The Navy has yet to recognize the FMF service of thousands of Grunt Docs who have served side by side with the Marines for generations. In 1984 then Navy Secretary Lehman came out with an FMF ribbon but only for FMF service after 1984.The Navy should either recognize all of us Grunt Docs or none at all; choosing only those whose FMF service was post 1984 is a slap in the face to PRE-1984 FMF Hospital Corpsmen.
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Fred, use your DD214. It has the 8404 designation on it. I had no trouble joining the MCL. I was welcomed with open arms. I am the only FMF corpsman in our detachment. I was with 1/4 3rd MarDiv home port was Okinawa from 11/72 to 11/73. Summer was jungle training in Phillipines aboard USS Peoria and Tripoli with 8 weeks off Cambodia.
Well I can understand the discontent about not getting the FMF Ribbon when it came out. I was one of the luck ones then. Got both the Ribbon and the Warfare Device. Had to bust my rump both times to earn it. Stationed with K 3/1, B 1/1, 53 ABC Camp Horno, Camp Pendelton... Returned to create a BAS (plank owner) for the School of Infantry (SOI West) and worked out of the 52 ABC...Semper Fi to all my fellow Doc's.....
I went to Kodiak AK and was designeated Offical Navy Represntative to the Marine Corps Ball.
I just wish us old timers had something to show for so much livin', but being a part of those Grunt outfits gave me memories that no badge can replace, that's for sure.
The Hospital Corps...a bum like me was in the best of company. Some of the bravest guys who ever lived were HMs.
I still believe that SecNav should authorize the badge for all FMF HMs, but whatever...
Yes, You are the man!! I was a Marine with the FMF 1976 , E CO 2/9 # MAR DIV. Navy DOCS THE BEST!! Well, That was before I joined the Navy 6 tears later and Graduated Hospital Corps School November 13 , 1981!! I can speak from both sides saying that grunts and grunt docs can never get enough attaboys!!!
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