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    What's that noise...? basketcase's Avatar
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    Veterans check in

    And happy 238th to my brother Jarheads.

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    Navy, but remember most fondly my time with the Corps. Nearly half of my service was with the Marines, first as a corpsman with a rifle company and later as a PA with an infantry regiment.

    Prior to my second deployment my unit was inspected by a Major General from HQMC. Aside from boot camp and HM A school all of my time at that point had been with the Marines. I knew everything there was to know about every weapon in the company - ranges, muzzle velocities, rates of fire - and could field strip any of them. So I felt prepared to answer any question the general asked of me...except the one he asked.

    "Doc," he boomed, "when is the Navy's birthday?"

    I had no freakin' idea! Panic began to set in as I fixated on those two stars on his collar. Finally, inspiration struck.

    "Sir!" I bellowed. "The only date that matters to me is 10 November 1775, sir!"

    There was a collective gasp from my CO and 1st SGT. I thought the platoon LT was going to pass out. The general stared at me for a few seconds then burst out laughing and clapped me on the shoulder with a blow that nearly knocked me over.

    "Damnit, Doc! You're alright!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenfiddich View Post
    Navy, but remember most fondly my time with the Corps. Nearly half of my service was with the Marines, first as a corpsman with a rifle company and later as a PA with an infantry regiment.

    Prior to my second deployment my unit was inspected by a Major General from HQMC. Aside from boot camp and HM A school all of my time at that point had been with the Marines. I knew everything there was to know about every weapon in the company - ranges, muzzle velocities, rates of fire - and could field strip any of them. So I felt prepared to answer any question the general asked of me...except the one he asked.

    "Doc," he boomed, "when is the Navy's birthday?"

    I had no freakin' idea! Panic began to set in as I fixated on those two stars on his collar. Finally, inspiration struck.

    "Sir!" I bellowed. "The only date that matters to me is 10 November 1775, sir!"

    There was a collective gasp from my CO and 1st SGT. I thought the platoon LT was going to pass out. The general stared at me for a few seconds then burst out laughing and clapped me on the shoulder with a blow that nearly knocked me over.

    "Damnit, Doc! You're alright!"
    Great story!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenfiddich View Post
    Navy, but remember most fondly my time with the Corps. Nearly half of my service was with the Marines, first as a corpsman with a rifle company and later as a PA with an infantry regiment.

    Prior to my second deployment my unit was inspected by a Major General from HQMC. Aside from boot camp and HM A school all of my time at that point had been with the Marines. I knew everything there was to know about every weapon in the company - ranges, muzzle velocities, rates of fire - and could field strip any of them. So I felt prepared to answer any question the general asked of me...except the one he asked.

    "Doc," he boomed, "when is the Navy's birthday?"

    I had no freakin' idea! Panic began to set in as I fixated on those two stars on his collar. Finally, inspiration struck.

    "Sir!" I bellowed. "The only date that matters to me is 10 November 1775, sir!"

    There was a collective gasp from my CO and 1st SGT. I thought the platoon LT was going to pass out. The general stared at me for a few seconds then burst out laughing and clapped me on the shoulder with a blow that nearly knocked me over.

    "Damnit, Doc! You're alright!"


    Oh man, that is a great story -- and it reminded me of my first USMC birthday celebration and first IG inspection!

    In 1972, the date 10 November fell on a Friday. Having missed the cutoff for Vietnam, just a few weeks earlier I had arrived at Camp Courtney, Okinawa at what was at the time HG 3rd MarDiv.

    In classic fashion we all imbibed on Friday the 10th, having spent the entire week getting ready for the IG inspection on Saturday the 11th.

    When the lights came on Saturday morning I was commode hugging sick, and still fairly drunk.

    Somehow I made it over to the armory to check out my weapon. I don't' remember a thing about getting dressed or laying out my gear. But when the time came, I snapped to attention as a major stepped into my cubicle. My stomach was roiling and I was wobbling slightly as I stood.

    He looked in my lockers and then at the 782 gear on the rack. Then stepped in front of me --

    "Marine, did you enjoy your first birthday ball?"

    Swaying slightly, head pounding and suppressing a belch, I croaked out "Sir, Yes SIR!"

    With that he turned and left the cubicle without another word.

    After we were dismissed I crashed on the rack, in my Alpha uniform, and having shoved out a space -- in between all of the gear.

    When I awakened that afternoon my rifle was missing. After a few minutes of panic I went over to the armory to check and lo and behold, someone had turned it in.

    I never did find out who turned my weapon back into the armory, and it was sometime on Sunday before I stopped puking up green bile.

    It was also the last USMC birthday where I overindulged -- to that extent.

    Thank you for your service. In my book the platoon Corpsman ranks higher than the general...
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    Sergeant Don Stanley, United States Army, 1968-1974, 5/32nd Artillery.

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    Happy Birthday, Marines

    To my Marine Corps Brothers and Sisters I wish you Happy 238th Birthday and a heartfelt Semper Fidelis!

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    Navy Seabee - NMCB 62 - Danang, S. Vietnam - Hill 55 - 1970 - CM PO2. Happy Birthday to our Marines brothers for whom we built the roads on which they arrived (he said with a smile).
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    Quote Originally Posted by beemerdons View Post
    Sergeant Don Stanley, United States Army, 1968-1974, 5/32nd Artillery.

    So Don, I was with the 1/32d (same regimental crest and same motto: Proud Americans, of course) in Germany in the late 70s. The 1/32d was a Lance missile battalion (nuclear capable). What type weapon was your 5/32d?
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    MotoDan, same as you, only about 6 mos. to a year later and a CE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by royce View Post
    So Don, I was with the 1/32d (same regimental crest and same motto: Proud Americans, of course) in Germany in the late 70s. The 1/32d was a Lance missile battalion (nuclear capable). What type weapon was your 5/32d?
    Hello Royce, our weapon was the nuclear capable Honest John Rocket!

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    Happy Holidays fellow vets

    Lovely firebase Rakkasan in the Ashau valley of Viet Nam December 1969. On a clear day you could see Hamburger Hill.
    I was in the 101st Army Div. 2/319th artillery.
    We spent Christmas Day filling sand bags, heating our C-rations with left over gun powder and shot fire missions when the infantry called for it.Vietnam 19c Christmas 1969 at Rakkasan.jpg
    It was too foggy for the NVA to mortar us.
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