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AmericanCourage #233     19 AUG 2010
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Was spending a nice relaxing day with not much planned on an R&R in Oklahoma City with my bride of over 20 years when she suggested "we might as well drop by the Sgt Grit store while we're this close." Most of her Marine clothing was getting worn out so away we went. After she finished up and I saw the size of the credit card receipt, I realized my retirement had just been set back another three years. Thanks a lot.

P.S. Anyone in the Oklahoma City area should stop by. The catalog is great but it's better to see the merchandise up close and personal.

Howard Spaulding
SGT '67-'71
Proud Dad of LCPL Brandon Spaulding

Note: And my retirement just moved "forward" three years.
Sgt Grit

In This Issue
Here are some of the tag lines from the stories below: Barefoot across America for PTSD, Mom knocks on Commandants door, am I a veteran?, recovering Airwinger, more about different branches. And many more.

You gotta love mothers, read the one about the Commandants door, there is more than just that. For your daily Hard Corps fix remember the Sgt Grit Facebook page.

There is a news article on the blog about the DOD redefining the Marine Corps' mission.

Fair winds and following seas.
Sgt Grit

Sgt Grit,
I just wanted to share with you the newest member of the Devil Pup Club. Her name is Kayeleigh Brielle. She will get to meet her daddy in January when he returns from Afghanistan.

Yvonne Bates
One very Patriotic Marine Mom
Proud Grandma

Proud Parent(s) of a United States Marine
-Currently deployed to Afghanistan

Lord, shadow with Your loving care
The path of this Marine.
On land, on sea, by night, by day,
From him all dangers screen.
The leathernecks of God,
Brave men,
The soldiers of the sea,
Wherever perils threaten most
Marines will always be.
Be with them Lord, in all the lands
Where duty bids them go,
Keep strong their faith, keep high
their hearts,
Protect them from the foe!

Hi. I just wanted to share this photo of my grandson that was born on July 29, 2010. in Amarillo Texas. My son is CPL Daniel Reynero and is serving in Afghanistan. Although he wasn't here for the birth of his son the hospital was able to help us set up SKYPE. Baby and mom are doing fine and Daniel will be home soon.

Thank you, Marine Mom in Amarillo Texas. Melba Gonzales

This is a picture of me and my oldest grandson, Joshua, taken two or three days after he was born Feb 15, 1989. I knew then that he would one day join the Marine Brotherhood. Today, August 6th, marks the 3rd anniversary of the beginning of his transformation from a scuzzy civilian to a brother Marine.

He was awarded his Eagle Globe and Anchor and earned the title Marine at Parris Island after completing the Crucible on November 10th, 2007. I stood with tears in my eyes as I watched him graduate On November 16th 2007, marching on the same parade ground and probably along the exact parade route where I graduated 42 years before, and yes, I am very proud of LCpl Joshua Lutz.

John Lewis
USMC Retired

Fideli Certa Merces
"To The Faithful There Is Just Reward"

Marine writes outstanding book.
David Steece's "PARADOX".

Semper Fi
Sgt Grit

Sgt Grit,

I think I may have beaten you and Pvt Turtle when it comes to the timing of getting a USMC nickname. My nickname was given to me in August, 1965 when I was attending Air Traffic Control school at NAS Glynnco, Ga. (Yes, I too am a recovering AirWinger.)

I was attempting to grow some hair on my head after the MCRD SD and 2nd ITR experiences. One of my classmates was discussing my cowlick and commented that I looked just like the actor that played "Beaver Cleaver" on TV at the time. Well, one should not resist getting a nickname in front of a bunch of Marines because they will make sure it sticks. I became known and still am known as "Beaver" or "Beave" to many people.

