What I Did At Summer Camp

Actually, I started boot camp in mid-september, but it was still so hot during the day at Parris Island, South Carolina ,that black flags flew for several days during the first few weeks there. Black Flag Days were designed to eliminate strenuous physical activities due to the high loss of recruits who would be overcome by heat exhaustion. The Drill Instructors side-stepped this handily. Faced with the herculean task of crammimg beaucoup hours worth of training into an 18 hour day, they simply continued the prescribed curriculum indoors or in some “out of the way” locale. Once you realized that these Drill Instructors were pushing you to the limit so that your chances of survival would be greater in actual combat, their methods began to make sense and, in fact, contained profound wisdom as well as a GREAT deal of humor. Each of us has a funny story or two from boot camp. I’ve been told I should share this one with all of you. There are three phases to Marine Corps boot camp. In Phase 1, they try to kill you, or at least it seems that way. You discover to your amazement that there are a myriad of rules and procedures that MUST be followed at all times. The hard part is that the rules are made known to the platoon one at a time as each is broken by an unsuspecting recruit. (Ask a former Marine what happened the first time someone called his rifle a “gun”.) Thusly, one learns how things are accomplished “The Marine Corps Way”. No recruit may speak to ANYONE without permission. No personal pronouns may be used when speaking, e.g. ” I “, “me”, “my”, “you”, etc. No one may laugh or even smile. (When we were photographed in our half-set of dress blues [the kind they bury you in, we were told] “If you so much as grin, I will break your skull!) Phase 1 lasted the longest of the three, or perhaps it just seemed to. Phase 2 consisted of two weeks at the rifle range followed by one week of “Mess and Maintenance”. Week one was “grass week” where each recruit learned the proper positions for firing an M-14. The essence of these seven days became individual studies on how long the human arm could function without circulation and still survive. Week two was live-fire week ending with qualification day. I fired Sharpshooter on “Qual Day” because I liked the medal. (No Bull) It was a Maltese or Surfer’s Cross with a Marine Corps emblem in its center and was, by far, the best looking medal of the three. Week three found us working in the chow hall somewhere scrubbing pots or peeling spuds. Three other recruits and I were sent to the Close Combat Course where we cleaned, painted, raked gravel, and one afternoon hand-rubbed linseed oil into the stocks of brand-new deactivated M-1 Garand rifles. (They were to be used during swimming qualification as “necklaces”.) The “SWISH” of the tomahawk startled us all but especially the recruit whose head it barely missed as it embedded itself in a nearby oak. “DAMN! I MISSED!” came the retort from the Close Combat Instructor. The recruit nearly fainted. Phase 3 was testing and “war games” in the field. Recruits were allowed to blouse their trousers and retain some hair on the very top of their heads (a “high and tight”). We began to feel “salty” and entertained the thoughts that we might actually make it to graduation. Some of us were wrong but that isn’t why I’m telling you all this. In the field at Parris Island you were taught many things, One of the most memorable experiences was the Day Infiltration Course. You had to crawl under barbed and concertina wire from point A to point B. As combat Marine recruits, we were burdened with 782 gear, pack, rifle, bayonet, and helmet. While you attempted to negotiate this course, an M-60 fired over your head, blocks of C-4 were detonated in sand bagged craters nearby, and Drill Instructors threw sulfur grenades at you to make you “HURRY UP!” All in all, it was a great way to spend an afternoon. When it was Indian Company’s turn, all four platoons in the series were seated in formation and prepared for instruction on the situation facing us. The instructor for the course, a gunnery sargeant with a thick New Jersey accent, took the platform and briefed us on this obstacle and what we were about to learn from it. “Dee traynin’ tuhday is about a classic Muhreen Cohr tactic…a fruntal assauhlt in dee face uv hostyle enumee fiyah”, he began. He went on to explain,among other things, that staying low to the ground was the key to survival. You did this by low crawling toward the enemy while consciously digging a furrow with your helmet. The reason for this was that the enemy fire would glance off the left or right of one’s helmet and although possibly injuring an arm or leg, one could continue the assault. “Ahr dayer any questions?” he asked at the conclusion of his lecture. One recruit raised his hand. “SPEAK!”, commanded the Instructor. “Sir, the private understands the frontal assault and how enemy bullets can glance off of the side of the private’s helmet, but what happens if a bullet strikes the private’s helmet in the center?” The instructor momentarily looked perplexed. It was obvious that NO ONE had ever asked this question before. In the time it took for the gunnery sargeant to spread his feet apart and place his hands on his hips, he had his thoughtful reply. “For our poipuhsez heah tuday, we will not be interested in doz bullets wit yohr name written upon dem. We ahr interested only in doz bullets dat ahr mahkt “to whom it may cunsoyn!”

