Sgt Grit Newsletter - 20 FEB 2014

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Marine Daughter looking at Sgt Grit Catalog

This is my 4 year old daughter Lilly. Lilly picked up our latest edition of Sgt Grit today. As she was looking through the magazine she said "look daddy stuff". You see my little Lilly never got the chance to meet her Marine Daddy. He deployed 2 weeks before she was born. On April 1st our Hero Sgt Frank World was KIA in Afghanistan. Our daughter Lilly was only 3 months old... our son was just 3. Just thought I would share with you a cute photo of a Gold Star child looking through Sgt Grit... or as my daughter says looking at daddy stuff.

Beth Zielinski-World

Lonesome 155 And John Wayne

2nd Provisional 155 Howitzer Tango Battery 3/12

I think this was south-west of Hue. We were with 2nd. Provisional 155 Howitzer, Tango Battery, 3/12.

Looking back, been a long time.

Who would have ever imagined John Wayne as the author of a thoughtful, even touching, poem?

John Wayne Poem

Semper Fi
George Sheesley


Sgt. Grit,

All this stuff about K-Bars. In the mid-forties I think most Infantry had them and other troops as well. I think the most remember Ka-Bar was in the Pacific sometime in early 1940's, a lot of Ka-Bar owners who were handy with their hands and had an officer that wasn't too quick with uniforms, would take a Ka-Bar, saw a piece off a Japanese Zaro drill it, carve it, and get cats eyes from shells out of the ocean. They made some of the most interesting designs carving the aluminum with knives and using files. Got some of the greatest looking Ka-Bars. I had one and sold it to a recruit coming overseas as I was going home. I used to see one from time to time at the Gun Shows, but that day long past.

Just because a man had a bayonet didn't preclude the issue of a Ka-Bar. I remember guys playing mubble-peg on their fingers, you know spread your hand on the ground and stab between each finger with a Ka-Bar, saw a lot of fools going to sick bay with torn fingers, by the way, I saw the same cr-p during Korea.

I remember a story from a Marine who landed at Iwo, he saw a Lieut. stab a dead enemy with his Ka-Bar just so he could say he had stabbed an enemy soldier with it. The Navy was issued a knife similar to the Ka-Bar and we tried to get them if we could, beg, borrow and win at cr-p games, there's so many things you can do with a sheath knife, but eating with a knife you have done other things with isn't what you want. Opening "C", "K" and all that. Some of us got a pocket knife like the Boy Scout knife (in Korea we were issued the steel knife) I broke more d-mn blades on those trying to open "C"s.

The Ka-Bar design was submitted to the U. S. Marine Corps in 9 December 1943 with the hopes it would be issued as a General purpose knife. The Ka-Bar company worked with the Marine Corps until the design was as it is today. At First the Marines were the only Service to be issued this fine knife, but later all branches of the Armed Services would be issued the Ka-Bar.

GySgt. F. L.Rousseau, USMC Retired

Get The Jacket

WWII Marine With His Sgt Grit Jacket

I should have sent this long ago, but it has been quite hectic.

My father is a WWII Marine Veteran who served in four invasions on Kwajalein Atoll, Tinian, Saipan and Iwo Jima. He actually was assigned to duties stateside and stowed aboard a ship when the rest of his unit was deployed for combat. He didn't want to be left behind.

My husband, also a Marine, takes him to a Veterans' Memorial Celebration each year, and this year I ended up taking him since my husband was out of town. During the lunch, there was another Marine with a beautiful black leather jacket with the Marine Corps emblem on the back. My father, who never says he wants or needs anything, saw it and said, "I am going to steal that jacket." I told him that I would find out where it came from and he said he didn't need another jacket. I asked the gentlemen anyway and for the next 5 weeks, it haunted me as to what to do for Christmas, the gift card that he looks forward to (he is very frugal) or the jacket.

The Saturday before Christmas, my husband and I were out having dinner and I brought up the jacket/gift card issue, my husband immediately said, "get the jacket!" Saturday night, at 11:00 p.m., I placed the order, paid for overnight shipping and figured maybe it will come, maybe not and will he be disappointed it is not a gift card. The jacket showed up on Christmas Eve.