When I was in Chu Lai in 1966 everyone referred to me as Beaver. When our new tower chief checked he heard me being called Beaver and assumed that was my last name, so he called me Sgt. Beaver. After about two months he informed that he would be putting me on report because I had not been keeping up with my certifications. He said some Sgt. Maston had been doing my work for me. I laughed and explained that was me. He asked "Well, who is Sgt. Beaver?" and I said that's my nickname. Until the day he died GySgt. Richard Scarborough lovingly referred to me as Sgt. Beaver.

Lewis "Beaver" Maston
USMC 1964-1968
2nd MAW 1965-1966
1st MAW 1966-1967

And I Quote...

"Each State, in ratifying the Constitution, is considered as a sovereign body, independent of all others, and only to be bound by its own voluntary act. In this relation, then, the new Constitution will, if established, be a FEDERAL, and not a NATIONAL constitution."
--James Madison

Sgt Grit,

Here's a pic of my EGA! I'd put the quality of this EGA tattoo up against any others out there. It's absolutely sick looking! I'm glad I took my time finding the right artist and design. Craig Cheape of Nickel City Tattoo in Buffalo, NY did the design and the work. Thanks again Craig!

Semper Fi brothers!

Matt Kresge
Cpl 2/7 S-2 & MAG-12 S-2 '93-'97

Oohrah Sgt Grit,

Sorry for the delay. My best Birthday Ball was my first one in 2006. You can save this story for the newsletters which focus on Birthday Balls this year and such.

I had the fortune of my first Birthday Ball being when I was going through the Armed Forces School of Music in Little Creek, VA (East Coast Musicians Birthday Ball). I was a PFC at the time. I didn't have any "date" like most of the other Marines, but my mom came instead (this is the SAME mom who quarterdecked me right after my boot camp graduation. Youtube Graduation Pushups video ring any bells?).

The Quantico Marine Band hosted the Birthday Ball, and the drum and bugle detail at that ball has been the best I've heard to this day. My mom, being her usual self, sang the National Anthem loud and clear with the band detail. She also sang along with "You're a grand old flag", and it was very amusing watching her get caught off guard when the conductor ended the song before the end of the "verse" so say.

The first real highlight came when I realized that the guest of honor was our current Commandant! This Birthday Ball, it turns out, was a few weeks out from when he would officially become the next Commandant. Naturally, after the ceremony, us eager Marines wanted to meet (at the time) Lt. Gen. Conway.

My mom was as quick with a camera as a Marine with a rifle. She snapped away and eventually told Lt. Gen. Conway that while I was on boot camp leave, she leaned over the fence of his soon- to-be house to snap some pictures. Lt. Gen. Conway told my mom, "Next time, knock on the door!" And the next time we went through DC, she did (I'll save that story for after I write out this one.).

The true highlight of the evening for me, and what makes me rate this Birthday Ball as my best, was the raffle. Overall, us students at the SOM did very well that night, having won about half the overall raffle gifts. Then came the announcement of the grand prize: all Marine Corps Association sponsored: one Marine Corps mug-shaped thermos, one statue of the Marine Corps emblem with the emblem's history engraved on the back, two MCA covers, one USMC rosewood pen with a USMC-engraved rosewood box, and lastly, and I kid you not, an official Marine Corps NCO sword.

OK I need to back up here. Before the raffle, my mom ordered me, yes, ordered me to get some raffle tickets. Since she quarterdecked me after my boot camp graduation, I knew better than to argue! I wasn't optimistic about winning anything that night, but I still followed mom's order.

OK, back to the grand prize. Lt. Gen. Conway was up there with the ticket announcer, holding the NCO sword. There was an NCO on my right who was muttering, "That sword's mine! That sword's mine!" The ticket announcer read out the winning ticket, and my mom shrieked. She had long since memorized the ticket numbers, and knew who just won.

With a HUGE grin on my face, I strode up and presented the ticket. Our current Commandant wrapped his arm across my shoulders for picture taking, and soon my mom handed off her camera to someone so she could get up there with us. Needless to say, I quickly became the most popular PFC that night. What would've made that night absolutely perfect for me would've been a picture of the look on that NCO's face when he saw this lowly PFC going up to take the grand prize.

