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09-16-08, 10:10 PM #46
For another memory- Anybody ever see a "drumming out"? I participated in one while I was in Electronics at MCRD. It's something you'll never forget. General Krulak was the base commander while I was there. During an inspection once, he complimented me on my appearance. This was right after we changed from brown shoes and visors to black, and I think I was the only Marine out there that day that he was taller than! (so he could see my visor)
09-16-08, 10:18 PM #47
Mine was 1369696 March 53 Semper Fi
09-16-08, 10:21 PM #48
Plt 95 5th bn MCRD SC, Semper Fi
09-17-08, 10:31 AM #49
That's CRS Bro', I've got it too!!!! I do remember me and a buddy figuring out how much we were makin'an hour! As PFC's it worked out to about 13 cents an hour!The reason for such a "high" wage,was overseas duty pay and hazardous duty pay! This is based on a 24 hr.work day, 'cause we just couldn't get the gooks to agree to a 40 hr.work weekLMFAO
09-17-08, 10:50 AM #50
2424xxx Nov 1967 no problem remembering it, its tatoo'd on my right arm. hrscowboy told me I would never forget it that way.
No better friend/No worse enemy
09-17-08, 11:18 AM #51
09-17-08, 11:35 AM #52
Mine was 138XXXX and, later, O73XXX.
09-17-08, 12:06 PM #53
215xxxx September 1965.Never will forget it.I wonder if the Geneva
Convention rules was changed to name,rank and SS number.I liked the service number system better and you could tell who had seniority.
09-17-08, 12:32 PM #54
pnwhite on the drumming out it seems like they used a certin color of shirt or jacket for each of the bad discharge. Is this rite or not?
09-17-08, 10:20 PM #55
Well I only saw one, and although it didn't take long, we were at attention the whole time. We were formed up on the parade ground, centered on the main gate. I heard although I don't know if it was true or not, that everyone on base was in that formation. The Marine being drummed out was brought out in front of us and the charges were read. After that, (this guy was in uniform - I don't remember him being in just a T-shirt) every insignia that showed that he was a Marine was either pulled off or cut off his uniform. We were then "about faced" and the guy was escorted off the base with an MP on either side of him and a drummer in back of him drumming the whole way out to the front gate. There wasn't anything said other than the charges (in other words, no sermon or "you'd better not do what HE did" or anthing like that - the whole affair was very business like)and when he was off base, we were about faced again and dismissed. I came away with the feeling that if I were to be punished, I'd rather be taken out behind the barn and horse whipped. I don't know who the guy was, but he had to feel absolutely humiliated.
09-17-08, 10:42 PM #56
I heard Steve McQeen was drummed out of Pendleton. Not sure no proof just a rumor I heard, and as far as serial numbers someone posted 02 as going to SSN's, it was mine in 89.
09-18-08, 07:19 AM #57
Gee, I wonder how Johnny Law knew to be there?
09-18-08, 09:23 AM #58
About Steve McQueen - that brings up a sore point with me. Back in the 50s and 60s, when I was in uniform, it was a very HUGE disgrace to be discharged from the military (not just the Marine Corps, but any of the branches) with anything less than an honorable discharge. I have heard that being discharged with a medical discharge had it's consequencies also. But if you were discharged with a dishonorable discharge, you might just as well move to another country, because that was going to follow you throughout your life. That's not to say that there weren't some people who couldn't prosper with less than an exemplary military career, but back then I know of people who couldn't get a decent job if they were "kicked" out of the military. And now,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, I've heard that there are fellows who "can't adjust" and are just let go. I don't know what their DD214 says, but it seems as though they suffer no consequencies. Some of you younger guys are probably thinking "So what?" But it's a little different for someone who was "drafted" into the military than for someone who just signs up, and then later "can't adjust" and decides that this isn't for him, so he just gets out and goes on with his life. As for Steve - I think that "tough guy" image was probably due to his acting ability, and not his character.
09-18-08, 11:46 AM #59
When I joined we werent all "Volunteers", but even the few draftee's that I knew,considered a less than Honorable discharge,as the worst possible thing that could happen! But the ones that I knew personally,did their duty just as honorably as any enlistee!
09-18-08, 12:53 PM #60
I never saw anyone drummed out of the Corps. I've been on Parris Island and MCRD San Diego, I've visited Twenty-Nine Palms, El Toro, and Camp Pendleton. My nephew was a GSgt. stationed at Camp Pendleton, since he was in the Corps for twenty years, I'll have to ask him about it. That Marine must have done something really bad that they would drum him out of the Corps. Semper Fi Sheila Hays
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