I have not been able to figure out if LtCol Smith should be the Battalion Commander or the Battalion Chaplain. In looking back into the “Dark Ages” when I served, I guess both skills were required for someone in a position of authority.
This Sunday my church will have our annual Memorial Day Service. We Honor those who have fought and died to allow us the right to worship and serve Jesus Christ. Those who have served will be recognized during the service, we have a Color Guard from a local high school ROTC come in. This year we will honor a special Marine who just passed away last week. Cpl. David Miller, he was an Iwo Jima Marine, a Purple Heart Recipient and most importantly a Pastor of 45 years. I sat next to him during our Sunday services and many of opportunity to talk with him. His love for the Corps was only surpassed by his love for Jesus Christ and serving Him. In Honor of his service to our country, I have enclosed something that I wrote to display on our bulletin board at my church. I am no writer, but just wanted our younger generation to remember where their freedom comes form and its cost. It is not directly related to the Marine Corps, but to all of our servicemen and woman. If possible could you pass this on to allow some of the youth of America to understand what freedom cost. Thank you to those who have served and serve.
The Sgt Major
Two Sergeant Majors were walking across campus when one said, “Where did you get such a great bike?” The second Sergeant Major replied, “Well, I was walking along yesterday, minding my own business, when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike. She threw the bike to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, “Take what you want.” The second Sergeant Major nodded approvingly, “Good choice; the clothes probably wouldn’t have fit.”
The Marine Infantryman
Gunnery Sergeant Steven Miller, USMC
As Seen By Himself:
A Stout, Handsome, Highly-Trained Professional Killer and Female Idol, who wears a star sapphire ring, carries a finely honed K-Bar, is covered with a crisp cammie cover and is always on time due to the reliability of his Seiko Diver’s Watch.
Heroic last stand
By: Steven G. Xiarhos
Opening by Lance Cpl. Casey Jones, Regimental Combat Team 1
RAMADI, IRAQ (April 29, 2008)
It was a typical quiet morning on April 22, with the temperature intensifying as a bright orange sun emerged high from the horizon.
Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter, a rifleman with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, and Cpl. Jonathan T. Yale, a rifleman with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, RCT-1, were standing post, just as they’ve done numerous times before. During a standard length watch in a small checkpoint protected by concrete barriers where they overlooked the small gravel road, lined with palm trees leading to their entry control point.
Looking Back At The Old Corps
Submitted by: Ron “Tank” Rotunno
In 1965, one special career Marine had excelled as a leader of men. Yes, he had claimed membership in “the few, the proud”, but more than that, he was gung-ho, a hard-charger, a member of the “Old Corps”. At age 37, Sgt. J.R. Mickel was senior D.I. of Platoon #135 Company, 1st Recruit Battalion. To most raw recruits at Parris Island, he might as well been God Himself. He not only commanded their respect; he led them beyond the call of duty. As an 0300 infantryman, he’d earned the Silver Star for bravery in Korea, with combat stars for time of actual enemy encounter. The recruits knew all of this, although he, himself, never told them.
Chief/God on Earth
Captain’s Mast/Office Hours
Skivvies/Hash Mark Heaven
Brig/Barbed Wire Hotel
Bachelor Enlisted Quarters
How do I replace my DD214
The National Personnel Records Center maintains all records on former Marines. By contacting them, they can send you information from your SRB (Discharge papers, Medical Records, etc.).
National Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63132
(866) 272-6272 (Toll Free)
11 General Orders
General Order 1
To take charge of this post and all government property in view.
General Order 2
To walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.
General Order 3
To report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.
U.S. Marine Corps Correct Order Of Ribbon Wear
Below is a list of Marine Corps Ribbons in the order of precedence (from top left). Visit our Ribbon Precedence Layout Page for an automatic layout of your personal ribbons.
Medal of Honor
Defense Dist. Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion Of Merit
Navy & Marine Corps Medal
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Combat Action Medal
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Navy Unit Commendation
Navy Merit. Unit Commendation
Navy “E” Ribbon
Prisoner of War Medal
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
Selected Marine Corps Rsv. Med.
Marine Corps Exp. Medal
China Service Medal
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Eur.- African-Mid East Campaign
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Navy Occupation Service
Medal for Humane Action
National Defense Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
Antarctica Service Medal
Armed Forces Exp. Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary
Global War on Terrorism Service
Korean Defense Service
Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Outstanding Volunteer Svc. Medal
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Navy Arctic Service Ribbon
Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon
Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon
Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon
Marine Security Guard Ribbon
Armed Forces Res. Medal
Marine Corps Reserve Ribbon
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
Korean Presidential Unit Citation
Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation
Philippine Defense Ribbon
Philippine Liberation Ribbon
Philippine Independence Ribbon
United Nations Service Medal
United Nations Medal
Multinational Force & Observers Medal
Inter-American Defense Board Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Emirate of Kuwait)
Republic of Korea Service