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"third marine division" Discussed on Veterans Chronicles
"And if we had lost that base, we would not only lost the supply base. We would allow us to headquarters of the third marine division. We were lost about 12 battalions of artillery, so it was a one of the most significant strategic bases in Vietnam. And if we had lost that base, it would have been a real conflict because people would have had to make decision after waste city whether or not we should not get out of Vietnam at that point. And we were going to have the means to supply all those activities up in that area, because it was a strategic base, not a tactical basis, but it's strategic base just because of the level of activities. And its mission. So how did the day unfold? Well, I got a call about 3 o'clock in the morning. On the 2nd of May, from the battalion commander and he said, come on over here and we've been around and been associated with one another all day. And he says, I want you to Vargas, the other company commander that got the Medal of Honor is tied down and died out, I've been ordered to make sure we take the village of dado and that's your job. So he issued me a operation plan order about 3 o'clock that morning and I went and developed my own plan for the company that I issued my orders and about 5 o'clock that morning on the 2nd of May. We commenced to a solid against a coastal open rice painted basically. I mean, we were just we were lucky and another country company had been destroyed basically in that same area today before. And they had withdrawn lost their company commander, lost a lot of marines still a lot of dead bodies in the area. And so we commenced here so at about 5 o'clock and a 180 marines fixed bayonets.
The Hugh Hewitt Show: Highly Concentrated
"third marine division" Discussed on The Hugh Hewitt Show: Highly Concentrated
"Your description of the court and around Japan. The United States had a choice. They could have made Japan starve. They could have done firebombing. Both of those would have resulted in horrific casualties among the Japanese and of course fleets of kamikazes headed towards our fleet. Here are the Okinawa death tolls that doctor Kennedy puts in victory at sea, which I was unfamiliar with. 77,000 Japanese troops died on Okinawa, a 110,000 if you add in the Okinawa conscripts. Another take and another 10,000 died in the mopping up. A 149,000 civilians died in Okinawa and 12,000 U.S. servicemen were killed. Can you imagine my father was in the flotilla off of Japan for the southern island first faint? I'm glad he didn't have to go aboard her. I would not be talking to you today. Doctor Kennedy, can you imagine what the casualty counts would have been if Japan had to be invaded? So the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense were doing some calculations some estimates about what the potential total number of casualties would be in, say, the first three months or so of struggling onshore and fighting their way through the mountains in lower Japan against fanatically organized resistance and the numbers were not pretty. Some people thought that the numbers calculated were just far too large at the Japanese would fall early after the first strikes on land, but they couldn't be sure about that. And it is true that if you talk to many old hands there's not so many of course left by now but when I first came to Yale in 1983 and I was talking about the war in the Pacific and listening to some of the old hands who were there on the ships on the landing craft just wondering about what their fate would be if there was a Japanese mainland invasion, they were the people so so relieved about the dropping of the bomb. It may indeed have saved large further Japanese civilian casualties because the submarines administration wanted was not a grand idea fire bombing them by Curtis the May steady by city bridge by village was not a good idea. So in a bitter suite ironic way for a large number of players in August 1945, the shock effect of the dropping of the two atomic bombs was a I put in inverted commerce for you and people listening was a good thing. At least so often discussed. And that's just that's at the end. I'm going to go back to the beginning of victory at sea, but I want people to understand how big those two invasions, the southern island and the main island, operation Olympic, which was planned for November of 1945, would have required 670,000 troops, 11 army division three marine division, and 24 battleships, 400 plus destroyers, 42 carriers to be met by kamikaze hordes. That's the first one. That's the faint. Operation coronet for march of 1946, 5 million soldiers. I had no idea a million Commonwealth soldiers from the United Kingdom and 4 million Americans. Those are staggering numbers, doctor Paul. The only equivalent would be the size of the gigantic armies on the eastern front struggles of the advance of a Red Army towards Germany and say 90 44 to 45. Armies of millions of men we have no equivalent in thinking about that in today's world..
