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06-12-10, 10:03 AM #286
06-12-10, 11:24 AM #287
Yes. That was 1st BN. There was a whole row of white WWII barracks on the opposite side of the parade deck from the Iwo monument and the main street. The mess hall was about in the middle. Down on my end it was very close to the swamp. After chow the DI would march us around behind the barracks and and said, "You maggots had your chow. Now the bugs get theirs!" We stood there letting the mosquitoes bite us. Yeah, those were the days. Can't believed I survived. When I was stationed at MCAS Beaufort, I use to drive by all the time when I went to the commissary. One by one the old barracks were coming down until my old barracks became the last one standing. I left Beaufort in 1972 and there were some of those old buildings left, but not many. Back when we were there, 3rd BN was the only one that had the red brick barracks. I couldn't believe how good we had it when we went to the rifle range. The air was actually cool when we went inside. You could lay on the floor and soak up that cold from the concrete. Then we had to return to the wooden buildings with hot linoleum tiles on the floor. Those were the days.
P.S......try google map and hit satellite!
06-14-10, 03:16 PM #288
06-23-10, 03:08 PM #289
Parris Island question?
Since I`m about ready to put my foot where the sun don`t shine in a few knuckleheads at work.....can anybody tell me if and why are new recruits going 3 days without sleep at PI...a mother at work says her son just wrote home and said he went 3 days without sleep and I toold her it`s simply not so...everyone else (none of which have ever been within 500 miles of PI say I`m wrong and that I was in 40 years ago and things have changed,,,I say it doesn`t happen and a former drill instructor friend of me says it doesn`t happen but I got out in 1972 and he about 1978...I know you can`t cuss or put your hand on a recruit but are we depriving them of sleep too?...simply does not make sense...I know we were kept up the first day or so in early 1969 in receiving but that was it...then we got down to training and were deprived of a lot of things but sleep was not one of them...I even put on 30 lbs of muscle at PI...So can a newbie tell what is going on now in receiving?
06-23-10, 03:28 PM #290
When at Pendleton for pre-deployment training for Nam, the same thing. We got up early one morning, stayed out until about 0300. Some guys hit the shower and some of us laid down in our dirty utilities. About an an hour or so later the platoon sergeant came in yelling for us to get up and get our chow we were moving out. We then did some training all day ending up with the POW thing that night. After dark we were to escape and make our way down the valley to a large fire burning at the ending point. While we waited for darkness and after we ate the rice goulash, most everyone sat around and took a nap until the word was given to escape. The sooner we got back, the sooner the exercise was going to be over. My group made it in about 4 hours..we got lucky and got there about 0100. We laid back and took a nap while we waited for the other to arrive. About 0300 the last guys came in and we were trucked back to the barracks. Needless to say some of the guys had very little sleep in 3 days. No one cared because as soon as we got our equipment cleaned and weapons secured, we were on weekend liberty. Three days not much sleep...all in preparation for Nam. We were not kept up the entire time and oddly, no one yelled at you if you drifted off during class...just a gentle nudge.
We had little sleep, but not deprived of sleep....all a part of the training.
06-23-10, 03:46 PM #291
06-23-10, 06:04 PM #292
They have started a program a few years ago called the Crucible. They go for 56 hours with little or no sleep to accomplished a number of obstacles just before graduating Bootcamp.
06-23-10, 06:43 PM #293
06-23-10, 06:48 PM #294
06-24-10, 08:21 AM #295
Talk about a small world... I also played football for MAG 32 for 2 years.. Do you remember that team? We went undefeated for 2 years.
I was on vacation in Myrtle Beach this last April and rode my harley down to the air station. I had lunch at the Officers club and toured the base... You wouldn't reconize it now... almost eveything has changed... except Base HQ, movie theater, what used to be dispersing, and base supply...
I was over in J barracks. ALL of those barracks are torn down now and new 4 story "apartments" are there.. even on the land across from what was the enlisted club.
I too was a fairly new Sgt (6 months) and also had just come back from Nam...
06-24-10, 09:24 PM #296
1stBn, Bravo Co, Plt 1073
06-25-10, 11:53 AM #297
2nd Bn FOX CO. plt.2085
DI SSGT. Young
DI SSGT. Deabrouge
06-25-10, 12:00 PM #298
I cannot understand why I cannot remember the date I graduated PI. I went in boot camp July 68 Plt 397 3rd blt. I cannot remember the date I went to PI either. My plt number and blt are in my brain along with my service number before we went to SSN. Before I got out in 72 we had to remember service number and SSN.
Guess when we get old our memory goes. It does **** me off though.
Semper Fi Redman
06-25-10, 12:06 PM #299
06-25-10, 12:09 PM #300
We had 13 weeks at PI and then 2 wks at Lejeune.
Semper Fi Redman
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