Clymer & Tom Lovell who worked for the Marine Corps Gazette Magazine. They had done covers for the magazine in 1944-45 that were in turn available as prints to the magazine readers as a set of 8. (I have 6 of them) The set cost $1 at the time and were available "until the supply is exhausted". They included — the Korean incident, the Florida war, the Boxer Rebellion, apprehending seal poachers, the flag goes up on Mt. Suribachi. I am wondering if you are familiar with these. read more

George Batten – re: Newsletter 16 Oct 2014

George's grave marker was highlighted in the Sgt Grit Newsletter – 16 OCT 2014

George B. Batten enlisted in the Marine Corps on September 16, 1914. He was accepted into the service at Philadelphia, and went through recruit training as a member of Company D, Recruit Depot, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia. After recruit training, he served with the Marine Detachment aboard the U.S.S. New Jersey. While aboard the New Jersey, he visited ports along the East Coast and Carribean, including Navy Yard Boston; Hampton Roads, Virginia; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Guacanayabo Bay, Cuba; Culebra, Puerto Rico; Navy Yard, Philadelphia; Newport, Rhode Island; Provincetown, Massachusetts; Charleston, South Carolina; and Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. In August 1916, Private Battan joined the 45th Company in the Dominican Republic, serving in La Cumbre and Canada Bonita. On November 8, 1916 George was promoted to Corporal. On June 8, 1917 the 45th Company became part of the 3rd Battallion, 5th Marines, and were assigned to the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF). The company sailed the Atlantic for duty in France in June, 1917. On April 5, 1918 George was sent to the Army Candidates School in France. On July 31, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutentant, and assigned to Marine Corps Reserve Class 4. He then was assigned to the 1st Corps Artillery Brigade in Hosieres, France, where he participated in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. On November 16, 1918, he assumed command of 1st Platoon, 45th Company (Company "L") and participated in the march of the allied armies towards the Rhine River via Belgium and Luxembourg, following the evacuation of the German Army. He then marched to Waldbreitbach, Germany. On April 7, 1919 he took the oath of office as a 1st Lietentant, with a date of rank of August 18, 1918. He served in 20th Company (Company "K") as part of the Army of the Occupation at Stopperich, Germany. On June 6, 1919, he returned to the 45th Company (Company "L") as a Platoon Commander. On July 25, 1919, they embarked on the U.S.S George Washington at Brest, France for the return trip home. The 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines were deactivated on August 13, 1919. read more