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Sgt Grit Newsletter - 09 OCT 2014

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• Vision 2 Victory
• Carlson's Raiders

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The 2014 MACS-2, 5th Reunion was hosted by Cpl & Mrs. Clark McCormack at their Summer Home on the shore of Lake Jefferson, in Cleveland, Minnesota, from 25 thru 27 July 2014... MACS-2, MAG-13, 1st Marine Brigade, FMFPAC, Kaneohe Bay. We served during 1958-1962.

Clark McCormack, Don Spann, Carl Dubac, James Spinner, Tom Lutz, Dennis Skiffington, Dick McMahon, Bill Muckler, & Pete Kristall.

Pete Kristall

Marine Corps Emblem

This past weekend my wife and I were driving to the beach to take a walk. On the way we hit some metal at the side of the road and it tore a chunk out of my right rear tire. I drove carefully to a boat ramp about 60 yards away, so that I would be off the road and have room for the tire to be changed. I was calling AAA when a pickup pulling a boat came up the ramp and stopped. Fellow in his 40's jumped out and said I will change that for you. He said he saw the Marine Corps emblem on my car, (thanks to Sgt. Grit) and that is why he stopped. His father was in the Corps, as was his brother and his wife's father. He apologized that he did not join the Corps as he went right into the police academy after college and is still a police officer. To add a little more to this tale as were talking as he was leaving it turned out that I served on our local police department with his wife's father, and he knew my oldest two boys who had served as officers in this town and the town he works in.

Larry Whalen, Cpl. 1951-54

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Ice Hole

Sgt. Grit,

Since there seems to be an NTC discussion going on, I'll have to put in my 10 cents worth (cost of living increase from 2 cents). I was sent TAD on two separate occasions, the first in January, 1953 to Yeoman "B" school, a 10 week course in Gregg Simplified Shorthand. I was a Sergeant (E4), just with 4 years service; the class makeup was all Marines, including 2 WMs, instructors were a Chief and a 1st Class. Surprisingly enough, I managed to finish and wound up with a secondary MOS of 0121; recorded 2 Special Courts Martial, as I recall.

A shorthand exercise the Chief gave us once was how to catch bears in Maine: You have to wait until winter when the lakes all freeze over (you are only going to catch the dumb bears, the smart ones are hibernating); next you cut a hole in the ice, take a can of peas and line the hole and wait for the bear to show up; then when the bear comes up to take a pea, you run up behind him and kick him in the ice hole.

The second time was over 12 years later; I was stationed at MCAS, Yuma, AZ, assigned to H&HS, working at Base Headquarters. I had been promoted to SSgt (E5) in early 1957, got caught up in the reclassification and wound up as a Sgt (E5) until 1966. CO was Col. Joe McGlothlin and XO LtCol Wilson Terry.

My second trip to NTC in 1965 was to Motion Picture Operator School; the Station operator was transferred and so I was selected to go to school again. Since I was one of the few Marines at NTC, it became my "privilege" to conduct close order drill for the platoons of Navy personnel waiting to go into the mess hall. Talk about the proverbial Chinese Fire Drill, these clowns had trouble knowing which foot was their left and which was their right. It was interesting, to say the least.

After returning to Yuma, I got to operate the projector for a lot of private "R" rated films for the CO and his guests, in addition to movies at the Base Theater.

Semper Fi,
James R. McMahon
GySgt of Marines (1949-1970)
Hendersonville, TN

Vision 2 Victory

Sgt Grit and Staff were recently honored with a visit by Marine Veteran Derek Hendershot. Derek is on the Board of Directors for the Vision 2 Victory program. This program is led and operated by military veterans. Following the completion of the Wall of Remembrance by Marine Veteran David Brown, which bares the names of all servicemen and women that have been KIA since the beginning of the Global War on Terrorism, Derek was tasked with touring the 2nd generation Wall all over the country.

