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Petty Officer Second Class
Where were you or your family stationed?
Basic at RTC San Diego, Hospital Corps School San Diego, FMS at Camp Pendelton, USNH Camp Pendleton, 3rd Marine Division, Viet Nam, Bravo 1/4, Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Cold weather training Mt Fuji Japan, 3rd Marine Air Wing, H&MS 37, VMGR 352, VMFA 214, VMA 242, MAWTUPAC 37, El Toro CA. 1967-1971
Veteran of Foreign War
Current Status with the US Navy
Start date of your service
September 18, 1967
End date of your service
September 7, 1971
Terry, did anyone in your Corps school company sing " I want to be a recon ranger, I want to live a life of danger..." I was in an old barraks in Jan 1969 with an older company of corpsman with one who Always sang that??????????
What is to say, the sound of bombs, the report of guns, the memory of so much death, and of lost friends. Corpsmen and medics are marked by a different life. We give for others, perhaps Corpsmen and medics in general should give time to each other if not just to listen.
Hey "Doc" did yocu have the pleasure to enjoy the fine cuisine at 9th Engineers resturant? Now a days I kid about it, but it really was not all that bad. By the time I retired in 92 Navy chow had come a long way since our boot camp days! When we went thru FMSS the goal was to turn Corpsmen into Marines! I remember the time we came in from a field excercise - Corpsmen to become Marines, we got back like 1100, all we had to do was clean the M16 and turn it in to the armory and it was liberty time and it was Friday. No one passed the weapon inspection before 1500 or 1600, those two Marines screwed with us big time.
A few years ago - like 5 or 6 I caught an episode on the Military Channel or the History Channel about FMSS at Pendleton - now they are teaching those that followed in our foot steps - how to be combat medics - not wanna be Marines!
You ever know a Corpsmen in Nam by the name of John Porterfield? He also became a nurse.
I don't know if you saw the new hospital at Pendelton, now the new hospital is about to come down to make way for new hospital.
I remember the old Enlisted Club down by the lake which I am sure is gone by now.
Do you remember a bartender by the name of Addy? She was a short Hawaiian lady.
Lindsey aka Chief
Hey "Doc" I followed in your footsteps to a certain extent. Started my career in 72, did RTC, A school, FMSS and 3d Med Batt at Hansen. Thank you for your service at a time when the military was not appreciated, we were called baby killers! Much different now, we can even go to the airports now and not see those religious types in the organge gowns:)
a ride in a troop transport behind a am track tank is not a memory one forgets. Minimal equipment, much of which was marginal, and the idea that no one was coming anyhow.. I defines even now how I view the EMS field enviroment. I have seen much more since, but there is always a certain knowledge that being a corpsman gave that lives behind every thing done on tour of duty today.
Thanks for the come back Terry.
PT was just starting up when I was in and if you were smart,, You didn't do as much
as you could because the increase in pull up and such got to be a drag..ha I did
however, have good health until I was about sixty and then the heart attack, diebetes,
high blood pressure all started.
Speaking of the DD hat. I thought they would be nice with dress blues. I never liked
the white hat that wasn't rolled and looked like a chef's hat on the guys anway.
My father was a Pharmacist mate second in WWII with a marine detachment in the
Pacific. From what he told me, he was something like a corpsman . Never really
understood the difference. I was an RM2 in Kami Seya, Japan at the Naval Radio
receiver Facility when I got out in '63. I had been a Kiddy Cruiser but extended a
year to enjoy Japan and second class at a FINE duty station. Loved it there.
I will be 72 in August so I hope your figures on age are good..ha ha