TIme with the grunts

As a new 2nd Lt with the 12th Marines at Mt Fuji, I was assigned to an infantry company as an forward observer. I asked my senior Lts in the battery what should I being doing with the grunts. They told me just to stay close to the Captain and he will let you know what he wants. I stayed with the captain for about 5 miles into a hike when he turned to me and asked “Lt where are we “? My answer was “I don’t know I am following you”. After that I always knew where we were…….

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28 thoughts on “TIme with the grunts”

  1. While in Vietnam, Staff Sergeant Golec was my team leader. After his R&R, he returned to our company as 2nd Golec. He was the greatest officer that I had during my first tour to the Nam

    1. This is a story from oct 2018, Deuce you commented Butter Bar. There were only 5 comments then.

      1. It’s Deja Vu all over again!! Every time Grit changes format WAAH! Get over it Jarheads! I don’t like change either but, life is filled with it! With that said, I do like the more personal stories especially the ones full of BS that we can pick apart and piss some people off by doing so. One more thing. We just passed a very important holiday to all of us and, not one mention in “Grit News” Harry 1371

        1. Harry, glad to see you post, I was getting worried you haven’t post anything for awhile. I like how this comes up on my screen it’s bigger and easier to read. At first it wasn’t but then they changed it, not its great. Looking forward to the new stories. Think I might submit one myself. Don’t want to piss any one off. Good to see your still here. Murray 1371

  2. Have to agree with Deuce and Dennis. While on the one hand it seems to have eliminated the “I’ll handle the comments on this story “so and so”, you handle the next one” comments, it certainly lacks the layout, the old stories with the first hand accounts, the wonderful character and color of the misspellings, and the exchanges that they generated. I think you hit it on the head Dennis!! More like reading articles from “Stars and Stripes” or “Marine Corps Times”.
    Let’s see if your “spam” sees a change in sales Deuce; I never thought of that.

    1. I’ll have to agree with all three. This is nothing like the old format which had more stories that were more interesting to read.

  3. The word you are all seeking in describing the present style of writing in Sgt. Grit is “FLACCID.” A synonym for “feeble,” “weak,” “without force,” (pick one).

  4. It’s simple & easy to criticize anything or anyone, but it requires much more thought & intellect to create suggestions or concepts for improvement………..as in how many interesting stories have either of you two submitted or encouraged from other former Marines??

  5. Ditto on all comments. There is no first person personality to the stories as they are now plus they lack any feelings projected by the writer. Some body tried to fix something that wasn’t broke.

    You would think that by know somebody in the head shed would have gotten the message. Compared to when he first started – I remember when his catalog was only a couple of memegraphed (spelling??) pages – Grit gotten big time so guess he doesn’t have time to listen to his customers.

  6. When I was stationed at Dong Ha, RVN in 1967 I went over to a grunt outfit to see a buddy of mine. When I went into his tent he and several other Marines had their ears to the tent wall and motioned for me to come over and be quiet. As it turned out a CO had his platoon commanders in a meeting. The CO started out by congratulating them on their enemy kills during recent missions. You could here the how happy it made the lieutenants to hear how pleased their CO was with their performance. THEN, the CO unloaded on them. Basically, he told them, (as I remember): “ We chopper you and your men out and drop you off at locations to conduct sweeps of designated areas. There ain’t a damn one of you know how to read a *?ck’n compass so you head out in the wrong direction, wind up stumbling right into the middle of a company of NVA and VC and have to fight your way out. And somehow you and your men survive.” You could have heard a pin drop as he left the meeting….Bob Mauney 1381

  7. Aye, Aye fellow Marines…bring back the old format “STAT” (medical term for NOW”. Can’t seem to get adjusted to this stuff!!!

  8. RE: “…how many interesting stories…”
    Without counting, several hundred from all MOS’s over the years May, and Bob Mauney just gave us a perfect example of one. LOL Thanks Bob. Just a great post!!
    By the way Ronald, what Marine MOS is DMD?? Sense I an air of pretentiousness? Shall we be impressed? (Those are rhetorical questions.)

    1. G Willard…..I Googled MOS “DMD” and what I found was it is a Navy MOS for “Doctor of Dental Medicine”…..Bob Mauney 1381.

      1. Bob,
        Yes I knew he was probably using DMD as an acronym for “Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry”, since the only other common use for that acronym is “Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy”. To me it was a pretentious foreword to justify blatantly insinuating that Marines Deuce and Dennis were lacking the “…intellect to create suggestions…”.

        1. G. Willard….I had my fill of a Navy DMD at Camp Schwab, Okinawa in the spring of 1967 when we went on a cruise to get our gear surveyed and/or repaired. We were then to go on a float off the Vietnam coast as a “reinforcement force” if and when needed. As usual, in the Marine Corps, things don’t always seem to go as planned. So, all hell broke loose near the DMZ and 30 days later we were flown back to NAM aboard C-130’s. Anyway…while on Okinawa I went to sickbay to have a tooth filling replaced that had come out. Someone must have licked all the sugar off of the dentist’s lollipop that morning. Because the Navy dentist that saw me looked at my tooth that needed a filling and then pulled three jaw teeth in a row that were not and never had given me any problems. Afterwards, I gave him a few choice Marine words and went back to the barracks. It took that day and 2 more before I was back on regular duty. All I could eat during that time was melted ice cream my buddies brought me from the mess hall and that was through a straw since I couldn’t move my jaw enough to chew. I never saw, nor wanted to see, a Navy dentist after that. …….Bob Mauney 1381.

  9. Keep in mind Marines, the DMD told us that “…it requires much more thought & intellect to create suggestions or concepts for improvement…” than we Marines are capable of producing.

  10. Let’s all remember men, Sgt. GRIT is under NEW MANAGEMENT. Grit sold the Company, it moved from OKlahoma City, Ok. to “someplace” Arkansas. Grit retired !!! Like the saying goes,”old Corps, new Corps.”
    This is new management. And YES, I miss the OLD FORMAT too. S/F .

    1. Dam, didn’t know SGT Grit had sold out to retirement, like many of the rest of us! Bought stuff here as it was helping an old Vietnam Vet as opposed to a conglomerate. Oh, well! Things do change, no wonder this newsletter has turned more into an informational PR Blog, then actual newsletter based on recent letters to the editors. Sad!! Doc Paul HM3/USN/RET 1970 1st ENG Battalion, 1st MAR DIV RVN 1969

  11. Old USMC saying: The two most useless things in the Corps are tent pegs and second lieutenants.

  12. WHO SAID MARINES ARE DUMB. 90% OF YOU ALL HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD. THIS FORMAT SUCKS AND IS PROBABLY CENSORED. DONALD TRUMP PROBABLY BOUGHT THE SITE FOR HILLERY CLINTON’S RERUN. REMEMBER SHE IS THE BITCH WHO GOT TWO MARINES KILLED IN BANGAZIE.
    REAL MARINES TELL REAL STORIES ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES. SOME FUNNY SOME SAD BUT REAL. WE WANT THE OLD FORMAT BACK OR WE WILL MOVE OUR BUSINESS TO ANOTHER SITE MANAGEMENT!!!!!. WE DO NOT WANT TO READ POSTS FROM AUTHORS LOOKING FOR
    FREE MATERIAL OR WANTABE’S JUST REAL MARINES WITH REAL STORIES IN PLAIN ENGLISH.

  13. Brendan,
    Apparently the “DMD” did. At least that’s what he insinuated about The Deuce and Dennis. The rest of us seem to agree with The Deuce and Dennis.

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