After looking at the pictures, and remembering the look she saw on my face, my mom has told me time after time that I won't look that happy again until my wedding day. So far she has proven to be right, as Marine Corps moms are supposed to be!

Now for the "Next time knock on the door" story. My mom took that order seriously and literally. After I graduated MOS school, we stopped by 8th and I again. We walked to General Conway's house, and my mom went up and proceeded to ring the bell and knock on the door. About 10 seconds later, two Marines came around the corner, advancing in a motivated Marine Corps fashion. I said, "Way to go mom! Thanks for getting us in trouble!"

I quickly went up to the Marines with my ID in hand so they wouldn't take us for bad guys. My mom promptly whipped out her laptop and showed the Marines the picture of us with the Commandant, and told them about what General Conway told my mom at my first Birthday Ball. They were amused, but alas, the Commandant wasn't home at the time.

We are familiar with the saying that so-so guy knows how to show a girl a good time. Well, here's a mom that knows how to show a Marine a good time, and in a clean manner!

Hope you enjoyed these stories!

Cpl Atwood

Sgt Grit, It's been a while since I promised to send these. On my wedding I was...."TOLD"...that I "HAD TO WEAR" the "OFFICIAL" cake cutting uniform. As you can see, being the well trained Marine that I am, I did as I was "TOLD" and it now hangs as a complete set in a place of honor in my OOHRAH Room.

Semper Fi,
Oklahoma Devil Dog Chapter
Leatherneck MC

And I Quote...

"We are not Europeans. We are not, in Orwell's phrase, a 'state- broken people'. We do not have a feudal background of subservience to the state. No, that is the project of the current administration-it can be boiled down to learned feudalism. It is a dependency agenda that I have been talking about ad nauseam."
--George F. Will

On Wednesday August 4, 2010 LCPL Neil H. Wolfe, ( 1st Force Recon Co. 1966 - 1977 ) reported aboard his final duty station. He is now patrolling the streets of Heaven with his Marine brothers who went before. Neil is sorely missed by his family and his fellow VietNam Vets in Bucks County, PA.
C.W. Leeds HM2 USN (FMF) 65-74

Well another Cheyenne Frontier days has come and gone. Saturday was our last parade. I Know there are a heck of a lot more Marines in town as I talked to 20 plus on the sidelines!

Choo Choo
Sgt of Marines (nla)
1968-1974 (still serving?)
RVN 70-71

Mr. Suter,

I read your recent letter to Sgt Grit. The Marine whose wake you happened upon was L/Cpl Timothy Serwinowski. Tim's mother is the sister of my aunt. Tim was an outstanding young man and an outstanding Marine on his first tour in Afghanistan when he was killed. I want to thank you for stopping at the wake and paying your respects, I can tell you that his family appreciated all of the veterans who didn't know Tim in life but stopped by the wake because they felt a bond with him in hearing of his death. May God bless you and your family and safe travels on the rest of your vacation.

Kevin J. Sullivan
USMC/USMCR 1980-1999

My husband is a Marine, and the proudest person I have ever met. He served for 8 years and fought in the battle of Fallujah. He is still affected by the horrors of the war. But the brotherhood keeps him strong. I often share the stories you send with him. So thank you Sgt Grit for staying true to honor and courage! Even though they often make me cry.

OOHRAAH Marines! I am looking to get into contact with Sgt. Major Larry Hicks from Alabama. You see, back in 1979 when he was at a recruiting office in Bloomington, Minnesota I was one of his enlistees. My name is Robert Anderson.

Andy Ball, if he happens to remember Andy from that time, was also part of the recruiting team back then. I am a huge NASCAR fan and a few years back I noted how he saved Jack Rouschs life from the plane crash and wanted to send him a big OOHRAAH from me. I would love to email chat with my "old" recruiter and remind him of the winter football games we use to have at the nearby high school.

