HM3 - FMF - MOS 8404
(1964 - 1968)
Fleet Marine Force Corpsman
10th Marines 2nd Marine Division Camp Lejeune, NC
Ron in boot camp Feb 1964
This is me May 2010
Here is a list of the men in Company 57.
D. Easton, W. Rogerson, B. Wells, C. Yost Jr, Hugh J. Callery, Johm H. Ausman, R. D. Bostick, R. D. Campbell, L. A. Carpenter, William G. Carr, J. Challenor Jr, Eugene R. Chiara, Danny R. R. Clark, W. E. Cook Jr, Michael D. Deaver, Richard R. Finney, Gary L. Friel, Gary D Greer, David R. Grinder, Roy O. Hale, C. L. Hemphill, S. E. Herndon, George E. Hopson, K. H. Horton, Bruce E. Howe, Gerald J. Hrenko, S. A. Hrobak, T. T. Jannie, Richard L. Kramer, S. J. Mayfield, W. B. McFall, Robert M. Melcher, Francis P. Meusel, Robert J. Moran, David L. Mulder, Creg C. Nelson, D. W. Nichols, H. A. Patterson, Kenneth L. Pease, K.F. Pierce, Pierre M. Riopel, D. R. Robeson, C. J. Robertson, M.G. Rockwell Jr, Nelson G. Sayward, Phillip B. Short, Jerry H. Skinner, Norman L. Sole, W. D. Spaulding, L. J. Strockis, C. O. Suttles, Richard T. Taylor, Jerry W. Tribby, John F. Usowski, W. J. Wheeler, Raymond E Fischer, Allen L. Greenslade, Tyrone K. Jackson, Harold H. Holley, Albert R. Owens, Marshall B. Steinbeck, Douglas Lee Kuklewski, James J. Kennedy, C. R. King, and W. A. Sanders.
Boot Camp Graduation was on APR 17, 1964.
Naval Hospital at Great Lakes IL
Court St back in 1962. What a town back in those days. I'm sure there are a million stories out there about the streets of Jacksonville.
The bars, jewelry stores, clothing stores, and restaurants are now all gone. No more bright lights and sounds.
Where we used do go to do our laundry. We would walk here from Montford Point, where we were in Field Medical School.
As it looks today
A tour of Camp Lejeune NC
The "old" hospital where I had worked (1964)
Sick Bay - HQ 10th Marines
FEB - MAR 1965: USS Okinawa (LPH-3) Firex-65 This was the first time going aboard ship for me. It was only an 8 week cruise to Vieques, PR but was a good experince. It was the first time I had to go down the ropes to a landing ship. The ropes were hung off the elevator deck and it seemed like a 100' down even though it was probably only 30' or so. We made our landing on Blue Beach, Viques, PR.
Click http://www.navsource.org/archives/10/11/1103.htm for more information on the USS Okinawa (LPH-3)
APR - JUN 1965 USS Wood County (LST-1178) Crib 2-65 Operation Quick Kick VII - Was aboard this ship for 3 months for this float. It really wasn't all bad being on this ship because it had A/C and Pat Handy and I had our own stateroom. It was actually used as a ward for the sick if they needed it.
APR - MAY 1965: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - Paricipated in Armed Forces Operation Power Pak. HN Fredrick Pitts from the 10th Marines was killed while down here. The funny part was that I had offered to take his place in the beiginning since he was married. I just cannot recall all the circumstances around that today, but I do remember that I had made that offer to our Chief at that time. Just didn't work out that way. So here I am and now he his gone. Also we had an ambulance driver there by the name of George Slaughter. (Domican Republic Intervention, 1965: On Line Document)
Click http://www.history.navy.mil/wars/domrep1.htm to read more about the uprising in the Dominican Republic back in 1965
Welcome to Santo Domingo - Dominican Republic
JUN 1965: We finally returned to Camp Lejeune, NC. On our way back we did run into a tropical storm off the coast. A couple of the ships did seek shealter in a port in South Carolina. We rode the storm out at sea and at one time we did take a 56 degree roll. Everyone was afraid that the amtrak's would break loose down in the well deck and low and behold, one did. Thank God it never came through the bulkhead.
In memory from the Dominican Republic
OCT 22, 1965: Got married.
