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Old July 7th, 2011, 06:05 AM   #16
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True, we never forget the names of DI's but if my senior DI is still alive, he's pushing 90. We had a DI in our series who was a member of an ethnic minority commonly encountered in the southwest. What I remember about him was that he was with our platoon on an intermittent basis and to state the case politely, was thoroughly disliked by everyone, including his own people. About ten years ago, my wife and I were invited to a neighbor's (who was of that ethnic group) birthday party at their ranch. They must have been related to everyone in Texas and they all seemed to be there. One older man would look at me and if I looked back, he'd turn away. Long story short, it was my least favorite DI of all. I asked him if he was Sgt. X and he corrected me that he was retired Gy.X. I realize that we all change as we age, but I wasn't prepared to see that Marine with long white hair in a ponytail and large earrings!

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Old July 9th, 2011, 06:08 PM   #17
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Platoon 2094, Parris Island, October '78 to Jan '79.

Senior DI: SSgt. Houle, solid leadership, retired as a Sgt Major now running a USMC Museum in Jacksonville, NC

Sgt. Cruz, he was from Guam, little guy, but could run us into the ground!

Sgt. Dugan, big guy, mean, ugly, rode us like a broke mule, never let up.

Sgt. Kelly, we were his first platoon, often made mistakes while calling cadence and had to stop himself from laughing in front of us at times. One day while cleaning the underside of the racks, I noticed a pair of shoes appearing on the other side. He called me out on the quarterdeck...just because he hadn't f***'d with me that day.

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Old May 3rd, 2012, 08:15 PM   #18
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Buck Sgt. Gary Beyer. Jr. DI., MCRD San Diego. Plt. 216 1963.

The best cadence I have ever heard. My buddy Frank said he had better rhythm than Dizzy Gillespie.

Also, his EGA tattoo looked like it was done by Michelangelo.

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Old May 6th, 2012, 02:08 PM   #19
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MCRD Parris Island
July to October 1997
Platoon 2088
Echo Company, Lead Platoon, Lead Series

SDI-Sgt. Simmons-Tall and lanky, level headed and fair, as a platoon we wouldve walked thru the fires of hell for him and felt guilty as hell when we would disappoint him.

Sgt. Febles- Wirey Puerto Rican, could run for days and like to follow every statement with "understand that" in his heavily accented speach. A Desert Storm combat vet, 0311 to the bone. I saw him about 5 years ago at a gunshow in Jacksonville NC and he was recently stationed at Camp Johnson and was a MSgt.

Sgt. Robertson-Was our Heavy, you couldnt EVER do anything right for him, also a Desert Storm combat vet. Last I heard he was getting out due to higher tenure since he was passed over for Staff and was close to the 13 year mark that was the cut-off back then.

Sgt. Wooten-The darkest dark green Marine I ever knew or saw LOL. He was our jokester. His Smokey was too small so he wore it perched on the spot just above his forehead. He was a bulk fuelman and also served in Desert Storm. He was the only one of the four that would laugh at us, and when that happened we knew it was a BAD thing.

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Plt. Cmdr (back then) SSgt Giddings had the 28 unqs on the first day of live fire (This pvt. was high shooter that day--227, got to call my girlfriend-now wife of 38+years) in the classroom. In the duty hut was Sgt. Rhodes. Giddings, 'let me see your data book.' Looks it over. 'Tell DI Sgt Rhodes you like to buck.' BANG BANG BANG (on duty hut hatch) 'SIR! PVT SMUCKATELLY LIKES TO BUCK, AYE, AYE SIR!!' Big hairy hands come out of duty hut, pulls Smuckatelly bodily into duty hut. LOTS OF LOUD HATE AND DISCONTENT. Hatch opens, out flies battered and bruised Smuckatelly. Gidding to next pvt. 'tell DI Sgt Rhodes you like to flinch.' HATE AND DISCONTENT!! Until 27 recruits were 'counselled.' 28th was older, mature gentlemen. Next day, 7 unqs. Qual day, me on first relay and sixth relay, shooting for meownself and pvt. Brown (unq all week). Me, SS, 'Brown' MM. They called it heavy barrelling. Before graduation, scores got 'mixed up' and the older gentleman who had gone unq ended up with 'my' MM and Brown got UNQ.
Next year, M-14, Exp. and expert from then on out for 8 awards and Captain of 2dDiv team for the East coast intramurals in '82. We took 2nd for Al Gray, 2dDiv CG at the time. Beating everyone back to the 600 (M-16s-shot well) where our young Sgts. were beat by old CWOs and MGySgts of 2ndFSSG.

Sgt. Rhodes ate quickly and we had better have been done before him. We got SSgt Walker (SS, PH-Viet Nam) in 3rd phase. He liked to take his time at chow. We learned we had time to eat with him.

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In '75 I went back to 'dego as a DI. That was interesting. I have a picture of our team. On it was GySgt Bill Wire, Viet Nam '65 with the M-14. GySgt Henderson, Viet Nam mid years (70?). SSgt Steve Gallegos, on the last squad out of Viet Nam in the '75 evacuation. That one team had the whole Viet Nam war history on it.

