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AmericanCourage #251     28 APR 2011

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My partner and I (both retired Jugheads) were having a brew in a local Amvets Post... when in walked this young man, and asked if he could join us. We said O.K.

The bartender asked if he was a vet... The kid said yes, laughing... he was just "Honorably Discharged" for punching his C.O. in the face. I asked if he did brig time... he said no.

"Maggie's drawers" started flying as my partner and I looked at each other, and I winked, turned to the "wannabe" and asked where he went to boot camp... Sioux City Iowa, or are you a Hollywood Marine ? He gave a funny look, smiled and said "Sioux City of course".

In short... he was asked to leave. We never laughed as hard as we did that nite. "WANNABE"

Master Sergeant Bob K. Buffalo, NY

In This Issue

the Sgt Grit Blog Take a look at my blog. Two daily stories or videos. Get your daily dose of the Corps and more.

Here we go: Iwo vet friendship, who bosses who?, more great quotes, patriotic gnomes, birthday cake X-many, my parrot died, police report, no room at the Inn?, SDI is a s-ssy, more green/brown side out, 1954 Korea poem.

Popping smoke!
Stay Green (the real Green machine, not the phoney stuff)
Sgt Grit

Jeff standing proudly after earning the title of United States Marine 17 years ago today I did something that few thought I could. It was one of the proudest days of my life. On 15 April 1994 at 1000 hours, on the parade deck of MCRD San Diego, under the leadership of Drill Instructors Sgt. White, Sgt. Harris and Senior Drill Instructor Sgt. Lopez of Platoon 2109 Echo Company... I earned the title of United States Marine.

Semper Fi my fellow Devil Dogs past, present and future!
Jeff Rogers

I am 5 years late sharing this but seeing the recent letter about the Iwo Marine who recently passed away reminded me to write.

My father-in-law, Cpl C.C. Chapin III, born 04 June 1926, was a Marine on Iwo Jima; he witnessed the raising of the flag on Mt Suribachi. He passed away 04 June 2006, and took his memories with him. He lived with my husband, me and our 3 sons since 2001, yet never shared his experiences with us. My husband and I both are Marines so when he finally told me he'd been on Iwo and had actually seen the flag raised on Mt Suribachi I was instantly humbled. I had know this man for over 10 years & he'd never shared that with me. He still never talked about it with us. He enjoyed listening to my father's stories of D-Day & being on Saipan yet never spoke of his own experiences. Once he became ill he declined rather quickly and he died having never shared anymore with us.

After my husband, SGT C.C. Chapin IV, was diagnosed with PTSD we thought more and more about his father. We are certain he also suffered from PTSD - severely. Sometimes timing is everything- had we figured that out before 2006 he may have been able to be relieved of some of the memories he kept so deep inside, and we would have understood more about him and the war of his generation. Every Marine, soldier, seaman, airman, etc has his/her story & each one is part of a puzzle; each one being equally as important as the other. Semper Fi, Cpl CC Chapin III

With Much Love and admiration,
LCpl Kris Joynes Chapin (1990-92)

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Chandler, OK couple may have made Marine Corps History.

"Who bosses who?" is the question a lot of people ask this young couple who just graduated from boot camp with honors.

Article clipping about Chandler couple In early 2010, Jared Blackwell was talking to his wife Stephanie (married July, 08) about joining the Marine Corps. Jared had always talked about joining the military and shared with Stephanie that he wanted a challenging career with variety that would be productive and told her that he was worried his future in the pipeline business wasn't stable enough. Stephanie was pursuing a degree in physical education from the University of Central Oklahoma, and told Jared she was also unsure about opportunities that would be available to her after graduation.

Meanwhile, to make a long story short, after Jared talked to a recruiter and decided to join the Corps, it didn't take Stephanie long to decide that she was going to join also. Since all women recruits go through boot camp at Parris Island, and Oklahoma males typically to through boot camp at San Diego, Jared was granted a waiver, and on May 10, 2010, they both shipped out for recruit training at Parris Island.

Article clipping about Chandler couple The couple began training; drill, classes, physical training, with all the fun and games that makes Marine Corps boot camp what it is, simply put, the toughest training in the world. During this time, the male and female recruits were allowed no contact. Undergoing the same training made them cross paths a few times per week, but no communication was allowed and they were only able to glance at each other.

On Aug. 6, 2010 the Blackwells graduated from boot camp, possibly making Marine Corps history by being the first married couple to finish boot camp as honor graduates in the same training cycle. Command at Parris Island does not keep records, but said in their opinion, this was the first time this had happened. Any of you old or young Marines out there know of this happening before?

Article clipping about Chandler couple Jared was his platoon honor graduate, and received a promotion to Private First Class, meanwhile Stephanie was her platoon and company honor graduate, and due to her college hours had been promised a promotion to Private First Class after boot camp, but instead was promoted to Lance Corporal. In response to the question, who bosses who? Jared confidently said, she thinks she is in charge. Stephanie replied, I am in charge!

After infantry training at Camp Lejeune, Stephanie received orders to attend the Defense Language Institute at Monterey, CA, for a course that will last a year and one half. Jared is currently in the Naval Hospital at Balboa, rehabbing from a hip and wrist injury sustained in an accident at Camp Pendleton, and looking forward to rejoining his unit.

And I Quote...

