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Forum: Boot Camp Database Updates 04-28-2011, 02:23 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 24,878
Posted By LarSim
3rd Battalion Quonset Huts

For the record, I graduated MCRD Parris Island with the Third Battalion in December, 1959. We spent our whole time in quonset huts; don't know of any of 3rd Herd living in brick barracks at the...
Forum: Reunion/Meeting Notices 04-28-2011, 01:34 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 7,375
Posted By LarSim
2011 reunion at the Soaring Eagle Resort and...

2011 reunion at the Soaring Eagle Resort and Casino, Mount Pleasant, Michigan July 24-26, 2011.

- L.
Forum: Open Channel 02-08-2011, 04:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 7,816
Posted By LarSim
Futema, 1960-61

I showed up Okinawa on April 1, 1960. Not only was it April Fool's Day but it was also Easter Sunday - coincidently the combination of calendar events in 1945 when the Marines landed in WWII. :GI9:...
Forum: Open Channel 07-22-2010, 02:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 14,009
Posted By LarSim
I think I aways wanted to be a Marine. I grew up...

I think I aways wanted to be a Marine. I grew up in the immediate aftermath of WWII and seem to remember that the Marines were always considered the best. Lots of war stories being told in those...
Forum: Marines Only 06-21-2010, 01:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 25,706
Posted By LarSim
Cool Yellow Footprints?

I reported to Parris Island in September 1959. I just can't remember yellow footprints. They might have been there, but no big deal was made of them. I remember a lot of yelling and herding...
Forum: Open Channel 04-02-2010, 05:27 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 31,217
Posted By LarSim
Crossed Rifles

Probably has a lot to do about the artist who drew up the embroidery tape. :D

Although the dip in the stock aft of the rear sights looks more M1-ish now that I look at it.

- LarSim :cool:
Forum: Open Channel 04-02-2010, 05:21 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 31,217
Posted By LarSim
Cool Crossed Rifles

O.K. My take on the Crossed Rifles. To start, the current rank structure took place on 1 January 1959.

As to the rifles, I once wrote a letter to Leatherneck Magazine asking the same question. ...
Forum: Enlisted Club 09-15-2009, 04:37 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 27,448
Posted By LarSim
I'm Boot to you by one year. This September 3rd...

I'm Boot to you by one year. This September 3rd was my 50th anniversary of my introduction to U.S. Marine Corps Boot Camp at Parris Island, South Carolina. Like you, entering Boot Camp in September...
Forum: Boot Camp Database Updates 07-15-2009, 03:41 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 6,108
Posted By LarSim
Parris Island 1959, Platoon 356

Recruit Platoon 356, MCRD PI.

We were at Parris Island from September to December 1959. We were set back two weeks in training...
Forum: Open Channel 07-15-2009, 02:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,340
Posted By LarSim
Chrome Domes

Any of you Marines remember "Chrome Domes" (silver painted helmet liners)?

Back in the day (1959), they were "de rigueur" for recruits passing through Parris Island. We wore them in the summer...
Forum: Open Channel 07-15-2009, 02:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,250
Posted By LarSim
Clueless Newbie

I remember lots of funny things in Boot. We bonded together and took pleasure in the tiniest things. I guess that might have been the point.

Funniest was while waiting to "MARCH INTO CHOW" one...
Forum: Open Channel 07-07-2009, 01:45 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,290
Posted By LarSim
50 Years Ago Today (GULP!)...

7 July 1959, I said these words:

"I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and...
Forum: Open Channel 06-14-2009, 11:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 6,756
Posted By LarSim
Thumbs up WWII Weekend 2009

Another year, another World War II weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in Reading, PA.

B-25 nose art:

WWII ambulance:
Forum: Open Channel 05-31-2009, 03:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,038
Posted By LarSim
Talking Yellow Footprints

I don't remember yellow footprints when I reported to Parris Island in September of 1959. But I couldn't swear to it one way or the other. I had other things on my mind that night at "o'dark...
Forum: Reunion/Meeting Notices 05-29-2009, 01:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 7,375
Posted By LarSim
Thumbs up Udorn (Thailand) Veterans Reunion

A reunion of veterans who served in Udorn, Thailand 1961-1975: July 23-26, 2009, at the Sheraton-Detroit-Novi in Novi, MI.

Udorn, Thailand became a major Air Force Base during the Vietnam War. It...
Forum: Marines Only 03-28-2009, 12:42 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 16,250
Posted By LarSim
Udorn, Thailand 1961 providing security and...

Udorn, Thailand 1961 providing security and ground support for an Air America helicopter squadron.

Pardon the raggedy t-shirt...
Forum: Open Channel 03-28-2009, 12:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,068
Posted By LarSim
Talking My Udorn, Thailand Snake Pic

Back in the day, Udorn, Thailand June, 1961.

Deployed to Udorn in March, 1961. By June we finally got the base camp pretty much...
Forum: Open Channel 03-16-2009, 01:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 5,633
Posted By LarSim
Talking Udorn, 1961

Udorn base camp in 1961, we had the tent immediately adjacent to the tree (Shade!) :D

- LarSim :cool:
Forum: Open Channel 03-15-2009, 02:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 5,633
Posted By LarSim
Thumbs up Udorn, Thailand Veterans Reunion

I don't know if there are any Udorn, Thailand vets on this forum. I deployed to Udorn in 1961. When we got there, we found an abandoned WWII concrete airstrip. A couple of months later, we had...
Forum: Enlisted Club 03-02-2009, 03:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 16,023
Posted By LarSim
Talking Oh No, Not Sloe Gin!

Oh god, Miller you have conjured up for me some evil memories. That would be Sloe Gin, right? A buddy of mine introduced me to it one night on Okinawa. We sat on a rock wall overlooking Futema and...
Forum: Enlisted Club 03-01-2009, 10:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 17,653
Posted By LarSim
Talking Qualifying

Neither one. Even Grunts and Wingers can handle sledges and axes. They just need the Combat Engineers to tell them where and when to swing. :D

I do have a working knowledge of C-3, C-4, TNT,...
Forum: Enlisted Club 02-26-2009, 02:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 17,653
Posted By LarSim
Talking Call Me Harry

We deployed to Udorn, Thailand from Futema, Okinawa in March of 1961. We had no idea where we were going or why. Ended up in Northern Thailand at an abandoned concrete airstrip.

I was a Combat...
Forum: Marines Only 02-06-2009, 01:38 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 16,250
Posted By LarSim
Talking Bayonet Training, Parris Island 1959

Back in the day. A photo scanned from my Boot Camp book. The bayonet for the M1 in Boot Camp was like 10-inches long. They had...
Forum: Marines Only 01-31-2009, 01:21 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 57,597
Posted By LarSim
Smile Platoon Number

Man, I find it hard to believe anybody could have forgotten their Parris Island platoon number. But, I guess we all had different experiences in Boot Camp.

I was in 3rd Battalion on Parris Island...
Forum: Open Channel 12-04-2008, 01:42 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,242
Posted By LarSim
Cool My Birthday Road Trip

I took a Road Trip this year for the Marine Corps Birthday. Boston, Massachusetts to Cooperstown, New York (Baseball Hall of Fame visit), to Arlington, Virginia for the Wreath Laying Ceremonies at...
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