"third marine division" Discussed on WGN Radio
"On 7 20. Welcome back to the Jimbo handed show at one 8 6 6 5 O Jimbo. Well, 866-505-4626 and a caller two for Oliver North, our guest, his new novel, the giant awakes. I've got to ask you first about the rate of Mar-a-Lago. It's been a week now. And in that time, a lot of things have not been answered. I mean, for example, attorney general Garland statement that where possible, we try not to be intrusive in our searches. Okay, why was it not possible here? That's just one question. I'm sure you have a few. President of the United States has ever been subjected to such indignity. It's the kind of abuse normally associated with totalitarian states like Russia communist China and dictatorships and banana republics for grant out loud. And we now know that in the hours leading up to and during and since the Mar-a-Lago rate dozens and that was arrayed, by the way, dozens of elected state and federal representative representatives in their legislatures have been accosted by federal agents trying to basically take the cell phones, get the computer codes for them. And what they're trying to do is to create this theory of a conspiracy led by the president to overthrow the results of an election and they're going to call it and insurrection, conspiracy. It's all this January 6th garbage, which the American people are not paying attention to. That's why I say the right answer is for the real leaders and we need some rent leaders. We need to leaders to Newt Gingrich was up in the Congress of the United States saying you've got to turn out and vote in November and you've got to carry over and vote again in 2024. Otherwise, we're going to lose the country. I described a little Clark county out here. The Mar-a-Lago rate was like the Clark county public library sending a police S.W.A.T. squad bursting into homes to collect overdue library books. It's nuts. And the American people, I think, are wise enough to know that. I think they are. We have a call from Mike in Maine. Hello, Mike. Hey, colonel. Mike, we took the same door together. I'm retired four three count. God love you, sergeant. You're going to thank you, Mike. I'll tell you in case in case so I arrived in caisson as everybody was pulling out. I got there in 68. And so by 1969, general ray Davis, who commanded the division, a Medal of Honor recipient, sent us back out to the op up over case on and did a parade, marks the third marine division band down the runway. It was great. And the NVA were so stunned they didn't even shoot at us. But yeah. I just got a wonderful note from a guy. I had a dear friend from Prescott Maine. He was a rifleman in my rightful platoon. He saved my life and the 25th of May 1969. And somebody sent me a song about that was sung about him. And you mentioned my name in the thing. I just lost it. And it was Sunday afternoon. I was coming out of church and somebody looked at me and he said, you know, look at this. And it's up on YouTube. And unfortunately, I didn't save the thing. One of my grandkids deleted it. So I'm trying to find it because he was from Prescott Maine. He was a French Canadian. His dad wouldn't hire him because he could hire 5 or 6 draft Dodgers instead of his son in 1967. And so he signed and listed in the United States Marine Corps and served in my rifle platoon and saved my life. Wow. Thank you. Yes, sir. Here's Matt in North Carolina. Hello, mad. Hey, Matt. Hello, Jim. How are you with colonel? I don't know if we're good. We're good. We're good. I want to thank you both for your service. Thank you. You're only going to be like your last caller, Mike. I'm only 61 now. As a kid, telling you, Jim, who's a great caller. I mean, that's an amazing story. I want to thank you and colonel north for both his service and his presidency of the NRA, I believe it was. This was. One more quick thing, colonel Norris. We had a second gym. Yeah, go ahead. In 1986, I was at a deposition with a whole room full of lawyers, big long table. About something nothing to do with colonel Norris. And when I left that room, they left the door open. I was in love with my girlfriend to take me out. And they said, man, was that guy good? He was just like, he was just like all were north. They didn't know I could hear him. Well, well done. By the way, the easy thing about when you have to testify is the easiest thing you can do is tell the truth. Because that way you don't have to create stories and remember things that didn't happen or happen differently than what you said. Telling the truth in the deposition is always works. Not just me. You, everybody else. Jim knows that. That's why this white Jimbo Han has got such a great show. That's why we're also glad these back because thank you. Every night telling the truth. Thank you. Thank you. I have much appreciate that. All right, we're going to take a quick break. Come back to more calls with our guest all over north and thoughts on the issues of the day, including the status of our military right now in just a moment. Everyone is talking about one big thing in politics is Donald Trump running again, and then they want to know if he can really win. Now dick Morris has the answers. You know dick Morris from newsmax, the rising cable news channel, millions are watching. Dick Morris has a new book, the return, Trump's big 2024 comeback. Newsmax says it's the book of the year. The return reveals Trump's secret plan for 2024, and even says Hillary will run again. Big media and deep state have formed an alliance to stop Trump, but the return shows Trump will triumph, already a number one
"third marine division" Discussed on Veterans Chronicles
"It was a, it was a replacement center where the marines came in to this center, and then they would send them out to the various marine divisions. At that time, we had four divisions who had first second third and fourth. And they would send them out to fill in the vacancy of people who had been wounded or killed, and that was the nations. And third marine division, at that point, was on bougainville. And set us a group of us from New Caledonia to Guadalcanal. And from Guadalcanal we were supposed to go from there to New Caledonia. I mean, to bougainville to fill in the slots of wounded and killed marines there. But before they can get us all organized and shipped out, the marines on Doug and Vale security island, or they declared it secured. And they came to Guadalcanal. They had come from New Zealand to bougainville. Now they come to Guadalcanal, and we join the division there. And that's where I was selected, volunteered, if you will. I was told a long time before that date in the Marine Corps. Don't volunteer for anything. There's bad idea. But I was volunteered for frame floor demolition, specialist group. Which was just forming because we had never seen a flamethrower before. We had hadn't had them. We had a manual with it that's told us how to tear it apart and how to put it back together, but no method of how to use it. What's the procedure? How do you strap the 70 pound thing on your back and do something? So we had no manual that told us that. So we had to work that out. Describe it a little bit to how big, how long, how heavy. Okay. The unit was formed. I was a, I was a browning automatic rifle, individual in a squad. When I was selected to be a flamethrower. Operator. And they selected 6 of us from the company from C company. And assigned a gunnery sergeant to be our immediate supervisor. It was his job to train us about the flamethrower. So there was a form or an information sheet with it that said we would use what we called for a Fox first gel. It was a powder that we mixed with gasoline that turned it into a sticky gel with phosphorus in it. So that if the phosphorus hits something burning, of course, because when we went out at the end of the gun or the flamethrower set it a fire because we had a cylinder out there that lit that let the fuel. And it would be burning and if you tried to brush it off, you just spread it and made it worse. But whatever it hit, it stuck to and burned. And that was the first fuel that they recommended that we used. It's paused right there. Mister Williams, and we'll be right back on veterans chronicles. We're back on veterans chronicles, honored to be joined today by Herschel, woody Williams, Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II, of course. And sir, you were just explaining the details of the flamethrower, and you were just explaining to us in the break how it was difficult to manipulate in many ways. Yes. That's true. The first few were using as a, as I said, was called a phosphorus gel that we settle on fire when we expelled it from the God from the tanks..