Now that the touring of the Wall of Remembrance is drawing to a close, this team of motivated Veterans have begun fundraising to upgrade the current Wall before next year's tour kicks off. The upgrades will include replicas of the Twin Towers with iPads to allow visitors to easily access the names on the wall, to include adding LED lighting to create two towers of light at night. More images will be added to the entrance to include a wind screen mural of combat scenes, five battlefield crosses that are specific to each branch with their corresponding branch flags, as well as the POW/MIA and U.S. Flag. The names of the fallen from 1983 to present day will be added to the Wall. Yes, that means that the names of the fallen from Beirut, Desert Storm/Shield, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Iraq will all travel across the country. To top it all off, they will add a Close Encounters booth. The booth will display internet size video clips of the fallen submitted by their families and friends.

We are so glad that Derek chose to stop by en route back to Sacramento, CA, where the 2nd generation Wall of Remembrance will be retired between 10-12 November, 2014. Visit the Vision 2 Victory website, to find out about upcoming events and how you can contribute towards the 3rd generation Wall of Remembrance.

Semper Fi!

Carlson's Raiders


I have to make a correction to my statement, Lt. Col. Carlson was embedded with the Chinese Communist after The China Marines left China who used the term Gung Ho (all together) fighting the Japanese. He was not a Communist, a devote Christian based on Socialism. This aroused suspicion in the Marine Corps. He left the Corps in 1939, in 1941 he used his White House Connections thru Capt. James Roosevelt USMC Reserves to re-enlist.

President Roosevelt had wanted a Unit somewhat like the British Commandos, At the start of World War Two, The Marine Corps did not want a Guerrilla role. First Raider Battalion formed on East Coast February 16, 1942 under Lt. Col. Merritt A. Edson, Second Raider Battalion formed on West Coast February 19, 1942 under Lt. Col. Evans F. Carlson. Both were in First Marine Division Para Marines formed up in 1940. East Coast trained at Lake Hurst N. J., West Coast trained at Camp Elliot, CA.

They were later merged into both Raider Battalions, so some Raiders were actually qualified as both. (Ira Hayes and Harlan Block flag raisers on Iwo Jima were both ).

Lt. Col. Edson led the First Raiders in the landings at Guadalcanal on August 7, 1942. Ten days later Lt. Col. Carlson and Maj. Roosevelt raided Makin Island with six Rifle Company's aboard Submarines from Hawaii, the Argonaut with Lt. Col. Carlson and 121 Marines, the Nautilus with Maj. Roosevelt with 90 Marines aboard, from the Second Raider Battalion. After returning to Hawaii the Second Raider Battalion later also landed at Guadalcanal, Lt. Col. Carlson leading the longest march. In 1944 the Raiders were disband all going to different Divisions in the Corps.

Ron Morse; I know the book title is Merritt's Raiders however The Raiders were and still are known as Carlson's Raiders as it was his concept how they trained and fought.

MGYSGT W. Schroeder


Sgt. Grit,

I graduated boot camp on October 9, 1964, fifty years ago. Memory of it is just as vivid now as it was then. November 10, 2014 I will celebrate my 50th Marine Corps Birthday (Camp Lejeune 2nd Marine Division parade & cake cutting was my first in November 1964). And again, the memory is vivid. Now, I know that there are many of my fellow Marines who have celebrated more USMC birthdays than I have, and I read intently the stories that they write. To them, I'm a boot. I will probably be boot to someone for as long the almighty sees fit not to call me home. I'm simply pondering how quickly the years have zipped by and how honored I feel to be a Marine.

One other subject I have been pondering. As a young PFC with Bravo Co. 1st Bn. 6th Marines, I knew and planned that I would make a career of the Marine Corps. My fellow Marines had a name for those of us who had made that choice. They called us "lifers". They would also joke about my coffee cup finger having the same hook as the company Gunny's. I never tried to deny that I intended to stay in the Marine Corps to at least get promoted to GySgt.

