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Michael Yon reports from Afghanistan.

The U.S. Marines are flooding in, and you might think that every Marine helicopter in our arsenal is here. I'll not give numbers and types other than to say the line of aircraft is long and formidable.
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The U.S. Marines are a spectacle for the U.S. Army and also the British Army. The Marines will come in and live like pure animals, and build a base around themselves, whereas the British and American Armies will tend to build at least part of the base before coming in. One Marine commander told me that during the early part of this war, his men didn't even shower for three months. We talked for a couple of hours and he was proud that his Marines didn't need a shower for three months, and that his Marines killed a lot of Taliban and managed to lose only one good man. That's the Marines. They'll show up in force with no warning, and their reputation with U.S. Army and Brits who have fought alongside them is stellar. A NPR photographer who just spent more than three weeks with the Marines could not praise them enough, saying he'd been with them in Iraq, too, and that when Marines take casualties, their reaction is to continue to attack. They try to stay in contact until they finish the enemy, no matter how long it takes. Truly they are animals when it comes to the fight. Other than that, great guys. Tonight at dinner, a young Marine Lance Corporal sat in front of me at the crowded dining facility. "Good evening, Sir," he said. I asked, "Are you living like animals out there?" "Livin' the dream, Sir!" They are fantastic.

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Daily Reminder
My youngest son L/Cpl James B. Wolter Jr. is serving with 2nd LAR in Afghanistan. I sent him my American Flag thinking that he would keep it safe in his gear. I wanted him to have it as a daily reminder of just what they were fighting for. Little did I know that he would honor his old man in such a way.

L/Cpl James B. Wolter Jr. standing below a USA flag See, I carried this flag through my 4 years as a MARINE also. Do we need a better recruiting poster? I have this picture as my computer wallpaper, as my home screen on my Blackberry, frames at work and another at home. People now run and hide as I pull out my Blackberry uttering the famous words, "Have I shown You my Sons Picture?" Proud Papa??? You think?

Semper Fi
Jim Wolter

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Sgt. Grit,
Someone wrote in this week about a memory locked in his head about the rifle range and the sighting of the M-1. I remember that but in our platoon the way we were to remember that was: B.A.S.S. meaning breathe, aim, slack, squeeze. Two other rules that stick with me are:

1. One click of the elevation knob moves the strike of the bullet one inch on the target for every 100 yards of range.
2. One click of the windage knob moves the strike of the bullet one inch on the target for every 100 yards of range.

I don't think I'll ever forget these instructions.

L/CPL Harold Beasley

Captain Marvel
While in boot camp (San Diego) in 1958 a recruit in our series smuggled some blanks back from Camp Mathews. He was standing guard duty one night when a drunk DI returned to the area. The recruit challenged him in the proper procedure:

"Who goes there" in which the highly inebriated DI responded; "Captain Marvel". The recruit responded: "Captain Marvel FLY OVER to be recognized". The DI took another couple paces only to be halted with the command: "I said, Captain Marvel, FLY OVER to be recognized". Still no response except the DI took another couple paces and was halted with the strong command: "For the 3rd. and last time, I said Captain Marvel, fly over to be recognized".

Needless to say, the DI started walking again only to be confronted with 2 blank rounds being fired by the recruit. The DI tore through 4 Quonset huts turning over the pot bellied stoves and falling numerous times over foot lockers. We never saw that recruit again and rumor was an order came from RTR that no Drill Instructor was to come into the recruit area intoxicated. We also heard that DI joined AA.

Al Brodbent

Birthday Preview Arriving Late
The article about arriving late at MCRD reminded me of my experience in July 1957. There were 6 or 7 of us put on a plane flying from Portland, Or., with a reservist in charge. The plane landed in Los Angeles and we asked the stewardess if we could get off and stretch our legs. She said sure, that wouldn't be a problem. Needless to say, the plane left without us. We finally got another flight, I don't remember the details and when we arrived in San Diego we were in "Deep S***"! We were in trouble before we even got to MCRD, San Diego.