Key Battles of American History
"third marine division" Discussed on Key Battles of American History
"It's really written for this movie. And awards, it was nominated for some awards here. It was nominated for the Academy Award for best actor in a leading role. John Wayne, of course. Also nominated for best film editing, best sound recording. That would be Daniel J Bloomberg and best writing, motion picture story. But it did not win any of those awards. All right. Well, it's a fun movie in some ways. It's fast paced and very interesting, Sean. Tell us a little bit about some of the background. Tell us about that. Yeah, so the film was a, it's a very stereotypical World War II movie. It was 5 years after the war, but it was definitely has a lot of the tropes interestingly enough. It's the first recorded use of the phrase lock and load. They use this in the film a lot. They use it twice as a metaphor to get ready to fight. But once early in the movie, about let's go get drunk. And there's some dispute about whether or not this was a common phrase at the time, but obviously 1940 9s close to the war. It's refers to thought to refer to the how you cock an M1 garand semi-automatic rifle. You lock the bolt back and then you push it forward and then you push the clip in to load the rifle and 8 round clip and it makes a popping locking clicking sound. And of course, by the time of the Vietnam War era lock and load was a common expression. So it's debatable whether or not it's this film that made it popular or this it was popular enough to make it into this film. So who knows? How Sean? Yeah, chicken and egg thing. It was a very popular movie. It did quite well. Fairly well. It wasn't a hugely successful batch day standards, but remember, theater, tickets to see a movie where a nickel in 1949. So it made $4 million, which is a pretty good money 1949 money. The studio was republic pictures. They had been one of the lower B movie serial studios, but they had John Wayne under contract. And so that resulted in them having a lot of hits in the 1940s and 1950s. So let's see, John agar and John Wayne were in another movie at the same time called she wore a yellow ribbon and that was a film for RKO. And John Wayne was in that has got Ben Johnson. It's one of my very favorite movies of all time. John Wayne actually said that she wore a yellow ribbon was his favorite role that he ever did. And he thought that he should have been nominated for an Oscar for that one as an aging cavalryman about to set to retire from the army rather than the saints that we would Jima. So he was the really felt like that one he had he had a better justification for being nominated for an Oscar than he did for saints to be with him. Some of the things that's notable about this film also is that the it was fairly accurate in its depiction, although obviously not by today's standards in terms of the violence and the goriness of the battle, but they did have several advisers, general graves, erskine, who was a Marine Corps, commander of the third marine division during the battle, participated, a colonel David chute, who was later became the commandant of the Marine Corps, and had been a recipient of the Medal of Honor at Tarawa. And then several of the officers and men who were part of the flag raising both flag raisings at mount suribachi on Iwo Jima,.
"third marine division" Discussed on Veterans Chronicles
"Back on veterans chronicles. I'm Greg Columbus, honored to be joined today by Oliver nickel, a 30 year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, joined when he was 17, served in the Korean War, was eventually promoted to gunnery sergeant and then master gunnery sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, and also served in the Vietnam War. Sir, when were you first sent to Vietnam? 1966 and what was the assignment in particular on that? When I went there, I was the operations chief of the third marine regiment, after about 5 months I was transferred to the division headquarters in the command center because I had to some command center experience in Hawaii and they always looking for people to work and commence center. So I went to the command center and then our operations chief was killed in August of 19 60 7, I guess it was. He was a master gunnery charging, and I moved from the operations center up to the operations chief of the third marine division at that time. He was August when he was killed. A guy by the name of John Berg, John was killed in action and he was a veteran of 28 years in some months service. So he was in three wars. But he was, yes. Him and the division sergeant major was killed by the same rocket that came into the headquarters. What was it like to know those circumstances and know that you were filling that role? Your job takes your mind off a lot of things. Was I afraid of Vietnam? You can't afford to be afraid. You just keep doing your job. You're interested in interested in your work. And I wrote my family a letter about every other day, and I would get letters from them, and that was your highlights. My tour and the division headquarters at Vietnam was relatively easy. I was in a place called dong ha and we had a hot meal, three meals a day, and I had a shower every evening. It was no problem. And you went to work like a regular job, but they were long days. I mean, they didn't weren't 8 hours. It would go early morning and get out of there late at night. What were the conditions like? Obviously, Korea, it's freezing and mountainous, and then in Vietnam, it's flat and humid. And very hot and I loved every bit of it. The hotter and better. I don't mind hot weather at all. Summertime doesn't bother me. Obviously, the Vietnam War became much more political than Korea did in the homeland here. Did that seep into your conscience at all when you were over there? You know, I maybe I shouldn't say this, but I'm going to say it anyway. I always felt when I went into Vietnam that I was in more of a religious war than I was in. Economics or any other type of war. And it was because the Catholics and the Buddhists were at one other's throat, though they communists from the north were trying to come in, but they were all Buddhist and I always call it the political or religious war myself. Maybe you don't want to use that term and why was I there? I have no idea to this day..
