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July 27, 1966 (Vanity)

Posted on 07/27/2006 7:13:43 AM PDT by ErnBatavia

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To: BIGLOOK

51 posted on 07/27/2006 9:26:59 AM PDT by beachn4fun (FReeper Canteen ~ Here for our Troops, Allies, and their families 24/7/365.)
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To: ErnBatavia

Try eating "SOS" on a DD that
is pitching and rolling, day after day, in heavy weather.


52 posted on 07/27/2006 9:27:47 AM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Have you said Thank You to a service man or woman today?)
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To: ErnBatavia
Terms that I either hadn't heard before that date, or that, at the very least, gained new meaning:

I learned some neat little songs...like...

"I wanna be an Airborne Ranger,I wanna go to Vietnam,I wanna be an Airborne Ranger,I wanna kill some Charlie Cong"

53 posted on 07/27/2006 9:31:52 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative
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To: RebelBanker

"The outdoor Basic Training scenes for the movie "Stripes""

Ha! I think I joined the Army because of that movie.

Fort Dix, New Joisey. May - July 1983.


54 posted on 07/27/2006 9:33:06 AM PDT by cll (Carthage must be destroyed)
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To: ErnBatavia

Happy anniversary and thanks for your service. In '59 I joined the Army Reserve. When I stepped off the bus at the reception center at Ft. Ord, CA, I thought I was pretty grown up. Upon leaving Ord after 6 months of infantry training, I realized how wrong I had been.


55 posted on 07/27/2006 9:33:27 AM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: ErnBatavia

"During ITR, one of the 'Troop Leaders' was a perenially hungover Corporal who's given name was General James...so we had to listen to Corporal General James giving us orders for a few weeks."

Hmmm. . . . if he cleaned up his act he could have left the service as Sergeant-Major General James -- the only sergeant major with two stars on his stripes.


56 posted on 07/27/2006 9:37:32 AM PDT by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: NerdDad

I still recall my 1st. night at Lackland (aug 26 1967) laying in my bunk thinking "OMG what have I gone and done! This is nothing like the recruiter said it would be."


57 posted on 07/27/2006 9:51:06 AM PDT by Valin (http://www.irey.com/)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Try eating "SOS" on a DD that is pitching and rolling, day after day, in heavy weather.
:-)
58 posted on 07/27/2006 9:52:25 AM PDT by Valin (http://www.irey.com/)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
a "working cruise"


Bump! :)
59 posted on 07/27/2006 9:55:11 AM PDT by Gucho
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To: Howlin
It was 0200 hrs on 23 Oct. '75. (I went delay entry just to make sure I was ready). I was asleep when we arrived at Ft. Knox. Before we got off the bus, this huge guy in a "smokie the bear" hat and a uniform with creases that could cut you, gets on the bus yelling, "[Explicative deleted] get off my [Explicative deleted] bus you maggots!" I said to myself right then and there (as probably every recruit has), self you have REALLY [Explicative deleted] up this time.

Among other names, the DI's called us "girls" from then till we graduated BCT.

5.56mm

60 posted on 07/27/2006 9:57:35 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: MineralMan
We got off the plane to find a sergeant screaming at us.

Amazing isn't it? Right their in the airport...chewing your a$$. June 15, 1981 was my day.

61 posted on 07/27/2006 9:57:39 AM PDT by TankerKC (┐JosÚ puede usted ver?)
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To: ErnBatavia
the people there, for some reason, stopped being friendly and solicitous - and in a few hours I was on a Greyhound headed for MCRD San Diego.

LOL. Thank you so much for your service to our great nation.

62 posted on 07/27/2006 10:01:21 AM PDT by Allegra (FReeping LIVE! from "the other war zone.")
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
I joined the Navy to see the world BUT they didn't tell me it would be a "working cruise" LOL

Thank you very much for your service
-from a Navy "brat." ;-)

63 posted on 07/27/2006 10:03:17 AM PDT by Allegra (FReeping LIVE! from "the other war zone.")
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To: beachn4fun

I started laughing at the eighth one!