On Christmas Day, before I handed it to him, I told him when I presented him with a wrapped gift, I would not be insulted if he did not want to keep it and preferred the money instead. I cannot tell you the look on his face of excitement. He is not a materialistic person what so ever, he LOVES that jacket. A few hours later, he felt ill and we did end up calling an ambulance for him, he insisted on getting up and putting his jacket on before he would allow them to put him on the stretcher. He recovered fine, but it was heart wrenching to see him grab his new jacket when he felt very ill.

He wears it with pride everywhere and gets a great deal of "Semper Fi's" each time he wears it. So glad we had such a cold winter!

Thank you for the amazing service, thank you for the quality product, you made my dad very happy!

On February 21st, my sweet dad will be 91, I'm not sure how I will top the jacket!

Diane Forro

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2 Rounds In A Garbage Can

Sgt. Grit,

I love reading the stories that fellow Marines send in. I went to boot camp in '67. My Senior Drill Instructor (not DI) was GySgt Webb, Drill Instructors SSgt Burgess, Cpl. White (left to get married) was replaced by Sgt. Montgomery. I had the very good pleasure of meeting GySgt Webb and SSgt Burgess at the Freedom Hill PX in Viet Nam. In boot camp we were issued the M-14, I thought it was a good weapon. ITR was issued the M1, always seemed to have an M1 thumb. Can't seem to remember what I was issued in staging battalion. Viet Nam was issued a mattie matel. Couldn't figure why they gave me a toy gun. Turned out it wasn't a bad gun. You had to keep it clean.

I went to see my youngest son after his training in Miss. before he went to Iraq. The weapons they carried I have no idea what they were. The only one I could identify was the M2 .50 cal.

I was trained 0811 Arty. Was on every piece of artillery the Marine Corps had from 1967 to 1989. The 105, all three 55's (hog, 109, and the gun). The 55 gun was taken out of service sometime in '68 (I think around Aug). We received the Army 175 and was later on the 8in. I developed a strong disliking for the 175. It was a worthless hunk of junk. It didn't last long in the Marine Corps inventory. Glad to see it go. The rest where all good, but I loved the 8in. The most accurate piece there was. With a good gun crew you could drop 2 rounds in a garbage can.

I spent almost 22 years in the Corps and wouldn't trade it for anything else. A lot of good memories and a few not so good.

Bob POPE Sr.
MSgt Retired

Question About Correct Addresses

Sergeant Grit,

I have a question about correct addresses. When I was in the Corps (1952 - 1958), Sergeants and senior NCOs were all addressed as "Sergeant". "Sarge" was an Army and Air Force term and never to be used in the United States Marine Corps. Being an old Buck Sergeant myself, I never had to admonish or reprimand anyone for calling me "Sarge" because it just wouldn't happen. When did this Army cr-p begin to taint our glorious Marine Corps, and why is it allowed to continue? Semper Fi, SERGEANT.

Chris Vail
Sgt., USMC

Best Uniform Ever

Capt Walters complained about "Trops" being the worst uniform ever. Well, at K-Bay we considered it the Best uniform ever, especially when compared to Khakis. I think he's getting the two confused.

Our trops were dry-cleaned and pressed and even in the Hawaii humidity always looked sharp. I still remember how sharp our officers looked in full trops with trop blouse. Now that was the Old Corps!

Jeff Howards
Sgt, '73-'77

Well-Armed With The KA-BAR

I was a Corporal in 1970 when I inprocessed to MACS 4 high atop Monkey Mountain with a beautiful view of Da Nang and China Beach on clear days. I went to supply to draw my weapon, ammo and 782 gear, only to be told I'd have to come back the next day as they were out of some of the issue. I was happy as a clam as I had my M-16 and ammo and figured the other stuff could wait.

The next day I went back to pick up the rest of my gear and the Marine at the counter shoved across the counter a new Ka-Bar and sheath saying, "Here, you can have this too". I was one happy guy as I'd been a student of Marine Corps history for years before I enlisted and had read of and seen pictures of WW II Marines sharpening their Ka-Bars on troopships while waiting for the inevitable.

