SFWIW, my former boss spends Sunday morning polishing his shoes using
his marine corp issue shoe brush that is now approaching 50 years in
Same boss walked into a bar here in SoCal a few years ago to find his
Paris Island DI behind the bar.
As the old saying goes, "... you can run but you can't hide."
Especially in SoCal, with Pendleton so near. I guess I get a break:
I'm 1-3/4 states away from Parris Island and I doubt very much any of
my dirll instructors would recognize me...I checked out the grad book
a few weeks ago, and came to the conclusion that we for the most part
consisted of Adam's apples and ears. That's not the case 50 years
later. Fifty years plus one month, almost to the day.
Pure coincidence, both these guys are east coast.
Former boss didn't come to SoCal till late 70s, don't know about DI.
Former boss has never set foot on Pendleton soil.
About as close as he has come is on the I-5 as he passes thru
As far as I know. I don't recall reading it anywhere, and it sure is
the impression with those tiny b&w photos.
I wonder what they're doing with those "yearbooks" now, with modern
techniques and digital photography. God knows, some of the b&w is
remarkable for its clarity for the time.
You hate the SOBs during early weeks, but by week #8 or #9, that
changes, in my experience. I ran into one of the junior drill
instructors in Jacksonville, FL in the latter part of the year ('58),
and we had a few beers together. Jim Lucy. He was the best of the
bunch, IMO, but they were all pretty durned good at what they did.
On Sat, 9 Feb 2008 07:30:36 -0800 (PST), Charlie Self
Yep, SDI was R. J. Dellett. Toughest individual I've ever been
around. When we did PT he seemed to do twice what we did. Easy to be
inspired to do well.
Thinking back to Parris Island, I was most impressed by how well run
it was. Never a minute lost or wasted.
Oh, jeez, these morning runs around the parade ground. We used to die
halfway through, whichever drill instructor was running us would be
running backwards next to us, and, about halfway through, usually lit
a cigaret (while running)and turned around, ran around the platoon and
took the lead position.
Not exactly the politically correct example to set for today's young
Marines, but it worked for us.
Interestingly, I can't see the article.
I can read all the replies, but the page
where the article he wrote is supposed
to be......is blank.
That was what I saw when I followed the link. Perhaps one is required
to register with the site and login or something. 'Though if that were
the case, there should be some message to that effect.
I would like to see what all the furor was/is about.
Couldn't see the article.
OTOH, the above post disparaging a certain racial group in a specific
geography seems somewhat offensive and exclusionary. Just try
substituting "black" and "New York City" and tell me how much vitriol would
be directed at a poster making such a comment.
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
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