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Hartville, Ohio
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Two-year Regular 1966

 

Passed a draft physical in May 1966. Was told that

if I didn't enlist in 30 days that I'd be drafted into

the Army. Didn't want to be in the Army.

Went to the Marine recruiter. Found out that the Corps

had a two-year contract with a 120-day delay entry

and no active reserve meetings after the two years

active.

 

The recruiter tried to talk me into the aviation guarantee

program. He said that if I went in for two that I'd

probably come home in a body bag. He also told me

that if I went for two that I'd definitely be a Grunt.

I asked what was so bad about the grunts and he

asked me if I wanted to sleep on the ground and eat

out of cans. I told the recruiter that I did that on weekends

for recreation.

 

At Parris Island (Oct-Dec 66) I passed all tests with flying

colors and attended the OCS lecture. I didn't seem to care

for the six-year active obligation at the time but did volunteer

to extend for an additional year for Armored because

I had heard that tanks had big V-8 engines in them.

The officer to whom I was talking said no way and I said

" Sir, no thanks Sir " and went back to another sweet

evening of the manual of arms with our footlockers

in the squadbay.

 

After eight weeks at Parris Island I became the recipient

of orders to NATTC Memphis and received the same aviation

"A" school training that all of the four-year aviation

guarantees got.

 

After Mess duty and ITR at Camp Geiger and 20 days leave,

I reported to NATTC Memphis in mid-february 1967. Another 30

days mess duty preceded my Mech Fund and  Hydraulics "A" school

and In September of 1967 I reported to VMGR 252 at Cherry

Point for 30 days grounds duty and three months on

Line support prior to being sent to El Toro 4 times for

specialized training on KC-130 F's for everything from

the props to arial refueling systems.

 

In the spring of 1968 I was all prepared to

go to Vietnam and probably be a door-gunner like

several of my friends had done with all of their massive

aviation gurantee training. The only problem for the Marine

corps was that I had less than six months to go and

turned down orders.

 

I turned down a promotion to Corporal and an $ 11, 000. 00

re-enlistment bonus to return home to my young wife and

my 1948 Doodge pickup truck. My Dad had already sold

the old Doodge and I have no idea where that young wife

is anymore.

 

Do I wish I'd have shipped over? Only a million times.

 

Semper Fi

 

gary

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3 Comments

Reply Alan Stinar
9:31 PM on January 10, 2011 
Welcome to the site, if you have any questions, comments, or ideas to help this place look better please just let me know.
Reply Bill B Pemberton
2:47 PM on January 7, 2011 
Only if you want to. Are you on FaceBook there's a multitude of USMC people, pages, groups. ect over there.
Glad you got here check out the Galleries, Take ya way back Peabody..
S/F
BP
Reply GPorter
2:15 PM on January 7, 2011 
Good to be here. Thanks for inviting me Bill Pemberton.

Does this mean that I get to fieldday all of the heads my first month here ? :)