 

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62 thoughts on “What I Did At Summer Camp”

  1. I was at PI Oct. – Dec. 54. Wonder if one of those M1’s was mine😁. Dan Colclaser. Corporal,of Marines. 1398445.

    1. Bill, The problem,if this was 1970,the type of training the writer is talking about (ie. infiltration course) took place at ITR Geiger not PI. Maybe in the 50,s at PI? Correct me if I’m wrong. Harry PI 10-OCt-67to 12-Dec-67 ITR 12-Dec-67to sometime Jan 68 not sure.

      1. PI , Platoon 215, 13 Jan 66 to 09 Mar 66. ITR at Camp Geiger 10 Mar 66 to Apr 66. I don’t remember the exact ending date. I had a week or so of night mess duty before our platoon was formed. Cpl Bob Mauney

      2. I was there at Elliot’s Beach for all this fun, even NBC training when it got dark. “If you see the flash of a nuclear devise, throw your weapon down, fall on it with your feet in the direction of the blast. However, if you have an M-16, gently lay the rifle on the ground and assume the push up position over it. Lower yourself over the rifle with your feet in the direction of the blast. Pray that your rifle will still work!” No kidding…

  2. Enrolled at The University of Parris Island in 1959. Your mention of The Drill Instructer with the heavy Hew Jiosey Accent brings back fond, (memories), ????? ,,, Charlie Company ,, First Recrut Training Btl. Plt. 112. Our Drill Instructers were Veterans from Korea. I still have my Graduation Book. Our Senior Drill Instructer was A. Gt Sgt. Wondolowski from New Joisey !!! To him ,, we were all “Toids” !!!

    1. Thanks, Jim. That made me smile. My dad was pure Polish and born in Garfield, NJ. He had some fun times with me as I learned how to spell. Ed

    1. Thanks, Lenny, it’s all true. You can’t make up stuff like that! A million dollar experience you wouldn’t give 10 cents for! Be well, my friend! Ed

  3. While I am not a Drill Instructor, I AM a Marine…There is NO SUCH THING as a FORMER Marine

    1. John, you are correct. I will not use that phrase again. I heard of a study about how long it took for someone to get back into civilian life after being in the military. Air Force took a day but the Marine Corps took 4 years for every year served. I believe it. Best to you, Man. Ed

  4. Thank you. Reading the story. I had flash backs. The M 17 A 1 gas mask. Let alone the gas house. Getway to clear up a head cold let alone any sinus problems you had. Been told that it will save your life. That the gas come on a strong with dand one had better make dam sure your mask was on good and tight. Place the. Bag on your left thigh. Fa s out wards the outter lips. Making sure your mask face forward. All 5 straps adjusted. Remove your steel pot. Place between your legs. Reach with left hand.down Pull the outter flap forward and open.reach with your right hand. Grab the mask tight by the face plate. Pull out forward not up or down or side ways. I had see. Some others due. Pull out take a deep breath and hold it. Place mask over entire face pull the five straps over back of head. Pull top middle top strap tight. Then pull at the same time 1 & 2 then 3 & 4. Place both palms over two gas filter. Blow out hard to push out and trace of gas in mask. Then have your buddy or buddy buddy check to hear your breathing and speak few words then a pat on the shoulder or a thumbs up. Then replaces your steel pot back on. Then e ter the gas house. Inside a close room. Lights on fill with smoke a d a coffee can s one coming out and Three Drill Instructor and a PFC or CPL. Adding more tablet into the coffee can to really get the smoke going. Thentoldto remove your steel pots. Place between your legs and take a deep breath and hold it. The. Remove your mask and replace it it your side case. And replace your steel pot back on. It dose not take long for the CS to kick in. Red face and eyes and burning and yes nose running and dranig. And some clown tell out. MOMMY…. And now coughing choking shortness of breath. Take hold of your Buddy shoulder,now walking I. A single file. In a huge circle breathing inal! Thank CS. Then the light of day! The door open. And it’s a mad dash!!!! Ever one for them self…. Only a few are helping out other to get out. Rest block the door way on the ground with there bodies. Coughing and gasping for Air and Ralphin up. Then outside arms and legs spread wide open facing the wind. The others who are helping there buddy and there buddy buddy. Know the true meaning of No One is Left Behind. Clean your mask. Fall in. March back to your hut. change greens. Fall back out for Chow. Chow never ever tasted so good. Summer 1976

