In 1981, I attended computer school in the Marine Corps at the Naval Air Station in Meridian, Mississippi. The first time I had ever seen a computer, and what a beauty she was! The UNIVAC (UNIVersal Automatic Computer) 1218 Military Computer… Along with the IBM card reader punch interpreter (CRPI), four mag tape drives (model … Read more UNIVAC 1218 CPU (Univac 1500)
A tribute to the Crew of “Blood Sweat & Tears”And the Marines of 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Division Marines were dying. They had hit an explosive device, and the Marines of Alpha Company, 3rd Platoon, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Division closed ranks. They had been sweeping an area on the left … Read more Gopher Broke – Medal of Honor Story
The best book I’ve ever read! I highly recommend reading the book “Bonnie-Sue” by my good friend Marion Sturkey. When I started it, I could not put it down. If you are a Marine, especially a rotorhead, you will not be disappointed in Sturk’s stories about a Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron in Vietnam. Overview Marine … Read more BONNIE-SUE
I always wanted a nice Eagle Globe & Anchor tattoo. I asked a good friend of mine, Marine Mike Leahy (http://www.thehootch.com) to draw the EGA for me, which he did. I took Mike’s hand-drawn EGA and had it made into a tattoo. I think it came out really awesome! If you use Mike’s EGA for … Read more USMC Tattoo – EGA STENCIL: Eagle Globe & Anchor LINE ART
PFC Paul Melvin Beddoe was a member of Company B, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion. PFC Beddoe died Jan. 21, 1968 in a Da Nang hospital, one day after he received fragment wounds from an explosive device while on patrol in the vicinity of Khe Sanh (Hill 881S). He was my Dad’s 1st cousin. As long as … Read more Paul Melvin Beddoe, KIA Vietnam
Flying over MCRD San Diego (August 25, 2000) Having a bi-annual reunion nearby, the USMC/Vietnam Helicopter Association flies YL-42 (restored Sikorsky UH-34D) over the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego shortly after graduation ceremonies. In ’81, I spent many hours marching on that parade deck. I was listening in on the air traffic comms … Read more Flying over MCRD San Diego
Mike Clausen was one helluva Marine! He earned the Medal of Honor for bravery in Vietnam (more below). I first met Mike in Pensacola, Florida during a Marine reunion. Over the next four or five years I would communicate with Mike over e-mail and help him with his technical (computer) questions. I saw Mike three … Read more Raymond “Mike” Clausen Jr.
This is a great recruiting video for the Marine Corps…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFeHoMhuz7A http://www.usmc81.com Link to this post!
There once was the love of a beautiful maid And the love of a staunch, true man And the love of a baby, unafraid All have existed since time began But the eternal love The love of all loves Even greater than love for mother Is the infinite, passionate, tender love Of one drunken Marine … Read more A Marine Toast