"The country that forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten."
--Calvin Coolidge

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I absolutely enjoyed all of the stories. I am a mother of a soldier and a Marine, both have served in Iraq and are to be deployed to Afghanistan in the next year. I am always anxious to hear 'old' war stories.
Thank you to each and every one of you for your service.

Sgt. Grit,

I wanted to show support for our troops so I rounded up some military and patriotic gnomes representing all branches of the service and put them in my yard. I then found some plywood and made the black shadows.

Larry's Military and Patriotic gnomes yard display Larry's Military and Patriotic gnomes yard display

I have received a lot of nice comments but there is always room for improvement.

Semper Fi,
Larry Fisher
Cpl. 1962-66

I came up with an idea several years ago and went out a bought a birthday cake for the MC birthday. My intent was to take it to the nursing home at my local VAMC and wish all Marine patients a happy birthday. It was well received by patients and staff for morale purposes. We only had a few Marines on hand and plenty of cake so we let the remaining vets enjoy an early Veterans Day with the leftover cake. Next year I asked a retired Gunny to come along. He added a few twists. Again I bought the cake but he brought his NCO sword to cut it and he read the annual Birthday message from the Commandant. We were starting to roll.

Next year the Gunny brought along several members of the local MCL Post. They wore their MCL uniforms. We had readings from the Commandant and from General Lejeune and some camaraderie was shared by all the Marines present. And the MCL took up a collection to defray the cost of the cake.

I relate this story to pass on the idea to others. It took one man- me - to get this started. Others joined in because it was the right thing to do. This year I don't know what will happen, but I am sure that it will be well received by these vets, many of whom are in hospice care and really enjoy the recognition of their service to the Corps. And the rest of the vets get to see that 'once a Marine...'

So let this serve as the impetus for others to follow. Fifty dollars buys a big sheet cake and some forks and plates. Bakeries seem only too happy to decorate to order and the last one did a good job of hand decorating an EGA on a yellow background with red trim around the edge> You need to order a few days ahead of time but even my local Sam's and a local grocery outlet could turn out great cakes that are well appreciated. It never takes much to make a Marine happy and this gesture for some otherwise forgotten Marines made all present stand just a little taller.

Semper Fi,
Jack Albright Sgt
'66-'69 Nam '67-'69

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Charlie Zell passed away in Coon Rapids, Minn at age 96

When WW II came along, Charlie was already married with two children and thus immune from the military draft But he enlisted, was at Iwo where he's credited with saving lives and getting a battlefield commission His job was one of the most dangerous: a flame thrower, with a life expectancy measured in minutes

Charlie went on to be a leader in civilian life: Rotary International Governor, highest Boy Scout awards, and owner of a national manufacturing company are just a few accomplishments But when asked of his proudest tribute he immediately replied "as a U S Marine!" His involvement with the Florida Marine Corps Leagues will not be forgotten

Salute and Semper Fi, Charlie We love ya

And I Quote...

"Let none presume to wear an undeserved dignity."
--William Shakespeare

the Sgt Grit Facebook From the Sgt Grit Facebook: My husband subscribes to your catalog, and we frequently browse through it, stocking up on items here and there throughout the year. One thing I've kept my eye on is your stock of books. What great reads some of them are!

I do, however, have one recommendation to add to that list. "Shadow of the Sword," by SSgt Jeremiah Workman is a fantastic account of a Marine's life during Fallujah in 2006. He recalls his experiences while in Iraq, as well as those from before and after his deployment. I have met Workman and, though retired, is an amazing person and Marine! One of the lucky few having been awarded the Navy Cross for his service in Fallujah.

My husband will be heading to Afghanistan in September with 1/24 out of Michigan. He feels a sense of renewed pride for his fellow Marines after having read this book... it's just so up close and personal! Take some time to read it yourself. You absolutely will not regret it!

Re former Sgt Federman and his zeros... while I no longer have any use for the NYT since my parrot died, just have to point out that now we know who some of the thieves among us are... that would include anyone who padded or encouraged the padding of an expense report... no rationalization, no BS... that is stealing... pure and simple... and for d-mn sure, nothing I would brag about in print had I done it. (incidentally, operated on an expense account for the 24 years of my civilian career... and lost money doing it, for lack of accurately recording expenses)...

Consider this, the next time you send a crew and inventory to a FMDA reunion... as a businessman, would you find it amusing to learn that your employees were into 'creative accounting'?

"Everybody does it" as an excuse didn't work with my Mother, and it d-mn sure doesn't work with me...

Dick Dickerson, Mustang Major, USMC... '57-'81

I spent almost 8 yrs in the Marine Corps. Was discharged Honorably after two enlistments as a Sergeant. My Dad, Albert; my deceased Uncle, Samuel; my older brother, Mike, and my younger brother Alan also served in the Marine Corps. All served proudly! All survived intact with the exception of my Uncle Samuel who came back from WWII and straight into an asylum until his death last year.

One thing I find holds true! That no matter how long you've lived; no matter how long you've served; The brief time spent in the Marines will mold a man's thinking, conduct, attitude and character more than any event life throws at him! That's why the motto, "Once A Marine, Always A Marine!"

I'm 53 yrs old. I served from 1978-1985, and yet have I not addressed a situation that I know deep inside was guided by the traits instilled in me over 30 yrs ago. I don't do it intentionally! It's just a part of how I act. People ask if I'm a Marine 30 yrs later! I'm a Christian first, then I'm a Marine. From there I conduct all business as to who I am!