  5. That is a great story. Almost fell off my seat laughing. For some reason unknown to anyone, I was chosen to go to DI School at PI in 1952, after service in Korea and other places. I was a Junior DI and remember the black flag day’s, because I was initiated during the summer of 1952. My Senior DI coworker always had something planned on black flag days. He didn’t want any recruits idle just for a little heat. Can’t remember any platoon numbers, because one of my ex-wives decided to destroy all my mementos I had collected while active. She would have made a good DI. Just got p’d over something I PhucDup!! One thing I learned from my Marine duties was to take care of myself. Just turned 88 and still going by myself. Who needs someone to control your life? They don’t own you do they? Just being smart. Girls are nice to have as companion’s.

    1. Here is a good joke for you…Lady walks into a bar with a dog. She sits in front of the bartender at the bar and says that the dog can talk. The bartender says,”Lady, dogs can’t talk!” She says”This dog can talk and I’ll bet you 10 dollars that he can!” Bartender says “You’re ON! She looks at the dog and asks, “What is the thing over people’s houses that keeps the wind and the rain out?” The dog goes “ROOOF!!” The bartender says “Lady, that is NOT talking. Any dog can make that sound!” She says “No, I’m telling you that this dog can talk. I’ll double the bet to 20 dollars!” Bartender says “OK It’s your money!” She asks the dog, “Who was the greatest baseball player of all time?” The dog says “RUUUTH!” Now the bartender has had enough and throws them both out of the bar into the dirt. The dog, shaking off the dirt looks quizically at his master and goes, “Joe Demagio?”

  6. I’m not a Geiger Tiger, and not sure when it started or if it’s still done, but we did the infiltration course in boot camp when we went out to ICT in 1980; day and night. I was in Platoon 2083.

  7. Ed, I am currently collecting more funny boot camp stories for publishing in a book. I may revise my book “SH*TBIRD! How I Learned To Love The Corps” or, if I get enough new stories, do a book #2. Contact me at bootcampstories2@gmail.com Semper Fi Jim Barber USMC 1958-1962

  8. Great story. Brought back a flood of memories. At my current age it does not seem possible that I went through P.I. and lived to tell about it. Semper Fi to all my fellow graduates.

  9. I was an ITR instructor at Camp Geiger from Sept. 1967 to Jan. 1968. I worked. both the gas house and the infiltration course. It was certainly entertaining to be in the gas house with your mask on and watch the reactions of the trainees when the gas entered their systems Myfavorite training site was the infiltration for two reasons.The first reason was that even though we told the Marines to empty their pockets of any valuables, many of them did not comply. If you were lucky enough to be assigned the course the day after it had rained the previous night, you would fine several dollars In chance and lighters that had been exposed by the rain It was also enjoyable to be in the tower controlling the charges in the detonation bunkers. The bunkers would often be filled with water. I would wait until a Marine was even with the bunker and set off the charges. Water would gg maybe 15 ft. in the air and then just soak the Marine. Just getting them ready for the monsoons in Vietnam. I was drafted into the Marine Corps on Jan. 10. 1968. A display at the Marine Corps Museum states that the Corps started drafted Jan.1,1966. A Marine next to me stated that was in error. Hesaid that he was drafted in Nov.1965, Is there anyone out there drafted before Jan.1,1966?

