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CaptO last won the day on October 8

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About CaptO

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  • Birthday 06/26/1972

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    Quantico, VA
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    -Shooting and hunting
    -1/35 scale plastic modeling - mainly German WWII. You can't deny they had the coolest gear! Although they weren't as cool when used against you.
    -World War II (since I was in grade school)

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  1. Wow! This is awesome, Marion! I'm glad you've gotten to talk to him. Hope he continues to do well!!!
  2. Yes, I knew this news would be coming, but it still hurts to hear. I'm glad I got to meet him - he was a great man (as all of them I met were).
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    Info on the 1277th - John Priest

    Very cool! Will be looking forward to the pics. Also, homemade honey is the best! I got hooked on having local honey when I was at 2d Battalion, 10th Marines. I was talking to our SgtMaj one day and he started mainlining honey (i.e. he upended a squeeze bottle of honey into his mouth). I commented that it must be good and he said he kept bees and let me try some. It was darn good. From that point on there was no more Honey Bear in my future. I was very glad to find a local honey store in Okinawa that I frequented for the four years I was there. SO GOOD! https://okinawahai.com/kohama-hachimitsu-小浜のハチミツ/
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    That's a pretty comprehensive list of insignia. I found the 540th and its battalions on 80, 103, and 123.
  5. Yes, these are great photos. Seems like with WWII you see a lot of the same photos over and over despite the volume of photos shot in the war. It's always good to see private photos because a) by their nature, haven't been seen by many and b) usually they are taken of things that may have seen "mundane" by the people who put together "Photos of World War II!!" books. It adds a visual dimension to the war you would otherwise not have.
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    What the major is up to now

    I also forgot to mention I played with the Marine Band in Quantico, too!! This was August of last year. In Fredericksburg town square: And at the Marine Corps Museum
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    What the major is up to now

    Wow, it's been a while since I've posted this! Since then, I've now been made the S-3 (operations officer) for the Battalion and will soon be running (in the operational sense, of course) the Marine Corps Marathon in DC. During that event, October 28th this year, the Marines from Quantico go up to Washington D.C. to provide most of the manpower to facilitate the race. We man water/Gatorade points, food stations, and the start and finish activities (such as giving medals to all finishers). This year, I get to be the operations officer for all of the Marines involved - yay. It's a lot of work and a SUPER early morning, but it's a good time and mostly a lot of fun - at least when you are at a water point of food station. the ops section will be locked in some building somewhere so I'm not sure how fun that will be. Lastly, other than running the marathon (once again, not in the jogging sense!) I'm running other events here in Quantico for the Battalion. We always want to get Marines out of the office to "Marine things" and this was one of those efforts. My portion starts at 1:30: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/623944/saved-rounds-episode-11
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    V-Mail Newsletters - WWII Museum

    Interesting - I hadn't heard of Ernest Childers, but it is quite a story. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Childers
  9. There are a lot of feelings I had when I first read "Farewell Tony Stefanelli". I would love to be able to tell you all of them at one time, but since that isn't possible, I'll try to break them down. I had that heart lowering, sad feeling when I first read the words but I don't want really want to say that this is necessarily sad for a couple of reasons. First off is my belief in God and that this life isn't the point, if you follow me. Secondly, he was 102 and you certainly couldn't say he didn't live a long, fruitful life. What I do feel is that sense of loss that we all get when someone we knew (regardless of how long) that we really liked. I only met him the once, but I really enjoyed my time with him. I only regret I didn't get to hang out more since he was such a great guy with awesome stories to tell. I would have really enjoyed spending more time with him, but it was not to be. I know he would have been surrounded by his children and grandkids at the end and that is the most important. I'll just have to wait until that great everything reunion in the sky. Farewell Tony. You were certainly one of the good ones and you can't do much better than that.
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    That was the only place that both of my grandfathers were in the same place during the war. My paternal grandfather's history is known to many here, but for those who don't know, he was with the 540th, Marion's father's unit. My maternal grandfather was from Oklahoma so he was in the 45th Infantry Division as an Infantry officer (a captain, I believe). He was injured pretty seriously three days from the conclusion of the battle and was sent home for the duration. He came back to Europe following the war in the occupation troops. Here are some pictures I found looking up Operation HUSKY. Thank goodness for the internet! You can always find new WWII pictures! (Well, new to me!)
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    Thieves steal money from a WWII engineer

    I'm always pleased to see how many people there are to help after sad things like this happen.
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    Happy 4th!

    I was in Dallas for the Fourth. I would have liked to have been in DC for the fireworks, but I had to go visit family and look at colleges for the big one (now a senior). Happy (late) Fourth to all!
  13. I heard about this the other day. Very sad, but it is getting to be an older structure and has been hit by ships in the harbor before. Here are pictures of the Arizona memorial and the other things to see in Honolulu that I took on my visits: https://get.google.com/albumarchive/104745627018165888181/album/AF1QipPnVav3sfNyIxLvFIN5vKjt4P7FWQq89EakkIEF https://get.google.com/albumarchive/104745627018165888181/album/AF1QipNfx5RcBSAVCZ2P_8fHaQkoCGriF5xkD8Y1zvtM https://get.google.com/albumarchive/104745627018165888181/album/AF1QipMNRRgOs9ItPIdkM9ZF85K01-_TdYKUhdrtjqHw It's a lot to go through, but there is a lot to see. I'd post some highlights, but even the Google Photo Archive doesn't allow direct linking now (it used to). Have to find a new photo posting site!
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    Late introduction

    Yes indeed. Even in my experience in the Marine Corps, change is an ever present reminder of the passage of time. I noticed that even from the start. As a lieutenant, I left my first unit and noted how most of the SNCOs had moved on and that Marines that had checked in as PFCs (in the Marine Corps and E-2) were now corporals. I visited that unit a few years later and didn't know anyone! Right now I'm struck by the fact that my Marines are closer in age to my elder son (17) than they are to me - by far! The youngest Marines are 1 year older and the average is probably only 4 years older. By way of contrast, I'm older than them by an average of 21 years! Just looking at the command board is another indicator of this. Our command board has pictures of the CO, SgtMaj, company commanders, and staff heads (for the S-1, S-3, legal team, chaplain, etc.) What I am noticing now is the surprising lack of stars on the National Defense ribbons people are wearing. The National Defense Medal is authorized during times of conflict. The fact that it is awarded as soon as you join gives it the moniker the "Fire Watch Ribbon", The latest time period it was authorized was following 9/11 and is still issued to the current day. The previous time period it was issued for (and for which one would have a star on the ribbon or medal) was Desert Storm and the inclusive dates were August 2, 1990 - November 30, 1995. As I went to boot camp in Feb of 1995, I rate it and so have the star. On the rack below, it is second row, second from the right (red on ends yellow in middle). So what this means is that the majority of people who are in senior positions in this and most battalions joined after November of 1995 - even the first sergeants! Just another reminder of time gone by! And pretty soon, my star will be gone from the board as well!