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Happy 247th Devil Dogs

  
By:  Sparty On  •  Family  •  3 weeks ago  •  46 comments

Happy 247th Devil Dogs
“Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in this world. The Marines don't have that problem.” - Ronald Reagan

Happy Birthdays brothers and sisters

Semper Fi

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Kavika
Professor Principal
1  Kavika     3 weeks ago

Semper Fi

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
1.1  author  Sparty On  replied to  Kavika @1    3 weeks ago

You to brother .... Oorah!

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
1.1.1  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Sparty On @1.1    3 weeks ago

Semper Fi from a old broke down Devil Doc!

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
1.1.2  author  Sparty On  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @1.1.1    3 weeks ago

Thx Doc, you too.

Semper Fi

 
 
 
1stwarrior
Professor Guide
1.1.3  1stwarrior  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @1.1.1    3 weeks ago

Ed - got a page from our squadron album ('68) of our Corpsmen and can't quite figure out how to send it to you.  You might know one or two of our docs.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
1.1.4  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  1stwarrior @1.1.3    3 weeks ago

What squadron were you with?

 
 
 
1stwarrior
Professor Guide
1.1.5  1stwarrior  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @1.1.4    3 weeks ago

HMM-362 - UH34's - Ugly Angels - '67 - '68

LT J.D. Johannes, LT V. Polich, R. L. Jones, T. E. Kirkland, G. C. Hahn, H. M. Hawkins and H. M. Fisher

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
1.1.6  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  1stwarrior @1.1.5    3 weeks ago

Phu Bai and/or Marble Mountain? A bit before my time but I have a friend here in Douglas, AZ who was a FMF Corpsman at Marble Mountain in 68/69 timeframe.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
Professor Guide
1.1.7  1stwarrior  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @1.1.6    3 weeks ago

Both,  but our CoC was at Phu Bai - we were also "stationed" on the USS Iwo Jima and USS Princeton during the Tet Offensives.

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Principal
1.1.8  MrFrost  replied to  Sparty On @1.1    3 weeks ago

Semper Fi Brother. 

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
1.1.9  author  Sparty On  replied to  MrFrost @1.1.8    2 weeks ago

Same to you Frosty .... Oorah!

 
 
 
1stwarrior
Professor Guide
3  1stwarrior    3 weeks ago

Semper Fi Sparty - you have the best day you deserve - hoo rah.

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
3.1  author  Sparty On  replied to  1stwarrior @3    3 weeks ago

You too brother, here’s a toast to you and all Marines I learned long ago at a Dining In.

Here’s to cheating, stealing, fighting, and drinking;
If you cheat, may you cheat death;
If you steal, may you steal a woman’s heart;
If you fight, may you fight for a brother;
If you drink, may you drink with me.

Oorah!

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
3.1.1  Split Personality  replied to  Sparty On @3.1    3 weeks ago

It's an old Irish saying with Viking roots.

 
 
 
arkpdx
Professor Participates
4  arkpdx    3 weeks ago

Happy birthday to all you members of the junior service from a member of the senior (and superior) service. 

GO NAVY!

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
4.1  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  arkpdx @4    3 weeks ago

My problem is I spent more of my 20 years on the green side than I did the blue. Talk about identity crisis! Got around sailors who had never been exposed to Marines and they did not know how to take me.

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
4.2  author  Sparty On  replied to  arkpdx @4    3 weeks ago

Thx ark and while it is true we are a department of the Navy, we will always be the men’s department of the Navy.

 
 
 
arkpdx
Professor Participates
4.2.1  arkpdx  replied to  Sparty On @4.2    3 weeks ago

No matter what one of us says about the other, we are still brothers and will fight like any other siblings. Just don't let any of those other lowly services diss you because I will be right there with you to defend your honor just as I hope you would do for me. 

Oh BTW! Do you know why the Marines are only looking for a few GOOD men? It is because the NAVY got all the BEST ones. (Couldn't resist one last jab) jrSmiley_40_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
4.2.2  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Sparty On @4.2    3 weeks ago

Well, in addition we all know the Marines already have their "few good men", Navy Corpsmen!

 
 
 
shona1
Junior Participates
5  shona1    3 weeks ago

Morning..it's Rememberance Day here to remember the fallen from all Wars...

My grandfather was in the Somme in WW1..

Australia was bombed over 100 times in WW2 by the Japanese...to this day they don't know the exact numbers of those killed.

Thank heavens you mob came to our aid and thus our combined effort started to turn the tide and push the Japanese back...our first majour victory was Kokoda in PNG and basically saved Australia from invasion...

We remember them, always...

Lest We Forget....

 
 
 
Waykwabu
Freshman Quiet
5.1  Waykwabu  replied to  shona1 @5    3 weeks ago

Amen !