    1. Sgt Gregory,I was going through ITR same time you were there.No doubt we crossed paths at gas chamber or infiltration course Could you tell me why some of the group were able to skip gas training? I left a lot of snot in that house and on the ground outside! Not my one of my best days Harry Geiger Dec 67-Jan 68

      1. I have been sitting here thinking about the two guys,I know for sure that got out gas training,were reservist,at least one for sure.I went through Combat Engineer training with one of them He was a real f@#$%n a-hole knew he wasn’t going to Nam and bragged about it. Still get pissed thinking of it Harry

        1. Hi, Harry! Ed Fryzel here. I ended up in hospital with viral pneumonia and my senior Drill Instructor would not allow me to go to the gas chamber. Maybe some of these guys had been sick also. Best wishes, Ed at ghillieman03@yahoo.com or (904) 635-7218

      2. I did not know that all Marines did not go through the gas training. I was an instructor at many of the training sites. We only taught who the troop handlers brought to us.

  10. Sgt Carl Gregory I would like to know just how you was drafted in 1968 but was an ITR instructor in 1967?

    1. That is a type error He first stated plt.110 SD 1966 at start of comment That’s why we need to proof read I make mistakes all the time Harry

  11. 53 years ago today; 1/14/66 Plt 321 PI…still remember the experiences, phase 1 definitely broke you down…thanks for the story Marine

    1. You are so welcome, Jim. It’s 46 years for me. WOW! We were measuring our time on earth by seconds, smelling the grass and the dirt, watching the green tracers flying overhead…I’m happy for the extra time. 5 children and 4 grandchildren. I think that God has a great sense of humor. We must tickle Him…

  12. Hey Ed where did you go? You have provided a lot of interesting info don’t quit now. Just want to know what your unit was in Vietnam and what year you were there Thanx! Harry

    1. Hi, Harry! I got TAD’d out of Iwakuni and ended up in Danang and eventually on Monkey Mountain. Paperwork said I was with 3rd division. I was 20 and pretty much scared to death. Oh well, I guess we all were. I got to see the Rock Pile and went all the way down to Hoi An. I thought the South Vietnamese Marines were Bad Ass fighters…Oh, that was the end of 1974 and the beginning of 1975.

  13. Went thru PI July – Oct 72 when we went thru the gas chamber the recruit across from me didn’t get his gas mask sealed. I remember seeing snot and tears running out the sides while it looked like he was running in place but they would not let him out until we all went out. I’ll bet from that time on he made sure it was sealed I know I thought about it every time I put mine on. When we went thru the infiltration course something happened to the recruit in front of me so I had to go around him. When I did my helmet got hung up in the barb wire I like to never got it unhooked if anybody saw me they are probably still laughing today the way I was squirming and twisting around to get it unhooked

  14. WHOEVER YOU ARE YOU SURE WAS NOT IN MY USMC. YOU WROTE LIKE A PHD. REAL MARINES DON’T TALK OR WRITE LIKE THAT. WERE YOU IN THE FAT PLATOON?? WE ALL DID AND SOME OF WHAT YOU WROTE. YOUR’S STINKS FOR SOME REASON. MARINES LIKE YOU MUST HAVE COME FROM YALE. WERE YOU REALLY IN NAM OR JUST “A WANT A BE’ ??? IF IT SMELLS LIKE SHIT THEN IT MUST BE SHIT. SORRY IF I AM WRONG PAL. JUST DOES NOT SOUND OR TALKS LIKE ANY MARINE I KNOW OR KNEW.

    1. Brendan, I became an english major at the University of Georgia on the GI bill. Yeah,we probably pounded the same ground. Didn’t mean to offend, just wanted to tell a true story for a good laugh. Be well, sir. Ed

  15. EVERY MARINE KNOWS WHERE PARIS ISLAND IS. WHY INCLUDE NORTH CAROLINA?? SOMETHING SMELLS IN YOUR LETTER. CLARIFY OR SHUT UP. GIVE ME SOMETHING I CAN VERIFY AT THAT TIME??. AGAIN IF I AM WRONG SORRY. SUCK IT UP MARINE OR WANT A BE. HAPPY NEW YEAR LEATHER NECKS, BULLDOGS, SHITBIRDS, ETC ETC.