I frequently have the opportunity to talk to Marines of many eras who didn't stay past four years. Interestingly enough, all of them say they wish they had stayed for 20 years. And many of them are just as loyal and dedicated to the Marine Corps as they were when they were on active duty. I frequently see Marine Corps stickers on cars, trucks, and vans driven by Marines who didn't stay for twenty years. Their love of the "Corps" is just as strong as it was when they were on active duty. So, what it boils down to is that I think that all Marines are "lifers" in their own way. Peer pressure is a powerful force.

Semper Fi,
A Former "Hat"
GySgt, USMC (Ret)

Don't Try It On A Marine

In reading the letter about the helo pilot that went off on his own to fight the VC, I was reminded of one I met at a B&B on Veterans day a couple of years ago.

This man told how he never finished boot camp as he was so good at unarmed combat that he was pulled out for assignment to some special secret unit. He was first sent to jungle training and upon completion of that was flown to MCRD SD and sent into a mile long Quonset hut filled with weapons and told to take his pick. He was then sent straight to RVN and turned loose on the enemy. Upon return to ConUS he was medically retired due to wounds received. Never received care as no one ever told him he could go to the VA. There were two other couples there also and to save his wife any embarrassment I remained quiet although it was not easy. You may bullsh-t AF and Navy guys but don't try it on another Marine.

SSgt Joe
RVN 66 & 67

Once A Marine, Always A Marine

Recently, on October 2nd, 2014, former talk show host, Marine and Navy veteran Montel Williams was interviewed by Fox News about his testimony in a DC hearing concerning Marine Sgt Andrew Tahmooressi who has been jailed in Mexico for over 6-months.

View the interview at: fxn.ws/1ugebAP.

Major Carlson

Sgt Grit,

Subject: Gung Ho

As I am now 76, with a memory retention of about fifteen seconds, after reading J.J. Lopez' "correction", I reread the book.

The following information in the book was all confirmed on Google.

Major Carlson spent eighteen (18) months embedded with the Eight Route Army of the Chinese Communists. On his return, he wrote a book about his experience with the Communists called: Twin Stars over China (the book is still available). Publishing the book got him a severe reprimand from the Marine Corps.

His career was saved by James Roosevelt, son of FDR. James later became a Captain in the Raiders. GUNG HO was the battle cry of the Chines troops. He later confirmed this to his Raider Bn. Carlson's son, Captain Carlson, was a contributor to the book in question: Carlson's Raid, The Daring Marine Assault on Makin Island by George W. Smith

No mention of the "Chinese Marines...

Bill McDermott
Dress blues, tennis shoes, and a light coat of oil...

Marine Corps Response To Terrorist Threats

The Marine Corps' response to terrorist threats: Threat assessed... Target acquired... Target Elimatated... Awaiting Next Target!


Memories of Iwakuni, I was stationed at Iwakuni 1955 - 56 - 57, a real long time ago. If I recall, block 8 was with a small flower garden in the center and the rooms were around it two stories high. The mess hall was run by the navy I think. The slipway was where some PT boats were kept. The navy had PBY's that used the water to land. At the base Australian Air Force was stationed, remember how they practiced landing with one prop engine shut down etc. Myself, I worked off base at the Otake supply center along with a Pfc and 2 Japanese nationals, a small forklift shop, and there were many machines. There were two gates to the base, the main and a small back gate that most of the nationals used besides the Marines. If I recall, out the main gate on the drag strip was a restaurant and bar called the Texas Steak House, it was said that it was run by someone who took a discharge in Japan. I believe in early '56 the order came down for all enlisted dependents to go back stateside.

Well this brought back a lot when I read the post about Iwakuni from an old Marine, but still a Marine!

Sgt. (ski) Nowicki

USMC Football

I too was at the Football game mentioned in the 10/2 newsletter. I also was at MCRD San Diego from Sept to Dec 1961, but in Platoon 175. The game was between the San Diego Chargers and the USMC team, and was held at Balboa stadium which was the Chargers home field at that time. Balboa stadium stood next to San Diego HS on the east side of downtown. Do not remember and details of the game as I was pre-occupied with enjoying the fleeting freedom. I also remember (I think) that it was only sailors and Marines in attendance. Also it was grey and cold. Probably about Thanksgiving timeframe. This also was the ONLY non-training event that I ever saw during boot!

