UPDATE

Updates for our Members, Family & Friends - June 1, 2020

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Help Needed
Colonel Jim Bathurst, USMC (Ret)
Author: We′ll All Die as Marines

jb-bar@comcast.net

Want to see your name in print? Heres your chance. Or you′d prefer not to, so we′ll call you Anonymous.

Quite a while ago, actually a several years ago I sent out an email to everyone in my address book asking for some stories about sergeants. My thoughts were to publish another book entitled "Only a Sergeant," which was a spinoff from a chapter of the same name in my book. I received about ten.

Since the lock down in an attempt to use my mind, I dug into my Word program and started deleting files from 20 years ago-yes, I′ve had them that long. And lo and behold I came across the folder with the Sgt stories some of you sent me.

If you read my book, one of the takeaways you should have had was beginning with my days as a corporal and sergeant and throughout my career, I firmly believed sergeants need to run our units, not the staff sergeants or the gunny′s, or God forbid the lieutenants. The sergeants are where the rubber meets the road. The sergeant holds reveille, orders clean up, falls them out for formations, etc. CMC can publish all the policies and orders he desires, but it is the sergeant who carries them. I know I am telling you something I hope you already know.

I would like to publish another book, note I said "publish," not write. I want you to write it. I′m asking for stories about an incident where a sergeant exercised a leadership trait or principle to the degree where you were impressed. Perhaps, you were that NCO, so tell me about it.

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Rank of Sergeant
Colonel Jim Bathurst, USMC (Ret)
Author: We′ll All Die as Marines

jb-bar@comcast.net

You already know of my exuberance with the rank of sergeant and my rationale for it being the best rank I ever wore. I was always with the troops. I was a junior and senior DI as a Sgt at PISC. I was a Sgt Instructor at Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Quantico. I was a squad leader, platoon sergeant of both rifle platoons and a weapons platoon. In combat I was a squad leader, platoon guide, and due to unfortunate circumstances one day I became an infantry platoon commander, a billet I held for ten of my thirteen-month tour. During that period, I was awarded a Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V, a Purple Heart Medal, and eventually a combat commission to second lieutenant. So, why would I not choose sergeant as my favorite rank? I was allowed to do some absolutely amazing things as a sergeant.

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Looking for Help
From Frank David Grosse

Trying to find out what happened to 4 or 5 men that were wounded at the same time? On 20 June 69 John Waldrop steeped on a 155mm mine, he lost both legs and was burned. He lived and is still alive. Bob Dunn was the only NCO not wounded and the Lt. was not hurt. Bob did what he could do to help the other men as well. The Lt. ran away. John told me there was one new Marine that lost one leg but none of us can remember his name. The rest of the names are, Triska, Childers, Razzo and Hinkle who has passed away.

There has to be some kind of list some were. I called the Purple Heart people they were asses to be honest. There is a Triska in the 2/1 org. but he is not the one who was hurt with John. That Triska was hurt by a mine on the MSR and I talked to him. I was out on operation at the time and didnt learn of this until I was medivac on 3 July 69. Its when someone got hurt we were never told what happened to them after they were medivac unless they came back days or even months later.

None of these Marines names are on the wall and John can not find them threw his contacts with the Purple Heart Assoc. They were wounded and had to be medivac and got no Purple Heart? I know John and Triska have purple Hearts because I put them both on a chopper 12 May 69 for wounds that night.

Semper Fi, David Grosse
dgrosse3@yahoo.com

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From Fred Caleffie
fcaleffie@hot.rr.com

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