    1. Parris Island is just outside Beaufort, South Carolina. As I arrived there, a jeep with a drill instructor was headed in the opposite direction obviously looking for someone. As I was being put into boot camp I saw the jeep coming back with the recruit and the DI who had caught his man. I wondered, “what have I gotten myself into?”.

      1. STILL NOT CONVINCED ED, OR JOE OR MIKE. HOW DID YOU GET TO YOUR LIVING QUARTERS? DID YOU LIKE THE WHITE FEET YOU STOOD ON AFTER GETING OFF THE CATTLE CAR? DID YOU PISS YOUR PANTS WHEN THE DI FIRST SPOKE TO YOU GUYS. HOW WAS GETTING OFF THE BUS HANDLED?? ARE ANY OF YOU OTHER MARINES QUESTIONING HIS LONG STORYS DETAILS? MARINES WHO WERE THERE AT PI IN 65 WHAT DO YOU THINK OF ED’S DETAILS AND MEMORIES. FROM COMMENTS HE HAS MADE HERE HE APPEARS TO BE WRITING A BOOK. ED YOU SAID YOU LIVED IT SO WHY DO YOU NEED OUR STORIES??? WE ALL BASICLY EXPERIENCED THE SAME THING INCLUDING YOU RIGHT? TELL US SOME OTHER THINGS THE DI,S DID DURING YOUR STAY. LIKE DURING P.T. AND RUNS. DID YOU EXPERIENCE ANY SWIMING LESSIONS?? SPELLING IS NOT ONE OF MY SKILLS AS YOU CAN TELL PHD. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BOOK. HOPE YOU MAKE A MILLION. ENJOYED OUR DEBATE. THANKS FO THE MEMORIES. MINE NOT YOUR’S.

        1. The foot prints I saw were yellow. I was there by taxi and ahead of the others. Six Drill Instuctors went threw me for about an hour before the bus arrived. Sorry, Man they pretty much put me threw it. Look, my friend, I went threw the stuff and survived. You did too, and I’m glad for you. I’m ghillieman03@yahoo.com or (904) 635-7215

          1. ED AGAIN QUESTIONS. WHY TAXI? WHO PAID FOR IT?? NEVER HEARD OF REPORTING TO BOOT CAMP VIA TAXI. ANYONE ELSE?? YOU ALSO DID NOT ANSWER MY OTHER QUESTIONS. RUNNING DRILLS, SWIMMING LESSIONS. HOW ABOUT OBSTACOLE COURSE DETAILS. THE REASON THIS DRILL ED IS TO MANY PHONIES OUT THERE WHO CLAIM TO BE MARINES AND FOUGHT IN VIETNAM OR AFGANISTAN, OR EVEN KOREIA DEPENDING ON HOW OLD THEY LOOK. THEY WANT TOO IMPRESS SOME WOMAN. WHILE ON THE SUBJECT OF WOMEN DID YOU MEET OR SEE ANY WOMEN MARINES DURING YOUR STAY IN NAM??? IF YES DID THEY CARRY A RIFLE OR ANY OTHER WEAPONS?? WHERE WERE THEY STATIONED IN NAM. DID THEY WANDER THE BOONIES???? HAVE YOU GOT ANY INPUT FOR YOUR BOOK FROM WOMEN MARINES FROM NAM???? I SPENT 20 MONTHS AT DANANG AND NEVER SAW EVEN ONE. WOMEN YES BUT THEY EITHER NURSES, RED CROSS, USO SHOWS. TELL ME WHAT YOU SAW IF ANY. ALL YOU OTHER NAM MARINES. I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW IF YOU SAW ANY ALONG WITH WHERE AND WHEN AND IN WHAT ROLL. DID YOU ALL KNOW THAT OUT OF 55K DEAD MARINESPLUS IN THE VIETNAM WAR ONLY 4 WOMAN ARE LISTED ON THE VIETNAM WALL. THAT WALL INCLUDES ARMY NAVY AIR FORCE AND SOME OTHERS WHO DIED IN NAM. WHAT DID THESE WOMEN DO TO GET KILLED????? ANYONE KNOW??? ED YOUR WRITING THE BOOK DO YOU KNOW?? SEMPER FI REAL MARINES. BRENDAN.

