H.A. Mc Mahon sorry I’m sooo late with reply. (Sgt.Grit, 19 Oct.06) I was stationed at K-Bay, Hi. Mag 13. ’56 to ’58. I landed Nov. 1956 due to go stateside Nov. 1958. But Oct. ’58 MAG 13 was sent to Atsugi, NAS to replace your outfit. Like you can’t find much about this. Search MAG 13 history not there. Don’t understand why not history was made by MAG 13. See attach file.
Carrier Landing Practice On Iwo Jima
The attached picture was taken during our last day of carrier landing practice on Iwo Jima, 15 Janauary 2003. The flag flying proudly atop Mt Suribachi and adjacent to the American Memorial is “Old Glory,” the very same “Old Glory” that has been touring America’s Freedom Road since 1999.
Grunts and Wing Wipers
In reference to some grunts having a lack of respect for wing wipers, they eventually grow out of it. In August 1968, I reported to Staging Battalion, Camp Pendleton and was assigned as squad leader to a group made up of young grunts straight from ITR/High School. Even though I gained respect by being a Cpl, holding my own during field training and pulling the ham & limas out of the C-Rats before they had to pick, they still ragged me a little about being from the Air Wing. (Saving them from the ham & limas carried the most weight.) Fast forward to October 1969 and I ran into 3 of them outside the Deli at Camp Butler, Okinawa on our way home. They had been humping mortars for 13 months and had a new appreciation for the Wing. Seeing the Marine Air-Ground Team work together with sacrifices on both sides does wonders for the attitude. Today www.popasmoke.com , the reunion organization for Marine Helo crews, receives emails from grunts offering thanks for saving their lives and the Wing Wipers have tremendous respect for those grunts who serve on the ground. MAGT is the ultimate team.
Jack Wardell Petit
I also had a relative that was a member of VMF 215, and enjoyed the letter on your web page from Mr. Aldrich. My relative was named Jack Petit and was unfortunately Missing in Action in WWII. I recently created this web page in his honor. Maybe it will give you some insight to what things were like for the Corsair pilots in WWII. I am sure he must have know Mr. Aldrich. I think I have a picture of him on the website I created for Jack Petit. I am not expert or great historian, this is just what I gathered from different sources. Anyway, here it is.
Dear Sgt. Grit,
In your 28 Aug newsletter you ran two photos of an AV8b Harrier that were submitted by GySgt Eddie Puente with VMA-311 Ordnance Division, currently deployed to Al Asad, Anbar province, Iraq. My son, PFC Bryant Combs, is also with VMA-311 Ord. Div., and he had previously sent me a picture of the same bird with an honored guest. At least part of the reason the jet was painted in its current scheme was to commemorate the February ’08 visit to MCAS Yuma by (former) Marine/NASA Astronaut/Ohio Senator John Glenn and his wife Annie (notice the name painted beneath the canopy in this photo). Senator Glenn flew with VMA-311 in Korea. It’s comforting to know that the Marines are putting the Harrier to good use rather than saving it as a display piece.