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  1. Newly Registered User SGT D.H. Cunningham's Avatar
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    Grunts At Marble Mountain

    Hi All, I'm Alive Well & Kicking Ass,

    What was the Grunt outfit 1, 2, 3, & 4th Platoons. They handled the perimeter guard at MMAF. I know some of us who were naughty or piss off someone; were transfered to "them" for awhile.

    I do remember though there was grunts. From there I was loned out to what I think was Bravo Company 1st MP's??? That was not fun in the bush for 3 months. I liked looking down BETTER!

    Hell I hated carrying that dam 60 from the hanger to the bird, let alone the hump..

    Semper Fi Brothers

    Doug

    PS My son is Phase II, 6th Week MCRD San Deigo Hoora

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    Wasn't it was ZULU co.
    Larry South

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    It was Zulu Company. I , along with Sgt. E. P. Hall, were assigned to Zulu Company as Platoon Leaders when HMM-361 disbanded in 1968. Only a few of the personnel were grunts, although I was an 0351 prior to reenlisting. We mostly got our troops from the squadrons. I was also in the MAG-16 Provost Maeshalls Office and most of our personnel were grunts. While I was in PMO we had two Provost Marshalls. Captain Vandenberg and Lt Rusty Kerns, a pilot.

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    zulu company

    Hi Marines, i did a full tour on zulu gaurd duty, late 1969. We needed too fill sandbags; for a huge bunker. It was normal duty, we needed to guard the base at night, it took a while for my shoulder blades too realign themselves. The Ssgt there got me promoted too e4, which is better than e3. semper fi; ronald dreher/ rdreher9@cox.net

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    poor grunts

    before there was marble mountain, there was chu lai or however the heck you spell it. it was my day in the barrel to spend the night there as med evac or whatever else they might need. we always had at least two '34s there. i had some time to kill so i visited a couple of bunkers the grunts had at the paremeter. i thought i would be really cool and show off a bit as an aviator in front of the grunts so i brought them my latest issue of playboy. i made a bit thing out of it. only four months old. they sure did appreciate it. they were so happy to get it they gave me the current issue of playboy. i managed to drag myself back to my aircraft without actually removing my foot from my mouth.

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    In 1970 I believe it was Zulu Co. guarding the perimeter and patroling outside Marble Mtn.I think they were on loan from 1st bn/5th Marines who were headquartered at LZ Baldy.Made up of some grunts and some aircrew!!

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    Grunts at Marble Mt., MP's

    I do believe I owe my life to Bravo Co. 1st MP. Before I went Choppers, When I first got in-country, I and another idiot, he was a Sgt., and I was new, and a Pfc, went out just across from the west fence, to the row of houses right against the Marble fence. We were from the Danang Air Base having gotten there on his little mo-ped, which was more than at least 2 miles away. The vc made a sweep through the street, and finding our bike at the house, engine warm, and they just knew there were Marines in it. The Momma-San, and Poppa, put us inside the walls very fast, as the gooks were going through the house turning everything upside down. I just knew bayonets would be comming through the walls at any minute, but the MP's were right on their tails, and they pulled out, and went on to the hollow Mountain, at Marble. We came with-in a hair of getting the throats cut for sure. I have never heard my heart beat louder than it did then. We had been at the Air Base Club, and he said,'lets go get a very cold beer', about 20:30. Right.!!!!! I NEVER again let him talk me into going out to get a fresh Beer in the vile, after we got on the bike, we hit about 50 all the way back across the Bridge, to the Air Base. In fact I stayed away from him after that, so we wouldn't go out. They could have arrested us, but just said,'GET THE H--L OUT OF HERE'. We certainly did just that. Semper Fi, and READY-APP.

  8. We had Marines from our squadron, HMH-463, FAP'd over to Zulu Co but I don't recall how long the tour was. It could have a 90 day detail.
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  9. John Ace Hunt
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    Grunts at Marble....

    I was with VMF(AW)235 at Danang, and our usual TAD was 60 days. Semper Fi, and READY-APP.

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    Exclamation Grunts At Marble Mountain!

    I was one of those grunts at Marble Mountain or at least that's where our company CP was. We spent most of our time out in the bush doing OPS. I got to Vietnam During the Pull out July of 1970 till March of 1971. I was a squad leader my whole time there. I served with Delta 1/7 at LZ Baldy, Lima 3/5 at hill 34, and Golf 2/1 at Marble Mountain.

