Happy 247th Devil Dogs
Happy Birthdays brothers and sisters
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.
What squadron were you with?
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
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.
Both, but our CoC was at Phu Bai - we were also "stationed" on the USS Iwo Jima and USS Princeton during the Tet Offensives.
Semper Fi Sparty - you have the best day you deserve - hoo rah.
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.
It's an old Irish saying with Viking roots.
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)
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....
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.
Yes, today is a special day for American Indians with the dedication of our own memorial.
Wish I was there to help with/enjoy that dedication - one that is long overdue.
Hoo Rah Shona.
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.
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.
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.
Dad served in the European front - said he was damn glad he didn't have to go to the Pacific side.
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
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.
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.
My dad was a bombardier and navigator in the air force. Stationed in Guam he flew 35 missions.
"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".
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.
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.
You're right. Thanks, I was trying to remember the name it was back then.
Thank you for your service !
Those planes were huge and mostly bombs, hardly any room for the humans, lol.
Salutations to you too !
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.
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!
Happy birthday to your dad! Hope he has many more.