Dennis R. Smith
Cpl. 1694385

There were both about the same amount of San Diego Marines as PI Marines at Iwo Jima, Chosin, Tet, Grenada, Iraq (Twice) & Afghanistan so the comparison of Boot Camps is as Stupid as the battle between Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. We went, we died, we conquered and came home, some with problems, some with Hate, some with the Joy of being Home. Let it go and get a Life, for God's Sake.
F.L.Rousseau, GySgt. USMC (Retired)

Over 40 New USMC Tattoos
New Tattoos
We've added over 4 pages of great USMC tattoos to the aresenal and there are more to come...thanks to everyone who submitted tattoos for the History Channel series. We'll be sure to pass along an air-date as soon as we find out... Semper Fi Sgt Grit

Not Been Back
Sgt. Grit,
I was a 3rd Bn recruit as well as 3rd Bn. Drill Instructor, but I know that picture well. It is taken from a 2nd Bn. chow hall perspective looking at the back of the barracks facing NE. The receiving barracks would also be to the far left side just off the pic where I spent my first nights on "the Island" in 1973. The long silver like tube about 6 feet off the ground was the water supply pipe, since you can not bury stuff there because of the ground water. I have not been back since 1977, but chances are it still looks the same.
Semper Fi.
DR George, Sgt, 0311/8531/8511

Infantry man
DI Bulldog Tattoo closeup My Name is GySgt Harvey I spent 20yrs in the Marine Corps from 1982 - 2002.

I am a Infantry man by trade and served with 1/6,3/6,3/2, 2nd Mar Reg Tow Plt & SOI Camp Pendelton. I was also a DI, Senior DI & Series GySgt with 1st Bn C Company at Parris Island from 1993 - 1995. I love some of the Tattoo's my fellow Marine's have sent in and thought I would send a couple of mine.

Take care and remember Marine's we are the Real Band of Brothers!

Semper Fi !
GySgt Harvey

Stop Shooting
At the Camp Lejeune Rifle Range during slow fire at the 300 yard line, cease fire, cease fire was heard.
The next announcement was, O.K. stop shooting at the Head on the 200 yard line!
Then when "Fire at Will" was announced, a chorus of voices arose from the firing line "What did poor Will do"?.
A Salty Bunch!

Cliff Jobes
1626558 56-65 USMC

Properly Placed
Sgt Grit,

Never will forget my first night on the yellow Footprints June 15 1981 San Diego. The guy in front of me did not have his right foot placed properly on the footprint which was met with a receiving DI stomping it until properly configured. Ah yes, wonderful memories! Also Semper Fi to my Senior DI SSGT McHenry, who taught me 2 valuable life lesson's after I made a UA head call... #1 Always ask permission to make a unscheduled head call & I do mean always! #2 You can win a fight with nothing but properly placed body shots! Enjoy the newsletter each week.

Dan Dalton
SGT USMC 81-83 Active
84-89 Active Res

Saddens Me
Dear Fellow Marines,
It saddens me to report that Clair Chaffin, a Navy corpsman and decorated veteran of both Saipan and Iwo Jima, was murdered on his way to a Fourth Division reunion in Virginia, a senseless victim of a mugging outside his hotel in Florence, SC. He was one of three local veterans of the battle of Iwo Jima who met regularly and called themselves the "Iwo Trio." The thought of surviving such a horrendous battle, having been awarded the Silver Star for saving so many Marine lives on Saipan, and then to be gunned down by two miscreants in a parking lot for money. I can only hope the citizens of Florence will see that these two individuals receive as harsh an outcome as they deserve. "Doc" Chaffin is going to be missed around here for sure but he's in good company now.

Semper Fi

E. H. ("Books") Moyer
Corporal - Viet Nam '68-'69

DaNang Ammo Dump, April 27, 1969
On April 27, 1969, I was the OIC of a small communications detachment assigned to 1st MAW in DaNang. One day, while working in the office, there was a huge BOOM and the fluorescent lights in our small working spaces came tumbling down. One hit the Gunny in the left shoulder, more of a surprise than an actual injury. Then, there were a series of smaller, but just as dangerous, explosions. We stepped outside the spaces, actually a small hut surrounded by a sandbag revetment, to see what was going on. We could see a lot of smoke in the direction of 11:00 o'clock. Then, all of a sudden, we could see this shock wave heading towards our area. Finally, after an hour of this, I had no choice but to shut down our comm link with III MAF across the DaNang river. In the meantime, in accordance with our standing procedures, all the rest of the detachment reported in for duty. "All present and accounted for, Sir." It must have been about 10:00 the next morning when the all-clear was sounded.

