Article from Thomaston Times

Hello, Marine Moms

To the editor:

My husband, John, was in the Corps for six years. He’s no longer on active duty but as you are aware, “Once A Marine, Always A Marine.” My father was one of the ‘Chosen Few’ (Korea). My oldest brother is another “Once-Always Marine,” as well as one of my husband’s brothers. I also have a brother who was in the Army National Guard, and another of my husband’s brothers has just gotten out of the Navy (but still active in the reserves) after several years of service. He was in our present war and was wounded along with Marines he was serving with, My husband’s father (deceased like my father) was career Navy and my husband’s step-father was also in the Navy I won’t even begin relating all the other extended family who have served in our military but most all the men in my family have served their country.

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Marine Corps Fiction

Vietnam War – North Dong Ha Incident

16 Rounds of ‘WP’
by GYSGT Edward J. Herterich, USMC (Ret)

(Reprinted with permission of Military magazine, 2122 28th St., Sacramento, CA 95818. A sample copy of Military may be obtained by writing to the above address)

Over the years as an ‘1811’ tanker it had been drilled into me that the purpose of Marine Corps tanks was to support the infantry.

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Vietnam War – ADAPT

ADAPT’
by Karl “Frebus” Frebe

I had some definite reasons to volunteer for the Marine Corps. Since I knew I was about to be drafted, I wanted to be certain of seeing some action, to be the best trained I could be, and surrounded by well-trained people. That left me with one choice, USMC. Since I’m from Ohio, and I wanted to go to the West Coast anyway because I have a brother who is a former Marine living in Southern California, boot camp at San Diego was an added perk.

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Back Alley Bridge Rules

Rules of the Game
Sumitted by Gary F. Taylor

1. Start each player ( 4 total played with partners ) getting thirteen cards. This will leave two cards left over (you use the jokes as the big and little bloopers).

2. Turn over 53rd card and it will be trump.

3. Each player bids as to how many tricks he can take. Each team of partners is totaled; i.e. North bids 5, East bids 2, South bids 3, and West bids 2. That totals 12 of a possible 13 tricks.

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D. Brown’s, Vietnam veteran, stories of Vietnam.

Thought you might appreciate this man's stories.
He has many stories about present day Vietnam and events that take place in Vietnam.

Vikings VMA 225  Another Day in Da Nang  The Wheel of Life   Fun And Games  The Buddha  Feet don't fail me now!  A Real Toilet  Compressor Wash  Mopping up action in Da Nang  Volume 2

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Vietnam Poems

A Student’s Class Project

Hello Sgt,
Well, I’ve just wrapped up another semester of teaching my class on the Vietnam War. This year, instead of a multiple choice or essay final exam, I had the students put some sort of project together that showed what they had learned in the course. One in particular stuck me and I thought you’d appreciate it, as well. It is rather lengthy, but if you can find a way, please share as much as possible with other vets!

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A Vietnam Veteran’s First Experience in Combat

Hey Sgt Grit,
I have been reading your newsletter as I have always done for the last several years since my retirement in 1994. I just read a story in your recent newsletter #76 of the wife who fortunately enough, got some good hard advice from another Marine wife and made a very smart decision by staying with her Marine husband and being there for him!

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The Legend Of The Cubi Cat

A Cat Story: Retired Cmdr. John L. Sullivan, presents the Cubi Point Catapult story to National Museum of Naval Aviation Director retired Capt. R.L. Rasmussen.

Submitted by From a former “Mud Marine” who tried to ride the Cat and failed. Doug Talley

If you’re old enough to have served in the Navy or Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and particularly if you were an aviator, chances are you’ve heard of the infamous Cubi Point Catapult. Cubi Point Naval Air Station and the adjoining Subic Bay Naval Base in the Philippines was a place where war-weary Navy and Marine Corps aviators, Marines and Sailors, could let off a little steam after flying combat missions over Vietnam or spending weeks on the gunline aboard ships on Yankee Station. The managers of the Cubi Point Officers’ Club, as well as their counterparts at the other officer and enlisted clubs, were forever tasked with devising new and challenging ways of keeping the warriors entertained. Enter Cmdr. John L. Sullivan and the now famous Cubi Point Officers’ Club catapult.

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