"third marine division" Discussed on Veterans Chronicles
"As long as they're convinced it's working okay. That's right. You were saying during the break that in the early 1960s, the Marine Corps changed the way that it did different ranks and promoted folks along. And that's when you became a gunnery sergeant. Yes. But it changed it in 1958. I retained my tech sergeant rank until 1960 when I was promoted to gunnery sergeant, which was E 7. And then two years after that, I was E 8 and then two or three years E 9, I forget. I was selected for E 9 with 22 years service. In that role, did you conduct and oversee basic training? No, no, I was strictly operations and plans type. I enjoyed that type of work and I had. Normally a staff of ten to 12 and listed people and I was the senior one in the shop and my job was to train them and see that they were doing properly and look out for their welfare as for if they weren't married how they were living in the barracks and that's about all there is to that type of job. I mean, I was involved in everything that happened in the unit. How did the work ramp up as you got closer to the onset of American involvement in Vietnam? Well, I was in Hawaii and J three when Vietnam started. I went to the J three in Hawaii in 19 63 because I had been stationed in Kenny oy Hawaii, and then I moved across to that assignment and I was there on a two year Simon at Kenny oy and all of a sudden I got orders to the joint staff and wound up three years there. That's where I was selected for commission and couldn't pass the physical and then I left there and went to camp Pendleton and California and went into the 5th marine division. And I went with a battalion of the 5th marine division to Japan, Okinawa, Japan, and I was transferred out of there and wound up in the third marine division. They had too many ranked people, so I was one that was moved to the third marine division. Is that pretty typical to bounce around among divisions? Well, the Marine Corps is a small outfit and they only have well right now they got the first second and third division and they have a division of reserves, the fourth division, which is headquartered out of New Orleans. And you sort of bounce through all of them. But during Vietnam, I got into the 5th division because they formed a 5th division because it hadn't been activated since the World War II. And they activate and deactivate units all the time, depending on how much money they got and how many people they're allowed to keep. Fascinating story and we'll pick it up again after this short break. We're speaking with U.S. Marine Corps veteran Oliver nichol.
"third marine division" Discussed on Veterans Chronicles
"I know a lot of folks think that over the last couple of years there was a lot of fighting a lot of casualties, but ultimately not a lot changed from where it had been in early 1951. What was your sense of it? Well, I was in the mountainous region in the eastern part of Korea first and the snow was so deep there that there wasn't a lot of activity from either side in the wintertime. And patrolling was not that too great. And we had sniper people working on their bunkers and stuff and we got a lot of mortar fire from the Chinese and the Chinese air front and then when spring came, we moved to the penman John area at that time the Pam and John talks were starting and the activity there was not too much. We were along what they called the M Jim valley. And that was a river that came down from North Vietnam and the South Vietnam and I would say the last 6 months in Korea was pretty easy. It didn't worry about too much. You mentioned the winters, those have become very famous as well and telling the story of the Korean War about just how brutal the cold was. What are your memories of that? I hate snow to this day. I don't care if I never see another flake. It was so cold and so much snow. You just turn against it. A lot of people would like to go ski and I wouldn't even go look at a ski run. That's much I hate snow. Were you able to keep warm? Or were there just not the clothes to do it there? Well, we, if you look at the history of American wars, we were always a little late in developing the equipment that we needed for the particular war. And we didn't have the proper cold weather equipment and over the months a little bit would come in off and on and you'd get something new and the best thing they came in with was the boots. They kept the cold feet away and they could fill up with water and the water would get warm and they would still be good. Really? Yeah. That's impressive, especially in those temperatures. So what was your reaction when the war came to a close? Well, I was back home when it finally finished. In fact, when it finally closed out, I was in Italy. I was came back to United States and I was back at Quantico and then I left Quantico and went to Naples, Italy. And I spent a little over two years there, and then I went from there to the third marine division in Japan. And I was in Okinawa, Japan, and I was there almost three years, and I met my wife there, and we've been married 59 years come June 14th, it'll be. Congratulations. And she's an Alzheimer patient, confined to a nursing home now, and the hardest part of married life for me has been that the last 5 years she doesn't know who I am. She always worshiped me. My daughter used to say, dad, you're spoiled, and I said, I love every minute of it. And I don't hesitate to tell anybody that. It sounds like from what you're saying that you always intended to make this a career. Did you have any doubt after the war, what you wanted to do? Well, after the Korean War, I didn't get out. I stayed right in the service. I never got out because there was not a lot of jobs around..