MACS 4 shut down and shipped back to the world in early '71 and I spent the rest of that tour in various assignments in the 1st MAW throughout I Corps with my Ka-Bar strapped on my hip. I often got the question, "How did you get that?" My answer was always, "If you have to ask, then you don't have the need to know," just to lend a little mystery to occasion.

The day before I was to climb on the freedom bird I turned in my weapons ammo and 782 gear and when I sadly placed my Ka-Bar on the counter, the Marine there said, "you can keep that, it's not a part of the issue." Yep, I was one happy Marine. It felt strange not carrying a rifle the rest of that day, but still felt well-armed with the Ka-Bar I had lovingly sharpened and carried over the past year.

The next day we are going through Customs prior to boarding the Big Bird back to the world and the Army customs MP, says the Ka-Bar has to go in the Amnesty Box. Noting the gleam in his eye as he said that, I stuck the blade in a crack in the concrete and snapped the handle off the blade in one quick move. You should have seen his face when I did that and threw the pieces in the Amnesty Box. No dog face REMF was going to carry my Ka-Bar!

A few years ago I bought a new Ka-Bar out of nostalgia I guess and after sharpening it to a razor edge, I proudly hung it over my desk at home suspended on a rawhide thong with a dog tag of mine from that era. Often I'll look up as I just did now and sort of smile when the memories flood back from those years.

Dave Young
USMC '68-'76

Marine Corps Clothing Factory

Aloha Sgt Grit,

Many thanks for publishing my letter about the Marine Corps' affair with leggings in your February 6th issue. But I do feel like a double dipper, as above my letter was (12th article from the top) one labeled OLD CORPS with a photograph of five Marines modeling Berets for the uniform board at the Marine Corps Clothing Factory in Philadelphia, PA in July '51 or shortly thereafter.

I am the second Marine in the photo, a newly made Staff Sergeant fresh back from the Korean War. The officer in front of me was 1st Lieutenant (now Colonel, USMC, Retired) Robert E. Parrot. He was the adjutant at the Clothing Factory and also a Chosin Veteran, newly back from the Korean War. He was in K/4/11 and I in Able Company (Brigade) and Service Company, 1st Engineer Battalion from Inchon on. Sorry but I do not have any names on the other three Marines, they were not in my office. Perhaps Col. Parrot can come up with their names, doubtful, but you never know.

The Clothing factory opened in the early 1900s or possibly late 1880s. I was assigned there when I came back from Korea in the 3rd Rotation Draft at the end of April, 1951 on the troop ship, George Antelock (spelling?). The factory closed around 1960 or so, as the Corps had grown to a point where the old clothing factory could not supply that many Marines.

Aloha, Semper Fidelis and thanks again...

MGySgt Bob Talmadge

WWII Photos

WWII photo of Marine Baseball Team

WWII photo of Marine Company

I bought these at an estates sale in St. Joseph, Missouri. I think most were taken in Hawaii during WWII. Maybe someone is interested.

The company photo looks like it might be from the training base on Maui during WWII.

Jim Grimes
Sgt 1969-72

Explain The Nickname

Greetings Marines!

Just read this week's newsletter and as always, enjoyed the stories. CPL Warren's letter in regards to his Ka-Bar got me thinking about mine. In my old Comm platoon at MCBH Hawaii, each Marine used to receive an engraved Ka-Bar upon leaving the unit. It was special, the platoon commander would present it to the Marine in front of the rest of us. The knife was inscribed with our name and dates of service on one side and almost always, our nickname or reference to something hilarious on the other during our time with the unit. He'd also have you explain the nickname or incident that was inscribed which made the presentation a really good time.

I got out in '99 and immediately began displaying it in a display stand when I became a civilian. I never really hung any of my accolades from the USMC up, but this knife was really special.