Can you tell me how to contact Sgt. Major Larry Hicks. I would sure appreciate it. Thank you so much and Semper Fi! Cpl. Robert Anderson, USMC, 1978-1984, 5811.

(Son in law did 2 tours in Iraq recently and 1 as a front line scout on the assault of Fallujah...the first time, and of course was in the Corps as well...I wouldn't let my daughter marry any other branch of service...LOL. He returned home safely with a lot of stories to tell. They kicked ---!

Sgt Grit,

I wanted to take this opportunity, to personally thank you and your staff for giving Marines a place to procure some pretty special items. I also wanted to personally thank Solita, who helped me with my order, as well as her manager, and anyone else who helped put together a special gift for one of my best friends.

To give you a little background, my friend and fellow Marine Brian Timmons, served as a rifleman with 3rd Bn 9th Marines in Operation Desert Storm. I met Brian back in 1997, after I had EAS'd off of active duty, at a factory in Chicago where I began my transition back to civilian life. At first, we kept to ourselves and seemingly did not get along, but once he found out I was in the Corps, that all changed.

Needless to say, over the years we have shared sea stories, and have had many a hearty laugh. He also told me how when he left California for Chicago after he EAS'd, his ex-girlfriend kept all of his uniforms and service medals. We used to discuss how he needed to get his medals back, as he received a combat action ribbon, as well as both of his Kuwait Liberation Service Medals.

This discussion had been going on for years, with no action ever being taken, so once I found out that he was having a 40th birthday party thrown for him, I knew I had to act.

That is where you came in. I called your number back in early July, and spoke to Solita, and let her know what I had in mind. At that point, I purchased a shadow box, all of Brian's service ribbons and medals, as well as his corporal chevrons, unit patch, and a few other items that I thought would be appropriate. I worked closely with Solita, and two other young ladies, who put together an outstanding shadow box, that I knew was going to be a hit.

Well, this past Saturday was his party, and I was finally able to present him his gift. I asked his current girlfriend to make sure he opened mine last, as I knew it was going to be an emotional moment. Needles to say, I was right. He was laughing and joking as he opened the box, but when he actually saw what it was, his whole demeanor changed.

There was not a dry eye in the house, including mine. You could see all of the memories come back to him, as he humbly and graciously accepted the shadow box. He kept thanking me, but I have to honestly say, that it was truly my pleasure to present this Marine with the medals and ribbons he earned.

Again, thank you for providing us Marines with a place to call our own. Without Sgt Grit, I would not have been able to make Brian's 40th birthday, the special day it turned out to be. Marines take care of our own, and that is something that the other services will never understand.

Lcp Mark A. Hernandez

And I Quote...

"The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men."
--Samuel Adams

Sgt Grit,
Did these decrepit ole eyes deceive me or was it my trifocals or could it have been my eyeballs sweating but I think it was the belt on the Cpl. Kenny Teddy Bear that was incorrectly worn.

In my twenty three years in the Corps, we always wore our belt tip to the LEFT and not to the RIGHT as was shown on that Teddy Bear that was in the 12 Aug. Newsletter. I must say it could have been ATTENTION TO DETAIL.

Keep up the great work and the great stories. I enjoy reading the weekly newsletters.

MGySgt. Billy J. Russell Ret'd
Sept 1962- Sept 1985

Ok, so we've been slacking off. I'm doing some catch up reading and just finished AC # 230 for 8 July.

"So in reality the Korean War is the Forgotten War.

Jack Nolan 1131869"

Not completely. At the Museum,

we honored the Korean War Vets all week by showing a Korean War video at noon each day and having refreshments daily. The Director is a USA Korea vet and was present every day. We have a room dedicated to the Korean War.