Borne the Battle
"third marine division" Discussed on Borne the Battle
"Like, I was like, okay, smile or not? Smile and not. But it also made me kind of appreciate the history because while I was there I read a lot and I spent a lot of time reading about Islam. So it introduced me to cultural awareness that if I was in I don't want to say a different environment, but I saw other struggle in other deployments and I was like, hey, like, learn why they do this. Learn why they do that, learn this. And I don't want to say the daily interactions and especially like the IEDs, those faceless because I didn't, you know, I think we had one IED that entire deployment. So it was mainly just combat operator. It was just a red fire indirect fire ambushes. Not too many, but rocket attacks. So, wow. That changes the way you look at the enemy. And even now I teach ethics to marine leaders. And when you start to dehumanize the enemy because you see these tactics, you know, and if you flip the script, they look at you as unethical because of what you do in life. Therefore, that's why they're going full spectrum. And you can look at it, but if you're in a when I went to Iraq and I was 6, it was very it was shadow enemy, you know? If you saw somebody, you know, past a figure past remnants past brass, you know, that had just shot you or injured your friend or worse. It's hard to humanize that force, but to me as a leader, that's one of the first steps to prevent behavior that's reprehensible or the like. So you can keep those ethics when you don't end up on YouTube for bad incidents. I think that happened around that same time too. I think it was like 2006 or something. I was in 2006 in Iraq. We were in haditha city, India three three against still. We were south of the dam. Our battalion AO went from the dam down there down to hot lania and barana. If I'm remembering all the names correctly, you are, that was about northeast of all Assad. If you've ever. Yeah, I was there the same time. I was there with the exact same time, except I had a very different mission. I was giving briefs on where stuff was happening to us. Yeah, and that's one of the nice kids. Is when you look at that, there's like people who drive everywhere. And they're like, oh, I was on route, titanium Smith oxide and I was like, dude. I went to the bathroom in a bucket and burned it and didn't walk more or didn't go farther than I could walk from my cop. So if I did, I was like this, you know, 'cause I got a second to sleep, but it's amazing when you talk to someone usually. I think we even talked about that in France like we were like, yeah, we were in the same AO, but you just never missions, never get to see each other. It's the rig said, the Marine Corps are very big and very small at the same time. You also spend time in Southeast Asia. I don't think I don't think many know that anti terrorism operations go on there too. Yeah, and that's what if you look at like if you want to be a history nerd and you look at kind of the way Islam was spread and then also the way the Spanish-American War shaped the Philippines and those other adjacent areas. It's really interesting. But there is, there is and there will be I mean, Indonesia is just it's Mecca here, but it is a hate. An area which is very dense in what we might consider Islamic extremists or fundamentalists. And the Philippines has a continual struggle containing that. Obviously, the relationship is shifting strategically, but historically, you know, at least in this G lot era, we have been partnered side by side with them, especially the Marine Corps. They work very well and enjoy in my experience again. Working with the Marine Corps and then Marshawn, it's not too secret, has kind of adopted that adviser training direct action role in that area. But yeah, I've been I like to tell people when they say, oh, how was your Marine Corps experience? I was like, I have a one of a kind experience because I pretty much went operational, I call them liberty deployments, deployments where every deployment in the Marine Corps has the potential to become operational or but a lot of the times it ends up being more of a train, relax, liberty, train relax liberty. So I was very lucky in that my deployments almost ping Pong that pattern, my entire career. I have friends that went to second marine division instead of third marine division like I did, and they went to the same town in Iraq three times in a row. And I was like, oh man, I just came back from 5 countries in the Pacific. Then I went to Afghanistan and then I went to Iraq and they're like, oh man, like, I'm getting out. I'm like, this is great. I'm staying in. You got the up and down. You got to peek in value. And then I also picked it up with the exception of when I went to fast company after if we anti terrorism security team company because I was told that the war in Iraq was slowing down, which at that time it was I had a very kinetic 2006 deployment, but the writing was kind of on the wall that the tribes were changing and shifting and becoming more aware of kind of what the coalition could bring Afghanistan at the time was winding down as well because we weren't really paying attention to what was happening in Helmand and whatnot because that was in our British control. So I said, hey, you know, I've talked to my gunny who had the ribbons over the over his shoulder and around his back. And I said, hey, you know, gunny, what's up? Where do I need to go to not be bored? You know, a single guy. And he was like, man, go to fast company. He's like, you're either going to be in the liberty ports, nobody goes to, or you're going to be shooting guns where there's no other marines. And I said, roger that sign me up. And I went to fast company and similar while I didn't have any kinetic deployments we had some operational roles. And we went forward and I trained with crazy units, you know, we worked with the IDF for a while and then some of these special forces in Israel, Spanish forces, Portuguese forces, we did a deployment to the Pacific and got to work with some of the Japanese units and then went down to the Philippines. I was actually on a merchant marine vessel, which a lot of people don't know. And so if you look and it's even in all of the big aught planning, the mu, the marine explorer units, go ashore with we'll call it X amount of days of supplies. The plan to reinforce them are these merchant marine vessels, which are just loaded to bear with tanks, quad cons full of camis, you name it, and the one that was in my assumption supporting the 31st meeting sensor is the only one in the ALR. Was in and around the Philippines and we had a 15 man marine detachment and a small navy detachment. So as a very young sergeant, I was the senior enlisted marine on a boat, you know, and it was like, I learned a lot of stuff there that prepared me for a lot of cool stuff. But it was, again, I talked to my peers during that period that period was January 2007 to.
"third marine division" Discussed on Veterans Chronicles
"Th marine depot company in. October forty five correct. That's right and what type of work that unit do. Well it was. It was a service unit. And actually it was set up to bring ammunition from behind from from up to the flat setup to to serve the people who serve the actual combat vets combat soldiers. You know combat. I'm calling themselves. And i've known hitting me now but it was we we will. We would waiters who served people who up at the front. Doing doing the ballot. But at that time the war was over so we were more or less a cleanup crew to come behind and whatever whatever whatever work that was to be done we probably got the assignment to you. Know my my my my job as Had been mail order for each united. I had been in up to that time. And that was because of the expire side. Hey it back as a civilian. I was working in male and female longer so i kept that service number that i kept as a mail order and when they didn't really need me as a male only because office to clerk's office took over that responsibility i was assigned to out in the field. Whatever assignments one assignment i had was god duty. It was a warehouse area where they store food food. Whatever whatever food you came on and alan was more or less stored in this unit in fact it's service to third division marines marines third division The eighth alamo division which was an ammunitions company that was a black company but but this the third marine division was the white and the reins. And i was i had. I had a deep patrol. Whoever ride around knees big warehouses and just to wash seated nobody came in. You know as a funny thing about that. When i was doing this duty i was never told what i would do. If i caught somebody going in. I don't know who i would have taken them who i would have given to. I was just told to watch it. But and that was it does second lieutenant. I know we'll forget him. I never knew him. I never really met him. But when i was on duty yes he might have messed with some the other guys too but bob was due dude he would come in his jeep and poke at one end of the warehouse area and wait until i came around in my jeep. And then he would take off and he knew i was going to chase him and he also knew i couldn't catch you.
