Listen: Marine Corps, Marine Corps Basic School, Instructor discussed on Dark Secret Place
"Suits in here until eleven and, you know, every once in a while, I came across the story, that's very very unusual. Maybe I've never heard it before. And I'm going to sound like I heard absolutely a restoring. There is still to this day. Discover points in history and things like that that I'd never heard of before. But this is a story that was intended to stay a secret and the guy keeping this secret. In fact, retired as a major in the United States, Marine corps and the military intelligence branch of the Marine Corps. He was a guy who ended his long bring court career doing nothing, but keeping secrets and so that's why this story stayed a secret until the mid two thousands. So the story goes like this. There was a kid by the name of Donnie dunnigan. Born in the middle of the depression, nineteen thirty four kind of like my dad very much like my dad was born in the the the nineteen twenty nine. And the depression was as far as he knows. It was all his life until World War Two came along. Save Donny dunnigan. Donny done again. Won a contest. A talent contest he had a he had a great voice as a kid. He won a hundred dollars in the year nineteen thirty seven he was three and a half. And he wanted his family a hundred dollars, and they discovered that he had a really really good voice. So a couple of years go by and the Duggan family breaks up. Donny is living with his mother in a boarding house at the age of thirteen and working as a lathe operator. You know in a World War Two in a thirteen year old. Of course could bet I don't know if there was OSHA or whatever, but he was operating a lathe in a machine shop, he joined the Marine Corps as soon as he could in one thousand nine hundred ninety two the age of eighteen enlist in the Marine Corps. He's a Marine Corps rifleman, and he misses the Korean war. But in his own words, the Marine Corps. Didn't adopt him. He adopted the Marine Corps. He absolutely loves the core. He thrives in the core. He loves the Marine Corps so much that he applies to be the great gatekeeper of the Marine Corps the drill instructor. And if you don't know this if you've never served in the Marine Corps, then let me just tell you that the the drill instructor has a couple of jobs. He is your first impression of the besides the recruiter. Who's busy line to the drill instructor the guy that greets you as you get off the bus in San Diego at R D, Marine Corps, recruit depot or at Parris island, South Carolina. That is your first impression of a marine NCO that smokey the bear had the Brown round is his call. Or the green round in the Marine Corps. He applies to become a drill instructor. He wants to make sure that he has a part of making the core better and better and better by making marines the way that he was made. So he goes to drill instructor school at a very young age. And he looks young. He doesn't have any facial hair. Doesn't have a moustache can't grow in any way and the deck is stacked against him because the Marine Corps is very careful about who they select to make it through drill instructor school. They have to look the part they have to have authority before they even open their mouth. And here's this guy. This young guy of the deal is he had a great voice. He had a booming voice. That's what everyone remembered about him in drill instructor school. And so he graduates Marine Corps takes a chance on sergeant Donny Donnegan. He's the youngest instructor in Marine Corps history up to that point. Now, I don't know if anyone's. Broken the record. But now he's he's twenty three years old, and he Marine Corps drill. Instructor in many cases, the Marine Corps doesn't like guys at young because who knows someone older than you might be enlisting. And the the thought is well, how are we gonna have authority over somebody who who might even have gray hair by the time, they they enlisted Marine Corps. But regardless he succeeded as a Marine Corps drill instructor. And that's also by the way. If you're going to make a career Marine Corps that is required. Stop. So he clearly is a career guide. Vietnam comes along and the Marine Corps. Nine hundred sixty five were the first to land troops at dinning and get involved in ground. Combat dotty dunnigan was one of the first marines at first year nineteen sixty five to to be on the ground in Vietnam as a rifleman he's wounded he recovered from the wounds, and he goes back for a second tour as a as a senior NCO. He's wounded again recovers from those who owns and he does a third tour in Vietnam. Now, he has three purple hearts three combat wounds, and he's also been awarded the bronze star by the Marine Corps, which which is hard to do as an enlisted guy for something. That's not valor. Bronze star for service. That means that the Marine Corps believes in this guy at the Marine Corps sends him to college. So now Donnie dunnigan completes his college degree. And he goes to Marine Corps officer candidate school that he goes to the Marine Corps basic school, any branches military intelligence, and he spends his officer career dealing in the world of spooks and counterintelligence and secrets his his job is to keep secrets. But he has a secret that nobody knows. And he was that's why he was fit for military intelligence because no one ever figured out. Donnie, dunnigan big secret. He completed his thirty years in ring core as a major in nineteen seventy seven. He retired. And he still never ever told anybody what his secret was. His secret was discovered in two thousand four. The reason was because Disney remastered a movie from nineteen forty. The movie was called Bambi and Donny dunnigan secret that he kept to himself all of his life in three tours in Vietnam. And then a Marine Corps career was that Donnie dunnigan was the voice of young Bambi. Remember when bombies mother gets killed.."