Wayne Mailhiot 1980XXX
MCRDSD Plt. 175 C Co. 1st BN. RTR Sept 1961-Dec. 1961
C Co. 1st BN., 2nd ITR, Camp Pendleton Dec 14- Feb 2, 1962
H-3-11 2531 Fld. Radio operator Camp Pendleton Mar. 1962-Feb 1963
Comm-Elect School Bn. Mar 1963-Jan 1964
6641 Aviation Radar Technician AN/TPS37 MACS 1 MCAS Yuma, AZ Jan 1964-Dec 1964
TAD Comm-Elect School Bn. Dec 1964-Mar 1965
5941 Aviation Radar Technician AN/TPS34 MACS 1 MCAS Yuma, AZ Mar 1965-Jan 1966
Honorably Discharged 17 Jan 1966

The Great Guys I Had Served With

Dear Fellow Marines,

Some years back, about 3:00 AM or so on a Christmas Morning, I found myself alone with thoughts of all the great guys I had served with while an infantryman with the 3rd Marines up around Vietnam's DMZ in '68... With special regard to those many who were lost in combat. And, yes, thoughts, too, of my parents (My father was a WW II Vet) who had passed on not so long ago... Depressing time, indeed...

Granted, I was tanked up on a six-pack of Guinness and found myself staring at an 'ole typewriter in the corner of the room. No computer in those days, so I pulled out the dusty ink cartridge, rammed a fresh one in place and, simply put, began writing whatever came to mind. As you can guess, I was in a bit of a stupor and the words flowed out as free as a new found breeze... Even found some humor in a bad situation...

The first thought, and memory, that came to mind before punching the keys was a childhood one. Each Easter our rather large family of eight would visit the gravesite of mom's brother, Ensign John J. McCourt, here at Long Island's Holy Rude Cemetery. At a very young age, I was fascinated by watching the sadness and total despair of others who were also there while my parents, especially my mom, went about business (Including prayer & tidying up the site) as happy as larks in a tree. It was as if they were aware of something few could comprehend. That her brother, a WW II Navy Fighter Pilot who had lost his life in the closing months of the war, and all the others were somehow, someway, O.K. That there was much, much, more to this life that has yet to be touched on or tapped into. And, of course, the enormous possibilities that "Do Exist"... To swipe a quote from Bobby Kennedy: "Some People Dream Of Things That Exist And Say, "Why...?" Others Dream Of That Which Does Not Exist And Say, "Why Not...?"

To make a long story a bit longer, thought I'd share, and enclose below, that story and the possibility (CARES) presented in the story's conclusion... Hope yourselves, and anyone else out there who has lost a loved one or friend, find some share of both hope and solace in the words. No doubt, some may think me quite the nut case but, screw it... I sometimes wonder if a teenager named Christopher Columbus was a bit tanked up (Not sure if Guinness existed in those days) while he stared through a telescope, watched the 50 foot mast of a sailing ship slowly sink into the horizon and came to realize that something out there was curved. By Golly...! The World Is Round...! And, of course, the most respected intellects of the time hung up on their "world is flat" definition wrote him off. At least for a while...

Do I believe that CARES represents a viable possibility...? And do I believe that some would think of the scenario as about as goof-ball, ridiculous and unbelieving as it can get...? The answer to both is yes... Do I really give a hoot what those representing the latter think...? Nope.

After all, "Even We Marines Can Get Philosophical at times."