JAN - FEB 1966: USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21) Firex 1-66 @ Blue Beach, Vieques, PR. This is where we would go to play out our war games and our sick bay tent was about 25' up from the beach. It was really a pretty good deal for us. We would work one day on and one day off. On the day's off we would go fishing or swimming. At night we would go up to Camp Garcia and get our cold beer. It was only $0.10 per can and so we would get a case and go up on a hill to drink and watch the F-4's come in from the carrier to fire their rockets and drop their bombs on the end of the island. What a show that was. Those were the best air shows I would ever see.
Click http://www.navsource.org/archives/10/12/1221.htm for more information on the USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21)
FEB 23, 1966: I got my orders approved to go up to Norfolk and re-take the exam one takes when they first come into the service. I was trying to improve my score, which I did but still fell 2 points short, to get into the NESEP program which would have given me the chance to take a 4 year college course in nursing. Hey, short the 2 points and wrote for a waiver, but no luck. Close but no cigar. Being close doesn't count only in hand gernades does it count.
APR 27, 1966: First son KR was born in Holland while I was out on a field exercise at Fort Bragg, NC.
MAY 20, 1966: I competed a course in Pathologic Anatomy Technique.
OCT 1966: I moved into base housing when my wife and son came down there to live. We moved into 228 Butler Drive, Midway Park, Camp Lejeune, NC. My income at that time was $340.00 per month and I paid $64.20 per month for the rent on the house. It was a 2 brm, 1bath house. I recall that we went to Rose Bros. Furniture and for $500.00 we got 3 rooms of furniture, a bedroom, living room, and a kitchen outfit. Now at that time that seemed like a fortune and the stuff did look a little tacky, but it worked out. I have been back there since and they now havve new siding and windows. They look pretty good and actually would love to live in it today. I'm sure they have gotten rid of the oil heat by now though and probably have natural gas. As of 2010 these homes are now all gone and have all been replaced with town homes.
JAN - FEB 1967: USS Chilton (APA-38) Firex 1-67 @ Vieques, PR. They often refered to this ship as the Chilton Hilton, but believe me, it was no Hilton. We had about 4 fires on this ship while on our way down to Vieques. Hey, at least we didn't have to abandon ship. What a scuzzy ship. Couldn't wait to get off that one.
Click http://www.navsource.org/archives/10/03/03038.htm for more information on the USS Chilton (APA-38)
SEP 17, 1967: Hurricane Doria off the coast of North Carolina
OCT 13, 1967: I was assigned to the 3rd Bn 10th Marines for JCOC-37 for a two day exercise on Onslow Beach. I also got to go to Bogue Field up by Emerald Isle, NC. The field was laid out like a carrier deck and we got to see the F-4's take off and land there. It was really neat to watch that since I would probably never get on a carrier. We also spent one night in a hotel there on the beach which wasn't all bad either. There were many congressmen down to watch this exercise so it made for an easy couple of days.
Bogue Field Today
DEC 5, 1967: Completed course in the Control Of Communicable Diseases in Man.
FEB 3, 1968: Honorable Discharge from my 4 years of service in the Navy. I often wonder where all those people I had known back then are today. I was making a grand total of $345.00 per month when I got out. I moved back to Michigan even though my heart wanted to stay here in NC. I had found a place I loved and I really felt this was home. But, I had an "ex" that I then followed back to Michigan. At that time Duke was offering a school for nurses, ex-medics, and others a program to become a physician assistant. It was the 2nd year they were doing the program and really had no idea where it would lead to at that time. It was a long shot... a dream shot... but I went back to Michigan. Now that was one move I really hated and regreted til I moved back down here in Oct 2007. I went to work at Fitzpatrick Electric and stayed with that company until I retired, 39 years with them. They were bought out by Kendall Electric about 6 years before I retired.
Well perhaps someday they will build this museum and hopefully my "brick" will be in one of the paths.
This link is a Chronology of USMC 1965-69
Below is a list of names I came across from all of my transfer orders while at Camp Lejeune. Some I had worked with and other's I really never knew. I still remember many of the Marines listed here though, was attached to one their units at some point in time.
The old "HOJO" Howard Johnsons Motel in Jackonville, NC
The Sanitary Fish Market & Restaurant in Morehead City, NC
Amtrak loading onto the LST
The Cribe Hilton in San Juan, PR
My first encounter with a casino.
Emarkation onto the USS Wood County
(LST-1178) at Radio Island, NC
(Up by Morehead City, NC)
The good life in the field on
Beautiful Vieques, PR
Click here to enter your column content.
Click here to enter your page's footer (optional).
Click here to enter your page's footer (optional).