The story I heard at the time was that some local hires were burning some brush which got away from them. Sure did a lot of structural damage. After getting all affairs back in order and re-establishing comms with II MAF, I headed up to Freedom Hill in the detachment's jeep to check in with the detachment assigned to 1stMarDiv, OIC was Capt Jim Bolson. It was like driving an obstacle course there were bombs lying everywhere. The damage was unreal. Jim Bolson's det was back up and running also. They had suffered some minor damage, but nothing that couldn't be repaired easily. Dog Patch, the civilian makeshift residences outside the 1st MAW compound was literally leveled.

Arthur Kidd
Capt Ret

Ensure That All Maggots
Bob Lonn's story about Little Agony and Big Agony caught my attention and brought back some unpleasant memories. He noted that they were located at Camp Matthews in 64 and I am curious if they were the same hills that were located at Camp Pendleton's, Edson range in 1966. Our DI's referred to them as "Little Aggie and Big Aggie" and used them as a motivational tool to ensure that all maggots were snapping in properly.

Being the back sliders that Platoon 3059 was, we were exploring the hills daily! Minor infractions called for running the hills, major infractions (I recall they were all major) demanded that the hills be duck walked forward and backwards until exhaustion set in and utilities were properly soaked with sweat, then we were required to crawl up and down the "Aggies" as we threw dirt into the air to cover each recruit with grime. Now, properly motivated we returned to the snapping in circle looking like wart hogs...I will never forget Big Aggie and Little Aggie.

Kim B. Swanson
LCPL 66-69

The Honesty From All
Sgt Grit,

Semper Fi...I have read your letters, for years now, and cannot begin to express how thankful I am to our "Marine Family" that talks from the heart. I, unfortunately, fight with PTSD a problem I would not share till 2001...the honesty from all your contacts have been a source of comfort, far better than what the V.A. (no disrespect) has been able to offer.

It may be, perhaps, from our Drill Instructors who instilled pride, honor, respect, loyalty, and yes love for our brother in arms! 339...on the road...sir, 339...on the road, sir: Yes sir. 1963 MCRD, San Diego...Viet Nam, 2nd tour was with 5th Marine Reg. I think I met Mr. Ware, What he said touched my heart...wow, which is a statement! Welcome home, Mr. Ware...welcome home brothers.

Ford, James A Sgt/63-67...5thMarines/Charlie Co. 1-9

Iron Cross Hanging On The Wall

Back in 57, or 58, not sure of the year I was stationed at Camp Lejeune, Bravo CO, 1st. Battalion, 6th Marines B/1/6. We had a thirty two mile hiking contest against two other companies in the regiment, if any Marine dropped out time was taken off the finish time.

Well we knew from the start that we would win or else we would suffer dearly. Our Capt. Hans Hensel was truly one gung ho Marine that I am proud to have served with, he had a picture I believe of his father as a German officer wearing the Iron Cross hanging on the wall behind his desk. The march was almost a nonstop run with no breaks and full gear with the Captain barking orders and even relieving some of the Marines of their gear along the way, it was brutal.

Two Marines passed out about seven miles into the march but the Captain made others carry them so we would not lose time. We won in six hours +. no contest. If any of my fellow Marines out there remember this I would love to here from you, and thank you Captain Hensel for the pride you instilled in us.

Sgt. Dave Geist USMC
Semper Fi

On To Quarterback
Sgt. Grit,

I was reading your article concerning "well known" people who served in the GREAT MARINE CORPS.

You may be a little too young to remember the name but there was another MARINE who served in the Corps and after WWII, attended college at "OLD MISS", made a name for himself in a VERY wet GATOR BOWL passing a wet football (they won the game) and went on to quarterback the New York Giants.

This MARINE served with the THIRD MARINE DIVISION and participated in the Guam and Iwo Jima campaigns, was an 81-MM Mortarman section leader and at times was a "forward observer" who with his "wireman" was "out in front" of the "grunts" calling in mortar strikes against the enemies.

Possibly you have heard of "CHUCKIN CHUCK CONERLY" but in the MARINE CORPS he was known as SGT CHARLIE CONERLY. Never knew his middle initial.

Rudy Folds, USMC, Ret. 1942/1967

Mostly What I Remember
Hello, my name is Gordon Sprenkle. I am writing in regards to the story that Jerry D. wrote in the American Courage #205 23 JUL 2009. He says No, you didn't go through boot camp at the same time as the Everly Brothers unless you joined the Corps, as they did, in November of 1961.