Sincerest of regards & Semper Fidelis
(Always Faithful)
Mike Regan

Keepin' The Faith

A Marine Corps Christmas Story

The story regards a small group of Marines, haggard and tired from day's events, sitting at their jungle outpost as night approaches and attempting to find solace after the loss of friends in battle. Ceremony, designed to sooth, and which normally surrounds loss of those close to us is not to be. Mingling among family and friends at the wake, kind words from the preacher, the funeral procession to the cemetery for more kind words and capped off with roast turkey, drinks and even a bit of laughter as the pleasant memories take over. To be able to pay respect. In a proper way, to a friend. None of this was to be. Simply there one moment, with talk of the future and, of course, tales about the incredible babes back in "The World". And gone the next moment, with the unceremonious zipping of a body bag.

For reasons only an infantryman can fathom, the talk turns to the atom. It seems, according to one Marine, that everything as we know it, the wind, the rain, the hub cap off a '55 Chevy, even those of us, are made up of different combinations of only eighty some odd atoms. Each with its select number of electrons orbiting at various levels above a proton/neutron nucleus.

"Did ya' know?", he adds, "That the ratio of the nearest electron to its nucleus is greater in distance as compared to the earth from the sun." His friends are impressed. "Not only would you need a million atoms, piled on top of each other, to equal the thickness of a page, but to be able to compress the electrons into the nucleus would also mean that you could fit an entire sky-scraper into the eraser head of a pencil." Now his friends are amazed.

A few moments of silence... "Kinda' makes you wonder about the guys.", another Marine suggests. "I mean, if all those millions of bucks were spent to split a single atom, are they really dead? Seems to me that those electrons are still goin' through a spin cycle."

Discussion continues, cigarettes are smoked in cupped hands and, bingo, ARE is founded. Atomic Recovery Employment systems. Until someone pointed out that ---- ------- would be ticked off if recovered with the head of a moose. A brief, and respectful, moment of laughter, and they pondered some more.

To the scientist, there is the atom. To the theologian, there is spirit. To that young group of Marines, having found their solace, there is Comparable Atomic Recovery Employment systems. CARE.

"Geeeze...!!! Where Is Thomas Alva Edison When You Need Him...!!!"

Seeming to sum things up, one of the Marines who has remained silent throughout, simply listening, finally speaks. "You guys are gonna' think me wacko on this one, but when I was a kid my family went on a cross-country trip and at one point, I found myself in one of those rare moments in a large family. I was standing alone with my dad. We were at the very lip of the Grand Canyon, gazing at the incredible beauty, when he says to me, completely out of the blue, and we're not talking a religious fanatic here, "Ya' know, sport, I think this is what Jesus Christ had in mind when He said, probably in frustration, "The Kingdom of Heaven is here, now."

Heads nod, cigarettes are snuffed, and talk comes to an end as a Marine glances at his watch, stands with an M-16, and heads off to guard duty.

"Catch you guys later", he concludes.

Semper Fi,
Mike Regan
Infantry Squad Leader
Hotel Company
2nd Platoon
2nd Battalion
3rd Regiment
3rd Marine Division
Vietnam's DMZ
Christmas Day,

Bumper Sticker Speech

Sgt. Grit, I wanted to share this speech my father, GySgt Richard N. Steiner, gave during our 237th Marine Corps Birthday Ceremony. Attached is a photo of the Marines from Fox Co., 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines Salt Lake City, UT, escorting the best birthday cake I've ever seen! You guys helped make this year's charity a success. Thank you for all your support Sgt! Semper Fi!

My son Jeff asked me to give a short talk on the Marine Corps Birthday. I thought I would do it with Marine Corps Bumper stickers. On November 10, 1775, the Marine Corps was founded in a small tavern in Philadelphia. The founders believed in "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anybody Who Threatened It." They were determined that "America, be the Home of the Free Because of the Brave," and they were bound and determined to "Provide Enemies of America an Opportunity to Die for Their Country since 1775." Who here can tell me what day the US Army birthday is on? Or the US Navy? Or the Air Force? Or how about the French Foreign Legion? Other services don't celebrate their birthdays like we do.

