Company - 2nd Platoon Personnel
2nd Battalion, 6th Marines
2nd Marine Division
November 1960 - March 1962
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Douglass. M. Carver
M. Carver :
Former 2nd Lieutenant and now, long ago releaased from active duty,
Captain USMCR Carver is the first of our Company's officers "rediscovered."
contemplating retirement, I can't bring myself to do so. Perhaps because
I'd like to believe myself the "fit young thing" of 50 years ago.
I met and married, Anke, a German woman living in Paris and remain so, though I wonder what she's in it for. We've two children, Kai and Astrid, neither of which you will notice bear Scottish names...sSomething very telling about who runs the family. You know, running a platoon of hard-charging, young Marines was a lot easier than getting a strong-willed-and-minded wife and two children to follow orders.
My daughter upped-and-married a Frenchman few years ago, thus, Anke and I have two young grand-daughters.
The Solant cruise was a wonderful experience. I have often bored my family with tales of Viegues, where Captain Skipper couldn't find my platoon for hours as we were on the wrong hill; a visit to a house on stilts in Recife where, as but a tourist mind you, I saw the largest heart-shaped bed imaginable and ne'er seen since; shore duty on Dakar where, after getting Marines and sailors alike back to their ships, my sergeant an myself went to the beach and hauled nets with local fishermen; a day spent with the crew and officers of a wine tanker(!) in Pointe Noire; the idyl [ wonderfully carefree experience] in Cape Town, where to everyone's surprise and pleasure our black Marines had a better time than their white comrades; then there was that great weekend in Madrid, where I allowed my imagination to get ahead of reality; and much, much more.
As for the USMC, I owe it for the education I received in how to lead men: to respect them and ensure that they respect you. It provided lessons applied my entire business life, which has not necessarily guaranteed success but has provided endless satisfaction in the feeling that people who have worked for me benefited from the experience, though not as much as I have in working with and for them.
I can be reached at: email@example.com
Semper fi to "All Hands."
May his soul rest in peace.
Landry: Born 1941 and raised in Waltham, Massachusetts,
I attended Waltham High School until Feb59, when for some reason I will
never figure out, I just went down and joined the Corps. I went through
Parris Island in Platoon 118. After boot camp I was assigned to Cryptograph
school at Twenty-Nine Palms; B U T, I could not get a "Crypto" clearance
because my father was Canadian. What a bummer, Dad!
Soooo, I was assigned the dreaded 0300 MOS and sent on to Geiger for Advanced Infantry Training. From there it was 2nd Platoon, G-2-6, a BAR and several trips to Vieques, with which I believe you're all familiar. It was there that I was so cordially introduced to the dynamic bar-fly duo of Messrs. Don Q and Ron Bacardi. We became intimate friends, the duo and I.
Then along came Solant Amity and a chance to see the world. It was after Solant that I realized how much I really loved traveling at Uncle Sam's expense, so I transferred to the 8th Marines and did a Med Cruise. That was also a blast. After that, I was sent to NBC school at Geiger and became an assistant instructor there running the infamous gas chamber, where you will all remember having sung the Marine Corps Hymn so awfully and to the point of tears.
What a bunch of cry-babies Marines are when you put them in a room full of CS gas and make them sing!
I got out in '63 and went back to Waltham. After about a year of screwin' around, I got married and got some odd jobs but finally got on track and ended up owning a small chain of sporting goods stores on the North Shore area of Boston. I had stores in Salem, Danvers, Woburn and Cambridge. It started out as Salem Army & Navy, then changed to Colman's Sporting Goods, then to MVP Sports Stores. I worked at that for about seventeen years. My wife and I raised three great kids and I now have four grand-kids who are just a hoot. I sold the business in '86 and slid back south to Florida where I've been beaching and golfing ever since. Still a lousy 18 handicap. Dammit I hate golf!
Now I'm messing around with real estate and making a few bucks here and there. That's my happy story, "and I'm stickin' to it."
I'd love to hear about what the rest of you grunts have been doing. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A very big Semper Fi to you all.