  16. Daniel Miller, Plt.3105 SD 9-74 to 12-74; ITS 12-30 to (Last day I don’t remember); India Co. 3/4 3-75 to 4-76; Golf Co. 2/5 5-76 to 9-76; Honorable Discharge 4-80. Thanks for the entertaining story for it brought back many fond (and a few not fond) memories. When we went to the rifle range, Edson range at Camp Pendleton, all I wanted to do was qualify so I didn’t get sent back to another Plt. so I qual’d Marksman (Toilet seat or pizza box). When I arrived at The Rock in ’75, all us “Newbees'” had to re-qual. I was able to settle down and do some shootin’ and qual’d high expert. I got out of the Corps in ’76 and, after screwin’ around for 10 years, I pursued my life’s ambition and became a Law Enforcement Officer where I have qual’d high expert EVERYTIME I’ve had to shoot (Thanks to the United States Marine Corps). Now with retirement looming ahead in less than a year, I can STILL qual expert at 62.5. Semper Fi to all and to all a good night. Be safe, keep your powder dry, and watch your six!

    1. GREAT advise Miller. Sounds like you did better than me, buddy. Do NOT give up the fight! Funny thing for me was being able to shoot distance and hit whatever. No real civilian application. Oh, well…Ed

  17. Brandon, Look, Man I’m NOT writing any book. Just sent this story in to Sgt. Grit to give someone a smile. Yeah, I was there in the thick of the fray. NOT trying to impress anyone, if I were, I would pretend to be Batman or maybe Superman, not a Vietnam Veteran! I saw no women in Danang other than those tiny Vietnamese girls in dogpatch just outside the base. I ate rat on a stick (and loved it, by the way) never spent any time with the girls, they scared me. Yes, we ran in boot camp and did the swimming gualification and YES, there were WM’s there at Parris Island. I was sent to pick up the glasses for the other recruits and there was a platoon of women Marines drilling as I walked by. Their D.I.said “There is probably 300 miles of dick on this island, and you will NOT get an inch of it!” LAUGHED my ass off but would have done my best to service all of them, given the chance. Can’t really explain about the taxi or even the small airplane ride from Atlanta, GA to Parris Island, Just happened that way….My very best wishes to you!

    1. Sorry Ed but,I also am not buying your story .I read your story at over a couple of times and keep find things wrong. Also read some of the comments. The biggest one is that you were at the Rockpile in 74 or 75 could never happen! Camp Carrol and the Rockpile were under NVA control since the Easter Offensive! Late 74 and early 75 only a handful of experienced advisors were left in the I Corps area and since you were still kind of a newbe i don’t think. Just a couple more then I’ll quit M-60 tracers were red and a Marine never says calls a round or projectile a “bullet”. Taxi? One more I have learned over the years that when someone keeps saying “this is a true story no bs”is and keeps repeating that it is not bs story chance are pretty good that it is bs SD wpns plt. 2/1 67-69

  18. Not selling anything. (SD is a great handle by the way!) I only got to SEE the Rockpile at a distance. Yeah, we were up to our necks in bad guys. They shot GREEN tracers at you. My 1st Sgt hated me on sight and sent me to the clean up crew in I Corps to die (is my guess). I don’t know. I just went where I was told to go, and did what I was told to do…End of story

  19. Not the end ED you still have a lot of spalning to do What was your actual unit?What was your mos? How did you get to see “Rockpile” What were you doing at “Monkey Mountain” Hoi-an is part of my ole stomping ground did you go through Dien-ban to get there? SD. Jim F from Ohio

      1. SUDDENDEATH. WHAT A HANDLE THERE. I WAS GETTING WORRIED ABOUT MY 6. EVERY ONE SEEMED TO BUY ED’S STORY. EVER BEEN TO MONKEY MOUNTAIN??? HAD A LOT OF AIRWING BUDDIES WHO ENDED UP THERE WHEN WE GRADUATED JET ENGINE SCHOOL. ASSIGNED TO SOME CHOPPER GROUP. CAN NOT REMEMBER ANY NAMES JUST FACES. WHAT A CIRCLE FUCK THE WHOLE WAR WAS. WE GOT SCREWED BUT WE DID IT AND SURVIVED. F–ING POLITICANS. SEMPER FI MARINE. ANYONE ELSE HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT ED’S INFO??? MAYBE HE CHEWED ON TO MANY BAZEL NUTS. HOW DOES YOUR TEETH LOOK ED??? ” I KNOW A GRIL WHO LIVES ON A HILL. SHE WON’T DO BUT HER SISTER WILL” ANYONE ELSE SEE COMBAT FEMALE MARINES IN NAM???

