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  1. #16
    "Welcome aboard Russell,
    I was in from 85-89 at Pendleton with 1/5.
    About 3 yrs. ago took my family to Cali. for the theme park vacation we stayed in Anaheim and drove right by Pendleton on the way to San Diego for the zoo and sea world. Yeah it brought back some memories...
    didn't venture into Oceanside just stayed on the highway but kinda felt like going home in a way. Anyway did a couple weeks at the palms for live fire ranges don't remember much except the heat..."


    Hey Charm -

    thanks for writing - You Should have dropped in on Hill Street grabbed a bite to eat while you were there - You could have still had a burger over at Andre's - remember that grease spoon? Right next to the pawn shops and the Barber shop? Old memories...


  2. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by Big Jim View Post
    Welcome aboard, brother....!! I was in from 84 to 96....we definitely chewed a little dirt at the same time...! LOL.....I never did make it to the stumps on a PCS tour though....I went through there many a time though....believe me...I wasn't jealous of the location...!! Welcome aboard again.....!!

    Big Jim! - Hey - Thanks for writing - I remember when I got off of the bus at the 22 Area at Camp Pend. and saw the greenery for the first time - having just come from San Diego and 29 Palms I honestly thought EVERY duty station in the Marine Corps looked like a place in BFE - hot and dusty.

    I have lots of sympathy for the guys in the Middle East doing duty.


  3. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by c130 View Post
    Hi Russell,

    I served in the Marine Corps 1983-1988. I was stationed at El Toro, Camp Pendleton and Okinawa, Japan. Being a Woman Marine, I went to bootcamp at Parris Island, South Carolina.

    Semper Fi.
    Hey C130 - I had a buddy stationed in El Toro. What did you end up doing after discharge? I went on to open up my own Bail Bond business and raise a family. I went by Oceanside last week and drove by the base. It was hard to not take the turn off the freeway and try to enter the base to see the place and how its changed. I tried a couple of years ago but I got turned around at the gate. Strange to miss the place. Remember how the air on base would smell like ocean salt and wet wild grass at 0400 in the morning? Do you remember the service wide order to change the uniform over from the white T-shirts to the Green and how weird it felt? Just before my discharge I went thru a Class A uniform inspection and got chewed out for not shining my coraframe shoes - and then explaining that they were not fakes but honest to God spit shines! (turns out I was the last guy in the company to not own a pair of the plastic shoes!) Just random old school thoughts. Hope all is well with you. Stay in touch! RLA


  4. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by Marine84 View Post
    Welcome Aboard Russell! Throw your $h!t in the corner and have a beer.............

    I was in during the same time but on the Wing side of the house and never was anywhere you were - got close (Pendleton & El Toro) but, no cigar.

    Semper Fi and hope you enjoy the stay.
    Thanks for the welcome aboard - consider my gear stowed in the corner. Really looking forward to meeting others as well. Semper Fi


  5. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by markthorpe View Post
    russell, i swear your name sounds fam, i was on the stumps way to dang long and way to long ago but sounds like we ate some of the same sand and maybe even sun bathed at Lake Bandini together. Good to see there are still some jarheads who survived the Last O, semper fi .......................................L/cpl Mark Thorpe 83-87
    Hey Thorpe !

    I was at the field radio operator school at 29 Palms August 1984. Do you remember the brass Bust of Warrant Officer Gracy that was out in front of the base theater? It was for his professional expert sniper skills. He was my History teacher in High School - no ****. I remember one day the wax on my spit shines MELTING while we stood on the grinder in Class A uniforms waiting for our pay on a black flag day. I hated that base - too damn hot. I do have one fond memory of the base - once I took advantage of the recreational services and ran a horse across the desert - felt like freedom. Anyway just random old school memories - stay in touch man.

