Re:About Vieques-1954 & Chesty takes over 2MarDiv
Sat, 22 Mar 2003 03:31:24 GMT
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Do I ever remember when "Chesty" Puller took over the 2nd
MarDiv. This was either the end of 54 or the begining of 1955.
I know it was winter because we were in greens. I was an 18
year old PFC with 1/10. When we got the word, there was a mad
dash to get squared away for Division parade and inspection.
Some SOB stole my gloves. A mad scramble to clothing sales.
The only leather gloves available were about 3 sizes to LARGE
... like you could fold over the tips of the fingers. But what
the hell, when you have no gloves and inspection and parade is 2
days away you take what you can get.
Somehow, I wound up in the front rank. Parade went of fine. We
line up for inspection and "Chesty" comes "trooping the line".
We had the M1 Garands at the time. I come to inspection arms
and when I hit the opperating handle the damn glove slips off
the opperating handle. I turn purple with embarrasment and give
it a second shot. "Chesty" spotted the problem in a heart beat.
He stopped came directly to me, sliding his hand inside my
He turned to the SgtMaj and said "I din't know we had elephants
in the Marine Corps. Son, where did you get these gloves?" I
managed to sqeek out "At clothing sales, Sir." "Chesty" said
"Tomorow, I want you to go back to clothing sales and tell them
you want a pair in YOUR SIZE! And if they don't have them, you
call my office!"
The next day when I returned to clothing sales .... they were
waiting for me.... with a pair of gloves in my size!!!! I
didn't wash my hand for a month.
R.W. "Dick" Gaines
GySgt USMC (Ret.) 1952-72
Gunny G's Old Salt Marines Tavern
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