Skip to comments.Bittersweet day: Parris Island graduation and heart attack in the stands
Posted on 11/01/2013 6:39:21 PM PDT by RaceBannon
Bittersweet day today I saw the daughter of an old friend graduate from Parris Island today, and she is welcomed as my new little sister in the Marine Corps. On a sad note, one of the family members sitting on the section for the Woman Marines platoon 4037 had an apparent heart attack while watching his daughter or granddaughter in her ceremony. His condition is unknown, they did not stop working on him and they took 10 or more minutes once he was in the ambulance and it did NOT leave screaming from the scene. If anyone can tell me the name of this man and that HE IS OKAY, I will release the picture for his family to show him while he recuperates. If he passed away, I will not post the picture of him, but will forward it to his family.
I hope the man is okay. I’ll say a prayer for him.
I sat in the stands on Parris Island 27 years ago on a hot August day watching my son graduate.
Dang. I was there in the stands in August ‘03 watching my son. Hope it works out.
God bless you, and I salute your son’s service to his country. Many gave some, some gave all for the freedoms in this country.
If anyone knows, please contact me
Prayers up for the man. Sorry to hear about that.
By the way, somebody told me recently that Women Marines aren’t called “WMs” anymore. Do you know if that’s true?
Technically, yes, that’s true, they are MARINES
They also are called Marines BEFORE graduation now, too!
By the way, we graduated about the same time, circa 1980. I was in a 1st Battalion platoon and we were all called “Private (Umptyfratz)”. I remember finding it interesting that in other battalions the recruits were called “Recruit (Umptyfratz)” rather than “private”. The battalions were run with some degree of autonomy back then. I wonder if there are still those kinds of differences between the training battalions?
FWIW, I started off in 2nd BN, PI, 1989, and we were Privates. Got injured, and when I returned to Training I was in 3RD BN, where we were Recruits.
I haven’t heard umptyfratz in 36 years!
usually, it was smuckatelli
I graduated in 1977, Dec 13
In 77, there was discussion amongst the drill instructors, mine called us Privates, the other DI’s in the series, wet from recruit to private, when DI Sgt Gulley called us, it was RECRUIT!
Our senior was, Come here, Private!
Yeah, I don’t like that. What’s the point of the Graduation Ceremony?
They never called us anything but “Maggot”, “Insane Puke”, “Vomit Encrusted Scum Bucket” or other endearing names UNTIL Graduation Day.
Then and ONLY then had we earned the TITLE of “United States Marine”.
And God-Dammit, NO ONE will ever take that away from me.
I was 2nd battalion in ‘88 (platoon 2029)...prayers for the family and new marine. We were called ‘recruit’.
It is heartening to know there are young women who are man enough to serve in uniform. It is especially disheartening to see how few young males are man enough to do so.
They are not called Marines until they complete the Crucible and get the EGA. Until then they are still called recruits. It was only this past spring that I was at PI watching my little boy turn into a Marine and his SDI was very clear on this.
Graduated in Dec. 1954, and I also watched my son graduate 14 years ago. Semper Fi
Prayers going up for the family member. Such a sad event happening during graduation.
I had the honor of being in the stands 5 times watching the recruits become Marines. Always enjoyed stopping at South 0f The Border and picking up a stash of real fireworks.
When our daughter graduated in ‘94, she took pride in that a male recruit fell out but none of the BAMs did.
Our son graduated in ‘96, now a gunny stationed in Okinawa with the family. They are due back this coming March.
It Can Not be Inherited
Nor Can it Ever be Purchased
You or No One Alive
can Buy It for Any Price
It is Impossible to Rent
and It Can Not be Lent
You Alone and Our Own
have Earned It
with Your Sweat, Blood and Lives.
You Own It Forever
“United States Marine”
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