    I was Medivaced out from Golf 2/1 in April of 1971 with my second WIA. Like all grunts that I know we thanked God for the chopper crews that took care of us when we needed it! And I remember the call sign very well "Smoke on Call", that when we Popped a Smoke!

    Gunny S.

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    Grunts at Marble Mt.

    Gy7ras, I was well gone by the time you arrived in-country. I hit the place 31 Jan.,'68, and left via e-vac, on 27 Aug.,'69. The last unit I was in was HMM-265, a 46 unit. They left the last of Sept'69. I was Crew Chief, and loved it. Our call signs were Bonnie Sue, Highboy, Clan, Injure, and another I'm not sure of right now. I'd do it again if I could. I flew with the Highboy, and Clan call signs. We didn't know it, but the Big Marble Mt. was hollow, and belonged to the vc. Found that out much later. I was able to see a lot of smoke popped. Glad you are aboard. Semper Fi, and READY-APP.

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    Re: Grunts At Marble Mountain

    I was one of those Grunts from July 69- July 70. I beleve it was 2nd Plt. We where behind the Army Barrack towards the POW Camp. Filling Sand bags.
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    Re: Grunts At Marble Mountain

    I was not directly "attached" to the grunts at MMAF, but "someone" .... "up
    the ladder" decided that since the Avionics shop dealt with "radios" ... they
    (the avionics shop personnel) would be the designated PRC-25 operators.

    So before sundown, it was a trip to the CP to pick up a PRC-25. One night I
    was the 'designated' radio operator for the OD. I think that night, it might have
    been Capt. Don Motz that had the duty. His instructions to me were .... "If
    something happens, I want you on my butt! Where ever I go, you go!"

    Well .... guess what!?! ..... at 1 AM rockets began impacting the flight line ....

    Where does Capt. Motz head! You guessed it, right out on the flight line
    amongst 'em! Let it be said ...... when I checked in with the CP,
    my voice was not the least bit steady and could be described best as a falsetto in tone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Amtower View Post
    I was not directly "attached" to the grunts at MMAF, but "someone" .... "up
    the ladder" decided that since the Avionics shop dealt with "radios" ... they
    (the avionics shop personnel) would be the designated PRC-25 operator

    So before sundown, it was a trip to the CP to pick up a PRC-25. One night I
    was the 'designated' radio operator for the OD. I think that night, it might have
    been Capt. Don Motz that had the duty. His instructions to me were .... "If
    something happens, I want you on my butt! Where ever I go, you go!"

    Well .... guess what!?! ..... at 1 AM rockets began impacting the flight line ....

    Where does Capt. Motz head! You guessed it, right out on the flight line
    amongst 'em! Let it be said ...... when I checked in with the CP,
    my voice was not the least bit steady and could be described best as a falsetto in tone.
    Mike , I had to laugh and not at you but that I could see so many of us with the same VOICE Tone. I know when in Flight and on Missions ,I'm sure the Voice got to that point too. Even when we (as Crew Chiefs) was told over and over to talk slow,Clear and NEVER Quit talking to your pilot.
    J.J. HALL( Jerry)

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    Re: Grunts At Marble Mountain

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Amtower View Post
    I was not directly "attached" to the grunts at MMAF, but "someone" .... "up
    the ladder" decided that since the Avionics shop dealt with "radios" ... they
    (the avionics shop personnel) would be the designated PRC-25 operators.

    So before sundown, it was a trip to the CP to pick up a PRC-25. One night I
    was the 'designated' radio operator for the OD. I think that night, it might have
    been Capt. Don Motz that had the duty. His instructions to me were .... "If
    something happens, I want you on my butt! Where ever I go, you go!"

    Well .... guess what!?! ..... at 1 AM rockets began impacting the flight line ....

    Where does Capt. Motz head! You guessed it, right out on the flight line
    amongst 'em! Let it be said ...... when I checked in with the CP,
    my voice was not the least bit steady and could be described best as a falsetto in tone.

    I remember those 1 AM Rockets attacks. My first experience was in about August 69 when they hit one of the fuel tanks. I learned all about shock waves, I,m glad someone was in the tower with. lol That siren always gave me a creepy feeling. But I always keep lookng and checking the wire (perimeter), You never know!!
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