I arrived at PI on Oct. 17th 1961 and graduated Jan. 1962 when they arrived I believe they were in 3rd Bn. If I remember correctly and we called 3rd Bn Disney Land. After they arrived our DI informed us that they had to sing the Marines Hymn every night before lights out. I never did see anything of them because mostly what I remember seeing at PI was the Marines head in front of me.

Cpl G.D. Sprenkle
1961 to 1966

Blarney Stone
Tom kissing the Blarney stone Hey grit,

Here's how I spent my 4th. How much grit stuff can you find? By kissing the Blarney stone you get the gift of eloquence. Not that I needed it, but you never know.

Tom about to kiss the Blarney stone Tom Flynn
USMC 1969-the end
ARVN 69-70.

31st MEU
I wasn't able to answer your History Channel call for tattoos on time due to the fact that I was on ship (USS Essex) as part of BLT 3/5 attached to the 31st MEU. I just got back to Camp Hansen, Okinawa as part of the battalion's advanced party back to the states.

It's been a h&ll of a past 8 months being with the 31st MEU, first coming out to Okinawa for the first time from Camp Pendleton in early December and missing Christmas with my new wife, then hopping on ship and heading to Thailand for exercise Cobra Gold, to going to the Philippines for exercise Balikatan, then to Australia to participate in exercise Talisman Saber. Now that I am back in Japan and will soon be heading back to California as this deployment comes to an end I was catching up on reading the newsletters I missed while on ship and I have to say I'm pretty disappointed that I missed the deadline for the tattoo pics.

Anyways I thought I would still share my pictures with you, I have two moto tats, first one being on my chest and is a skull with crossed rifles and the letters USMC which you posted on your site a little over a year ago (Volume 22 in the tats Section)

But I have a few more including a pic of it being done and one of me with Justing Owens the man that did it.

Skull and crossed M-16 tattoo partially complete Skull and crossed M-16 tattoo Emblem Tattoo on right shoulder

I also have a second moto tat on my right arm that I got shortly before I finished MOS school and hit the fleet, it is the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor with the words Teufel Hunden under it. Even though it's to late to have them included I just thought I'd share them with you as they are reminders that I am a part of the proudest and best organization in the world, the United States Marine Corps, thank you for everything yall do. I also attached a few pics of us in the Philippines.

-LCpl Daryl Gatewood
2171 H&S Co. 3/5 1st MarDiv

LCpl Pegelow, GySgt Wyble, LCpl Gatewood, and Filippino Marines LCpl Gatewood, LCpl Pegelow Cpt Colby, GySgt Wyble, SSgt Chavez, SSgt Reyna, Cpl Villareal, Cpl Vargas, Cpl Mao, Cpl Che, Cpl Johnson, Cpl Warmack, Cpl Hunington, Cpl Davis, Cpl Ramirez, LCpl Gatewood, and LCpl Betancourt

Great Successes
Jerry D.'s letter regarding actors in the Corps was interesting, particularly in again exposing the phony story of Lee Marvin and Bob Keeshan each earning the Navy Cross. I can't count how many times I received that fairytale. For about 15 years my bookshelf has held "Anyone Here a Marine?". Put together by Dennis Carpenter and Frank Bisogno, it was published by the authors with a forward by an old friend, recently deceased, Jim Brady who wrote the "In Step With" column for Parade Magazine.

The index lists about 125 Marines who became celebrities in movies and/or other media. It also gives rundowns on actors who "played" Marines. Doubt that it can be found in normal bookstores, but maybe through Amazon. In addition to Don Adams (Get Smart) DI tour, he was in combat on Guadalcanal where he contracted Blackwater Fever as well as being wounded. Three years in hospitals preceded his DI stint. Also, he faked his age, enlisting at 16, weighing 120 pounds. To really get an idea of Marines highly successful in their further lives, I suggest reading the obituaries in "Leatherneck" each month. It amazes me what great successes of these now deceased folks accomplished...I'll take that back...they are MARINES.

Bob McEwen, 1stLt (nee MSgt), USMC, Ret.

In response to Jerry D's letter American courage #205 He stated that Bea Arthur was never in the Marine Corps. In a book entitled "Anyone here a Marine ?" Page 4 is a short bio on Bea Arthur which states she was in the Marine Corps.

Joe Ross
silent Drill Platoon. Wash. D.C.

