D-Day Museum in New Orleans
I just returned home from a ship’s reunion in Mobile as I was stationed aboard the USS Navarro APA-215 (troop transport) from 1962-1964. I have three grandson’s now in the Corps. One, LCPL Kane M. Funke, was killed in Falluja on August 134, 2004 as was in 2/7, Echo Co., WPNS PLTN: LCPL Justin Demaranville is also in Falluja and has been wounded once already is with 3/1 India Co., 3rd, PLTN and the third on is LCPL Rick Burke with the Marine Security Detachment at the Bangor Washington Trident Sub base.
Sucessful 2/5 Reunion
First of all I need to thank Sgt. Grit and Grunt.com for all the help and donations for this fine event.
We’ve all heard the talk about the”10%” and I’ve found it to be true also. Only this time the 10%ers were the cream of crop. I contacted 230 Vietnam Veteran Marines and Corpsmen from the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines of the 1st Marine Division advising them of a reunion to be held in Las Vegas on August 25th-28th in the year 2009. Some were contacted by snail-mail, some by phone and nearly 1/2 by email. The overwhelming response was “H&ll yeah” , “It’s about time” and “I’ll be there. You can count on me”
Photos of our 45th Anniversary
Sgt. Grits and staff, these are photos taken at the 45th Anniversary of our boot cam platoon forming in August of 1964. We want to thank you for the box of “goodies” you gave us. We divided them up into 13 stacks and drew numbers, everyone was very plaesed.Our reunion was held at the place where it all started for us, Parris Island. In attendance were 10 of us “recruits” and 3 drill instructors. We were a pretty diverse group, I was the only one in the platoon that enlisted from the west side of the Mississippi. The total group size, with spouses, was 25. We toured the base, ate at 1st Battalion Mess Hall and visited the PX. We also spent a little time in the old brig which has been converted into a sports bar. We spent 3days reminiscing and reliving old things that happened to us in boot training. The photo -57_57 is the best one, I think. Once again, thanks for the goodies, I’m sure you’ll get some patronage from our group.
Four Old MarinesI took this picture of my husband and four of his lifetime friends — all Marines I thought it might be fun for you to see They are:
Michael Lyons Paul Niemiec John Hurley Robert (Bob) Maliga
They are all from Chicopee, Massachusetts
Gail Hurley )
On behalf of VMFA-333 Association I would like to thank you and Sgt. Grit for your support of the heritage of Marine Fighter Attach Squadron VMFA-333. Sgt. Grit’s sponsorship of our 2009 reunion was greatly appreciated by all.
As you know the reunion was held in Hawaii and we proudly wore the Sgt.Grit St. Patrick’s Day t-shirts you provided us with. We also made sure the President and Vice President of The Friend’s of St. Patrick Society were presented the t-shirts as well. Our unit patches which you also provided were proudly displayed on our hat bands and Hawaiian Kamp Shirts. We looked very sharp in deed going down the parade route during the Honolulu St. Patrick’s Day Parade and spectators cheered us as we passed by.