Mike Gallagher Podcast
"third marine division" Discussed on Mike Gallagher Podcast
"Sam filling in for mike gallagher. Let me get to your calls. Charles standing by in illinois charles sir. Welcome aboard how you doing buddy ten four. Thank you very much. Yes i'm Vietnam veteran marine corps. And and. i don't see the red white and move flying over many homes because People wanna come here for all the all. Everything is free there but what happened to your. You want to be a citizen. Oh no i just. I just to get everything free. What do you think of that. How our patriotism where where's the that Well the left doesn't believe in or embrace patriotism and yes you're right. The invasion of criminal limits going on right now. Do you think they're sitting there going. I love the usa. I believe they're saying i love the. Usa's money charles brooklyn when when you when were you. When were you in our nation's beloved marine corps. What were your years that you were in the core. I was in sixty eight sixty nine seventy. I was in vietnam third marine division one three alpha company. I got one did On virginia ridge in house at the dmz. and i got on a mountain and they I got wounded in the hospital. They blew up the hospital after. Its third med. So first of all. Thank you for your service. I still got my. I'm still together. I came home alive. And and and the way i look at it in the marine corps says doer di no it's do income back alive and that's that's that's what we should be doing. I'm a committeeman. Also in naperville township over thirty years. And i listen. I appreciate your commitment. I it's a community but real quick. What do you think marine heroes always gone. Okay thank you. He and i guess he was covering a bunch of topics. But patriotism was part of that and apropos. As today's thirty june and july one is tomorrow and then july fourth rolls around this weekend and for many Monday is the holiday july fifth but right patriotism and standing up for our values standing for our country. Look at the people who hate this country who live amongst us and take advantage take full advantage of the right of free speech and such and the hate that they spew and i go back and think about those marine corps. Heroes like dan dailey and john bass along and of course the great chesty polar and what would they have said if they're looking at the policies. We have today probably. I can't speak for them. I had not the honor of serving donations blood core but just having read about them immensely probably would have been shaking her head. Said cautious. Craziest is different because those marines actually got to vietnam and a couple of years before our caller that i think sixty five sixty eight were amazing. We're strong and before that those who were in korea in nineteen fifty and those who were in world war two and those are world war one and the strength of those young men and the perseverance and what they're able to accomplish at normandy or whether it was island hopping to the south pacific to kill the enemy and incredible manafort. Dude what do we have today. Look at those males eighteen to twenty four sitting here playing fortnight not. I'm not dissing the game but sitting there playing video games and hooking up online. Do you think they could have come out of those those watercraft and storm there's beaches probably not i mean if they lose the internet for sixty seconds they start kicking and crazy with their salat's with they're worthless degrees living in mom's basement. This country will have an awaking- this country will have an awakening and there will be a moment. They're going to have to square it away and lose the softness this kind of left wing liberal godless softness and get back to the kind of energy. It took to be a founding father to put your name and your reputation and your and your riches on the line as they said whether they.
860AM The Answer
"third marine division" Discussed on 860AM The Answer
"America needs you, Samuel and filling in for Mike Gallagher. Let me get to your calls. Charles, standing by. In, uh, Illinois. Charles, sir. Welcome aboard. How you doing, buddy? 10? 4. Thank you very much. Yes, I'm a Vietnam veteran Marine Corps and And I don't see the red white and move flying over. Uh, many homes because people want to come here for all the all everything is free there. But, well, what happened to you want to be a citizen? Oh, no, I just I just want to get everything free. Well, What do you think of that? How far patriotism Where's the bat? Um well, the left doesn't believe in it were embrace patriotism. And yes, you're right. The invasion of criminal image going on right now. Do you think they're sitting there going? I love the USA. I believe they're saying I love the U. S. A s Money. Charles Real quick when when you When were you in our weight record? When were you in our nation's beloved Marine Corps? What were your years that you're in the core? I was in 68 69 70. I was in Vietnam. A third Marine division 13 Alpha company. I got wounded and Virginia Ridge and I was at the DMZ E and I got wounded and a mountain and then they got wounded in the hospital. They blew up the hospital after I It's Third Med. Gosh. Well, first of all, thank you for your service. I still got my I'm still together. I came home alive and and the way I look at it In the Marine court says do or die. No, it's do and come back alive and and that's that. That's what we should be doing. I'm a committee men, also in Naperville Township. Over 30 years. And well, I listen, I I appreciate your commitment to community, but real quick. What do you think? Marine heroes always going? Okay? I thank you Heat, and I guess he was covered a bunch of topics. But patriotism was part of that. And how APRA Po as today is 30 June. And July one is tomorrow. And then July 4th rolls around this weekend, and for many Monday is the holiday July 5th. But right patriotism And standing up for our values Standing up for our country. Look at the people who hate this country who live amongst us and take advantage. Take full advantage of the right of free speech and such And and they hate they spew and I go back and think about those Marine Corps heroes. Like Dan Dailey and John Basilone. And, of course, the great chesty puller. And what would they have said if they were looking at The policies we have today. Uh, probably. I can't speak for them. It hadn't not the honor of serving our nation's blood decor. But just having read about them immensely. Probably would have been shaking her head said. Gosh, this is crazy. This is different. Cause those Marines actually got to Vietnam and a couple years before I call it I think the 65 you got there. 1 68. Um, we're amazing. We're strong. And before that, those who were in Korea. In 1950 those who are in World War two and those are World War one. And the strength of those young men and the perseverance and what they're able to accomplish at Normandy or whether it was island hopping through the South Pacific to kill the enemy. An incredible amount of fortitude. What do we have today? Look at those males 18 to 24. Sitting airplane fortnight. Not I'm not dissing the game, but sitting there playing video games. And hooking up online. Do you think they could have come out of those crafts those watercraft and stormed those beaches? Probably not. I mean, if they lose the Internet for 60 seconds, they start kicking and crazy. But there is a less with their worthless degrees living in Mom's basement. This country will have an awaking. This country will have an awakening and there will be a moment when, uh They're going to have to square it away. And lose this softness. This kind of left wing liberal, godless, softest and get back to the kind of energy it took to be a founding father to put your name and your reputation and your and your riches on the line as.