L. Malone: I was born in Chester,
Pennsylvania on 20Feb38, attended Saint Roberts Catholic Grade School and
Saint James Catholic High School for Boys and graduated in June of 1955.
Joining the US Army in September ‘55 and completing Basic Training at Fort Jackson, SC, I was first posted to Fort Lewis, WA and assigned to the 15th Field Artillery Battalion, Ladd AFB in Fairbanks, Alaska with an MOS of Artillery Gunnery, specifically Fire Direction Control and worked primarily with 105mm Self-Propelled M107 Howitzers, leftovers common to the Korean War. I was discharged from the Army in August 1958.
On 19April59, I enlisted in the Marine Corps, graduated Parris Island’s Basic Training with the 1st Battalion’s Platoon-122 and moved north to Camp Geiger Jacksonville, NC for a month long Infantry Training program and the first opportunity for liberty in three months. Completing the program, it was but a short cattle-car ride to the 2nd Marine Division’s 2nd Battalion of the Sixth Marine Regiment, where I was assigned to Golf Company and almost immediately turned loose on leave for a uniting of a different kind.
I was on my way to Chester, PA and a wedding date with Loretta S. Frank. Loretta and I were married by Father Griffith on 5Sep59 and remain together today. We were blessed with two daughters (Linda Ann and Lorrie Anne) and they have provided us with great memories, grand-children and, through them, great grand-children.
When I joined G-2-6 I was assigned to the 2nd Platoon as a BAR man of the 1st Squad. The Platoon Commander was 2ndLt J. J. O’Meara. The Platoon Sergeant was Navy Cross recipient GySgt J. J. Covella and the Platoon Guide was SSgt
Jones. My Squad Leader was Sgt Kenneth J. Hebert. The CO of Golf Company
was Capt. Gamby and the First Sergeant was Anthony Perkins. The Company’s
XO was 1stLt Ernie Cook, who would cross my path later in my career and
would eventually retire from the Marine Corps as a Lieutenant General.
He is now deceased, having passed away in Charleston, SC some time back.
Born Boston in 1940, I lived there until entering the Marine Corps 6Mar59,
suffered the abuses of Parris Island with Platoon 218 and was, after ITR
at Camp Geiger, assigned to "E" Company, 2nd Battalion of the
6th Marines. Along with a great many more of us, I volunteered for the
Solant Amity Cruise and was reassigned to "G" Company in the
fall of 1960. Because of an injury later sustained to my back, I was after
leaving "G" Company assigned to a variety of administrative
positions, the last of which being at the Material and Maintenance unit
of Lejeune's 2nd Force Services Regiment. I left active duty on 5Mar63
but didn't, for some time, get away from J-ville.
Charles E. Wilson
: Born in 1939 and being of divorced parents, I was
raised in Montclair, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, kind of
back and forth situation. My USMC active duty began in April 1959 at the
age of 19, when I left the parental disapproval of Philadelphia for the
world's long acknowledged nurturing environment of Parris Island, South
Carolina. There, the drill instructors of Platoon 122 picked up where
my parents had left off, only the DIs were much, much L O U D E R.
[Editor's Note: It is with regret that we announce the death of Charles Wilson on 11 September 2009. Below is posted the notification provided by Charlie's wife, Peggy:
May his soul rest in peace.
SPACE AWAITS YOUR ENTRY
Charlie Wilson (2nd Platoon), Ken Kollai and Ed Shea of the 3rd raised their glasses in celebration of the Corp's birthday on 10 November 2005 during a luncheon together in Naples, Florida. None had seen the others since 1962! The time since and the luncheon went by all too fast.
Charlie has since deceased.[See biography above.]
21Nov15: Ed Hart's "USS Hooligan" docked in the Sneads Ferry area and Jack Baker and I met up with our old buddy. It was amazing the amount of memory recall we all had when talking about G/2/6, the Solant Amity cruise and other deployments we made to the garden island (Vieques, PR). EJ is on his way South today but we are all looking forward to his return... whenever it might be.
It was a great visit, prompted by but a phone call a few months back. Semper Fi to all our website's readers. Paul Malone
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