Semper-Fi and God Bless You All
Danny Himsey

Augusta, GA

Orville Smith, a store manager for Best Buy in Augusta, Georgia, told police he observed a male customer, later identified as Tyrone Jackson of Augusta, on surveillance cameras putting a laptop computer under his jacket... When confronted the man became irate, knocked down an employee, drew a knife and ran for the door.

Outside on the sidewalk were four Marines collecting toys for the "Toys for Tots" program. Smith said the Marines stopped the man, but he stabbed one of the Marines, Cpl. Phillip Duggan, in the back; the injury did not appear to be severe.

After Police and an ambulance arrived at the scene Cpl. Duggan was transported for treatment.

The subject was also transported to the local hospital with two broken arms, a broken ankle, a broken leg, several missing teeth, possible broken ribs, multiple contusions, assorted lacerations, a broken nose and a broken jaw... injuries he sustained when he slipped and fell off of the curb after stabbing the Marine.

Now that was a well written Police report.

A few good men...
Semper Fi
Bill Heise, Cpl. '70-'75

And I Quote...

"To cherish and stimulate the activity of the human mind, by multiplying the objects of enterprise, is not among the least considerable of the expedients, by which the wealth of a nation may be promoted."
--Alexander Hamilton

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Hey Grit:
I was walking Shore Patrol in 1989 and found a Liberty Card belonging to a Pfc. Toland William D. He was with HMM - 365 and the 24th MEW on the USS Iwo Jima. Card # 158 20 Oct 89. I won't post his SSN. It would be my privilege to give this card back to this Marine after 22 years. I mean how many Marines have an original Armed Forces Liberty Pass. You may give my Email Address out and I would appreciate it you posted this if you have the room. Thank you for all you do
Gy. Mac HerbertDMcNeely @ Gmail .com

We remember and honor LCpl Joel Michael Jackson who was KIA Saturday, April 23, 2011 in Sangin, Afghanistan. He was with 1/5 A Co. His Mom and Dad, Shawn and Faye Marceau would like him not to be forgotten.

I have been an avid reader of yours for a long time. I want to tell you about my dad. My father is an 80 year Marine, yes that's right still a Marine.? I am sitting here at Hamot hospital in Erie pa, my father lies quiet and still, he doesn't have long in this world and could go any day, I am here to let him know he is loved.

Roger VanTassell was in Korea from 51 To 53. Was part of 3 battles in N Korea including Pork chop hill where he was wounded by a gun shot in his knee about the same time he realized that the Chinese had joined the N Koreans. After 3 weeks at Tokyo General, he was asked if he was looking forward to going back home by his commanding officer, he thought for a second and told the officer that he is not going home yet, he had to get back to his unit to keep his buddies safe, after the officer heard that, he made sure that staff Sergeant VanTassell made it back to Korea.

My father fought at East Berlin in N Korea and was hit with Chinese grenade shrapnel and once again went to Tokyo General. He was wounded the second time after picking up the grenade and throwing it back saving the lives of his 3 dear friends and comrades, my father is dying now and is opening up for the very first time since Korea, I didn't realize that Korea was such a mess. My father has a living will that will not allow any tubes or resuscitation, he is still a Marine, I can see his pain, he squints, looks up at me and says "I've had pain worse that before".

My father has always been my hero. I pray that he does see his comrades in heaven. I will have every color guard, every legion rider, 21 Gun salute, and every blue garbed Marine I can find. A proper send off to a real hero. Please print, all this is true, my father has never lied to me. Thank you at least for reading this, former Army Sgt. Todd VanTassell.

Ps. I had the chance to go to Korea in 1979; I could never figure out what we were protecting there, but my father was always faithful, Semper Fi dad. I will see you again someday.

I guess I am considered "Old Corps"-1955-58, but I can assure you I love the Corps and all of the Marines that have followed me. I am now 75 and in the far turn. I still work in my insurance agency a couple of days a week and never cease to be astonished at the respect the Marine Corps has. I only have to mention my service to the Corps and I hear "my dad", "my uncle", etc.

I have had SemprFi on my license plate for almost 20 years and on a regular basis people honk and tell me hello. Once in a while I get the bird, too, but that's THEIR problem. A couple of years ago a Missouri highway patrolman pulled me over and just wanted to thank me and all of the other Marines for their service.

Thanks, Marines, for your service to our Country.
You are and were in the best service in the world.

Don Calvin Sgt (one each)
St. Louis, MO.

I had a OKC Police Officer stop me about six months ago for a expired license sticker.
Said he had been watching and waiting for months for a reason to stop me. My license plate says SGTGRIT.
He wanted to tell me hello, Semper Fi, mention his Marine service, etc...
Scared me half to death. Gave me a warning. Nice guy. Geeezzz... just come in the store and say hello.
Sgt Grit

And I Quote...

"You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer. You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot build character and courage by taking away men's initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves."
--Presbyterian clergyman William Boetcker (1873-1962)

Here is a link to a group of special Moms that get together every month for support and to send packages to those Marines that are serving. Thought you may find it of interest. Thanks

Scott Batterson

Note: The "I May Look Harmless" shirt in the article is a design we carry.
Sgt Grit

Sgt. Grit,

I would like to respond to the "Navy Son" letter about his EGA Tattoo. I think his respect for my beloved Corps is admirable. As well as the work and support he gives to the recruiters and poolees. I have to admit though that supporting the Marine Corps and future Marines is not the same as stepping onto those yellow footprints.