The Foxhole Podcast
"third marine division" Discussed on The Foxhole Podcast
"Like an out of body experience when he came face to face the enemy and it was literally upside. There it is my career goes and he experienced that sort of out of body Rush where you just react. And he's said it kind of went fuzzy. And that's kind of what you're talking about matters that inbetween place and i think that's really accurate Where it kicks in again. It's almost your body's natural response to something. That should not be happening. Your body yourself. You shouldn't we're not meant to to be in a situation like that right in our bodies don't know how to handle it. See it kind of turns on this extra mode and like we were talking about earlier. Richard that carries through that those spidey senses are something that stay with you You know to the end to this day and They come from really sorted and dark place but they came out of necessity. And so that's that same. Necessity is what's going to. What could protect you and prepare you for a situation that most people might not be ready for And year deal it. All comes back full circle and speaking of that. I want to. You said you never went. Went to the rear. What i want to kind of take. You never wants to the rear. Well some universe station. They're here but you're thirteen months Came came to an end after all this fighting and You know the tremendous things that you saw the the just the horrific things that you witnessed But can you take us through the day that you're about to leave The days may be leading up to it and what that felt like knowing that your time was up and now you were that. You're that guy. You were that marine on the other side. Maybe with the cold is the you know the sort of blank stare and you're you're now getting ready to go home. What what was that feeling like. Well of course it was a great feeling happened of quick Having a pretty hard time. The last month i was having terrible. Not mirrors of sullen. I wasn't on watch. I'd wake up sometimes screaming and skirted crap at everybody around me and Scared me do so there toward dan i would Was mad to sleep at night. I would stuff a sock in my mouth. So i did screen. It wouldn't be quite so loud and also took the round out of the chamber my arrival so that When shoot somebody who are woke up my hands were shaking special right when i couldn't stop shaking But i was doing a job every day. I did my job day. In and day out. i was I was in georgia. The rockets squad knocked occur of him. They took care of me an a job right up to the end but toward dna. Lieutenant Who became a tremendous friend to me. came up to me and he said Hey you ain't got long left You wanna go to manila. Nor aren't on our on our and i said well yes sir love do but i've already had one on our and we were only allowed one are and he got this gleam in his eye on he says. Well i'll tell you. What if you don anybody i won't i said yes sir. I'll take it down gorse. And he says in autism mouth is viewed wag your feet just a little bit going coming. You'll be too short. Have come back out to feel what you think of that. Said yes sir. That'd be great. You shook my hand very warmly and of course my hand was shaking so the next day or the day after We supply helicopter came in and lou. Denison go thank you so much for what you've done. I shook his hand again jumped on that helicopter. I'll watch the man of kilo company fade. I still remember washington fading in the distance and thinking about how. I've been with a year and i was still alive and i was okay. I was healthy. And i'll set the said the website right next to the door. Gunner is we fluid very low altitude back to dong. Aw and that wind blowing in my face on the side of the helicopter fell free up. Felt like wow. I just survived Outta there. I'm probably not going to have to go back. I didn't know for sure. But i didn't think i would have to go back. And it was a feeling of tremendous elation i'd survived. I made it and Eliza abby beyond explanation and did you know what was next where where you headed to. I mean where I guess we released stylish that too. Where was your unit Based out of state side of the unit wasn't in-state sad unit are sorry battalion marines. Third marine division was in vietnam aloe. Yeah i you go back like a parent division back in the states you go back to san diego where where where did they send you a small oma way home. I had to stop in okinawa Everybody had to stop in okinawa to get cleaned up and getting new uniforms and get ready to go to the states. And i was recruited while i was in okinawa for Deny which is a ceremonial base in washington dc. The commandant had Put out an order. That every marine sergeant in washington. Dc c. was to be a vietnam veteran and so they sent a few marines from the dc base to okinawa to recreate. And i'll pass their little their little tests. They gave an which was basically a walking test in talking tests and a standing straight to ask and be been the ride height than all that test. And right right. Yeah eight tonight you all have to be relatively the same in the same height. Scott look like One one continuous unit. Essentially so i was gonna ask you how to as one get recruited for something like that. I mean obviously you have absolute absolute you know military posture in and What's the word. I'm looking for Not integrity but the poise. Yeah yeah yeah in fact. That's the word they used and we thought it was pretty funny poise. We didn't need poisoned vietnam Although they selected Based on our height and weight and And then we had to walk down a sidewalk in a watch to see how we all and about half of us made it down sidewalk in other half didn't and They talked to us very.