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Old June 17th, 2012, 10:46 PM   #22
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Platoon 278 - Series Honor Platoon

Cpl. J.L. Stelling - Jr DI
Sgt. R.N. Balliet - Platoon Commander

As it happens, we were Stelling's first platoon as a DI and he was particularly pleased that we were made honor platoon. It seems that he had attended boot camp in San Diego in 1960 as a member of Platoon 278 which was also the series honor platoon.

Both Balliet and Stelling were really great guys; they were hard on us alright, but they got the best out of us despite ourselves. I saw Stelling in Viet Nam in early '66; he was on a bridge detail north of Chu Lai and I was driving an ammo truck. I yelled out his name and he looked up, but I don't think he recognized me so I yelled Platoon 278. He grinned and we were gone.

Stelling and a group of us from platoon 278 exchange emails daily. We've been in touch for ten to fifteen years now.

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Parris Island - Platoon 1064 - 2004

SSGT Williams (Senior) - Hard and Fair, he was like a father figure. You take care of Daddy he'll take care of you. You screw Daddy over and he F are worlds. He was Moter T before being a DI

SGT Guffey - Was a MP before a DI and from Kentucky as will. This DI scared the shit out of me even Senior told us he had scome screws loose. He loved FF games he always said he had more games then Milton Bradley

SGT Ping - Was a Red Tab before becoming a DI. This DI love saying funny shit and catching you making a facial expression. He was always watching

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Plt. 2078 2nd Bn E co. Feb '97- May '97

SDI Sgt Magee- Regular build sort of guy with a good sense of humor

Sgt. Soza- The heavy who taught us just about everything. had a thick, what I assume was a, Cuban (?) accent. We would have to hold in our laughter when he would tell us to, "Squatch da bug!"

SSgt. Sanchez- Short little Mexican dude who got promoted in the middle of the cycle and decided to stay with the platoon even though he outranked the SDI. He was a mean SOB who would smoke anyone for anything.

Sgt. Williams- Just graduated from DI school. We were his first platoon. He was the comedy relief because he could screw up something fierce especially calling cadence at first, but then got much better.

A special shout out goes out to Recruit Lafferty for being "The One!" Poor guy always seems to be messing up.


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Senior Drill Instructor Sgt. Arnold; Lanky white guy with a runner's build. Senior would thrash us without mercy when we disappointed him, but when he was pleased with us and took us to chow he would require that we got desert and gave us time to eat it. Funny how much a little thing like desert means.

Drill Instructor Sgt. Branch; Well built black guy with a lazy eye that he used to his advantage. One time got up in my face whispering, 'You know what Brandt, I bet you think you're in trouble right now... BUT I'M REALLY WATCHING YOU OVER HERE!', and he exploded on the guy over my shoulder in the next rank. He imparted most of our knowledge on us.

Drill Instructor Sgt. Givens; Black guy with a welter-weights build. Mean. Picked me up by the neck and threw me over the guide's rack. To this day I don't know what I did wrong, only that I didn't want to do it again.

Drill Instructor Sgt Tyson; White guy who joined us in 2nd phase fresh out of DI school. When we were still learning his cadence had a Drill Instructor from another platoon issue us a to the rear, which we executed. He was not pleased.

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When we were still learning his cadence had a Drill Instructor from another platoon issue us a to the rear, which we executed. He was not pleased.
LOL!!

I remember the processing day at MCT, while coming out of the barracks a group of PFC, and LCpls were sitting under the sun, obviously stationed there instead of going through. One of the Senior Lances shouts out, "EYEBALLS!!!"

200 or so boots swing their heads directly to him, with about 25 yelling, "OPEN SIR!!"


Funniest thing in MY LIFE!!!

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MCRD San Diego
Plt. 2078 2nd Bn E co. Feb '97- May '97

SDI Sgt Magee- Regular build sort of guy with a good sense of humor

Sgt. Soza- The heavy who taught us just about everything. had a thick, what I assume was a, Cuban (?) accent. We would have to hold in our laughter when he would tell us to, "Squatch da bug!"

SSgt. Sanchez- Short little Mexican dude who got promoted in the middle of the cycle and decided to stay with the platoon even though he outranked the SDI. He was a mean SOB who would smoke anyone for anything.

Sgt. Williams- Just graduated from DI school. We were his first platoon. He was the comedy relief because he could screw up something fierce especially calling cadence at first, but then got much better.

A special shout out goes out to Recruit Lafferty for being "The One!" Poor guy always seems to be messing up.

i remember all of them...

mcrd sd, plt 2015 1997 during the el nino storm
senior, ssgt reed. a BIG guy from trinidad i think. very mean.
ssgt ratcliff, a mean skinny little black guy who loved to hit. i was butt stroked in the gutt for looking at my rifle when we got them...
sgt howlett, drill master, hated it when we messed up...
sgt sullivan was the funny one and used it to wear recruits out...

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