I feel strongly about seeing anyone who is not a Marine wearing our sacred symbol, and then to have it permanently drawn onto their body. I will let my twelve year old son wear some of your shirts and other related items, but I tell him all the time that if he wants to wear something with an EGA on it he has to earn it. I don't even agree with the fact that they now give the recruits an EGA at the end of the crucible before they even graduate. I know it's only days away, but that is what we used to look forward to the most on graduation. Not just being able to leave the MCRD but to finally be able to wear an "Eagle, Globe, and Anchor".

There are other ways to show the respect that all others should have. The EGA is an honor that must be earned, and there is only one way to do that. So please understand that it belongs to us and only us.

Cpl. White
(0811) L Btty, 3/10

And I Quote...

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."
--John 15:13

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This is in reply to the Marine that was treated like crap by an AF jerk. I, and I'm sure all the troops I worked with, would NEVER treat a Marine like that guy treated you. I wish to apologize to any Marine that was treated in such a crappy manner by any AF personnel. That clown was probably a T*tless WAF (also known as a clerk-typist) considered by my squadron to be the lowest of the low in the AF. I was with 347 security police and if we had that attitude, a "dirty, smelly" Marine wouldn't have gotten on base!

We sincerely loved The Corps and would never deny them anything. TET of '72 opened a lot of people's eyes as to what the Corps was about. You guys pulled our butts out of trouble more than once and none of us will never forget. Again, I wish to apologize to that young Marine and his fellows. That should never have happened. I am ashamed to hear his story; it made me sick to my stomach-I am so very' very sorry. Thanks for letting me vent. If I, or any of my people had seen that, the outcome would have been much different!

C. Patterson, SSgt, USAF ( 4 stripes )

sarge. found this website. it's for usmc hawk missile members. our Corps used hawks from about 68 till about 93.

there were several LAAM Bns, it think up to 5 in its hayday. im a 7222 (hawk missile fire control crewmen) also it included them tech guys

add this site to your newsletter, so other LAAM Bn guys see we got a club now. only 10 bucks to join i did.

semper fi

sgt frank thompson
usmc 7222
3d laam bn 79-82

Sgt. Grit:

Once again Thanks to you and your staff for an outstanding newsletter.

I was just going through the recent newsletter when I saw a tribute to a fine lady that was involved with the Marine Corps League.

It reminded me of my Mother (Maryjo Wolven 1938-2010) who we lost last May. Mom was very very patriotic. After all she raised three children ALL of whom served our country.

As I look back and remember the day I shipped off to MCRD San Diego Some 30 years now I remember her pride and her support. I come from a family where my Dad and two of my uncles served in the Navy. Mom was always a big supporter of the military. She served along with my Dad in the Lake Havasu Marine Corps League and she always beamed with pride when talking about it, her, kids and grand kids. The League Detachment was out in force at her memorial service. And that shows the extended Marine Family. Mom would have been proud. I am proud to be her son.

God Speed Mom.

Semper Fidelis.
Sgt. Jeff Wolven

Sgt Grit:

I also have the sad duty to inform you that one of your wonderful Marines of the Korea era is now working once again with Chesty to ensure the army, navy and air force behave themselves in Heaven His name was James C. Kirl.

respectfully his daughter
Vicki J. Williams

Jim's custom painted PT Cruiser featuring artwork of Marine saluting The rear of my 2001 PT Cruiser. Jim Lowell USMC 1964 to 1968 3/8 2nd Mar Div. The picture of the Marine saluting was taken last May 30th on the peace bridge in Washington DC For Rolling Thunder passing by.

United States Marine Corps
MCB Camp Lejeune Public Affairs Office

Marine Corps Base
PSC Box 20004
Phone: (910) 451-7425
Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Fax: (910) 451-5882

Released by: Sergeant Bryan A. Peterson
E-mail: bryan.a.peterson @ usmc .mil

Release #: 074-2011
Date Released: April 13, 2011

Connecting Marines With Opportunities
After spending 11 years in the Marine Corps, Ricardo Slowly decided it was his time to leave, but after he hit the job market looking for a career opportunity, he soon found out the Corps never left him.

He got in touch with Marine For Life, a program that assists Marines who have been honorably discharged from the service, helping them transition from the Corps back into the civilian world.

Created in 2002 by then Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James L. Jones, Marine For Life was designed to connect with the Marine-friendly networks that already existed in the community to strengthen the Marine Corps' ties with the civilian community.

However, in 2004, out of necessity, the program, under the direction of then commandant, Gen. Michael W. Hagee, shifted focus to the Marine For Life Injured Support Section to assist those wounded from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom

Once the Wounded Warrior Regiment was fully established, in 2008 the Marine For Life program got back to its original mission of assisting all transitioning Marines.

Since then, Lt. Col. Jerard Brewer, Marine For Life's southeast district officer in charge stationed aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, has been actively engaging employers in the community to spread the program's message.

"We are here to assist Marines and even sailors who have been attached to Marine units when they decide it's their time to leave the military," Brewer said. "We do this by partnering with veteran friendly and Marine-preferred employers in the public and private sector and assist Marines with their life's goals."

Before service members can depart the military, it's mandatory for them to attend the Transition Assistance Management Program, which provides service members employment assistance, vocational guidance, and transition information. This is when Marine For Life representatives make their presence known.