Fast forward to 2010, our home was burglarized by persons unknown. One of the things taken was my knife (the POS left the stand). I can only wonder what idiot would steal a knife that was engraved with someone else's name? My wife and I had several items stolen that day, but this really bothered me. I hope in CPL Warren's case, that Ka-Bar served one of our fellow brothers well and that Marine took care of it. For the piece of garbage who stole mine... well, you all can imagine what I'd like to do.

Semper Fi!

CPL Matt Callaghan

Note: There's an interesting topic for stories. How did you get your nickname?

Sgt Grit

Sharp And Pointy

My platoon of amphibian tanks were assigned to the 41st Independent Commando Regiment, British Royal Marines.

They loved our K=Bars. They were issued the famous Fairbrain knife, that was a stiletto, very sharp and pointy and very brittle. They complained of the blades breaking. So devised vary methods of supply to get them our K-Bars. For our efforts they kept us in beer. For my money there is no tougher knife of any kind than the USMC K-Bar.

Semper Fi
George Seper
Cpl USMC Korea 1950-51


I have many fond memories of MCAS El Toro. I was stationed there from Nov. '56 thru Nov. '59. I served with MARS-37 as a 6442 Hydraulics Repairman MOS. I would like to know where MARS-37 was moved to. I participated in the Fleet Schooling (acceptance) programs for the FJ4B North American A/C known as FIP's (Fleet Introduction Programs) at NAS, San Jose, CA. I later attended School at Chance Vought Aircraft, servicing the hydraulic systems on their F8U Crusader in Dallas, TX.

My wife was with me for the period aboard the NAMAR housing. We were both enjoying some of the best duty in the Corps for families. We couldn't believe it when we heard of its move/disbanding!

Does anyone know the story of MARS-37 and its removal and subsequently the Station itself?

Tom Harp USMC
A/Sgt 1953-1959

How To Communicate In The New Marine Corps

From: Commanding Officer
To: All Gunnery Sergeants
Subject: Sensitivity Training

It has been brought to the Executive Officer's attention that some Gunnery Sergeants and above throughout the command have been using foul language during the course of normal conversation with their Division Officers.

Due to complaints received from some Division Officers who may be easily offended, this type of language will no longer be tolerated. We do however, realize the critical importance of being able to accurately express your feelings when communicating with Officers.

Therefore, a list of "TRY SAYING" new phrases has been provided from the officer's mess so that proper exchange of ideas and information can continue in an effective manner:

TRY SAYING: Perhaps I can work late.
INSTEAD OF: And when the f-ck do you expect me to do this?

TRY SAYING: I'm certain that isn't feasible.
INSTEAD OF: No f-cking way.

INSTEAD OF: You've got to be sh!tting me!

TRY SAYING: Perhaps you should check with...
INSTEAD OF: Tell someone who gives a sh!t.

TRY SAYING: I wasn't involved in the project.
INSTEAD OF: It's not my f-cking problem.

TRY SAYING: That's interesting.
INSTEAD OF: What the f-ck?

TRY SAYING: I'm not sure this can be implemented.
INSTEAD OF: This sh!t won't work.

TRY SAYING: I'll try to schedule that.
INSTEAD OF: Why the h-ll didn't you tell me sooner?

TRY SAYING: He's not familiar with the issues.
INSTEAD OF: He's got his head up his azs.

TRY SAYING: Excuse me, sir?
INSTEAD OF: Eat sh-t and die.

TRY SAYING: So you weren't happy with it?
INSTEAD OF: Kiss my azs.

TRY SAYING: I'm a bit overloaded at the moment.
INSTEAD OF: F-ck it, I'm going to the Chief's Club.

TRY SAYING: I don't think you understand.
INSTEAD OF: Shove it up your azs.

TRY SAYING: I love a challenge.
INSTEAD OF: This job sucks.

TRY SAYING: You want me to take care of that?
INSTEAD OF: Who the h-ll died and made your boss?

INSTEAD OF: Bl-w me.

TRY SAYING: He's somewhat insensitive.
INSTEAD OF: He's a f-cking pri!k.

TRY SAYING: I think you could use more training.
INSTEAD OF: You don't know what the f-ck you're doing.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter, and with a little work I believe that we can all communicate with each other more effectively in the near future.