"third marine division" Discussed on 600 WREC
"Considered one of the finest was a letter of condolence he sent to a woman named Lydia Bixby. November 25th 18 64. It would go on to be printed in the newspaper that afternoon. It goes like this. Dear madam. I have been shown in the files of the war department. A statement of the agitate general of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to be gal. You From the grief of a loss so overwhelming But I cannot refrain from tendering to you. The consolation that may be found In the thanks of the republic. They died to save. Pray that our heavenly father may have sage the anguish of your bereavement and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost and the solemn pride that must be yours. To have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom. That was on the basis that Miss Bixby's boys had all died in battle during civil war. As it would turn out. Two of them actually survived. But much like the movie Saving Private Ryan. You see that in some of these cases? Few families bear much bigger burden than the rest of us, often losing more than one of their own. That is the basis of a new book entitled Three Wise Men, a Navy Seal. Green Beret. And how they're marine brother became a war's sole survivor. His name. The surviving brother. He is both wise, sergeant. Wise served on active duty in the Marine Corps from 08 to 16. He would serve to separate tours to Afghanistan, First Battalion, third Marine Regiment, third Marine Division. The only known American service member to receive the Department of Defense Sole Survivor designation as result of these 17 plus year war. In Afghanistan. The book, As I said, is three wise men. Bo. Why write this book? First of all, Michael? Thank you for taking the time and having me on and, um I started journaling many years ago is just kind of a cathartic process. And one point in time I wasn't handling grief very well. And I found that putting into paper was easier for me than speaking particularly we're not speaking with, you know, either mind, marine brothers or Ah, you know my brothers and the Green Berets of the seal community, you know, with with them with a little bit easier. Um, but with family was kind of hard and So I started journaling, and it's just kind of a coping mechanism. And then a few years ago. Tom Salio, My co author now reached out to me and said, Hey, I Would like Tohno proposed the idea of a memoir Stoner, Jeremy and Ben and Preserve their legacy and just interested. If you know if there's something that you have to say that you wanted to get off your chest if you'd be interested in writing a book, so Um, right away. We just clicked. Um, you know those journal entries make up probably less than 1%. But it kind of gave us an ideas for us proposal where we wanted to go. And you know, there's a lot of personal notes. I had a lot to say. And as far as you know, lessons learned from my successes and failures of things to do and not to do. For the next generation of service members. So I hope that you know this can help the next generation. I'm Was serving and limited capacity for about as long as I could, for two decided to finally hang it up after active duty and a short stand in the reserves. And so Um, yeah, I mean, God forbid this has to happen to another family again. But For those, you know, coping with grief, Gold star families, veterans and families that serve. Um you know the books for them, And it's for Jeremy and Ben and their Children. It didn't have to happen. All three of you signed up. There must be a thread of service. Patriotism sacrifice in this family Tell me where that comes from. You know, uh, my dad was a doctor. And so he kind of Jeremy dropped out of medical school to go to bugs. Shortly after 9 11 and but he not entirely as a result of 9 11 as he said it to me. It was just kind of the straw that broke the camel's back. He had been thinking about it in high school and college and as time went along, and he was getting older, and you know he was prepared. He was running and swimming every day and doing all the things that, you know, somewhat annoyed. Ideal Budge candidate should as a civilian, you know, you want to hit the ground prepared. And after 9 11 that was just kind of it. But And Ben had enlisted prior to that. You know how to college? So it was. You know, the bug for them was early. I mean, there were 10 years. Why elders, So it wasn't really much for me until they started to do it. And I thought, you know the Maura Maura exposure that I had to it. I was just kind of drawn into it, and we have a family heritage on my mom's side. A long list World War one in World War two Marine Corps family heritage, but It skipped a generation. So you know, to see Jeremy and Dan just diving into unenthusiastically. And then after September, 11th You know, been reenlisted after his first tour in Iraq, and in 2003 and Ah, yearlong deployment. He came back and re enlisted and went to special forces selection. And I hung out in college and, you know Passing a few courses, failing a few courses and I wasn't interested in eventually, the bug just took hold, and I had to go. What is that bug? Describe it to me as best you can. You know, uh, the patriotic sentiment? Yes, I think I I tell people that then enlisted. I think for the most patriotic reasons. Jeremy wanted something very specific, You know, And this is just the I think the psychology behind seals is probably you know, And you can ask Marcus about this, of course. That every seal their very deliberate, very dim Austin, the classic Alfa type personality, a type personality. And for them, it's just buds or die. And that was how Jeremy was. Then I think he before 9 11 he just wanted to serve. It was just something that he Had Ms Hart he just wanted to do. And For me. It was all of the above. I was just kind of, you know, inspired by two guys that were just larger than life, You know, Um, had them as mentors is an early age and just, you know, wanted to live up to that. The job of fuel, you know, just waking up Tonto, PG and Belt that ammunition and that sense of belonging the attorney And I found it in the Marine Corps. I found my place as an infantry machine gunner. And I, you know Yeah, I mean, it's just It's a lot of lot of different things. But you know, from patriotism to that fraternal sense of belonging, you know? The book is called three wise Men. Navy Seal agree Marais and how they're marine brother. Became a war's sole survivor. And thank goodness he did because he's written the story. And we will explore that further in the coming segment..