My Father
Just a note to say that your newsletter is outstanding. I read it before I actually get down to working. To me it's important to read about fellow Marines and their families. I would just like to pass on a story about my father. My father passed away this past April after many years in a nursing home. When he enlisted in the Corps, the day after Pearl, like everybody east of the Mississippi he went to Parris Island. He eventually was stationed there in Motor T.

My mother took the train down there and they were married on Parris Island at the little wooden chapel. He shipped out to California and made his way to three battles, a small Atoll (the name slips me), Saipan, and Iwo. He was an E4 Sergeant.

Later, when it was my turn, I joined the Corps. I left as an E5 Sergeant. I might have outranked dad in the Corps, but not in life. When he passed, my sister and I agreed that dad should be buried in his old Marine Corps uniform. I had it cleaned, and it looked great. He had his ribbons with three battle stars and of course his rifle qualification medals, and his WWII patch. Unfortunately we didn't have a khaki tie, so I used my tie. It was very important to me to have something of my Marine Corps time to go with my father. I am so proud of my father for so many reasons, and one of them is for being a Marine.

In his retirement years, he always wore either a Marine Corps cap or a cap with the Globe and Anchor emblem. God bless those that serve, and God Bless the Marine Corps.

Joe Radigan

What happens if you put a Marine in a padded room with three ball bearings.

He will break one.
He will lose one.
He will make one pregnant.

Because Of This
I just wanted to relate my experience when I was deployed to Viet Nam in January of '66. We have three sons. When I left home the youngest was only five weeks old. I know that this Marine's wife and son will miss him terribly, but you can be sure that he will also miss you and want to be with you everyday. Just pray for his safe return, trust the Lord, and believe.

When I was in Viet Nam we had no cell phone, emails or any way to contact our family back home except through letters. My wife and I wrote each other everyday, even though sometimes I was only able to write a few lines because of events taking place. Never hesitate to let him know how much you love and miss him because that will keep him going while he's away. While I was away my wife had a large photograph of me in my uniform and everyday she showed it to my sons, especially the youngest one. Because of this they knew who I was when I walked off the plane to greet my family.

Bill McFarland, Sgt, U.S.M.C.

As A Loving Father
In the July 22, 2009 newsletter article by Jerry D. of many outstanding former Marines and not so outstanding Marines brings back many memories of my career in law enforcement where I have taken many former Marines to jail for having very bad judgments. I first had a feeling of disgust but then looked at it as a loving father. As a new officer finding 2 young Marines after leaving the roadway jumping the center median and hitting a sign on there motorcycle at 110 mph so that's what the speedo was stuck at. Finding there bodies in a 50 meter radius seemed like a motor round hit them. Alcohol was a very bad choice.

Another incident that I truly know that God watches over Marines when working graveyard and received a call of a young guy passed out with his head under this ladies tire, for some weird reason she forgot something in the house after starting the car for work and went back inside and on her way back out saw this young Marine under her car tire and called the Police. I found his buddy next door on the lawn also passed out in his vomit. So I hosed them off before putting them in my patrol car for the trip down to the local PD jail and called the Sgt. Major at the Concord Naval Weapons Station to come pick them up. This incident happened about 26 years ago I don't recall who these younger fellow brothers were and just wondered how they were this day.

Thanx Sgt. Grit for all you do SEMPER FI
Michael C.

Term of Affection for that tired, filthy, thirsty, hungry, footsore, ripped-trousered, camouflage-painted, lean, mean, beautiful little son of a b!tch who has kept the wolf away from the door for over two hundred years!

Semper Fi !

All Arizona
Sgt. Grit

All Arizona Platoon #354's Sgt. J.P. Coen, JDI, in the letters from Robert Adams, Robert Eisenreich, and Charles Hightower in the Newsletters from the summer of 2007 about the movie, "The D.I." bring a knowing grin. Some time amidst the blows of basic training Sgt. Coen made an offer, "When you're a Marine I'll give you a chance to fight me."

True to his word on that final day he asked, "Any of you Marines want to fight me?"

A hand went up fast. The new Marine, barely 5'8" weighing about 135 had been waiting for this promised opportunity. Back when he was first down the plane ramp and smiled for the photographer taking a picture of the All Arizona Platoon he figured Mr. Body Beautiful 1958 (Coen) had it in for him.

Sgt. Coen said, "Meet me over there Marine."