Military Appreciation Day

Super Cross Racer Ryan Vilopoto at Military Appreciation Day

Sgt Grit,

On Saturday, February 8th. I attended the Monster Energy Super Cross in San Diego. It was Military Appreciation Day, so there were lots of Marines and other service members there.

Just prior to the qualification races, the big stars were introduced, and they each did a practice lap. In front of the start line there was a squad of Marines. After Chad Reed #22 did his lap, he rode by the Marines and held out his hand to slap their hands, a few of the Marines did likewise. When Ryan Vilopoto #1 did his lap, he stopped in front of the Marines, and shook each of their hands individually. It was a touch of class, and it made me happy to see there are young people like him out there, who appreciate what the Military is all about.

Semper Fi,
John M. Hunter
Cpl. 1811/0311
RVN 1965-1966

John Basilone

Tombstone of GySgt John Basilone

February 19th not only marked the 69th Anniversary of the Marines landing on the beaches of Iwo Jima, but it also marked the day we lost a brother in arms, Medal Of Honor recipient, GySgt John Basilone.

Semper Fi Marine! Rest in peace.

They Trained Us Well

A recent letter made reference to Cpl Davey of Plt 244. I was also in Plt 244 during the summer of 1965. Reading of Philip S. Davey and our platoon was a real blast from the past and is the first time I have heard of any other member of my boot camp days. Our Plt Commander was Sgt K V Smith and Drill Instructors were Sgt J W Brasher and Sgt R B Goedert. In retrospect they trained us well for what they knew was coming and occasionally were a hoot although none of us dared laugh. Every Marine remembers those days more fondly as time passes. Hearing of a fellow platoon member made my day. Thanks to Grit for the newsletter that links us together.

Warren J Sikes, Cpl
RVN Dec '67 to Jan '69

Sea-Faring Warrior

In your 13 February newsletter, a reader sent the following:

Short Rounds

"My Thai language instructors said that the Thai word for Marines actually translated as "khaki-colored soldiers"."

I think there might be some miscommunication here. The Thai word for Marine is spelled phonetically 'Nawikayothin' and it can be translated as 'naval soldier' or if you want to be a bit poetic, 'sea-faring warrior'. I like the second one better - sounds almost like 'Vikings'. By the way, I spent something like 11 years in Thailand and Laos. I learned Thai and Lao at the government's expense - for which I want to thank all of you taxpayers.

And since we're talking about Thailand and Thai Marines, I thought I would pass on the following story that I had earlier sent to my Naval Academy (Class of 1965) classmates:

You all have probably seen the reports of a Syrian rebel eating the heart of a captured/dead Syrian loyalist soldier. Well, I have a story from many years ago equally 'heartwarming.' I was at our embassy in Bangkok in the mid 70's just after the Khmer Rouge (KR) had seized power in Cambodia. It was a very turbulent time as the KR attempted to slaughter the population and reduce this once peaceful country to a subsistence agrarian society - although to call that murderous regime a society is the mother of all oxymoron's.

Because of the incredible loss of life in Cambodia, the KR were running out of peasants to work the fields. So, they did the next best thing and raided Thailand for slave labor. Whole villages along the border were rounded up and driven off like cattle, never to be seen again. The Thai military countered and there were many violent and bloody border skirmishes with much loss of life on both sides. And, predictably, the Thai were getting pretty unhappy about this. There were reports, all strenuously denied, that Thai soldiers were killing any Cambodians they captured, whether KR or not - "let the Lord Buddha sort them out" - and even - Graphic content - reader discretion advised - cutting out their living hearts and eating them.

In those days, I was a member of a Thai-American foundation under the sponsorship of the Royal Thai Army and JUSMAG. We had a number of activities in the border areas and periodically ran into the KR. I had the following conversation with a Royal Thai Force Recon Marine who had just returned from operations near (actually inside - shhh, don't tell anybody) Cambodia:

Me: So, SSgt. Prasert, is there any truth to the reports of you guys cutting out and eating the hearts of KR soldiers?

