36-year MCRD grad photo search is over

I graduated from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego on August 28, 1981 with 3rd Battalion, Platoon 3042.

During the latter part of boot camp training, individual photos are taken of recruits for the graduation book. For whatever reason, I never saw or received a graduation book or my photo, until today.

Over the years, I tried finding someone else from my MCRD platoon to see if they had a copy of our graduation book.

This search was the reason I started “The Marine Guest Book” website (1995) and later “THEFEW.COM” (1997). Through those sites, many Marines were put back in touch with their long lost brothers but finding someone from my platoon escaped me year after year.

A few weeks ago, through “Together We Served” website, I found Cpl Jerry Havens, from my platoon. After a few discussions, he searched for his yearbook and confirmed my photo was there.

Today, Jerry scanned it in and sent it to me.

Well, after 36 years of wondering, searching, waiting, my brother Jerry has come through. Thank you my brother!

Now, I can show my Mom!

Wally Beddoe MCRDSD 1981


Cpl Beddoe

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Amazing American Civil War Photos Turned Into Glorious Color

Color photography may not have been invented until the 1930s but that hasn’t stopped an active group of Redditors from looking to change the past. On the Colorized History Subreddit, Redditors use photo manipulation to add color to historical black and white images.

Two of the most prolific users, Mads Dahl Madsen and Jordan J. Lloyd (who has since started Dynachrome, a digital image restoration agency), have done United States history a favor by taking a large amount of the Civil War photographs available at the Library of Congress and turning them into realistic and beautiful looking color.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/amazing-american-civil-war-photos-turned-into-glorious-color-2013-10#ixzz2gqxE2jiM

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Drive On

My good friend Jim Hatch (USMC, RVN) is a talented artist and one of my favorite songs he does is called “Drive On”, written by Johnny Cash after he and his wife June returned from a USO tour in Viet Nam. With Jim’s permission, please take a minute and listen to “Drive On!

If you enjoy “Drive On”, drop Jim a note and you might even want to buy his awesome CD with more super songs.

Jim was in-country with HMM-161, H&MS-17 & VMGR-152.
His e-mail address is cwfhat@pacbell.net

Another good friend, Gordon Boswell 1st Force Recon, Vietnam, says when times get tough, he remembers this song and just drives on!

Share your thoughts.

“Drive On”

I got a friend named Whiskey Sam
He was my boonierat buddy for a year in Nam
He said I think my country got a little off track
Took ’em twenty-five years to welcome me back
But, it’s better than not coming back at all
Many a good man
I saw fall And even now,
every time I dream I hear the men
and the monkeys in the jungle scream

Drive on, don’t mean nothin’
My children love me , but they don’t understand
And I got a woman who knows her man
Drive on, don’t mean nothin’, drive on

I remember one night,
Tex and me Rappelled in on a hot L.Z.
We had our 16’s on rock and roll
But, with all that fire,
was scared and cold
We were crazy, we were wild
And I have seen the tiger smile
I spit in a bamboo viper’s face
And I’d be dead , but by God’s grace

Drive on, don’t mean nothin’
My children love me, but they don’t understand
And I got a woman who knows her man
Drive on, don’t mean nothin’, drive on

It was a real slow walk in a real sad rain
And nobody tried to be John Wayne
I came home, but Tex did not
And I can’t talk about the hit he got
I got a little limp now when
I walk Got a little tremolo when
I talk But my letter read from Whiskey Sam
You’re a walkin’ talkin’ miracle from Vietnam

Drive on, don’t mean nothin’
My children love me, but they don’t understand
And I got a woman who knows her man
Drive on, don’t mean nothin’, drive on

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Chesty Puller Marine Legend: His Life In Pictures

Many I’ve never seen before. Great tribute to Chesty!
~Cpl. Beddoe

Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller (June 26, 1898 – October 11, 1971) was an officer in the United States Marine Corps. Puller is the most decorated U.S. Marine in history, and the only Marine to be awarded five Navy Crosses. During his career, he fought guerrillas in Haiti and Nicaragua, and participated in some of the bloodiest battles of World War II and the Korean War. [Wikipedia]

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Veteran’s Celebration at NYSE

This morning, I attended a traditional veteran recognition event at the New York Stock Exchange.  My good friend and Marine Ben Cascio and Marine Mark Stanton, Ben’s crew chief from Vietnam, and I were special guests to observe the pre-Opening Bell celebration of Veteran’s Day.

We arrived prior to 0800 and were treated to a walk-through of the new exchange photo museum and then a sit-down breakfast with two very fine NYSE managers who were intrigued by Ben’s in-country stories.

Around 0900 we made our way onto the floor (past the security guards who are former Marines) along with a couple dozen Marines in their Blues and we mingled about while a cake was cut and served.  We had one-on-one time with MGen Spiese (Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Brigade.) 

Cpl. Beddoe with Marine Major General Melvin Spiese

Ben presented him with a framed photo Ben took of the Twin Towers in August 2001. The General was most appreciative.

Ben Cascio presents MGen Spiese with his WTC photo

Then the entire trading floor went into complete silence as a Marine Staff Sergeant played a wonderful rendition of TAPS followed by the standard fanfare of the traditional Opening Bell signifying the start of trading for 11/11/11.

Mark Stanton, MGen Spiese, Ben Cascio

We then met with another acquaintance of mine, a very special Marine who has worked on the trading floor for 50+ years and did we ever enjoy hearing some of his stories…

There are Marines everywhere!

Observing the Opening Bell

Needless to say, the experience was one to be treasured forever.  We thank our NYSE hosts for inviting us and most of all, we thank all active duty, veterans, and their families who sacrifice and have sacrificed so much.

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