Every year on November 10th there are hundreds of Marine Corps balls, and Marine Corps Birthday celebrations throughout America, in many of the other nations of this world, and even aboard US Ships on the seven seas. How many of the US services even celebrate their existence at all other than the United States Marine Corps? We, on the other hand, celebrate our service openly, proudly displaying the Eagle, Globe and Anchor and adorning our cars with unique bumper stickers reminding others and ourselves of who we are.

What makes the Marines different? In 1969, I was in the Ashau Valley, Vietnam, with "The 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, the Walking Dead". We were in the bush for 63 straight days, engaging the enemy every day. Part of our duty was to go through the personal effects of the dead NVA we found finding anything that would provide intel for us. I did a lot of that, and found that the NVA approached the Marine units in Vietnam entirely differently than other military units. The NVA respected them, but they feared Marine Corps units. They knew they could fragment many military units with relative ease, and that Marine Corps units were much harder to fragment, and the NVA needed much stronger firepower and more soldiers to fight against them. Marines know that hero's don't win wars, that armies do. We don't fragment. We know that the key to military success is teamwork. From the first day a Marine enters boot camp, he is taught to forget everything civilian he knows and how to become part of a team. Boot Camp is "Just Another Day in Paradise – USMC" and that "All Men are Created Equal,but a Few Become Marines." Marines win battles and wars because Marines follow orders, and follow them without question. To a Marine, the success of his unit is everything. There is plenty of room for heroics, but the welfare of his fire team, squad, platoon, company and battalion come first. We know that "Failure is Not an Option."

The Marines are a force to be feared. We believe "A Dead Enemy is a Peaceful Enemy, and Blessed be the Peacekeepers." We believe that "We are in the Azs Kicking Business and Business is Good." We believe that you "Should Not Wish Ill for Your Enemy, but Should Plan It." In terms of battle strategy Marines believe "Gun Control is Hitting Your Target" that "When in Doubt, Empty the Magazine" that "Happiness is a Belt-fed Weapon" and we believe that "Artillery Brings Dignity to What Would Otherwise Just Be a Brawl."

On a more serious note Marines always live in the shadow of death. Every Marine knows that death may be required of him to protect the other men of his unit, and to ensure victory to the battle. Marines don't pray for their own safety, they pray for the strength to do their job. That, folks, is what makes us different. Marines are "Brothers to the End", we believe that "Death Smiles at Everyone, but Marines Smile Back" We also firmly believe that "He Who Shed Blood With Me Shall Forever Be My Brother" that "All Give Some, and Some Give All" and that "There is No Such Thing as a Former Marine." That is why we are here tonight.

Marines don't question whether wars or police actions are right or wrong. We simply carry out the wishes of those who make those decisions. "People Sleep Peacefully In Their Beds at Night Because Rough Men Stand Ready To Do Violence On Their Behalf." We know that in many instances "America Is Not At War, America's Military Is At War. America Is At The Mall". We know that "Pacifism is a Luxury Paid For By Warriors" and that "Patriotic Dissent Is A Luxury Of Those Protected By Better Men Than They." But we also know "You Only Have The Rights You Are Willing To Fight For", and we understand to the fullest that "For Those Who Fought For It, Freedom Has A Flavor The Protected Will Never Know".

Marines are a special breed. We know "Some People Spend An Entire Lifetime Wondering If They Made A Difference. The Marines Don't Have That Problem." We know that America is "One Nation Under God and His Marines Standing Guard." Marines know that "Once a Marine. Always A Marine" and that "Semper Fidelis Is Not Just a Saying, It Is a Way Of Life". When all is over, and said and done a Marine can say "You Will Die, but I Will Die A Marine"

To this we say "Oohrah... It's a Marine thang". Semper Fi. Let the Birthday Celebration begin.

Jeff Steiner

Old M-1's

Sgt. Grit,

I have a request. Our local "Korean" Honor Guard that performs at many occasions... But mainly Military Funerals has a BIG one.

Their OLD M-1 rifles have become UN-useable, they no longer fire and therefore not allowing the final gun salute.

Could you put the word out and help me in finding about 6 to 8 still workable M-1's.