64 posted on 07/27/2006 10:18:36 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: firebrand

Now, why would you be laughing by the eighth one, pray tell?

I was being sincere in my gratitude for their service.
(sniffle)

;-)


65 posted on 07/27/2006 10:22:41 AM PDT by beachn4fun (FReeper Canteen ~ Here for our Troops, Allies, and their families 24/7/365.)
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To: ErnBatavia

I was never in the armed forces, but I'll share the memories of an old friend, now deceased, who joined the Marines at 17 with a lie about his age and a forged note from his father. He was English but wanted to fight for us in Korea. He remembered being asked to draw a picture, as some sort of psychological test. He was an artist and had drawn many men, so he drew a man, and was then suspected of being homosexual. Finally he passed through and fought bravely against the N. Koreans and the Chinese.


66 posted on 07/27/2006 10:23:49 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: ErnBatavia; RaceBannon

Thank you both, and all others who served.


67 posted on 07/27/2006 10:24:27 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: Gay State Conservative

Needless to say,there was no AC...or was there?

In 1956 there was no residential AC, but I worked in Radar, so our work environment was air conditioned. There were no telephones to call home on, no fresh milk(Fresh milk came later as well as an ice cream shop.)

The base had several miles of shoreline on the Mediterranean, so if swimming was what you wanted to do, you had all of it you could desire.


68 posted on 07/27/2006 10:28:06 AM PDT by billhilly
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To: ErnBatavia
What the f*ck have I gotten myself into

I had some of those moments at Great Lakes Naval Station.

69 posted on 07/27/2006 10:34:15 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: ErnBatavia; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Howlin
Anchors Aweigh, Shipmates!

As any great Sea Story begins... Now this is no s#&t...

Way back in time when I enlisted I was scheduled to leave for USNTC San Diego on 27 Sept 63 but prior to that date, I discovered a couple of buddies from high school were scheduled on 30 Sept. I talked with my ever accommodating recruiter to see if I could be rescheduled.

"Well, Absolutely, Dave. Anything you want, we'll provide. Just be here at the recruiting station at 0800 (that would be 8 am, but you'll soon learn all about time) on Monday."

0740 I walk into the Post Office bldg in downtown Spokane. A few minutes later, my buddies show up and we're all ready to get going to serve our country and avoid the draft.

Now this first day should have been a clue to the uninformed. Just because they told us to be there at 0800, doesn't mean they were ready to wave goodbye just yet. "We need to go over some final paperwork. Just have a seat, or better yet, go ahead, wander around but be back here at 1000 hrs."

More hurry up and wait and we get the word it's chow time. Be back at 1300. Okay, we can handle that.

Back in the office after lunch - how did they ever come up with that "chow" name?, we sign a few more papers, raise our right hand and are sworn in by a US Navy Commander. That oath BTW, has no expiration date.

At 1500 hours, they tell us to be at the airport at 1700 hours. Great!, 2 more hours of waiting. I took advantage of the time and talked with my high school sweetheart who would later become a Navy Wife and my beautiful bride.

1730 hours, and we are standing in line to board a United DC-6 for my first airplane ride to Portland, OR via Pendleton, OR. Arriving in Portland, we have a lay-over for another United flight (707) to San Francisco. Another lay-over in SF they we board another 707 to San Diego.

Seventeen of us joined the Navy that day. Another promise by our recruiter, a bus would meet us in SD and take us to our new home.

We arrive at USNTC Recruit Training Command at around 2230. It appeared that about 500 guys arrived that night from all parts of this great nation. 80 man companies were formed that night and at around 0130, we were lead to a temp barracks so we could get a good night's sleep. That sleep was rudely interrupter at 0500 by some screaming Company Commander banging on the 30 gal trash can with a nightstick.

That's how it was that first day in the Navy. I think I'd like to do it all over again, but a recruiter I talked with in May told me I was too old and broken-down.

