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In response to "This time we win"..as a helicopter pilot at MMAF I was always amazed at the number of reporters who came through there and resided in the "O Club" and wrote their stories from interviews after the action was over. Reading them later on one would think they were in the thick of the stuff. I lost all respect for their reportage there and came to realize they were only interested in getting a "headline story" with their byline on it. Submitted by Steve Doyle.
This Time We WinA great book that FINALLY sets the record straight about events in RVN during those years of Tet and following. It continues to amaze me that fact and truth have had such a difficult time getting through to the people. They STILL believe the BS that the media put out then, and covered up since.
Submitted by Paul Neskow - 2011-07-14
Platoon Sgt. StoryI just got the news on Jim Fox and went to the website to read his bio again. These things are a punch in the gut. With a family this big, will always be losing brothers now. Tough, but I got to reading the blogs and got tickled at some of the stories. Had a good one in OCS, told this a bunch of times but worth a repeat. You remember the standing broad jump in the PFT? Nobody had any trouble with it but I could not do it. Never once. Well, we were on the final PFT and I figured I was on my way to Parris Island since wash out was imminent. I was about 3 people back in line for the jump and Platoon Sgt. Puida called me over. He pitched me his car keys and told me to get his cigarettes out of his car. I explained I was about to make the standing broad jump and would miss it if I went to his car. Puida said "Spencer, you are the dumbest SOB I have ever seen, now go get my smokes". He pitched me his keys and somewhere out in that parking lot I passed the standing broad jump. Damn, hate to hear about Fox. You can tell from his bio he put a lot into a better world for everybody. Just not quite fair.
Submitted by Jerry Spencer - 2011-06-07
Marine InstructorsThe comments about Marine instructors brought back a couple of great memories. Both of these were at OCS. Does anyone remember the First Aid instruction on shock? They marched us to a butler hut set up in classroom style. A sergeant gave us the lecture on treatment for shock (cover the victim, raise feet,etc). Then they turned off the lights and showed us a very grainy 8 mm film.....on WWII battlefield amputations.....sawing off real limbs! Immediately, about 5 Officer Candidates fell in the floor, passed out. Then the instructor turned on the lights and said "OK, treat 'em for shock!" Another classic was the required traffic safety lecture. The few times we got leave from OCS for the weekend on Friday afternoon, we were required to have a one-hour Traffic Safety lecture. Back to the butler hut....after a hard week and a big meal in the mess hall, everyone started dozing off. I remember the instructor's first words: "every 60 seconds someone dies on our nation's highways!"....followed by a huge crash from the back of the room. Standing there was a corporal with a gong and a stopwatch. For the next hour, we heard the crash each minute. No one dozed off (or heard any of the instruction, I'm sure).
Submitted by Jim Martin - 2010-05-28
Great Reading!Matterhorn a novel by Karl Marlantes, great saga about Marines in RVN and in particular young officers Marlantes served as a Lt. during 1969 in RVN, check out his bio, interested to hear what you think about it!
Submitted by Mike Walsh - 2010-05-05
Captains Cronk and CampI remember both well. Cronk taught us about the USMC's Byzantine supply system. His handouts were memorable: the "Miserable Surprise Quiz" and the lessons learned from "Ho's Army of Sneaks and Thieves." Captain Camp did write a book when he was a retired Colonel. I remember coming across it in a bookstore years ago and thinking the author's name was familiar. His picture on the flyleaf confirmed it—but you could barely see though his coke-bottle glasses.
Submitted by Richard Shepard - 2010-04-11
Crazy Captain at TBSTom Young wanted to know the name of the captain that was such a riot at Basic School. I THINK it is R.D. Camp. He wrote a book (which I once had, but can't put my finger on) called LIMA-6, which had many of the stories he regaled us with during class. If I've got it right, this was the guy who had the line, "...and out comes the most dangerous weapon in the Marine Corps! A 2LT.....armed with a .45..... looking for souvenirs!" ?Any of you remember his class on bunker busting - "Blind 'em, Burn 'em, Blast 'em"
Submitted by Paul Neskow - 2010-03-29
Reunion Event ContributionsWe are extremely grateful to all of those who have contributed thus far. It will assist with bringing down the per person cost of the reunion.
Submitted by Admin Griffiths - 2010-03-19
Captain Cronk (?)Who can recall the captain who taught some classes and had to be one of the funniest guys on the staff?
Submitted by Thomas Young - 2010-03-17
Checking InMarine Corps synopsis. Vietnam, platoon commander G,2/3, K 3/7, last few months civic action with MACG 18, nice change, lived in the ville with 4-5 marines and did social work and learned the art of kumshaw.returned as instructor at tbs,ripping the 2nd. lts "not like the the old corps". went to grad school and returned to tbs as reservist. remember how orders would always show up at start of summer and tbs staff would be short? for several years I would appear each summer and they would just plug me into my desk to cover classes. it started because the gunny at rsu wasn't sure where to send me and I mentioned tbs. so I stayed active in the reserves just because it was a fun change from grad school and later starving actor and er rn. did team spirit multiple times, norway, the palms as umpire, liason at quantico rsu (defunct term I believe) for reserve schools for multiple terms. they call, I go. it endeared me to the hq guys. still no plan, just doing it for laughs. in fact i'm still a little unclear on how the whole reserve process works. after a decade or so, some ponyo mentions retirement, good years, etc (yeah, yeah, hey it was the 70s, I was a little drifty). so i've got years with 49 points and other goofball moves. fortunately i get assigned as instructor, eventually dept head at MECP prep school in San Diego. A terrific job working with great young marines. do it multiple times and actually, much to my surprise get twenty good ones. altho at one time (I point with pride) I was the most senior freaking major in the marine corps. so, as I mentioned to langdon, life is strange and who the hell needs a plan. (by the way fast eddie send me a note with your email address i deleted foolishly).so dear comrades, my MarCorps life, in short, the Corps been good to me.
Submitted by John Moughan - 2010-01-08
Life after TBSCan't believe the memories this brings back. All the names and faces are being put together. After TBS I went to tank school at Camp Pendleton. Heffner and Pazurek were in the same class. Pazurek and I and 3 other guys lived in an apartment on the beach in Oceanside. After that was assigned to 2nd Tanks at Camp LeJeune as a platoon Commander where Heffner's brother was my company commander. Did a Med cruise in the spring of 70 and had training exercises with Nato forces and French Foreign Legion in Corsica. Came back to LeJeune as company XO for a few months and finally went to RVN in Dec 70. Spent about a week in Da Nang. I think all the tanks were out of the country so they didn't know what to do with me. Finally sent to work for a Colonel in Saigon who was the Marine advisor to the Air Force. If I remember correctly his name was Steve Moran. He also handled all the Marine affairs in the area. I didn't even know jobs like this existed in the Marine Corps. Sent home in July of 71 and got an early out in August. Been living in California since 1976. Married, 3 kids, youngest a Sophomore at Tulane University. I know I have a lot of pictures so will find some to post
Submitted by Carl Baker - 2010-01-06