This blog is for Communication among Marines and people interested in the Marines. The 10 is for Communications. The Photo above is Marble Mountain, Danang, Vietnam.

Apr 30, 2011

Agent Orange in Vietnam Map

Above is a map illustrating the heaviest areas sprayed in Vietnam by the United States Air Force.  The color orange represents the heaviest concentrations.  The map is not drawn to scale, but is to give a person a general understanding where the heaviest spraying took place.  This map does not indicate areas that were sprayed by helicopters or by other means of distributing Agent Orange and other chemical defoliants.

Thanks to Bernard Puglisi for submitting.

Agent Orange concentrations in Danang, Vietnam.

Marine News

Three stories from today's North County Times, the local paper that serves Carlsbad, Oceanside and Camp Pendleton:

Marines get trained on new policy as military prepares for end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Housing complex opens for "wounded warriors" and families

Vets break silence of military sexual trauma (op-ed)

The old joke about the Marine Corps - 220 years of Tradition unhampered by Progress, while funny, was never true, and is especially not true in our evolving society. 

Thanks to Taffy Cannon for sending this to me.

Apr 28, 2011

The Dirty Dozn

Officers of MWCS-48 1985

From Left to Right, Back Row

 John Roe, Craig Hullinger, Jim Ziegler, Ron Wozniak, Jerry Wolf, Reggie Ingersoll, John Joyce, Andy Wcislo , Gibson?


Bob Dart, Ken Elmendorf, Norm Hyatt 

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Vietnam Vet Still Serving

Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Ray Roberts has led an interesting life. There are not too many Vietnam Vets still serving.

He joined the Army in 1967 at age 17 and went to Vietnam with the 101st Airborne, where he earned the Bronze Star, Silver Star, and Medal of Honor. 

He left the service in 1971, but returned eighteen years later and accepted an officer's commission.

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Apr 25, 2011

This has zipped around the internet a few times. It may or may not be true, but it certainly sounds like a Marine pilot.

FA-18 Fighter aircraft cost: $32 million
U.S. Marine pilot attitude: priceless…

In addition to communicating with the local Air Traffic Control facility, all aircraft in the Persian Gulf AOR are required to give the Iranian Air Defense Radar (military) a ten minute 'heads up' if they will be transiting near Iranian airspace. 

The following conversation was heard on the VHF Guard (emergency) frequency 121.5 MHz. 

Iranian Air Defense Radar:  
'Unknown aircraft you are in Iranian airspace. Identify yourself.' 

Aircraft:  'This is a United States aircraft. I am in Iraqi airspace.' 

Air Defense Radar:  'You are in Iranian airspace. If you do not depart our airspace we will launch interceptor aircraft!' 

Aircraft:  'This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 fighter. Send 'em up, I'll wait.' 

Air Defense Radar:  (total silence) 


Teachers Go to Boot Camp


"Scrambling off of a military vehicle in Parris Island, S.C., 41 Central Florida educators looked above the Marine Corps emblem and read, "Through these portals pass prospects for American's finest fighting force: United States Marines."
The Marine Corps invited 41 Central Florida educators to Parris Island last week to stand in formation and experience what it's like to be part of one of the most agile fighting forces in the world."

Apr 22, 2011

U.S. Navy Drill Team

Our U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard Silent Drill Team was invited to compete in  the International competition in Norway . The Navy competed against military units from all over NATO and won first place.  I think when you watch this video you'll see why they won.  ( Sound ON ).

Thanks to Marine Ken Zalga for sending us this link. Like all Marines, I like to give the Navy grief. But these guys are good.

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Apr 21, 2011


Marines say OORAH!! frequently. The paragraph below explains how the term originated.

"Although the other services have since come up with their own versions, oorah is the uniquely Marine way of replying positively to almost anything. In 1953 members of 1st Amphibious Reconnaissance Company were aboard the submarine USS Perch (ASSP-313). Perch was a WW II diesel retrofitted to carry underwater demolition teams and Recon Marines. Whenever the boat was to dive, someone would announce over the PA system, "Dive, dive!" and sound a klaxon horn that sounded like "arrugha!" 

"While 1st Amphib Recon Marines were on conditioning runs on land, they started singing chants. Someone imitated the horn sound "arrugha," and it became a Recon mantra: lexicon. Former Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps John Massaro took "arrugha" from Recon with him to Drill Instructor School and passed it to the DI students, who in turn passed it to their recruits. Arrugha eventually evolved into "oorah."

Click here for a good Oorah running chant

Marine at Harpers Ferry

"Brown looked up but not quickly enough, for Lt Green was already bringing his uniform saber down hard on Brown's head. Since Brown was moving, the blow did not land full, though Brown received a saber cut in the back of his neck. Brown fell senseless on his side and as Green struck him again, he rolled flat on his back. The Marine who followed Lt Green, Pvt Luke Quin. was shot in the abdomen and died of his wound later. As Brown fell, rolling over to his back, Lt Green gave him a short saber thrust in the left breast. Since the sword was a light uniform weapon and either had lost its point or struck something hard in Brown's accoutrement, the blade did not penetrate but bent double." 

"Far from being camouflaged, the Marines, including Maj Russell, wore bright blue uniforms, blue trousers, dark blue frock coats. French fatigue caps, and white belts. "

Apr 20, 2011

Welcome Home

Flew into Baltimore from Aviano, Italy, and Ramstein, Germany last night on the Patriot Express, a chartered civilian plane that transports troops to and from Europe and the Gulf (aka downrange). About 250 young servicemen and women on the flight coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Some of them have been over there as many as eight times on six month deployments each. They are getting a little tired of it. But they complain very little. One guy had a funny riff about how he could have gotten rich by buying view property in Afghanistan, since we are apparently going to be there
for a very long time.

They think Iraq has a better chance of a good outcome then Afghanistan. There really is no nation in Afghanistan. Just a collection of tribes.

Good looking and friendly young people. From Baltimore they will fly back home across the United States.

There were about 40 friends and relatives greeting the plane, with noisemakers. Nice to see the welcome home party. Turns out that a High School classmate of mine participates in the welcome home. A very nice gesture

Welcome home, guys. Stay safe.

Apr 2, 2011

Crete, Greece - Libyan No Fly Zone

A bit surreal to be at the Navy Base in Crete, Greece, watching NATO planes flying out to enforce the Libyan No Fly Zone. Mild sunny days with a few of our folks flying off to war.

A real NATO effort with pilots from a number of countries. Stay safe, guys. And I fee sorry for the Libyan troops getting bombed - they have no chance against the modern technology of the west.

American TV on the base. Only a few channels. The DOD channel is good, focusing on the military. It is produced by junior enlisted folks who do a great job.

We also get CNN and MSNBC. It was a bit surreal, watching Rachael Maddow on a US Base read her opinion news criticizing the Commander in Chief while our fighter jets were blasting off for Libya. Well, it shows we take freedom of the press seriously and are not feeding our troops just we want them to hear. But Rachael, Queen of Snarkyness?

Apr 1, 2011

Santorini is Lovely

Santorini is what is left from a major volcanic eruption 3800 years ago. Very craggy and steep clifs.

Felt a small earthquake yesterday. No big deal.

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