It Was The Marines For Me

Plt 3008, MCRD SD
28 JUN – 26 AUG 1967

Growing up, I always knew I wanted a career in military service. From age 14 on I knew it was the Marines for me. “You’re a scrawny, short, skinny kid. The Marines would eat you up and spit you out.” I’d heard that from folks my age and older whenever I would tell them I wanted to be a Marine. My closest friends shared the same desire and we had The Guidebook for Marines, knew our general orders and so forth. Continue reading “It Was The Marines For Me”

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Smallest Units In The Marine Corps

When it came to assignments in the Corps I never caught much of a break. Out of boot camp I got Aviation Ordnance School. (not many civilian uses for that knowledge). I finished 2nd in the class but never used the skills. When I made my 1st muster with H&MS-24 at Cherry Pt., the Capt. asked if anyone could type. Continue reading “Smallest Units In The Marine Corps”

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50th Anniversary Of Arriving In DaNang

Sgt. Grit, I arrived in DaNang on Aug 26, 1966, 3 months shy of my 20th birthday. I still remember the flight from Okinawa and looking at my fellow Marines and wondering which one of us was coming home. Fortunately, most of us made it. I found this travel voucher from October 1966. Continue reading “50th Anniversary Of Arriving In DaNang”

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Marine Detachment USS America CVA 66 Reunion

Reunion – MarDet USS America CVA 66

The Marine Detachment USS America CVA 66 (early edition 1965-1969) will hold its fifth reunion in Norfolk, VA, our homeport 50 years ago, from Oct. 2 to Oct. 5, 2016. Contact Les Holzmann by email –, for details. Continue reading “Marine Detachment USS America CVA 66 Reunion”

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Marine Corps Olympians

MCCS Forward

Throughout the history of the Marine Corps there have been many examples of Marines who have excelled on both the battlefield and the playing field. We have listed just a few that have stood out as Marines and represented the United States in the Olympic Games. Continue reading “Marine Corps Olympians”

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