I was 16 when I joined the Corps in 1945. On my 17th birthday, I was called to the 1st Sgt, office, and he said to me. " You are now legal Feneck get back to your duties" Looking for anyone who was in China from 1945 to 1947. I was station in Tsintoa, China with the 1st Marine Air Wing at the air field. Was radio/radar tech in VMR 152 and 153. The attach photo is me on the left and Papas on the right. Papas passed away last year, he was a good Marine. There are not to many World War 2 Vets left. They say over 900 a day pass away. The Marines are ordered to guard the gates and streets of Heaven.
In the April 25 issue of Sgt. Grit News, Joel McHoul asked if anyone else remembered that operation? Well I certainly do. I was with the 3/6 Headquarters Company attached to H Company as a wire man. When we went ashore I had so much cr-p on my pack board that I slipped coming off the landing craft and darn near drowned. With the help of my partner, I righted myself just in time to get my picture in the July 28, 1958 issue of Time magazine. I'm the one soaking wet without a helmet. A somewhat inglorious, but no less famous event in my Marine Corps career. BTW that is my partner in front carrying my helmet.
My Father served during the Cuban conflict, He was a prisoner in cuba. I am tring to get him benifits.
I'm getting no where. The va is telling me there are no records of him near Cuba. I was told if I can find someone he served with to prove this, they will change there decision.
My name is Beverly Crone. My Father was a Marine. His name is Marc Shaub served from 1958 -1960.
For years my father told us stories of being a prisoner in Cuba. He never told us details untill we took him to a doctor for his mild memory lost. The doctor said it was from him surppressing his memories and not talking about it. That was causing his memory to slip.
One of my claims to fame was that I was stationed at the original Camp Hansen. Anti-tank Co., 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, in 1956 in Okinawa. We had a Tank Co. and an Ontos Co.
Pictured is our Chapel, which we put back together after every typhoon. The slop chute, mess hall and Co. offices, and of course a motley crew of tankers and mechanics. Thought I was doing good being from the original "Hansen" 'til I met a man at a MCL Convention from Zephyr Hills, FL, that helped
build "Hansen" one year before me.
In the last newsletter on a post by D.Dick he mentioned the LST Terrell County 1157…I'm sending some pictures taken in 1961 of 1157 and 1167 which I was aboard during SEATO Joint exercise in and around the Taiwan Straits called Operation Blue Star. I was serving with the 12th marines (M-4-12). The flat bottom tubs where not fun to be on in rough water.
The Navy always got a kick when the ramp was dropped coming into the beach it scoured out a hole, it seems the ship always backed off a bit and the vehicles dropped in the hole…so you better have fording gear in place, because you were going to get wet..fond memories.
Dear Sgt Grit,
As usual, I really look forward to reading your Newsletter each Thursday. The 31 May 12 issue of the newsletter had stories about the Cuban Missile Crisis, USS Noble, LST 1178 – Wood County and Yuma Marine Corps Air Station, all of which I have some connect too. My part of the Cuban Crisis was minimal, I started Boot Camp on June 12, 1962, went through San Diego Platoon 338 and we qualified at Camp Matthews Range.
Sgt Grit Here is a copy of my certificate of Amtrac School that
I went to in Camp Delmar at Oceanside Ca. And that was before
P35 I think that is what they were called. I came there from
boot camp leave, then to advanced infantry training. Then to
Camp Gifu Japan in a comm. Platoon Anglico for 15 months then
back the states, 2531 & 0849 mos. Parris Island for 14 months in
the Post Exchange and never seen the inside of an Amtrac again.
Discharged in Sept. 1957 Honorably.
Thinking of C 1/5 circa 1989…
I can still recite the names and ssn's after all these years.
I must have repeated the kia's 10 times each over BN Net.
Mike Kelley Sgt. 88-96
B 1/5 and HQ5MAR and 5th Recon Co and finally 2nd SRIG