SSgt. Prasert: Lies! Lies! All lies! We would never do anything so barbaric! We love the Cambodian people!

Me: Of course! Of course!

Me: So, SSgt. Prasert, what's it taste like?

SSgt. Prasert: Well, it's sort of like pork.

Me: Carry on, SSgt. Prasert!

Back to the present:

I don't really mean to be so facetious or flippant about such bitter times. There were many heart-breaking incidents (there's the 'heart' thing again) and we and our Thai comrades lost close friends to the KR.

So, I say again, almost 40 years later: Carry on, SSgt. Prasert! and the same to the Syrian rebels.

Fred Vogel


Submitted By: MARINE Jim McCallum (the ole gunny)
Spec. Issue #1 (13 Feb., 2014)

This issue of "The Flight Line" is in response to a statement made by one Bill Wilson in the last issue of the Sgt. Grit Newsletter under the title of "Armed Guards and Lawn Chairs", which was submitted by the Gentleman named above. It implied that the task that we undertook changing an engine in and Kaman H-43 Huskie Syncropter was a breeze compared to the Engine exchange in a Kent Wash. backyard. Well, I'm going to dispute that claim and set the record straight.

First, the Kaman H-43 Huskie is a wooden rotor bladed Syncropter and is powered by a Lycoming T-53 Turbine engine and is similar to the old HOK, but quite a bit larger. This incident also did not happen in a populated area where there are normally unlimited resources, but in a very remote area of the Northwest about 3-5 miles South of the Canadian Border, next to a wilderness lake (Wannacut) just south of the Town's of Oroville, and Nighthawk, Wash. Access to the area is either by flying in or via very narrow and seldom used logging roads. Now, let's look at the manpower availability. This did not happen as I thought I had stated while I was in the Corps, but while I was employed by the State of Wash. as the Aircraft Maint. Supervisor and we did not have the manpower resources avail. that the Reserve unit, or I&I staff had and I should also include, equipment. As far as the area around Sand Point, I'm very familiar with it, as I was one of the Recruiters in Olympia (1969-1974) and the surrounding 5 counties prior to my work with with the State. Plus, I also worked in Quality Assurance at the Kent Space Center when I worked at Boeing before going into the Engineering Development Lab at Plant #2 and later at Boeing field in R & D, (P-3 Update #4) in QA Engineering.

I might add at this point that the Kaman has 4 vertical tail fins that are constructed of fiberglass and are very fragile especially when used as a scratching post, or anything beyond the designed function, and that is to help the Aircraft remain stable in flight.

Now, if this Engine failure had happen while this Aircraft was still in the Air Force's inventory there would have been a mass of support, but we built and designed every item darn near that we needed to do the job in a timely manner and there were few spares to help us carry out our primary function and that was to fight fires and protect timber resources. There's a lot more to this, but I have to state that this was the first time this was ever done with a H-43 in the State of Wash., not a H-34. Get a map and look at the location. It wasn't as much fun as it was an experience !

I just wanted to set the record straight.

Incubate Young Males

Got to thinking about it... and I think the picture showing the airplane through the runway fence at MCRD SD, (January 29th edition?)... is most likely reversed. Having seen just a few aircraft operations at Lindbergh Field over a four year tour, and during a 13-week vacation there a few years earlier, it would have been pretty unusual for an aircraft to take off to the east (prevailing winds coming from the NW)... and if the photographer was standing at that fence, with the nose of the plane to his left... that plane was either taking off to the east... or maybe taxi-ing back to the terminal. The normal departure was a turning climb to the NW, and seemingly, always over Point Loma High School. Since such places were thought to incubate young males with knobs on their elbows and knees, and blond hair to the shoulder, (surfer dudes) when the flat-top was still the most common haircut coming into receiving barracks, we could only wonder if it might potentially be some sort of providential justice (cold-hearted bunch, we were... came with the MOS)...