70 posted on 07/27/2006 10:45:02 AM PDT by Diver Dave (WE STAND AGAINST TERROR. WE STAND WITH ISRAEL.)
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To: verity

I wish it wasn't. I wouldn't mind being twenty years younger.


71 posted on 07/27/2006 10:52:01 AM PDT by MineralMan (non-evangelical atheist)
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To: ErnBatavia
Congrats on anniversary Ern. My 38th is coming up next month. The middle of the night arrival is intentional to start the break down process.
I later worked for my TI in North Dakota and we got along great. I didn't feel that way when I had to walk around all day with the gum I was chewing on my nose.
Have many fond memories now that were unappreciated at the time.
72 posted on 07/27/2006 11:33:15 AM PDT by mcshot ("If it ain't broke it doesn't have enough features." paraphrased anon.)
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To: ErnBatavia

Thank you, all of you, for your service to us.


73 posted on 07/27/2006 11:38:33 AM PDT by citizensgratitude (Our Military, present & past, the Highest example of Brotherhood of Man and doing God's Will)
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To: ErnBatavia

Happy Aniversary.

Thank you for your service.


74 posted on 07/27/2006 12:29:56 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (The Internet is the samizdat of liberty..)
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To: Gay State Conservative
with an MOS of 71 Hotel (Personnel Specialist)

No biggie, GSC, it takes all kinds to make the Green Machine run well.

98G/RU - Linguist. I spent 7 years doing the job I trained for, and 13 years training or pushing paper...and wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

75 posted on 07/27/2006 12:51:17 PM PDT by HiJinx (Have you hugged a soldier today? Try it, you'll like it!)
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To: Howlin

I always want God to Bless our Military who are serving and who have already served.
It is their sacrifice that has given us the opportunity to be a free nation.

God Bless them all and America.

PS: My mom had me on July 27th as well. LOL :)


76 posted on 07/27/2006 1:21:29 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Howlin

Thanks for the ping. Happy Aniversary to ErnBatavia and thank you, thank you to all our FReepers here who have served our glorious country.

I had a brief note I wanted to add today but wasn't sure where to put it, so this looks like a good thread for it.

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Family loses second son to terror war
Source: AP

LUBBOCK, Texas -- A Texas family that had already paid a hefty price in the war on terror is in mourning again. Two years after a son was killed in Iraq, their only other son has died in Afghanistan.

Cpl. Jose Velez was killed in 2004 when his unit came under fire in Fallujah. At that point, his brother, Army Spc. Andrew Velez, was given the option of not having to return to combat.

But his father said he wanted to.

This week the family learned Andrew was killed. Their father said that while he feels like his heart has been "pulled out," he adds that he can't be angry.

Andrew Velez leaves a wife and three children, ages 2, 3 and 5.
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77 posted on 07/27/2006 3:13:16 PM PDT by Rte66
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To: ErnBatavia
My first day reporting in at the Oakland processing center was unbelieveable! The War was in full bloom, both here and across the pond!

To get in the door at the center, we had to run a gauntlet of war protestors, hoots, hollars, thrown trash, grannie ladies screaming "killers", long haired hippies handing out anti war leaflets, strange looking men in suits offerring rides to Canada, Police on horseback bucking against the crowd, riot geared up cops busting heads, and my first wiff of CS gas...

The rousting we recieved at FT. Ords recieving facility seemed like arriving at the Waldorf after that...

78 posted on 07/27/2006 3:31:56 PM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: ErnBatavia; All
Thank you Veterans
79 posted on 07/27/2006 4:02:31 PM PDT by vigilante2 (Thank You Veterans)
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To: ErnBatavia
January 6, 1993. That was the day I arrived at Basic Training at Fort Knox.

During NBC training, the drill sergeant would line us up 3 at a time and tested us on putting on the protective mask in less than 9 seconds. So, I'm next in line with two other guys, and all three of us line up in front of the DS. He yells, "Gas!" The two other recruits started putting on their gas masks while I just stood there. The drill sergeant asked why I did nothing.

