An old 1943 Marine
Posted By: Jerry Bleeg 08-15-11
I was a high school graduate in June of 1943. My brother was in the Army and my Sister was a Navy Nurse. I enlisted and went to San Diego Recruit Depot. It was a big change from civilian life, but we had a great DI and good training and then to Infantry training in Camp Elliot about 15 miles N of San Diego.
We were a diverse bunch, but learned a lot and then overseas to Guadalcanal, where I was a replacemnt for the Bouganville Casualities. We trained in the Jungles of Guadalcanal and then to the Landing at Guam. We landed 20 yards from a pillbox and lost half of our platoon on the landing. I was a PFC at the time and carried a Bazooka and 3 rounds of ammunition. We were pinned down for about 20 minutes and the battalion commander stood up and directed each company to move out. He was unscathed and I'll never know why he was not shot by the enemy in the pillbox, 20 yards away from him.
I was eighteen at the time and my birthday was 2 days away. I survived the Campaign at Guam and we lost 2 out of 3 in our platoon. The difference was leadership that was instilled in us from boot camp through the end of the war.
After discharge I went to college and never forgot the the fact that you can overcome diversity with teamwotk and leadership. I have had a successful career in Sales and owned my own business. Now at 86 years old, I would recommend your son or daughter to go to the Marines for lifelong direction in any endeavor.
Your children will turn out to be leaders. Attitude is the most important attribute of character a person can have and the Marines instill an attitude.... that you are the best and live up to being the best.. This will carry through with them, for the rest of their life. No Pain, No Gain works through life. They will have plenty of Pain, but the gain is woth it.
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