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
5.2  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @5    3 weeks ago

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Damien Parer’s famous photo from the assault on Salamaua — Pte WOW Johnson of 58/59th Battalion assisted by Sgt GRC Ayre

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
5.2.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Kavika @5.2    3 weeks ago

I don’t know if you’ve seen that the National Native American Veterans Memorial opens today, on the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
5.2.2  Kavika   replied to  Drinker of the Wry @5.2.1    3 weeks ago

Yes, today is a special day for American Indians with the dedication of our own memorial.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
Professor Guide
5.2.3  1stwarrior  replied to  Kavika @5.2.2    3 weeks ago

Wish I was there to help with/enjoy that dedication - one that is long overdue.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
Professor Guide
5.3  1stwarrior  replied to  shona1 @5    3 weeks ago

Hoo Rah Shona.

Always remember.

 
 
 
Waykwabu
Freshman Quiet
5.4  Waykwabu  replied to  shona1 @5    2 weeks ago

My father enlisted the day war was declared in 1939 and served in North Africa, and also Syria ( against the Vichy French). Was quickly returned to defend North Australian coastline, after Pearl Harbour as there were strong fears that Japan would invade Australia.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
6  Kavika     3 weeks ago

November 1943 the Marines start their march across the Pacific. The first of the Island hopping was a small atoll in the Gilbert Island chain, Betio Tarawa. In three days of fighting 1,000 KIA 1,500 WIA. The carnage was so horrific that FDR debated whether to release the photos to the American public. 

The 2nd Marines and the Army 27th Infantry.

My dad was in the 2nd Marines at Tarawa and survived it with a Purple Heart. 

Semper Fi dad.

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Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
6.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Kavika @6    3 weeks ago

While both the European and Pacific Theatre had very ugly conflict, I have to think that for the ground pounder, the Pacific was by far the worse.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
Professor Guide
6.1.1  1stwarrior  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6.1    3 weeks ago

Dad served in the European front - said he was damn glad he didn't have to go to the Pacific side.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
6.1.2  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6.1    3 weeks ago

My dad served in the ETO after Normandy  and fought in the Rhineland battles and the liberation of Maastricht, the first city of Holland to be liberated by the Allies.

For ground pounders I agree, but for Allied fighter and bomber aircrews in the ETO, it was definitely worse than the Pacific

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
6.1.3  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @6.1.2    3 weeks ago

I can’t imagine what it was like to fly daylight bombing raids and have to fly through so much flak in both directions.  And do that for 25 missions.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
6.1.4  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6.1.3    3 weeks ago

My uncle was a flight engineer/top turret Gunner on Consolidated B-24 Liberators over occupied Europe and Germany in the 8th Air Force. He would never talk to anybody of his family members except for my father and 3 other brothers who all served in WW II.

 
 
 
pat wilson
Professor Guide
6.2  pat wilson  replied to  Kavika @6    3 weeks ago

My dad was a bombardier and navigator in the air force. Stationed in Guam he flew 35 missions.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
Professor Guide
6.2.1  1stwarrior  replied to  pat wilson @6.2    3 weeks ago

"Think" that mighta been the Army Air Corps back in those days :-)

AF didn't get "real" 'til 1949, but them boys/girls did one helluva job since way back before then, eh - no matter what their "family".

Thanks Pat.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
6.2.2  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  pat wilson @6.2    3 weeks ago

21st Bomber Command under General Curtis "Iron Pants" LeMay flying Boeing B-29 Superfortress against Japan. Now those gents definitely had very large titanium cojones! I salute your dad and all those who served in WW II.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
6.2.3  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  1stwarrior @6.2.1    3 weeks ago

Actually, it was US Army Air Corps from 1926 to 1942. Then it became US Army Air Forces from 1942 until 1947 when it became a separate US Air Force.

 
 
 
pat wilson
Professor Guide
6.2.4  pat wilson  replied to  1stwarrior @6.2.1    3 weeks ago

You're right. Thanks, I was trying to remember the name it was back then.

Thank you for your service !

 
 
 
pat wilson
Professor Guide
6.2.5  pat wilson  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @6.2.2    3 weeks ago

Those planes were huge and mostly bombs, hardly any room for the humans, lol.

 
 
 
pat wilson
Professor Guide
6.2.6  pat wilson  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @6.2.2    3 weeks ago

Salutations to you too !

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
6.2.7  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  pat wilson @6.2.4    3 weeks ago

Thank you.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
6.2.8  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  pat wilson @6.2.5    3 weeks ago

The Convair B-36 Peacemaker that replaced that replaced the B-29 starting in 1947 was over twice the size of the B-29 and had ten engines in later variants being 6 piston engines and two jet engines under each wing. A standard phrase at the time by pilots and flight engineers was 6 turning and 4 burning, as in 6 sets of propellers turning and 4 jet engines burning. As a young child in California in the late 50's I remember seeing those huge bombers flying overhead.  Sorry to digress.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
6.2.9  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @6.2.8    3 weeks ago

I forgot to say the B-36 was so huge, it's nickname was "The Magnesium Overcast" as much of it's construction was magnesium.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
7  Perrie Halpern R.A.    3 weeks ago

Semper Fi to my marine friends.

My dad served in both Korea and Vietnam in the Navy. Big Cheif turned 89 this October! Semper Fortis Dad!

 
 
 
arkpdx
Professor Participates
7.1  arkpdx  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @7    3 weeks ago

Happy birthday to your dad! Hope he has many more.