"Many Marines do not know about us," Brewer said. "We give a brief about what we can do for Marines and sailors who are transitioning back to the civilian world and let them know that they can come see us any time throughout their career."

Brewer added that the program's title should be taken literally.

"Whether you have been out for four years or 20, any time down the road, Marine For Life will assist in any way," he said.

The program, fully staffed by Marine reservists, assists by developing interviewing skills and producing resumes and even offers to make contact with an employer on the service member's behalf.

Since the program is a nationwide effort, designated Marine reservists are located throughout the United States.

Sgt. Nichole H. Mason, the Jacksonville, N.C., area hometown link, said though Marine For Life is here to help, they are not responsible for job placement.

"We can't be responsible for actually getting that Marine or sailor hired," Mason said. "We will give them the tools to make them competitive as possible, make contact with the business and send job listings, but ultimately, it's up to them."

After listening to a brief about Marine For Life during TAMPs, Slowly approached Mason to get the process started. He created his profile, received resume-building skills and submitted his experience for employers to see. Within three weeks, he accepted an offer he couldn't refuse, as a floor mechanic for defense contractor, AECOM.

"Transitioning from active-duty military to civilian life is one of the hardest things a service member will ever go through," Slowly said. "It will do a lot more harm if no one uses this program than if they did. This program is solely designed for that and the opportunities are definitely there."

Mason encourages Marines and sailors to contact Marine For Life once they've decided it's their time to leave to help make that transition that much smoother.

"We are an active, growing program," Mason said. "It's all about Marines helping Marines and that's what we are here to do."

For more information about Marine For Life: or 866-645-8762.

And I Quote...

"The galleries are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down in the arena are the doers. They make mistakes because they try many things. The man who makes no mistakes lacks boldness and the spirit of adventure. He is the one who never tries anything. He is the break in the wheel of progress. And yet it cannot be truly said he makes no mistakes, because his biggest mistake is the very fact that he tries nothing, does nothing, except criticize those who do things."
--Gen. David M. Shoup,
Former Commandant, US Marine Corps,
Medal of Honor, Tarawa, November 1943

Sgt Grit,

Again, thanks for your newsletters. I laugh and shout and cry when I read them. I spent two tours in 'Nam, the first in 1963 and the second in1967-68 during my twenty years in the Marines. Both tours were at Danang, and could share some stories about them. However, I would just like to share a poem that, for me, explains my feelings about how we were treated when we returned home. As I explain how I was treated when I returned from both of my tours, you will better understand the last line of my poem!

After my first tour I was stationed at Quantico, re-enlisted, and headed home to Springfield, IL. When I arrived at the Chicago airport they lost my baggage. Since I had only a few minutes to catch my plane to Springfield I told the man to forget it, I was going home. He, trying to be helpful, told me to follow him and he would find it for me. He found it, but I missed my plane to Springfield and had to wait overnight for the next flight. Since I had just re-enlisted I had plenty of money in my billfold, so I caught a cab and told the cabbie and told him to take me to a motel.

It was around 2200 hours, and when I walked in the lady behind the desk had her back towards me as she was doing paperwork or something. I asked if she had and rooms, and she said "Yes." However, when she turned around and saw my uniform, she said, "No!" and turned back around. I went back to the cab and told the cabbie to take me to another motel, which he did. Again, the woman had her back to me and was doing paperwork or something. I asked her if she had any rooms available and she said, "Yes." I asked again "Are you sure?" and she again said "Yes!" However, when she turned around and saw my uniform she said "No, we don't have any rooms." Back to the cab I went. When the cabbie asked me what was happening and I told him, he said in a real gruff voice as he was getting out of the cab, "I will get a room for you!" I told him not to worry about it, just take me back to the airport.

Back at the airport I changed out of uniform so I could rent a car. Other military men there at the airport said they would not rent to the military. At the car rental counter I laid my billfold on the counter and pulled out several hundred dollar bills, so the woman would know I had the money. She gave me the paperwork to complete and was getting the keys ready. For occupation I put "Electronics maintenance for the U.S. government." When she saw this she asked, are you in the service?" When I answered yes, she withdrew the completed form and said she would not rent a car to me! To this day I do not like Chicago!

My return from my second tour of duty was not much better. A few days before I was to rotate back to the states the "Stars & Stripes," the military newspaper, carried an article of an incident that happened at a California airport. An old lady walked up to a man in uniform and asked him, "Did you just return from Vietnam?" He replied, "Yes mam." She pulled out a gun and shot him dead! (I later talked with the man who was the first one to jump on the old lady!) Needless to say, the first thing I did when we landed was to get out of uniform!

I did not plan to write a book, but here is my poem:

Eight Little Words

You ask me why a warrior goes to war?
Is it the glory or the honor or the medals upon his chest?
The warrior does not care about any of those things,
He just loves his country and wants to do his best.

I joined the Marines when I was seventeen,
When I was nineteen I woke up in Vietnam
Did not know the place existed, never heard the name before,
I just wanted to serve my country, and stand up and be a man.

I didn't know how we got there;
But there were politics involved.
I just wanted to serve my country,
And help to get this problem solved.

We wanted them to have freedom, to make their own choice,
The reason we entered this war was noble and just.

In my first tour, and my second, I cared not for these things.
I just wanted to serve my country; hey, I didn't even cuss.

But as time went on, and many men died
I wondered why we were there, had somebody lied?

They send us to fight, in theory, that is.
They tie up our hands and treat us like kids.

