Sunday, July 25, 2021

Time Passes

There are many life changing events. 44 years ago today I embarked on one of them.

It's impossible to imagine what my life would have been if I had not gone to Parris Island. Not that I didn't regret the decision at the time.

--Good night, Chesty, wherever you are!

13 comments:

Glen Filthie said...

You are a Marine, right, ASM? How old were you when you went in? Knowing what you do now, would you do it again?

ASM826 said...

Yes, I was a Marine. I was 20, a year or two older than a lot of recruits that go in right out of high school. I would do it again. Once boot camp was past, I got a year of electronics schools and then 5 years of experience that set me up for my entire working career.

I also got to go to Japan, Korea, and the Philippines and have memories it is hard to describe to anyone who wasn't a WestPac Marine.

DannyLauve said...

the second I saw those yellow footprints, I knew what they were.....we were stampeded off the bus and fell all over them before we we allowed to get up and get in our "footprint set...

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

Thank you for your service, ASM.

Sarin said...

@ASM,
Westpacs were something special and I know what you mean about being indescribable.

Old NFO said...

Same in the Navy boot camp. 1970 for me.

LindaG said...

Thank you all for your service.

My Basic was only Air Force. 1973. Knowing what I know now, I would have done it then; but not now.
Met my hubby in Tech school and we've been married 47 years now.
Never went to the P.I.; but did a tour in Korea and finished my 20 on Okinawa.
Good memories.

Ed Bonderenka said...

Lackland 72 here.

Rat Bastard said...

Navy at San Diego 1/82

Greg said...

Lackland 76. When Uncle Sugar told me I was going to be a medical technologist, all I could say was "Huh? What is it?" While I wasn't fond of the military, I have to say that tech training was top notch. Not a wasted moment. And it set me up for 38 years in the field of a viable and lucrative career.

tsquared said...

Thank you all for your service.

Why are Marine Camps either in a swamp or a desert? I went to Lackland in 83. I did 13 years of Joint Services and 8 years Combat Comm. The Joint Services had me at a lot of Marine and Army camps before getting transport to some craphole.

LSP said...

At the end of Basic we'd have been past masters of ironing the Russians' great coats and ironing their gas masks. Starch? Move over, Lenin.

Sherm said...

I'd occasionally help provide church services to recruits on Camp Pendleton during their four weeks up from MCRD San Diego. I'd take a retired First Sergeant with me. He'd start talking to them by laying out his "bonifides."

Five purple hearts got their attention. Serving under Chesty Puller from Inchon to Chosin made him Moses speaking from the mount. (Robert Barrow was his company commander in Korea.)