I said, "Drill Sergeant, the NBC instructor earlier in the day told us that the signal to put on the mask is "Gas! Gas! Gas!" You just said "Gas!" once."

The drill instructor rolled his eyes and then said, "So basically you're telling me I don't know what the f**k I'm doing?"

I replied, "I did not say that, Drill Sergeant."

He said, "OK private, go into the drill sergeant's office and tell the other drill seargent that I'm all f**cked up!"

So I went into the office and told the 2nd drill sergeant that the 1st one was all f**ked up.

The 2nd sergeant screamed, "What did you say!?!"

I said, "The 1st drill sergeant told me to come in so I could tell you that he is all f**ked up."

The 2nd drill sergeant just sort of stared at me for a second, and then yelled, "Private, go tell the other drill sergeant that YOU are the one that is all f**ked up!"

So I went back to the 1st drill sergeant and said, "Drill Sergeant, I'm the one who is all f**cked up!"

He replied, "No sh*t?"

Then he went on to say, "Do you know what your problem is, private?"

I said, "I'm all f**ked up?"

He said "No private! Your problem is that you think too much!"

(As you can tell, I was a bit of a Gomer Pyle in Basic.)

80 posted on 07/27/2006 4:05:51 PM PDT by Momaw Nadon ("...with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.")
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To: MineralMan

What I hated about basic training was the late tee-times...


81 posted on 07/27/2006 4:26:34 PM PDT by dakine
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; All

aw, you guys had ALL the funnnn..........

congrats and thanks for the great stories.

here's a nice link for you...

http://www.clermontyellow.accountsupport.com/flash/UntilThen.swf


82 posted on 07/27/2006 6:18:16 PM PDT by bitt (NY Times to New York: Drop Dead!)
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To: ErnBatavia; 2111USMC; 68 grunt; A.A. Cunningham; ASOC; AirForceBrat23; Ajnin; AlaskaErik; ...
If I'm not the only latecomer, ya'll, THE PARTY'S HERE!

83 posted on 07/27/2006 6:19:51 PM PDT by freema (Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: NerdDad

I'm anxious to get to the firing line story : )


84 posted on 07/27/2006 6:24:16 PM PDT by freema (Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: ErnBatavia

June 1955 basic training at Parks AFB, Ca. Enlisted in Tucson, spent the night in Phoenix and rode a super connie to San Fran with a stop in LA. The stewardess took a few of us to her apartment on the beach and we stayed there a few hours until the next flight.


85 posted on 07/27/2006 6:26:20 PM PDT by saminfl (,/i)
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To: RebelBanker

"...I wish I could thank then-SFC Johnny Anderson and then-SSG John Covert for all they did."


86 posted on 07/27/2006 6:26:39 PM PDT by freema (Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: ErnBatavia
GET OFF MY BUS !!!

I'll never forget. Happy Anniversary.

Semper Fi,
NYleatherneck
87 posted on 07/27/2006 6:27:00 PM PDT by NYleatherneck (It ain't a World War until the French surrender.)
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To: CougarGA7

ROTF!!!!


88 posted on 07/27/2006 6:28:49 PM PDT by freema (Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: ErnBatavia
Congrats and Happy Anniversary Ern! Thank you for your service. GOD BLESS the men and women of our Armed Forces and their families, and may they see their 40th anniversary as well. Semper Fi
89 posted on 07/27/2006 6:29:24 PM PDT by RanchoStash
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To: freema

March 23, 1973, Parris Island,,, sometime around 4AM I was introdced to the yellow foot prints....

OOOoooRRRaaaaHHHHH!!!!


Semper Fi


90 posted on 07/27/2006 6:31:55 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: Kate of Spice Island; ErnBatavia

That was the most wonderful sentiment. On that day I was a sweet little girl (some will say, WHAT HAPPENED?!) who had just had her birthday, too - a bit older than you ; ) though.