And one of my favorite books is Breakout: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign

D Ward, who thinks he might be writing Olive Garden a letter soon.
Sgt. USMC 1971-1975

I must be, what you call a "late bloomer" or something. I got out of the Corps in 1975, that's 35 years ago. I finally got my USMC tat on my 50th birthday in 1999. (It was a birthday gift from my wife and kids) Well, in 2009, I finally joined the Jeb F. Seagle detachment #1265 of the Marine Corps League. Why the heck did I wait so long?
What a great bunch of guys to be around!
My recommendation to any of you Marines out there that haven't already done so, contact your nearest League and join up, you won't be sorry.
Ron Morse Sgt 2568687

The book "Camouflaged Memories - Vietnam and Beyond" by LtCol Eric D. Shaffer is an eclectic collection of one Marine's memories of Vietnam and his 20 year career following that service. The stories are familiar to all who have served and are serving as they provide those personal glimpses of Marines that make for lasting memories. The book is available on line from Barnes & Nobel, Amazon and Xlibris and details can be found at

E.D. Shaffer

I was discharged in December of 1972 and immediately started college. Needless to say after being away from school for 3 plus years it was not easy. I did not have time for the reserves. In those days the closest Marine Reserve center was in Kansas City and you were on your own when it came to finding a place to stay and meals.

I got married, had a full time job, and went to night school 3 days a week to finish my degree so there was no time for reserves especially with a new baby boy. I had finished college in 1979 and finally had the time but my wife's father was terminally ill and it left little time after work. Finally in 1983 I got up enough gumption to join the reserves. The only problem was by then I was 30 and when I visited the reserve center in Kansas City I took one look at those 18-20 young guys and knew that I could not have kept up. It would have been one thing to have stayed with it for 10 years, stayed in shape, but Marines are hard and I knew it was a young man's Corps.

I would never consider joining the Army Reserves or Guard (sorry guys) but there was an Air National Guard base near my home but when I tried to joking they were not taking any OSVets. A year later they called and said they had a job for me and to come on down. When I asked what I would be doing they said I would be and E4 and would be on a crew that filled potholes on runways. Sorry guys no way.

A hunting buddy of mine was in the Navy Reserve and he told me that his unit was assigned to the USS Benjamin Stoddart a reserve ship in Honolulu and they went over once a year for two weeks and had a great time. My first thought was I could probably lower myself and wear a dixie cup hat a bell bottoms for an extra two week's vacation every year in Hawaii. However when I visited the recruiter the Chief Petty Officer said "You have a degree?" I said "h&ll yes I have several which one do you want?"

He then said "you should be and officer". My answer was "you're right."

To make a long story short I was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy Supply Corps. The supply corps school was a six month course in Athens, Georgia. Needless to say I could not get six months off but the Navy's direct commission program for supply officers was a two year correspondence course. Two weeks of summer camp, a year of correspondence courses, another two weeks of school followed by another year of courses and the final two weeks of school you were a bonafide supply officer and got to keep your commission.

For those who do not know Supply Officers in the Navy take care of Supply, food service, dispersing, and the geedunk stores on ships. Marine officers with a supply MOS used to attend the school.

I used all my Marine Corps training to act as an officer as I had not attended any Officer's Candidate school. I was just an old buck sergeant in a Navy Suit. I must have done alright because I finally retired as a Lieutenant Commander. I would have stayed longer but a bout with colon cancer forced me into an early retirement. I have a great career as an air cargo officer and spent most of my time around cargo planes at MAC bases. I even had the opportunity to chew out some Marines and even a Captain and Warrant Officer for violating flight line safety.

I have to say though my proudest day was in March of 1970 when I graduated with Platoon 1229.

Jim Grimes

And I Quote...

"We should always remember that our strength still lies in our faith in the good sense of the American people. And that the climate in Washington is still opposed to those enduring values, those 'permanent things' that we've always believed in. ... Washington is a place of fads and one-week stories. It's also a company town, and the company's name is government, big government. ... In the discussion of federal spending, the time has come to put to rest the sob sister attempts to portray our desire to get government spending under control as a hard- hearted attack on the poor people of America."
--Ronald Reagan

Dear Sgt. Grit,

Ron Zaleski is walking barefoot across America, wearing a sign that says 18 Vets a Day Commit Suicide.

