In 1960-61, I was Maintenance Officer for 3rd AT at Camp Schwab, Okinawa. My Maintenance Chief was Gy.Sgt John Vogel. He had been captured on Wake Island in WWII and was a POW. Then came Korea and again he was again captured and was a POW of the Chinese.
Keeping up with the maintenance on our Ontos.
"Pickle grass"?… never heard it called that, even when covered
with doughnut puke… more commonly known as 'ice plant'… low-growing, creeping succulent plant, with triangular 'leaves',
probably related to cactus of some kind… widely used by the California DOT on freeway banks as erosion control, comes in a couple of colors when in bloom, makes sure that the entire bank will 'slide' as one mat, when the soil gets wet enough. Long a favorite of DI's, and Company Gunnys at MCRD and Pendleton. Good for collecting butts and trash, eventually looks pretty mangy (well, not at MCRD, now that there are very few Quonset huts to plant it around).
Pictures taken at Rock Island Arsenal. Pictures taken this past fall on a weekend getaway to Davenport Iowa of Marine Corps. Ontos and assorted tanks and artillery pcs. Later toured the museum and it was awesome. Spent 2 hours looking at the display of weapons (wife went for coffee). Semper Fi, 237 Years of serving are country.
Looking for amyone station Mabs 36 IN thse MONTHS my EMAIL IS jemartin650[at]live.com. My name is John Martin
Was in Hawaii from 1956 to 1958 First Marine Brigade. Anti Tanks. We first had the 75 RR tripod mount . then we got the ontos. Photos are from October 1958 I did't drive them was NCOIC of communications. But did have the opportunity to fire the guns.
Remember you talking about Ontos, well here is the Ontos park at MCAS Kaneohe Bay
We got to fly over the USS Arizona as the memorial was being built,
Weapons Carrier too
This is a picture of myself (on Left) and Lt Stuart Berman standing in front of an ONTOS at 1st AT Bn CP outside DaNang in 1967. Stu had just been awarded the silver star. As I recall it was for rescuing the crew of a burning ONTOS after it had received enemy fire. Would like to hear from Stu or anyone that might know what happened to him.