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HAPPY BIRTHDAY USMC

NOV 10, 1775 - NOV 10, 2011
236 YEARS - OOOOORA !!!!

SEMPER FI

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Easy Co - 2nd Bn - 1st Reg  - 1st Marine Division
 
1951
 
Ist Lt. Johnny L. Carter, Easy Company Commander

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Our Regimental Commanders

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 Lt. Gen Lewis Burwell (Chesty) Puller
26 June, 1898 - 11 Oct, 1971
"OLD BREED? NEW BREED? THERE'S NOT A DAMN BIT OF DIFFERENCE SO LONG AS IT'S THE MARINE BREED - LT GEN LEWIS B. "Chesty" PULLER - (13th PRESIDENT OF THE 1ST MARINE DIVISION ASSOCIATION) HIS FAMOUS CREDO WAS "Hi Diddle Diddle, Straight Up The Middle !"
Landing with the 1st Marines at Inchon, Korea, in Sept 1950, he continued to head that regiment untill Janurary 1951, when he was promoted to brigadier general and named assistant commander of the 1st Marine Division. One of  the Corps great legends.

Below: General Pullers Ribbons & Awards
He holds the Navy Cross with Gold Stars in lieu of four additional awards - The ArmyDistinguished Service Cross - The Army Silver Star medal - The Legion of Merit with Combat "V" and Gold Star in lieu of second award - The Bronze Star Medal - The Air Medal with Gold Stars in lieu of second and third awards - The Purple Heart Medal. His other medals and decorations include the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon with four bronze stars - The Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with one bronze Star - The World War 1 Victory Medal with West Indies Clasp - The Hatian Campaign Medal - The Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal - The Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal with one bronze star - The China Service Medal - The American Defense Service Medal with Base clasp - The American Area Campaign Medal - The Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal with four bronze stars - The World War 11 Victory Medal - The National Defense Service Medal - The Korean Service Medal with one silver star in lieu of five bronze stars - The United Nations Service Medal - The Haitian Medaille Militaire - The Nicaraguan Presidential Medal of Merit with Diploma - The Nicaraguan Cross of Valor with Diploma - The Republic of Korea Ulchi Medal withGold Star; and the Korean Presidential Unit Citation with Oak leaf Cluster.  

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USMC 1st Lieutenant, Lewis B. Puller, Jr.

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Major Gen. Wilburt S. (Big Foot) Brown
20 Dec 1900 - 17 Dec 1968

The general embarked for Korea in April 1951, commanding the 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, until his return to the United States in December 1951. He was awarded the Silver Star Medal for his service with that regiment. General Brown's Ribbons & Awards: In addition to the Silver Star, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Navy and Marine Corps and Purple Heart Medals, the general's medals and decorations include the Presidental Unit Citation ribbon; the Navy Unit Citation ribbon; the Marine Corps Good Conduct medal; the World War 1 Victory Medal with two combat stars; the Nicaraguan Campaign Medal; the China Service Medal; the American Area Campaign Medal; the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal with one bronze star; the War 11 Victory Medal; the Navy Occupation Service Medal; the Nicaraguan Medal of Merit; the Order of the Cloud and Banner (China); the Korean Service Medal; the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

 

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USMC E-2-1 Punchbowl - June, 1951

Below: This is the 2nd Battalion - 1st Regiments logo now. We didn't have it back in the 40's and 50's but we proudly claim it now.
...................................OooooooRa.................................

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Charles G. Abrell
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Easy Company's Two Medal Of Honor Recipients (Below)
 
Charles G. Abrell
Charles Gene Abrell (August 31, 1931June 1
10, 1951) was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps who served with Company E, 2nd Battalion 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division, during the Korean War. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions and sacrifice of life on June 10, 1951 near Hangnyong, Korea while advancing his platoon against enemy fire. He hurled himself into an enemy bunker with a live grenade, killing the enemy gun crew and himself in the explosion.
 
Edward Gomez

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PRIVATE FIRST CLASS EDWARD GOMEZ
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE

for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an Ammunition Bearer in Company E, Second Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 14 September 1951. Boldly advancing with his squad in support of a group of riflemen assaulting a series of strongly fortified and bitterly defended hostile positions on Hill 749, Private First Class Gomez consistently exposed himself to the withering barrage to keep his machine gun supplied with ammunition during the drive forward to seize the objective. As his squad deployed to meet an imminent counterattack, he voluntarily moved down an abandoned trench to search for a new location for the gun and, when a hostile grenade landed between himself and his weapon, shouted a warning to those around him as he grasped the activated charge in his hand. Determined to save his comrades, he unhesitatingly chose to sacrifice himself and, diving into the ditch with the deadly missile, absorbed the shattering violence of the explosion in his own body. By his stouthearted courage, incomparable valor and decisive spirit of self-sacrifice, Private First Class Gomez inspired the others to heroic efforts in subsequently repelling the outnumbering foe, and his valiant conduct throughout sustained and enhanced the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

(More on these two Marines at bottom of page under the link "Interesting USMC Web Sites": USMC Medal Of Honor Recipients)

Edward Gomez
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Picture below: U. S. Marine Corps Base Camp Joseph H. Pendleton
Oceanside, California-Marine advanced combat training.
130,000 acres of it. (Main Gate-1950)

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Pictured below:  Camp Pendleton. December, 1950. 1st Weapons Co. 1st Inf. Tr Bn. Tent Camp #1.  Jerry and I in front of our hut. Just before leaving for Korea.