    L/ cpl Appling 84-84


  6. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by Trucrimsongold View Post
    Im new here also. I was in when you were. Semper Fi and good to see someone from my generation in here. I was in from 87/91.
    I see you stayed in a lot longer than I did. I left in 88. What was it like after that? Felt like the Corps was changing. Better or? RLA


  7. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by sscjoe View Post
    Did you know aMarine by the name Ed( Edgey) Lippe While at El Toro? He was with C-130s during that time frame.
    Not as I recall - but I was never stationed in El Toro specifically - I was in the 22 Area and attached to 1st FFSG - how bout you? - RLA


  8. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by Danny C Smith View Post
    I was in duing that time frame too.
    86-90.
    MCRDSD,ITS Pendleton then The Stumps as we called 29 Palms then.
    ACo.1/4, ICo.3/7, ACo.Rein.3rd Lai.
    Clp. Smith D.C.
    ITS STILL THE STUMPS!! What a friggin hot place to build a base. Do you remember when "Heartbrek Ridge" came out and every NCO had a cow?! I was on the Stumps when it came out. RLA


  9. #24
    Quote Originally Posted by Pointman13 View Post
    I was in the Corps around the same time Kilo Co. 3/1, 1st PLT. Camp "HAPPY" Horno from Dec. 1984 - Aug. 1988. Graduated Bootcamp Oct. 1984, PLT. 1082.
    Welcome to the thread! What was your MOS? RLA


  10. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by charm1110 View Post
    Welcome aboard Russell,
    I was in from 85-89 at Pendleton with 1/5.
    About 3 yrs. ago took my family to Cali. for the theme park vacation we stayed in Anaheim and drove right by Pendleton on the way to San Diego for the zoo and sea world. Yeah it brought back some memories...
    didn't venture into Oceanside just stayed on the highway but kinda felt like going home in a way. Anyway did a couple weeks at the palms for live fire ranges don't remember much except the heat...
    Hey Charm -

    thanks for writing - You Should have dropped in on Hill Street grabbed a bite to eat while you were there - You could have still had a burger over at Andre's - remember that grease spoon? Right next to the pawn shops and the Barber shop? Old memories...


  11. #26
    I served 84-87 MCRD PI, Camp Pendleton and 29 Palms 3rd Tanks ... looking for anyone from 29 Palms esp Stan Quackenboss

    Last edited by SCMARINE84; 08-15-09 at 09:15 AM. Reason: error

  12. #27

    29 Palms

    I was in 29 Palms from 85-88, R battery 5/11. I was an 0844.


  13. #28
    Hey Bondsman , I kinda lost track of this thread. Back in our time frame 1/5 was at 52 area camp Margarita, I recently checked the 1/5 website and it says they're at San Mateo? I imagine a lot has changed. We had just gotten the 3 man BEQ's and were rotating from those to the open squad bays down by the lower side of the camp when we'd finish a deployment then the next unit would move into the BEQ's. For some reason it seemed that we spent way more time in the open barracks though. I remember a portion of "Heartbreak Ridge" was filmed on the backside of Margarita hill and some of the crew came into the old chow hall for morning chow. I wasn't on mess duty but one of the '31's in my plt. was and said he saw Clint Eastwood drinking some of that nasty coffee.LOL! Take care Brother!

    Semper Fi...


  14. #29
    Quote Originally Posted by charm1110 View Post
    Hey Bondsman , I kinda lost track of this thread. Back in our time frame 1/5 was at 52 area camp Margarita, I recently checked the 1/5 website and it says they're at San Mateo? I imagine a lot has changed. We had just gotten the 3 man BEQ's and were rotating from those to the open squad bays down by the lower side of the camp when we'd finish a deployment then the next unit would move into the BEQ's. For some reason it seemed that we spent way more time in the open barracks though. I remember a portion of "Heartbreak Ridge" was filmed on the backside of Margarita hill and some of the crew came into the old chow hall for morning chow. I wasn't on mess duty but one of the '31's in my plt. was and said he saw Clint Eastwood drinking some of that nasty coffee.LOL! Take care Brother!

    Semper Fi...
    I actually worked on that film as a company runner, coordinator and driver with the supply area command. Mr. Eastwood is a hell of a guy and easy to work for - genuinely interested in the needs of every crew member on the set. Most interesting three weeks I had ever had - and by far the most fun any Marine should be allowed to have (on active duty anyway!) Stay in touch! Bondsman


  15. #30
    Quote Originally Posted by slackgt View Post
    I was in 29 Palms from 85-88, R battery 5/11. I was an 0844.
    We probably passed each other at the bus depot then - I was leavin' the stumps and headed to Camp Pend. and you were on your way in for three years of hot sand. Remember the Black Flag days over there - hell - was not fit for man nor beast sometimes. Bondsman


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