These are some of the Greatest Service men doing so much for our departing Military people.

Thank You, Ernie Brindley USMC
1962-1966 Vietnam Vet
Contact: ernie237[at]embarqmail.com

Capture The Envelope

Some of us are old enough to remember 'Air Mail'... supposedly faster, more expensive stamps, lighter weight stationery that was 'special' for Air Mail (mostly marketing... might have mattered when air mail pilots were still wearing goggles in their biplanes... by the sixties, lots of 'air mail' was flying in fast trucks...) DI's might launch such a letter into the air... and woe be too he who did not successfully capture the envelope whilst it was airborne. There were other abbreviations, intended to be 'cutesy' that would show up from time to time. "DDL DSDB" being one in particular that called for a letter back asking for an interpretation. Turned out, it was for "Deliver De Letter, De Sooner De Better"... SWAK could also lead to a question from the DI... "does this mean 'swabbed with a (common feminine hygiene product, trade-marked, begins with a "K")... and you expect ME to handle this, maggot?". Once caught a smuggling operation that involved a recruit who got a lot of mail... every day, sometimes two a day from the same correspondent... ordinary looking letters, nothing to draw attention on the outside of the envelope... just happened to feel some stiffness in the envelope, different from a stick of gum... had the recipient open it on the spot... he and his main squeeze were well along in the process of moving a 52-card deck of playing cards into MCRD... one card at a time... (don't think it was the poser who claimed to have played cards with his DI, tho...) Worst thing about gum was the foil wrapper... "I didn't say un-wrap it, sh-t-for-brains... I said CHEW it!"... foil, in contact with dental fillings, generates an electrical current... and that hurts... more fillings, more pain... So, if you were at ease enough to watch the DI handle the mail... and noticed that he seemed to flex envelopes a bit... now you know why!




The Marine Embassy Guard Association will be holding their Annual Reunion in Providence, RI on June 3rd through June 7th, 2015.

For Information, go to embassymarine.org.

Semper Fi,
Denny Krause
Sgt. "62 - "68

Lost and Found

Looking for John Champion, Brownsville, TX. Korea 1954 to 1955, MACS-3 or any other GRUNT.

Cpl. Paul Dougherty USMC

Short Rounds

"How do I leave positive feedback for my recent order? My shirt brought memories and pride, got to me fast, and I just want to say that one of the Marines' mottos is "First to fight." Yours should be "First to deliver!" Outstanding job. I will be a repeat customer."

Paul B.

Jim asked if anyone ever was on the USS Walker Troop Ship. Myself and 5000 other Marines were on our way to Korea. Landed at Inchon Port back then. We also used the rope ladder to disembark. We used barges to come ashore.

According to Wikipedia there have been 19 men awarded two medals of honor. Of these 14 were for two separate actions.

See the attached link:

One of the most notable was Tom Custer, brother of George Custer. Tom was killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

Jim Grimes


"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
--Theodore Roosevelt

"[I]f industry and labour are left to take their own course, they will generally be directed to those objects which are the most productive, and this in a more certain and direct manner than the wisdom of the most enlightened legislature could point out."
--James Madison, 1789

"The battle of Iwo Island has been won. The United States Marines by their individual and collective courage have conquered a base which is as necessary to us in our continuing forward movement toward final victory as it was vital to the enemy in staving off ultimate defeat. By their victory, the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions and other units of the Fifth Amphibious Corps have made an accounting to their country which only history will be able to value fully. Among the Americans who served on Iwo Island, uncommon valor was a common virtue."
--Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

"History, in general, only informs us what bad government is."
--Thomas Jefferson, 1807

"You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a h-ll of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually it's quite fun to fight them, you know. It's a h-ll of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right up there with you. I like brawling."
--James Mattis

"Who is that tapping on my door?, I can't hear you turd!"

"Assume the dead bug position!" "Ready fall!" "Get down & Get up!"

"Get your little red books out & put it up to your face!"

Fair winds and following seas.
Semper Fi!
Sgt Grit

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