I completely echo your thanks and eternal gratitude for making it such a lovely, beautiful, free, and priceless childhood full of sugar and spice and everything nice.


91 posted on 07/27/2006 6:33:40 PM PDT by freema (Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: Coop

Marines make me cry.


92 posted on 07/27/2006 6:34:23 PM PDT by freema (Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: ErnBatavia

1975: I've been in boot camp for almost two weeks and have started planning my escape through the mudflats to the river...

(I am still convinced that if had I tried, I would have made it too using a foot locker and the tides to get off the island)


93 posted on 07/27/2006 6:36:28 PM PDT by usmcobra (If we take our political stance from a letter behind a name we lose sight of what is right and wrong)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; ErnBatavia

I hear the only good mess hall on a big east coast base is the one run by Marines. The rest are contracted out.

BTW, in my picture perfect sugar and spice childhood, I was served SOS many a night. While we thought the name was pretty neat,

I gagged every time LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


94 posted on 07/27/2006 6:42:34 PM PDT by freema (Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: ErnBatavia

First, thank you and all the other Veterans on this thread for your service to our country.

Your post really brought back memories for me. It was 1969, and my big brother had enlisted in the Air Force. We acutally have home movies that my late daddy took, of the night before he left....hugs to all in the family...tears and pride, and him hugging his highschool sweetheart like he never wanted to let her go.

Mom made me go to school the next day, I was in the 8th grade. That day was pure torture for me, all I could think of was my brother leaving, and not knowing when I would see him again. After school, there was a basketball game, and although all I wanted to do was go home and cry, I had to go through the motions of a majorette routine at halftime. I probably looked like an idiot, standing there twrilling with tears steaming down my face...:)

Our story had a happy ending, my brother married his childhood sweetheart, and he came home safely after serving 4 years in the Air Force. He now is living a good life, working and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

However, I will never forget that day. I was so proud of my big brother, and still am to this day.

Others didn't make it home, and we should honor them everyday, as well as the brave men and women serving to protect our freedoms now.




95 posted on 07/27/2006 6:46:34 PM PDT by LisaMalia (Every day offers many gifts from God..untie the ribbons!)
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To: usmcobra
BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. Keep thinking that... You were not 1st Battalion, were you ? I had the schmucks eye view of that water for 13 weeks, and I knew from the first time I saw it, NO GO.

Gators, snakes, and a real long swim.

Semper Fi
NYleatherneck
96 posted on 07/27/2006 6:47:06 PM PDT by NYleatherneck (It ain't a World War until the French surrender.)
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To: usmcobra

The mud/sand crabs would have got ya.. :-)


97 posted on 07/27/2006 6:50:51 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: ErnBatavia
Good evening.

Forty years ago this day I was finishing my 27th day of Basic Training in 2nd Platoon of A/5/3 at Fort Ord and wondering just what in hell had possessed me to make me enlist.

It's not the Corps, but hey, we do the best we can and it's good to be alive, eh.

Michael Frazier
98 posted on 07/27/2006 6:50:56 PM PDT by brazzaville (no surrender no retreat, well, maybe retreat's ok)
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To: ErnBatavia; freema; RaceBannon; Howlin

I was lucky enough to be in the first platoon of the our "series" (three platoons made up a "series"), meaning that my platoon ended up in the "forming" phase for nearly a week (IIRC).

Then, after we graduated in April we were immediately assigned to some barracks in the WM part of the island because we all had to be available to testify at the court martial trials of our three drill instructors. (Our DIs were a little nuts and we had a sissy "alligator" in the platoon.)

So anyways, without being recycled, my platoon (at least, the 37 out of the original 60 of us who stayed with the platoon all the way through) spent a solid fourteen weeks on Parris Island.


99 posted on 07/27/2006 6:51:23 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: A CA Guy

Happy Birthday!


100 posted on 07/27/2006 6:52:26 PM PDT by freema (Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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