Set backs

Summer 1976 Plt 1073 we started with 80 recruits and graduated 78 however only 41 or 42 of us were the original 80 SSgt Viescus Sgt McNeal or Cpl Watson would have us welcome the new joins with a session in the pit. SSgt Viescus was the only person I know who could break you with 5 eight count push-ups. Course those 5 could sometimes take over 30 minutes to do. I also remember that the 7,8,1,2 count took 2 seconds but 3,4,5,6 were a lot longer. The only people who wanted to see a new recruit standing at the DI shack with a Seabag were the previous new pickups as there was a new focus of attention and they were now old salts

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2 thoughts on “Set backs”

  1. Holy crap!! I’m reading this and realize this is my platoon when I was in bootcamp!! And I remember Sawicki! Cpl.Watson was an awesome DI..but he also demanded the best from us. Sgt.McNeal was something else…
    We did spend a lot of time in the pits. Ironically my grandson is about to graduate MCRD on 10 Dec and and i will be there to see it,45 years later!

  2. About half way through boot camp we had a guy join our platoon from STU. Apparently he was sent there for having an “attitude”. Anyway, that night after lights out, we are all in our racks at attention and this guy yells out at the top of his lungs :
    “SIR, WE WISH TO THANK THE DRILL INSTRUCTOR FOR ANOTHER DAY IN THE MARINE CORPS WHERE EVERY DAY’S A HOLIDAY AND EVERY MEAL’S A FEAST!. GUNG HO, GUNG HO!”
    So now all the rest of us are holding our collective breaths waiting for the Drill Instructor to kill this guy. Instead, he just stood there at the head of the squad bay for an extra second, said “bullshit”, “goodnight ladies,”did an about face, closed the door in his office, and we all exhaled in disbelief. Whatever they did to this recruit in STU to change his attitude worked , and this became our evening prayer after hitting the rack for the rest of our stay at Parris Island.

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