No, don't shoot back 'till you have my permission,
First I've got to call some big shot politician.

So you wait and you wait, and you see your buddy die,
You no longer trust your government, for all they do is lie.

Come on pilot, get up in your plane,
Go bomb worthless targets, you must be insane.

Yes, the reason that we went to the Vietnam war
It was just and a good cause, to help those who were poor.

If they had just let us fight the good fight,
To do what we were trained for, and to do it right.

Then right now South Vietnam would be free
And the vet could say, "I'm satisfied with me."

But, no, the vet has been stabbed in the back,
By his government, the people, and the whole darned pack.

You wanna know about the Vietnam war,
really wanna know about it?
I've got it summed up in eight little words:
"Shot at and missed, spit at and hit."

GySgt Tommy Walters, Sr.
USMC, Retired. Vietnam 63, 67-68

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Sgt. Grit,

I have a great respect for Corpsman, although you may not be able to tell by reading the following. As we all know Corpsman do everything that the field Marines do. Through all of the humping, field exercises, hurry up and waiting, highs and lows -- they are there. So when "Doc" Jones, a Navy Corpsman I served with told me and some other Marines in my unit that he was going to Parris Island to join the Marines after ten years of being in the Navy, and that he was looking forward to dropping a lot of weight while there, we decided to treat him like one of our own and help him to drop the weight and earn the title -- So while he was at the Island we sent him the following.

A letter with "What do you mean your SDI is a s-ssy???" written on the outside of it,

A letter addressed to Sgt. Major Jones -1st BN- "A"CO,

A life sized Blow Up Doll (He probably still has nightmares about that day),

A vibrating toy from the same store as we got the doll from,

Several adult movies,

I would pay a lot of money to see the look on those D.I.'s faces when he opened those. I am sure that at the time Jones hated us for that--but now looks back at it as one of the best memories of his life.


And I Quote...

"The Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing... after they have exhausted all other possibilities."
--Winston Churchill

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Just wanted to let you and readers know about E Co. 2/7 reunion KIA Memorial to be dedication and any of E Co 2/7 that might not know about it or family members can find out more at

William Dyer (904) 783-4116
parthree @ bellsouth .net

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medal of honor The 3rd Marines are requesting your help in a campaign to have a US Navy Ship named in honor of Marine Hershel "Woody" Williams recipient of the Medal of Honor.

Mr. Williams received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions "above and beyond the call of duty" on Iwo Jima in 1945. Please read his citation given him by President Harry S, Truman in 1945 by going to:

There you'll find a petition asking for your help in getting signatures submitted to SECNAV. Marines, we have a rare opportunity to help this 88 year old Medal of Honor recipient who has served our country with honor in war and peace.

Therefore, please go to the above listed web-site and print out the "Petition", sign it and send it to:
Office of the Secretary of the Navy
2000 Navy Pentagon
Washington, D.C. 20350-2000

Marines, by taking the time to help Woody, we will be in keeping with the phrase, "Semper Fi."

Rich Lee
Judge Advocate
Daniel J. Daly Det. 1002
Hernando Beach, Florida

I know we will all miss Gene Duncan, a real Lion amongst Lambs.

Concerning Brown Side Out, Green Side Out.

I believe it spanned a couple of decades and mainly concerned shelter halfs or later helmet covers.

Seems the "word" never gets passed very well. When falling out for inspection, the word might have been Green Side Out. When about half or 2/3 of the unit would be falling in, amazingly enough a staff NCO would appear and ask what the h-ll we were doing, it was supposed to be Brown Side Out. Of course we would all run back into the barracks screamin and shouting because time was now very short. This routine happened again a couple of times leaving us totally frustrated and angry.

That is why Gene named his first 4 books: 1) Brown Side Out 2) Green Side Out 3) Run in Circles 4) Scream and Shout.

I have his other 4 books also Fiction and Fact from Dunk's Almanac, The Birth of Clint McQuade, Clint McQuade USMC, and Politically Correct! NOT!

I looked up Gene a several years ago, I live in Lees Summit, MO and he in Boone, MO. He was getting sick then. I wrote him and bought all the books. He move to back to Indiana a couple of years ago, and just died recently. He printed and made all his books by hand.
He was a Great Marine and is sorely missed.

Stephen A. Mangiameli Sr
Master Sergeant USMC (ret)
Son of a Marine
Father of a Marine

Sgt. Grit:

As a Former Marine and avid sailor, I took particular interest in the message from Sgt. Jeff Wolven because of his Fair Winds and Following Seas closing... so, I did some research of my own and found a very interesting pdf document that expanded on Green Side Out & Brown Side Out... it can be found at:
good reading on another Marine Legend.

Fair Winds, Following Seas, and Ease The Sheets...
Semper Fi!... always...
Sgt. John W. Frost
USMC 1967-71

Good Morning Sgt. Grit,
Reading your newsletter this morning especially the letter from Sgt. Jeff Wolven concerning the Green Side Out book there is a discrepancy in the printing. This is in the Eleventh Printing of this book. Missing from the book are pages 217 through to page 232. In the book I have at page 216 the next page is 233 and that goes to page 248 and then page 233 starts again to the end of the book.

My wife purchased Green Side Out and also Brown Side Out from the Marine Corps Association Store in Quantico as a Christmas present. When I discovered the misprint in Green Side Out I notified the MCA Store and sure enough all the books they have in inventory has the same misprint.

