I was with MAG-13 from 1958-1960. It was not a helicopter outfit then but had HMR (L)-161 as part of its make-up. When we were sent to Atsugi, Japan in 1958, they stayed behind to support the 4th Marines, then part of the 1st MarBrigade.
To those who are veterans of Desert Shield/Storm, this may be a sight you may remember. I've had it in my dreams for over 20 yrs and needed to "exercise it out of me", or at least make an attempt to paint what I remember. I feel like I succeeded in that it has become a great focal point for me to just sit back and get lost in it. 2'x4' Acryclic on MDF.
Dear Sgt. Grit
I was a between the wars Marine and served from 10/55 to 10/58 with 5 years inactive reserve. My first and best duty station, following P.I. (Platoon 164) and I.T.R. at Pendleton, was at Camp McGill Japan. Camp McGill was a former Japanese naval base and my draft wound up in the 1st Amphibian Truck Co., 2nd AMTRAC Batt. 3rd Marines. The company was soon downsized to platoon strength and became the 3rd D.U.K.W. Platoon with Capt. Dave Dichter commanding.
Here I am during war games when stationed with the 4th Marine Regiment 1958 I was in Bravo Anti Tank Co and we had the first Ontos.They were mostly out of commission and not reliable at all. The small engine and transmissions did not hold up. This was post Korean War area and the corps was downsized. We seldom got new equipment but rebuilt and hand me downs from the army. We still had M1 Garands, the Army M14s. In the pic I had a 45 cal submachine gun which was very cheaply made. Civilians hated military in that era and it carried into the Vietnam War. This attitude by civilians made me forget the Corps as a lifer. I still consider myself a Marine and am proud of my service. It made me successful my career later.
The way I left MCAS Kaneohe in JANUARY 1963 was, I rescued a
tourist surfer in Waikiki. He got hit in the head by another
novice surfer, a blond, who just took off. I pulled his head out
of the water and asked him his name.
No response, outta of it. I put him on his board and toe towed
him to the beach yelling for help.
I was stationed at Camp Hauge Okinawa in 1958-59. We still had Cinderella Liberty then too. However, since Disbursing for the 3rd and 12th Marines was detached from H&S Co and Battalion at Camp Courtney we had illegal liberty cards to get us on and off the base. We were able to stay off base overnight. You only had to worry about a typhoon which would keep all Marines on base after midnight. I fortunately never got caught. I hope the statue of limitations has expired!
So after the long grueling trip back from Kuwait, my platoon arrived back onboard KMCAS Hawaii and we were shown to our respective barracks. It was zero dark thirty and nobody was around as we observed that our rooms had combo locks on the doors. Every single one of us Marines had a room awaiting us with an unknown combo lock keeping us from the comfort of a bed. Something long dreamed of. We had just spent several months in the desert mostly sleeping in the pits of sand we dug for foxholes. Dreaming of bowls of milk and cereal, the comfort of a bed and a cold beer among other things.
Dear Sgt. Grit,
A couple of pictures from my father and the info about them.
Kevin F Hunt
First picture – Members of D Company, 1st Raiders. This picture appeared in two papers; the first is the “The Marine Sentry, Quantico, VA, Friday, October 1, 1943” on page 9 with the following caption: