Gomer Pyle is Promoted

I missed this story last year. Jim Nabors was promoted to Honorary Corporal in 2007. I grew up watching Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C., what a great…


LCPL Jordan Haerter and CPL Jonathan Yale

Excerpt from a CMC speaking engagement: I would share with you a story that took place back in the spring in Iraq. I say that…


Recons May Be Tough, But Only Wimps Wear Parachutes!

This is a true story of John “ACE” Hunt – A Marine crew chief that fell 800 feet from his CH-46 helicopter in Vietnam, and…


These Good Men

I now know why men who have been to war yearn to reunite. Not to tell stories or look at old pictures. Not to laugh…


Lone Survivor

I recently finished reading Marcus Luttrell’s story “Lone Survivor”. Marcus (Navy Cross), a Navy SEAL with SEAL Team 10 in Afghanistan, recounts the horrific engagement…


Marine Humor in Combat

Received this via e-mail. Love the video… “I fell out of my chair laughing at this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4N2Ryoy73g&playnext=1&list=PL2F57A1C028FB8828 A US Marine at a roadway checkpoint,…


What Makes a Marine a Marine?

Ask a Marine what’s so special about the Marines and the answer would be “esprit de corps”, an unhelpful French phrase that means exactly what…


UNIVAC 1218 CPU (Univac 1500)

In 1981, I attended computer school in the Marine Corps at the Naval Air Station in Meridian, Mississippi. The first time I had ever seen…


Gopher Broke – Medal of Honor Story

A tribute to the Crew of “Blood Sweat & Tears”And the Marines of 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Division Marines were dying….



The best book I’ve ever read! I highly recommend reading the book “Bonnie-Sue” by my good friend Marion Sturkey. When I started it, I could…


USMC Tattoo – EGA STENCIL: Eagle Globe & Anchor LINE ART

I always wanted a nice Eagle Globe & Anchor tattoo. I asked a good friend of mine, Marine Combat Artist Colonel Mike Leahy, to draw…


Paul Melvin Beddoe, KIA Vietnam

PFC Paul Melvin Beddoe was a member of Company B, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion. PFC Beddoe died Jan. 21, 1968 in a Da Nang hospital, one…


Flying over MCRD San Diego

Flying over MCRD San Diego (August 25, 2000) Having a bi-annual reunion nearby, the USMC/Vietnam Helicopter Association flies YL-42 (restored Sikorsky UH-34D) over the Marine…


Raymond “Mike” Clausen Jr.

Mike Clausen was one helluva Marine! He earned the Medal of Honor for bravery in Vietnam (more below). I first met Mike in Pensacola, Florida…


New USMC Recruiting Video

This is a great recruiting video for the Marine Corps…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFeHoMhuz7A https://www.txdvldg.com


A Marine Toast

There once was the love of a beautiful maid And the love of a staunch, true man And the love of a baby, unafraid All…