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View Poll Results: How long did you serve in the Corps?
One Tour 48 54.55%
Two or more tours but didn't retire from the Corps 24 27.27%
20 Years 14 15.91%
30 Years 2 2.27%
Medically Retired (Combat Wounded or other service related injury) 0 0%
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Old 07-20-2009, 07:46 AM
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23 years, 2 months, 28 days. Boot Camp at PISC in 1977, then tours in Quantico (78-80), recruiting duty (80-84), Cherry Point (84-86, 87-91) Okinawa (86-87, 96-97) and Twentynine Palms (91-96, 98-00). Went to Desert Shield/Storm in 90-91, and four times to Norway for NATO exercises. I miss it every day.
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Are your shorts to tight around your neck.

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Old 07-20-2009, 03:24 PM
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Ummmm, what??
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20 years, 1 month, 12 days.....the hours I'm not sure of LOL.....they all went very quickly!
Glad I did it, and like everyone else here, I'm proud that I did. Doesn't matter whether you spent 2 or twenty, or even 30, we're all still Marines and will be for life! Semper Fi!

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Old 07-23-2009, 10:49 PM
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22 years active duty......I guess you could say I have been semi active the last 2!!!!!

Started out as an 0351 with 3/9, 3/8, 1/8, 2d Tanks then 3d FSSG, 2d FSSG, CSSG-1 ended up in the Comm/IT MOSs

Parris Island 1978
Camp Pendleton ITS 1978
Camp Schwab 78-79 (Camp Fuji, Korea)
Camp Lejenue 79-83 (x2 Med Floats)
Camp Kinser 83-86 (Korea, Philippines)
Camp Lejeune 86-88
Camp Kinser 88-94 (Korea, Philippines),
29 Palms 94-96
Camp Foster 96-2000
FMCR 1 Apr 2000
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Old 08-03-2009, 06:17 PM
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Parris Island : Dec 1976
Millington Tenn- "A" School-1977
Oceana, Virginia- "B" School-1977
Iwakuni Japan-1978
Yuma AZ-1979, 1980
MOS-6042 Airframes Mechanic
Metalsmith, & Hydraulic Systems
Hon Discharge-1980
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Interesting, the differences between saying "A Marine is a Marine" and the way people REALLY react when they find out someone wasn't in very long.

Take me.
One year. That's it.
Husband had orders as a single guy, we got married, I was pregnant and he was leaving in a week. Time to get me into a place out in town? Nope. Stay in the baracks? Not with a baby which was due before he returned. So out it was.

Do I feel any less a Marine than the rest of you? Not at all. My heart was given to my Corps the day I earned the title.

But the real point is, for many, many people who say "there's no difference", I see it in their eyes when I tell them "A year". Like I shouldn't be so in love with my Corps, now 29 years later. Like somehow I'm not Marine 'enough'.

So, just food for thought. Semper Fi, brothers.

Semper Fi Sister Job well done
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I was medically retired out in Oct of 1970. I served 1/2 of a 13 month tour in RVN 1968. Kilo 3/5 and 2nd CAG, wounded in both, spent months in the hospital. I was sent to Camp Lejeune in late 1969, Hdqts Security Co., had a heart attack in the Summer of 1969, I was sent home. Eventually retired out. I went through Boot camp at Parris Island, in 1967.
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WELCOME HOME Eli,

Thanks for your time serving our Corps and this nation.
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Hello to all,
I joined the corps in 01-13-64 to 67.One tour of Vietnam 65-66.Left on my 20th birthday out of Danang. Since I only went in for three years,I'm referred to
as a Kiddie Cruiser.I went through MCRD-Plt 305 San Diego (Hollywood Marine).I remember when I joined I was a Smart a$$ 17yrs know it all.I was invited to join or see the inside of Chino Prison in southern ca. I was just another kid with a chip on my shoulder until I recieved my first COME TO JESUS talk from my DI Sgt Jack Coen.One sermon and I saw the light.I went through boot ok and second ITR at Pendelton.My first duty station was El Toro where I was a 3531 truck driver. I was up at company ever week signing on the list of tranfers.You know Join the Corps and see the world.Only tranfer was 8-65 to Vietnam 13 months and back to Ca. Camp Pendelton EOE 01-67.They wanted me to re-up for another tour of Vietnam,wife said no and I agreed with her.I didn't realize how much the corps directed me in life until I looked back at my career.Once A Marine always a Marine-Semper Fi
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Dick Shewmake said:
"I was invited to join or see the inside of Chino Prison in southern ca."

Back in the 50's and 60's, a fair percentage of Marines were kids that were given the choice of the Marine Corps or prison. The Marine Corps turned many young men into men that went on to a productive life in or out of the Corps.
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Hello All.
26 years, 1 month Active Duty. Retired 1 July 09
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Old 05-31-2010, 09:34 AM
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Hi All,Sitting here on memorial day, reading YFP's about our MOS while in the Corps.After
so many years later,I remember what the title of MARINE meant to me.Think about it as you talked to people,the look on their face when you said "I was in the Marine Corps".They usually don't ask what you did,they knew. Any other branch of the
services didn't get the RESPECT the title MARINE got then, now and always.That can never be taken away from you. Semper Fi to all you Devil Dogs.Thanks for your service...
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Old 05-31-2010, 12:55 PM
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I`m a one tour man
hit san diego in april 1960
turned 18 in bootcamp
ended up in the air wing 7113 parachute rigger
spent the whole time in the same squadron (vmf251 mag32 )
pretty much spent my time drinking beer ( someone has to do it )
in beautiful beaufort by the sea
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Dick Shewmake said:

Back in the 50's and 60's, a fair percentage of Marines were kids that were given the choice of the Marine Corps or prison. The Marine Corps turned many young men into men that went on to a productive life in or out of the Corps.
I thought I was unique..... Been ther done that. I owe my existence to the Corps. I am however a quick learner, only took one tour to square my butt away.
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The Corps can take credit with turning many a kid around no matter if it was a judge or the kid's own decision to join the Corps. A friend of mine Gene Alvarez, who is a noted Marine Corps author and historian, joined the Corps as a high school dropout at 17. He spent a couple of tours in the Corps, was a PI DI twice, got a GED, got out and went to college. He didn't stop there as he went on to get a PHD in History. He ended up as a college professor while he wrote a number of books about Parris Island, Jack Webb and contributed to other books about Parris Island.
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How about a little background on what you did in the Corps and how long you served?
I served from June 66 to June 70...I did two tours in Viet Nam as a field radio operator(mos 2531) 67 and 68..Went to 29 Palms for 6 months and then to NAS whidbey Island at Mar.Bks where I got my discharge..SEMPER FI...
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Two Years

Actually it was 23 months/30 days, I went in on Friday (Aug23,1968) and they let me out on a friday(aug.22,1970) but that is what my DD214 says. As I get older and life has started to go really fast now, i look back quite often at my time in the corps. It was a GREAT experience ! Bar none ! Would do it over again in a heart beat S/F/ Moz a.k.a. Gary
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I served from June 1966 to June 1970

Was with HqBn 11th Marines DaNang from March 67 to December 1968
3rd 155 Guns 29 Palms December 1968 to May 1969
Marine Bks NAS Whidbey Island May 69 to June 1970
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Why the hell does it matter how long I was in the Corps!!!!!!
Is this another one of those damn forums where you are not a real
Marine unless you have a purple heart?
Somebody needs to do some damn explaining why this Question was even asked.
Is this a brotherhood or a smearhood?
Geez...why so paranoid ? Seems like everyone agrees....just interested in our fellow Marines and getting to know each other !
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