He started on June 1, 2010, in Boston area, has walked through MA, CT, NY, NJ, PA, MD, WV and is now in Virginia near Harrisonburg. He is heading south to Atlanta, will turn west and aim for Los Angeles. He is seeking one million signatures on his petition, a plan for mandatory stress counseling for all military personnel prior to discharge. He is concerned that the military-related suicide rate is at an all-time high and increasing, and proposes a three point plan for loss of life and limb counseling in boot camp, a Civilian Re-Entry Transition program and a self-directed vet-helping-other-vet program available to all as civilians after service. He walks an average of ten miles a day, no shoes, rain or shine, down Main Street, America, and he talks to Americans every single day.

Zaleski's website is, where a link is provided to sign his petition. Currently his petition is in the #1 spot on and he is averaging greater than 100 hits a day on his website. His goal is an average of 20,000 signatures from each and every state, so as to influence the President and every representative on the Armed Services Committee. There are taped interviews of Ron on his website and also please see the powerful video about PTSD on the welcome page.

Could you publish a link to our website and a story in your newsletter? Ron can be reached personally at 305-608-5778 or by email at It would be a big help to our cause and we need the help, because every hour and twenty minutes, we lose another person. It's no joke, it really is happening, we're talking to people every day who tell us they've lost someone. Literally every ten miles down Main St., America, at least one military-related suicide has occurred, from either a current war or past. (If someone died every ten miles from the swine flu, there would be a vaccine and tremendous clamor in the press.) The rate is increasing alarmingly-we need all the help you can give us getting the plan put into action.

Thank you,

Valeria Moran

Vito E Pistone IV, Born Oct.22,1981, passed away on July 10, 2010, as a result of an all-terrain vehicle accident. He was a born leader. Vito was a loving husband and an amazing father. He was a great friend and an even better brother. Vito was an inspiration to all who met him. He was always there to carry the weight and gave you a smile when you needed it the most. He was a man of strong morals and applications, an example for everything you could have hoped to be.

Vito signed up for the Marines when he was 17 yrs. old. He graduated boot camp from Parris Island first class ranking fifth place with honors in September of 2000. He was deployed to Iraq after 911 Operation Enduring Freedom aboard the U.S.S. Belleau Wood 11th MEU (SOC) in October 2002. He was again deployed to Iraq aboard the U.S.S. Peleliu in September of 2003.

Vito recently graduated with honors from Spokane Community College receiving his airframe and power plant technician license.

Vito leaves behind his wife, Kelly Pistone, their daughter, Bella Rose, and his unborn child, Guilianna Marie. He was like a brother and a father to so many in his life. His wife would especially like to thank all those who have shown their love and support.

Vito will be dearly missed and never forgotten, we will carry him in spirit. Rest in Peace. Semper Fi Oorah Vito, "So Italian, so Intense!"

This is my son who has always brought joy to my life.
Once a Marine Mom, always a Marine Mom
Semper Fi Marie Pistone

Sgt Grit
Wallace Podell was kind enough to add a number of famous Marines to a list previously submitted. I take exception to one name he included. Dan Rather failed to complete boot camp therefore he is not entitled to be considered a Marine.
Rick Whittaker

It is with tears in my eyes that I have to report that my support unit of 23 years received her final transfer orders. On the 15th of June 2010 the Ultimate monitor/dispatcher issued her final set of orders and called her home. Through numerous deployments, training evolutions and retirement she was always there to support her troops. During a deployment of 2/9 she was one of the senior wives that helped the juniors get through their first deployment, and since that time was my anchor. She is and always will be missed.

Ann Higgins
1954-2010 Navy Wife


Stephen Higgins
2/9, 2nd Med BN, 3rd Recon, 1st LAV

And I Quote...