The commercial flights, while a noise pollution problem to the DI's trying to teach drill on the grinder, were not nearly as bad as the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard station was just across the PCH from the airport, and they had, at the time, prop-driven seaplanes... Grumman Albatross models... two radial avgas engines above the wing, extremely loud, and equally slow-moving, so that when their departure pattern put them over the grinder, it took forever for the engine sound to quit reverberating from the perimeter buildings. Rumor was that it was deliberate, having its roots in somebody with a campaign cover having once rendered the impudent digit to a passing patrol plane. Karma? or 'payback's a b-tch'?... Then there were the new delta-wing jets leaving Convair... always in zinc chromate yellow... and they never came back! (learned later they were delivered to the AF up at George AFB, painted/decaled there)...


Man Caves

How about submitting some images and write-ups of your Man Cave or I Love Me Rooms?

Sgt Grit


Sorry if I missed this if it was in your newsletters. Our senior D.I. T.Sgt. Joe Curley passed away last December in Hillsboro, Ore. Ours was PLT 356, MCRD San Diego, June to Sept 1957. He retired as a First Sgt after more than 20 years. He was in charge of the Chosin Few Reunion in Branson, MO, until last year when he said he was not going to have it again. I found him after placing an ad in Leatherneck mag several years ago. Does anyone else remember him as their DI?. I don't remember any yellow foot prints. Maybe I was too scared to look down.

R D Hartley

Lost And Found

Semper Fi Sgt,

I have no memorabilia of Boot camp. I would really like to find my platoon number and hear from anyone that might have a photo, platoon book or other information. We started about Oct. 26th, 1953 and graduated in Jan 1954. The only thing I remember is our senior Drill Instructor was Sgt Gieger, him I can never forget. My grandson is currently at Camp Lejeune.

David W Spear, Sgt, 1416XXX

Last year I happened to be in Mesa, Arizona visiting my daughter and her husband for Thanksgiving. I was shopping in Lowes hardware and was approached by a gentleman who was wanting to know if my cover was an "Old Corps" cover. I told him, Yes, but not as good as the old herringbone utility cover. We began talking about our tours. He said he was stationed at El Toro, California in the early 50's. I said, so was I. He mentioned that he was in H&MS-33 and I said, so was I. It turned out that we both were in the same squadron, at the same time, and yet could not remember each other.

I would mention things that happened and he would fill in the details and he would mention people that he knew and I could tell him all about them. I think I gave him my Marine Corps League card but can't remember. Dumb sh-t that I am, I never got his name and address. I hope that he will get a chance to read your newsletter and will get hold of me.

If anyone remembers the names Tom Maiberger, John Cargo, Frank Fortier, Tom Waite, Hugh Blackwell, and Kenneth "Eskimo" Brandon, I would love to hear from them. I worked on the flight line as a plane captain.

Semper Fi,
Sid Gerling 1406xxx
Sgt of Marines



Marines of the USS WASP,CVS-18, will be having a reunion Aug. 28 - 31, 2014 in Charleston, SC. Anyone who served and is interested, please contact J.P.Looker at jsphlooker[at] or C. Dunkle at charlesdunkle[at]

Semper Fi

I'm looking for the original members of Charlie Battery 1/13; those Marines who formed up and trained at Camp Horno, CA in the fall of 1966. We are planning a reunion this September so please contact Ron Hoffman, 2548 Manitowoc Road, Green Bay, WI 54311-65760.

Short Rounds

Sgt Grit,

On the evening of our last Birthday Ball, a mother of one our active duty Marines, a young Lance Corporal had told me she received a msg from him while he was in Afghanistan. She said that he had asked that his text be relayed to those at the Ball. This is what is said, "The older generations need to know they are not the last of their kind." Apparently the training hasn't changed much.

Semper Fi,
Randy Lehmann

Marine Gillard, yes I was your Senior D.I. Plt 1004 was my best platoon. I had three top notch D.I.s to help. The platoon always scored above 95% in all inspections and exams. The biggest return we got from you was 100% range qualification. We took the range that cycle. We didn't win the Drill, but to me the range pennant on the guidon was more important. It was hard choosing the Honor Man.

Semper Fi, Marine.

GySgt P. Santiago

After almost 50 years of marriage to a Marine you'd think my wife would learn that men wear trousers and women wear pants.