There were a couple of others, but he was first inside waiting.

He knew. Only one good blow was all he would get. He got a firm grip on the back of a chair. When JDI Coen entered, he swung. It wasn't enough. He knew it wouldn't be.

He did walk out under his own power. Amid clamoring from the others to know what happened he answered, "I hit him in the face with a chair. He told me to send you in next."

Ronald E. Bennett, the he in this story, did two tours in Vietnam. His father was a Marine in WWII. His three younger brothers were Marines. His son was a Marine in Desert Storm. He even talked his nephew into becoming a Marine recently back from Iraq.

All Arizona Platoon #354 1964

My husband, Cpl. Ronald E. Bennett, died in a vehicle crash in December of 2008 so the knowing grin at the beginning is mine. I've heard about the Davy Crockett cadence. I have the VHS tape of the movie, "The D.I." and every time we watched it. Ron laughed loudly saying, "That's exactly what basic training was like except we had Sgt. Coen, Mr. Body Beautiful of 1958."

Thanks to all of you for this memory.

I have the 1964 Platoon #354 book including a picture of Sgt. J. P. Coen, JDI . Please email me if I can make a copy of anything from the book rbennet3@tampabay.rr.com Attached is a photo of Platoon # 354.

Karen E. Bennett, wife of
Cpl. Ronald E. Bennett
1964 - 1967

Sick Mother
While taking my boot camp training at P-I, in 1957, tha corporal blew his whistle. We lived in tha half moon quonset huts at tha time. He said ever body in to hut one, so we all went, pronto. He said, I have bad news to tell you people, Sgt, Roy xxxxxx's mother is very, very ill, and he is asking for some emergency money to get home on, so every body dig as deep into your wallets and give all that you can spare.

Unbeknownst to all tha boots, Sgt Roy xxxxxx's was being transferred to another outfit, out of tha 40 to 50 boots in tha company, tha totaled up to a fare sum of money in tha 1954's. We were sworn to secrecy, not to tell any body about giving money to out DI. We all did.

Well, I got transferred up to Camp Lejeune, got put in tha 6th marine regiment, and about 4 months later, I was ordered to report to my commanding officer now! I went in, and there was a bird Colonel, two Majors, a Lieutenant, a h&ll of a lot of brass was there. I ask what I did wrong, a Major said, you have done nothing wrong, this matter is concerning a Corporal Abe xxxxxx and Sgt Roy xxxxx, they are classified undesirables and we no longer have room for tha both, in our Corps.

We have 7 sworn statements from other recruits tha both men solicited money from you, and all of tha men that was in your company. They had court stenographer there. I was sworn in and did not leave any thing out. I was new, they were both found guilty, tha corporal was given 6 months and tha sgt got one year and day, and both got bad conduct discharges.

Corporal Robert Collier, 6th Marine Regiment Retired USMC, get right with tha Good Lord, that's one decision, you will never regret, Amen

Sgt Grit,
I just had pinstripes painted and some airbrush work done on my truck that I thought you might enjoy. Tom the owner of Bonehead Designs in New Hampshire did an outstanding job on both the blood stripes and Emblem. Plus I have had plenty of compliments on the decal on my rear window and hitch cover that I purchased from your catalog.

Ford F-150 with Marine Corps Decals Ford F-150 with Marine Corps Decals Ford F-150 with Marine Corps Decals

Thank you for the great products, news letters, and web site.

Semper Fi
USMC 90-02

Short Rounds
What many may not know is that the "Moon Man", MGySgt Mullins is legend as a DI at Parris Island. I served with him then and am honored to still see him, although to infrequently, at the Drill Instructor Reunions at Parris Island. Semper FI Moon.

Jack Pomeroy

I cannot believe Gunny Noakes picture was in here. I was in platoon 3185 in Oct. of 1969. He had a scar on the back of his neck were he was wounded. I heard an officer tell him to stop shaving his head because it was against of Marine Corps regulations. He always replied yes sir and look back and wink at us. Then shave again, in my book one of the greatest Marines that ever lived.

Randy Ratcliff

No, America's 1stSgt is not a proud father. But I know someone who is!

The other day one of my S-1 ninja's wife gave birth to a healthy baby boy. He had been on the phone on and off for hours. She was in labor for 20 of them if that tells you anything!

All morning I�d stick my head in the office and loudly ask if we were a dad, yet....