After reading these books I found the remaining books on your site and ordered them from Sgt. Grit. At that time I ask the lady to check the pages of Green Side Out in your inventory and they also have the missing pages.

In order to read the missing pages a fellow MC League member had the sixth printing of the book and I read them from his book.

Since Maj. Duncan died February 14 of this year there is no chance to remedy the error. From what I've been told the Major had his own printing press and did all the printing himself although I think he did subcontract out the printing on late issues.

Semper Fi, Jim Schneider 1961/1964
MOS 5591 Duty Field Music

Gene Duncan Books...Only available for a short time.

And I Quote...

"In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution."
--Thomas Jefferson

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just a short note to anyone interested. there are many Prior Marines serving in the USN. so when one utilizes the term Semper Fi or the term fair winds and following seas. It must be taken in its context. fair winds and following seas is primarily used in a retirement ceremony as it was in mine. CPO USN now Ret. and for me the salutation of Semper Fi can be used in almost any circumstance. and I use it when meeting another Marine and another prior Marine that I know . so all of this is superfluous

anyway. any how I did MCRDSD in Jan. 60 and would really like to find some of the herring bone utilities of the type I was originally issued. does anyone out there know where I may obtain a set to include the cover I still have the rest. and not whining, when my grandson passes out of MCRD I would really like to have him wear my original EGA s I know the Marine mentality should not like to allow that. but it would in reality be a way to honor our Corps and those who have gone before, which is also our Marine heritage... and we are the Marine family are we not ?

Duncan N.L. LCpl 1852881 USMC and Duncan N.L. CPO 6887624 USN

Sgt. Grit, In your 14 April 2011 Web Site Shows was a Cake Topper with Marines Down. Marines Do Not lie down for a Marriage or much else either. A Cake Topper like this is Degrading to the Marines and to the Wives and to the Institute of Marriage.

I was married in 1947 and my wife of 64 Years still stands at my side, I think she was as much Marine as I. She raised five Children while I was either overseas or in a War.

Also, Enclosed is a picture I carried with me through all those years until I retired After 26 Years Marine Corps and 20 years in Business with my Son, serving the Movie/YV Industry as Military Tech and Weapons Tech. My Swan Song was "Navy Seals".

Photo of Frank and his wife Aged photo of Frank and his wife

Let's not let anyone, Any One, Degrade our Marine Corps or our Marines with Cake Toppers like that.

GySgt F. L. Rousseau, USMC Ret.

I served from 1957 to 1960 and was a Cold War Marine as previously stated by James Merl.

I was at Camp Pendleton 5th Marines, Camp Margarita and, the 7th Marines at Las Pulgas all the time in 81's. When they rotated the Divisions, I did not have enough time left to go to Okinawa and was sent to El Toro and became a Brig Guard and, an MP on the back gate.

At the E-club the drinking age was 21. The NCO club did not bother checking ID's. I think when Mr. Merl mentioned the American Legion was thinking about the VFW.

By the way when I made Corporal it was when they were changing to Lance Corporal. I did receive my Corporal Stripes but they said I would be a Acting Corporal. As far as I am concerned I was and still am a Corporal.

Cpl. Robert Maskill

Sgt. Grit, last Saturday my wife and I attended a Vietnam Marine Veteran 50th wedding anniversary, and when he and his wife walked into the room, tears came into my eyes, as he was all decked out in Marine Dress Blues with 1st Sgt. chevrons, ribbons etc. We purchased our Blues at the same time from Camp Pendleton, I just hope I will look as sharp as he at the coming Marine Corps League Ball, San Jose, CA Detachment 1122.

Al Simmons, Cpl. Korea Era

I have known Nik Nemeth for four years. On 18 April, 2011at 14:00, Nemeth left for PI. During the four years, me and Nemeth where part of a local Sheriff training program called Explorers. We trained together and started to master our marching, leadership, and hands on combative training.

I am submitting this issue in hope that Prays are given for Nik Nemeth as he Falls In to the yellow foot prints many Of you all have done in the past. For three months of training I wish my buddy well through his adventures. As I will be falling into the same footprint next year. I will be there soon Marines.

Thank you Sgt. Grit,
Garrett Provost

SGT. Grit

While reading the news today, I saw the article "NO RECALL" from HOTROD asking about Camp Pendleton. In 68 - 70 I was assigned to DDP #32 (Data Processing Platoon) in area 22 at Camp Pendleton. We were located in mobile vans parked at one of the large warehouses in that area.

We were in H&S Company, 5th FSR. This was very unique platoon in that we had about 20 Marines commanded by a Major with a Captain as his exec. Our platoon SGT. was an E9 (Top Green - at that time one of the most senior Tops in the Corps). We also had an E8 who looked after the machines - a Gunny and two E6s looking after the programmers and machine operators.

CPL. Latshaw

I remember going to my husband's graduation ceremony at MCRD San Diego and noticing the ice plants myself. I asked him what they were and he said God put them to there to offer a little help against California wildfires because they are filled with water. Just a little side note to Jerry's story.
Kristy Fomin (Marine Wife, Sgt Grit employee)

While we're talking about dining at Air Force facilities, in late 1968 a Sgt and I were down from Phu Bai to part out a crashed Birddog at Red Beach. Later we decided to check out the Air Force PX after which we stumbled upon an Air Force chow hall. The sentry let us through and we entered another world. This place had curtains, dishes and table cloths. We barely made it to the steam table when the mess Sgt told us we couldn't eat because we were out of uniform. His explanation was we didn't have stripes all over our arms. I thought we were in it together. Some people forget.