Norm Spilleth
Cpl., 1960-1964

I have acquired a set of late WWII / early Korean (1948-1951) war dress blues. The jacket has two loops on either side of the jacket at the belt line. They are not large enough for the white belt to go through. (Can barely get your little finger through it) It obviously is in some way supposed to support the belt. Is there some attachment that attaches the belt to the jacket.


Regarding the newsletter about Camp Talega, I think it was known as tent camp 2 during the Korean war. I was stationed there in 1950. Am I right or wrong?

Pat C.

To: L.H. Marshall, Guess you never tasted SPAM 3 times a day HUH?

John V

'44-'46 Scout Both Bayonet and Ka-Bar. Carried both even while in Combat Intelligence School and during advanced weapons training. Does anyone else remember that we had no back pockets in the "Dress" uniforms? Officers did.


I had to laugh at the comments regarding "Trops" or Summer Service A & B (Was there a C also?). I was in the Crotch from '64 to '68 and this was long before "permanent press" had been invented. I recall falling out for an inspection wearing my brand new "Trops" and being told by my Drill Instructor that I "looked like 5 pounds of sh-t in a one pound bag."


I would like to thank Cpl. J. Kanavy's further information re: Extraordinary Heroism.

I was basing the statement on the information found on a government at web page:

Marine Corps Navy Cross Recipients

Latest update 8NOV2013, with no listing of "Wolf" during Viet Nam era. Many previous actions should be declassified, after all, it's been 50 years.

I stand corrected.

Rev. M.K. McKay, RN, O.Cam.

In early 1950's there were several sets of yellow footprints along the south side of the parade grounds at MCRD SD, directly adjacent to the Quonset huts. They were used to teach proper alignment and dress and every time you fell out you fell in on the yellow footprints. They were not part of the receiving procedure then.

Gunny, '50-'60.

Sgt Grit,

I was drafted into the Corps in Jan. 1966, and the black belt was worn by our Drill Instructor and the reason I know this to be a fact is because I am looking at my Plt Book from 1966 at MCRD San Diego, CA, Plt 342. And I'll take and send you a photo of it. And that should be the end of that. Also, I spent 21 years in the Corps, and my Sr. DI came to my retirement wearing his uniform.

GySgt Roberts, D.E.

In 1956 I served in the 3rd DUKW platoon at Camp Mc Gill, Japan before we were moved to Okinawa and the unit was disbanded. We were attached to 3rd Amtracs, 3rd tank Battalion, 3rd Division and made a Marlex in support of Army troops on Iwo Jima sometime during 1956 or 1957. Our C.O was Capt Dave Dichter who was and still is super Marine.

Roger Gibson Cpl.

I was a 2531/2532 also, With 7th Comm Btn, 31st MAU,FMF, USS Cleveland LPD-7, Air/Ground support...

Do you remember "big boy" or "big daddy"? Just wondering?

Semper Fi,
D.E. Peterson
Cpl of the Marines


"My good friends, I have returned from Germany bringing peace with honor. I believe it is peace for our time... Go home and get a nice quiet sleep."
--British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, 1938

"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny."
--Thomas Jefferson

"They told (us) to open up the Embassy, or we'll blow you away. And then they looked up and saw the Marines on the roof with these really big guns, and they said in Somali, "Igaralli ahow", which means Excuse me, I didn't mean it, my mistake."
--Karen Aquilar, in the U.S. Embassy; Mogadishu, Somalia, 1991

"For over 221 years our Corps has done two things for this great Nation. We make Marines, and we win battles."
--Gen. Charles C. Krulak, USMC (CMC); 5 May 1997

"It is mostly a matter of wills. Whose will is going to break first? Ours or the enemy's?"
--General James Mattis

"I'm a Moma Lootin, Routin Tootin, 100lbs of h-ll-dipped destruction with temporary duty as a House Mouse."

"I can't believe that YOU were the fastest sperm?"

"Good Night Ladies!"

"Good Morning Girls!"

Fair winds and following seas.
Gung Ho!
Sgt Grit

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