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Picture Below: "Ole" Jim. Map of Treasure Island at bottom of page.- Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA. 
Jerry and I were stationed here for awhile, after flying from Korea on MATS,Chinhae Air Base, K-10, for our mothers funeral. Map below:

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Pictured below: Aiken Victory T-AP-188. After getting advanced combat training and winter manuvers at Camp Idlewild (San Jancento mountains) Camp Pendleton , our unit left on this ship out of San Diego harbor in early Februrary, 1951, along with the USNS Thomas Jefferson.Got into Kobe, Japan, dropped our sea bags off and sailed for Pusan, Korea.

AIKEN VICTORY T-AP-188

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Pictured below: Jerry and I. Last days of winter combat training before unit left for Korea. Camp Idyllwild, San Jacinto mountains. (Camp Pendleton).

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Picture below: Aiken Victory crossing the International Date Line. (180th Meridian).The initiation of all Marines into the "Imperial Domain Of The Golden Dragon." As you can see, a very solemn ritual.

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Jim - with light .30

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Pictured below: Near the Hwachon Reservior (Early April-1951.) My brother Jerry and myself. We were very lucky in that we got to stay together in China and later on in Korea. And thats good, when you have a great brother like I have. Jerry is living now on his farm in River Falls, Alabama.

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Below: USMC Division approximate strength

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Pictured below: Part of our gun section. Light .30 - M 1919 A4 - ( Near Hoingsong, North Korea. Mar '51)

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Picture Below: Jerry and I on line. Central Korean front. (March, 51)

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Pictured below is George J. "Doc" Douglas - H&S Co. 2nd Bn 1st Reg 1st Marine Div.George was one of our Battalion's corpsmen. Was assigned with Easy Co. He saved many Marine lives, especially on the days of  June 10-14 1951, near Hangnyong, Korea, "Operation Punch Bowl." Doc lives in Auburn, Calif. One of my very good friends. We still E-mail each other.

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Pictured below: Doc attending the new Korean War Memorial dedication ceremonies at Carson City, Nevada. (June-2005) He is a member of the Marine Corps League there. The walk in front of monument is paved with bricks with the names of Korean veterans in that area. Doc's name is on one of them.

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Pictured below: Prot. Regimental Chaplin Henry E. "Hollering Hank Austin" and Easy Co. Corpsman George "Doc" Douglas. They worked close together during all E Co. engagements. Chaplin Austin Baptized Jerry and I before we returned home for our mothers funeral.

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Pictured below: Jerry with light .30

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Picture below: Another Machine Gun Section in Easy Company.  (Picture taken about April, 1951.)
L-R -  Top row: Howard Good or Peter Fierro, Fred Fyle - Middle row:
Barney Hill, Bill Pickle, Tommy Young, Jack Herbster, Tom Perone
Bottom row: George (Doc) Douglas, Chuck Garabedian, David Church

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Below: Letter sent to me from Merlin Schueller (11/10/05).  1st day issue stamp of Chesty Puller. All Marines have been waiting a long time for this occasion. Merlin a Corpsman, served with us with E-2-1
in Korea.

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Below: Map of Treasure Island. This is where most Marines and Naval personnel were processed for discharge or return to Korea. 1951.

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Two pictures below: Aiken Victory pulling away from dock at San Diego on way to Korea. Top, Jerry looking at camera.

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Picture below: Just east of Pusan at Chinhae K-10 air base, Korea. Jerry. Unit waiting to board DC-3 transport planes enroute to joining 1st Marine Reg. on central Korean front.

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Two Pictures below: 1. Pusan Korea - Line of departure for all "Jar Heads" (Note - Tanks on crest of hill. 2.Pusan Korea - We stayed here one night, then joined the 1st Regiment the next day on the central front.

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Pictured below: Squad tearing down and cleaning gun.

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Pictured below: Danish Hospital Ship Jutlandia moored in Pusan Harbor (1951.) This ship was modern with 300 beds, 3 operating theaters a dentest clinic and X-Ray facilities. The Jutlandia remained there till 1953 following the end of hostilities.

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Pictured below: Corpsman Merlin Schueller. Merlin was one of our corpsmen with Easy Co, 2nd Bn. 1st Marines. Was wounded June 10, 1951 (wounds in leg) at Hangnyong, Korea (Punchbowl). Bottom Picture, Merlin being presented the Silver Star after he returned home from Korea.
Merlin is living in Waterloo, Iowa. A good friend. We correspond regularly.

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Lord be merciful to your servents, our brother and sister, veterans and spouces, who have recently departed this life. Bring them now to the happiness of eternal life in your kingdom. We shall miss them but never forget what they have meant to us and to our country. Give comfort to those loved ones who remain behind in the knowledge that the departed fought the good fight and lived the religious life. Semper Fi. (1st Marine Division Association - Old Breed News)
 
"Here's health to you and to our Corps, which we have proudly served"

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Interesting USMC Web Sites:

USMC Medal Of Honor Recipients

USMC World War 2 Gyrene

USMC In Korea

USMC The Chinese Failure At Chosin

USMC Gunny G's Globe & Anchor

USMC Guadalcanal

USMC Kortegaard

USMC Fighter Aces In WW2

USMC Heritage

USMC Sgt. Grit

USMC Burried At Arlington

USMC Marines.Com

USMC Korean War Project

USMC MCB Camp Lejeune, N.C.

USMC Unofficial Dictionary For Marines

USMC Quotes

USMC 1st Marine Division Association

USMC Leatherneck Magazine

Proud member of: 1st Marine Division Association

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