Wayne Stafford
RVN 68-69

Dear Sgt. Grit: My wife & I just returned from our reunion that was held in San Diego, Ca. April 12-14, 2011, for the Hq. Co. 9th. Marine Reg't. 3rd. Marine Div. What a wonderful time we had, everyone enjoyed the renewed friendships, common fellowship and BS that flowed through the ranks. You could tell that everyone there shared the same heartfelt emotions. Where is it written that us "Ole Marines" cannot muster-up a tear or two for our fellow man. We wish to THANK YOU for your contribution of goodies that was sent to us for the reunion. Everyone shared in the product that was sent and we had a lot of fun distributing it to all who attended. Thanks again.

Dale R. Smith
(former: Sgt. U.S.M.C.)
RVN '66-'67

MSgt E.O. Farkas's poem from Korea Sgt Grit

I had this poem in my possession since 1954 I wonder if some of your readers might know who wrote it.

MSgt E.O.Farkas

28 Years In The Making In '82 when I was stationed in Quantico and considered getting one (from the guy in Q-Town across the street from Sam's...) my father threatened to "cut the f'ing arm off that I put it on". (He got one on his forearm at the end of WW2, and was always p-ssed that there was no covering it unless he wore long sleeves). So, I abstained, BUT never stopped looking. My father passed away in June of 2010. Iraq war veteran SSGT Dan Gilyeat put this on me in November 2010. Ironically, a few weeks later, I had a dream about my father - he complimented me on it and was glad that I could at least cover it with short sleeves! I don't think it was just a dream.

And I Quote...

"The Hand of providence has been so conspicuous in all this, that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations."
--George Washington

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Boot Camp Stories from 1963, Lessons for Life 7 of 10

William N. Thompson, Honorable Discharge, USMC, Pfc (E-2), Ph.D., Retired

7. We Ain't in the "F-n" National Guard

We put up with all this grief-eleven weeks of Parris Island, four more at Camp Lejeune-for something. In the end after the physical pain, the 4:30 a.m. mile runs around the parade deck, the seemingly endless PT exercises, after being frightened to death and scared to death daily by the drill instructors, being shouted at and humiliated by being called "maggots," marched around swamps and through cold showers, you expect something as a result.

So when on the final day on the Island, the senior drill instructor hears your platoon recite the end of the Lord's Prayer, and says "good night MARINES," a chill comes over the body. Goosebumps tell you, "YES, you made it!" You are a Marine. That is something, and that should mean something. It means, or you certainly tell yourself it means, that you are a cut above. You are not in "everyone's army," or navy, or air force, or national guard. You now march with the elites. And you have the evidence to prove it.

You get to sing the Marine Corps Hymn. You have learned the history of your branch of the service. No other branch teaches history in boot camp. And you get to wear a special uniform. It has a medal on it showing the globe and an anchor, topped by an eagle. With a few promotions, your uniform has a red stripe on its trousers. With the dress uniform you have the privilege of carrying the NCO Sword. Your uniform is the only dress uniform with a belt around its waist. And until 1963, you had the distinction of having BROWN leather on your belt, the visor of your hat ("cover"), and on your boots and shoes.

Your pride in those symbols was earned not only by the imposed training struggles, but also by the personal sweat and effort you put into making your shoes, boots, and visors shine-spit shine. Shoe polish had been applied from the finger to the leather in hundreds-actually thousands-of small circles made by rubbing, and rubbing, and rubbing. Quite honestly, when the job (supervised by the drill instructors) is completed, a recruit can literally see his face in his shoes-see it well enough to shave using a shoe as a mirror. The exercise is one made under the duress of being observed-a drill instructor hit me over the head once with my shoe as he objected to the precise manner in which I was polishing it, but nonetheless, it is an exercise that has a result that makes one proud of the accomplishment, and proud of being part of "the few"--"The Marines."

One day the senior drill instructor appeared to be in a very bad mood. In actuality, the drill instructors might not have been subject to moods, but they sure made you think they were. Then, on the other hand, this day you would swear the drill instructor was seriously despondent. Soon I and the other 72 recruits were desponded as well.

The drill instructor mumbled that orders had come down from the secretary of defense-Robert McNamara--that all branches of the services had to use black leather. It was economical for all to be the same, to look the same. But d-mmit! We were not the same. The drill instructor went on to rave that the political bast-rds would soon want to take our belt away, and then our red stripe-the bast-rds. We were all sympathetic, thinking it was just a matter of symbols. Then we learned it was a lot more. Hours of work were to be poured down the drain, to be replaced with new hours and hours of work.

After the drill instructor's diatribe, he took a box into his hands. He started walking down the barrack floor throwing a piece of steel wool to each recruit. He told us that we would take the steel wool and scrape all the polish off our shoes and the visor brims of our dress caps. Talk about being kicked in the cohunes. But there was more. He told us when we were done, we would come forth and he would give us the jars--bottles of black dye and the applicators. After we were done dying the leather, we could get the new black polish and start the shining exercise once more.

It was indeed a sad day for the United States Marine Corps and especially the 73 recruits of platoon 263.

Saepius Exertus, Semper Fidelis, Frater Infinitas
Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever.

A salutation: "clicks"
We're only six clicks from our destination!

Sgt Grit