Under capitalism the common man enjoys amenities which in ages gone by were unknown and therefore inaccessible even to the richest of people.
--Ludwig von Mises

Mr. Podell,
I have a few more names of famous Marines for you and three you can remove from your list.

Beatrice Arthur - There is a YouTube video interview with Ms. Arthur in which the interviewer says, "There's a rumor you were in the Marine Corps." to which Ms. Arthur replies, with a touch of distain in her voice, "No. Oh no." The exchange is about five and a half minutes into the interview.
Dan Rather - Washed out before completing boot camp.
Don Knotts - Joined the Army and entertained the troops, mostly in the Pacific.
Fred Stivers - The guy I joined with on the Buddy Plan, didn't complete boot camp. Discharged two weeks before I graduated boot camp because he was allergic to the wool socks.

John Besh - Famous chef and Food Network star
Hugh (Lumpy) Brannum - Bob Keeshan's sidekick, Mr. Green Jeans, on Captain Kangaroo
Ken Norton - Three All-Marine Heavyweight titles. Beat Cassius Clay in 1973 for the NABF Heavyweight title. Won the WBC title in 1978.
George Jones - Country music star
Bum Phillips - Pro football coach
Jo Jo White - Pro basketball player
Tom Seaver - MLB pitcher
Art Donovan Jr. - Pro football player
Bob Parsons - Founder and CEO of Go Daddy, an internet domain technical group.

Semper Fi
The Few. The Proud.
Jerry D.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stumps.
Billy Cooper

In answer to Air Force MSgt Leonard Hingle. I to served in two different branches of the Armed Forces. First I served 6 1/2 years in the Corps, 5 active then 1 1/2 years in Marine Reserves till the unit was moved across the state. I then served 3 years in the Texas National Guard, only because there was nothing reserve wise in the area.

After my bride informed me she was pregnant, I enlisted in the US Army and serviced 14 years until I retired. I served in a couple of deployments with the Corps, and a few with the Army to include Desert Storm, but I feel that the Corps was the building block for survival.

Many times I was asked, "How would the Corps handle this?" On numerous times, The SgtMaj would yell at me "God $#^% it Sgt Hill, this ain't the Corps!" I would just smile and move on. So in closing my brother, You too stood on the yellow foot prints and you to an oath to the Corps and your country that you would do whatever was required of you.

That can never be taken away. Anyone can be a soldier, airman or squid, but only a few can be called Marine! That can never be taken away from you, you earned that title.

R. Hill
USMC 77-83

P.S. I'm proud of both branches of service, but wear my USMC hat the most. Also on special occasions I stand at attention for both of the branches songs, and that turns a few heads! Semper Fi!

And I Quote...

Do not abandon wisdom, and it will watch over you. Love wisdom, and it will protect you.
--Proverbs 4:6

I enlisted in the PLC ( Platoon Leaders Class ) program in March 1961. I attended and excelled in the Junior PLC increment at Quantico, finishing 3RD in my Platoon. I attended the Senior increment in July 1963. On the 23RD day, I was Dropped on Demand, having been accused of cheating on an exam. My only defense was submitting a "Statement" to the CO. 90 minutes after finishing the exam, my gear was stuffed in my Sea Bag and I was off to H & S Company awaiting transportation home. I was attached to a Reserve Battalion where I finished up my 6 year contract in 1967, never having been ordered to Active Duty again.

I only have a total of 79 Active Duty Days. Because I never served 90 Consecutive days, I was not issued a DD214. I was given a DD 256 MC Honorable Discharge form.

I have regretted never Re-Upping. Can I at least use the title "Veteran"

Semper Fidelis!
L/Cpl Joseph Rosati USMCR 1961 to 1967

And I Quote...

"Nothing in life is as exhilarating as to be shot at without result."
--Winston Churchill

God Bless America!
Semper Fi
Sgt Grit