        1. Chopper units near Da-nang were at Marble Mt. not Monkey. Monkey was a comm center Only WMs in Vietnam were assigned to MACV in Saigon You mean beetle nut right? Still have doubt but, every one has a story I only know what i know. Boot camp in 66 was 8wks and 4 or 5 wks ITR at Geiger The boot camp story does not seem accurate to me among other things Ed has an awnser for everything sure sign of BS Echo 2/1 Wpns Plt 67-69

          1. SUDDENDEATH, CORRECT ON ALL MY CONFUSED 72 YEAR MEMORY YOUR RIGHT ON BEETLE NUTS— BLACK TEETH MONKEY COULD BE. TELL WHY THESE GUYS TOLD ME THE MONKEYS UP THERE THREW ROCKS AT THEM ??? ALSO V.C GAVE THEM HAND GRANADES INSTEAD OF ROCKS TO THROW. WERE THESE FRIENDS ON WEED???? CORRECT ON THE 8 WEEK BOOT ALSO. THEY NEEDED MORE BODYS SOONER. MAYBE THATS WHY. . THANK GOD FOR ONLY 8 WEEKS OF TORTURE.. SURE AM GLAD WE BOTH MADE IT. DID YOU HAVE THE PLEASURE OF STAYING TO SEE TET??? WHAT A BLAST. PRAYED SO HARD ENOUGH TILL I DIE. HAY DUD STAY HAPPY AND HEALTHY AND DRUNK. SEMPER FI MARINE VIETNAM VET HERO AND STAY ALERT FOR PEOPLE LIKE ED..

  20. Brendan, never saw a WM or female Marine in country. Saw them at Parris Island. Seriously NOT trying to fool anybody. Got a few extra holes in me for being there. Just wanted to make some of you have a laugh. Ed

    1. ED GOT TO GIVE YOU CREDIT. YOU DO NOT QUIT. MAYBE YOU WOULD HAVE MADE A GOOD MARINE. BEST OF LUCK WITH YOUR BOOK. THANKS FOR YOUR VERIFYING NO COMBAT FEMALE MARINES IN NAM. THAT MADE MY NIGHT. FUCK THE “ME TOO ” MOVEMENT. KEEP THEM BARE FOOT AND PREGNANT IN THE KITCHEN. THEY STARTED IT AND HOPEFULLY THE MARINE CORP BRASS WILL END IT. TELL ME WHEN YOUR BOOK IS PUBLISHED AND THE TITLE. I WILL BUY A COPY .WAS FUN BRENDAN —– THE 72 YEAR MARINE AND STILL ONE TILL I DIE.

  21. Brendan, don’t really understand why you are fussing at me for writing a funny story from boot camp. I can assure you that I went to Parris Island and graduated. Before that, by the way, I was in high school on Guam. The women there, Chamorros, chewed betel nut and it stained their teeth. Never tried it myself. I wish you well, sir. Ed Fryzel NCO and Corporal of Marines, 1973 to 1977. And so you know, They stuck me on monkey mountain overlooking the village where Bobby Garwood was captured years earlier. No one knew that the bad guys were inside those 5 sacred mountains enjoying 55degrees all day. I could shoot well and they gave me an M-21 rifle with an ART scope. I was supposed to kill any VC or NVA I spotted. What a MESS!!!

  22. ED YOU HAVE THE MOST COMMENTS I EVER READ ON A VIETNAM STORY IN SGT GRITS COLUMN STILL WONDERING IF YOUR A REAL MARINE. THANKS FOR THE FUN. I WAS IN THE NAVY MYSELF OFF SHORE IN VIETNAM. DO YOU BELIEVE ME??? BRENDAN THE IRISH MARINE SLANTIE ED.

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