Read the rest at America's 1stSgt Blog

Sgt. Grit,

Corpsman Ron Ron Russell's letter in your July 16th issue of Sgt. Grit News was one of the most powerful and moving I have ever read. It had tears flowing down my face and I am not ashamed to admit it. God Bless Doc Russell and all our Corpsman.

Semper Fidelis,

Ed Fulwider, President
China Marine Association

Sgt Grit, I served in Vietnam on Mutters Ridge, RockPile, Khe Ghee bridge, Dong Ha Mountain, LZ Vandergrift, landed on LZ Mack, Tiger Mountain, Sierra hill 881, N.Sierra with the Third Battalion Fourth Marines, 3rd MarDiv. Mike 2Charlie. March 1969, Nov 1969.
Lance Corporal Donald W. Burrell. #2507904. Camp Hansen, Okinawa.

Lt. Manion Battled To The End (article)

Thanks for another great issue of scuttlebutt. I was just wondering if anyone else can remember IG inspection in the khaki uniform in 98 degree weather at Quantico, VA and trying not to bend your knees so your pants did not wrinkle. I remember two Marines falling out that day and were promptly removed to rear so as to not interrupt a truly inspiring speech that lasted at an hour or so. Our memories are what make us ALWAYS MARINES
D. Womack

Another outstanding news as always. I was at Yemasee spent 2 nights & a day there. No yellow footprints. Was put into the cattle cars to PI. Fell in at IRON MIKE, got issued all of our gear except rifles and our Dis, got us and we were in the barracks that night SEMPER FI
R B Scott Plt 176 Charlie Co. 1st RCT BN Oct 50 - Dec 50

Great Newsletter Sgt Grit; the article written by the three - tour corpsman put a lump in my throat; I'm a Khe-Sanh Tet offensive survivor (December 1967- November 1968)- -Before being wounded for the third time up near the DMZ walking point with a Sergeant and finishing my 13-month overseas duty as a main gate guard at Camp Hanson in Okinawa. I'll never forget a close friend I lost in Khe-Sanh.

Corporal Floyd P. Hicks Jr.

Bugs Bunny wartime cartoon (video) It's a bit long but if your fast forward to about a quarter of the way from the end of it you'll see what I'm talking about.

Sgt Grit,

Thank you for the work that you do.
My brother, Manuel, and I both served in the Marine Corps and in Vietnam. I am sorry to report the passing of L/Cpl Manuel Villagomez. He was a very proud Marine who served with 2/5 in Vietnam 68-69. For those who served with him, I just wanted to let you know that he reported for duty in Heaven on July 4, 2009. We were very close and we always wore Marine Corps caps (baseball caps) and t-shirts to identify ourselves to other Marines. He never lost his love for the Corps. Semper Fi.

Cpl Efrain Villagomez USMC Vietnam 1967-68

Marines Pour Into Afghanistan (article)

Semper Fi Til I Die T-shirt
Semper Fi Til I Die T-shirt

Property Protected T-shirt
Property Protected T-shirt

Welcome Home Marine, Job Well Done!
Semper Fi
Sgt Grit

New Moto Gear

Jungle Fever T-shirt
Jungle Fever T-shirt

First to Fight T-shirt
First to Fight T-shirt

Hidden Eagle, Globe, and Anchor T-shirt
Hidden Eagle, Globe, and Anchor T-shirt

Silver USA and USMC Flag Hatpin
Silver USA and USMC Flag Hatpin

Envy Bumper Sticker
Envy Bumper Sticker

3'x5' Double Sided Printed Polyester Marine Corps Flag
3'x5' Double Sided Printed Polyester Marine Corps Flag

3'x5' Iwo Jima Polyester Flag
3'x5' Iwo Jima Polyester Flag

3'x5' Marine Corps Retired Polyester Flag
3'x5' Marine Corps Retired Polyester Flag

KA-BAR Coyote Tan Dozier Folding Hunter
KA-BAR Coyote Tan Dozier Folding Hunter

Operation Iraqi Freedom Decal
Operation Iraqi Freedom Decal

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FAST Company Patch
FAST Company Patch

4th Bn 12th Marines Patch
4th Bn 12th Marines Patch

Remington Raiders Rocker Patch
Remington Raiders Rocker Patch

9th Marine Engineers Patch
9th Marine Engineers Patch

1st Bn 12th Marines Patch
1st Bn 12th Marines Patch

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