The following biographies, recent photos and contact information belong to the the members of Weapons Platoon "G" Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment of the 2nd Marine Division's Fleet Marine Force at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina taking part in the U.S. Navy's Solant Amity I Cruise to South America and Africa, from November 1960 through April of 1961. Mouse click on the member's name to see their biography.

Weapons Platoon by Rank

1st Lieut. J. R. Curl
G/Sgt (E7) D. M Bolick
Sgt. (E6) R. D. Pelkey
Sgt. (E-4) J. T. Handrinos

Cpl/Sgt ? (E4) J. A.Fairfax
Cpl/Sgt ? (E4) D. Folsom
Cpl/Sgt ? (E4)A. P. Hayslip
Cpl/Sgt ? (E4)D. J. Leibenguth
Cpl. (E3) T. D. Wynn
L/Cpl George Astorga
L/Cpl K. E. Barber
L/Cpl B. M. Byrd
L/Cpl R. E. Joseph*
L/Cpl. P. R. Dehaven
L/Cpl J. A. Gour
L/Cpl J. Griffin
L/Cpl F. J. Gutowski
L/Cpl R. L. Hart
L/Cpl J. E. Himes
L/Cpl W. R. Himes
L/Cpl T. A. Horne

L/Cpl O. D. Jacob
L/Cpl J. A. Jones
L/Cpl R. E. Joseph
L/Cpl C. Lee
L/Cpl J. F. Nielsen
L/Cpl P. C. Pickel
L/Cpl J. C. Seaman
L/Cpl D. A. Shaner
L/Cpl R. H. Smith
L/Cpl P. Stokes
L/Cpl J. L. Suddith

L/Cpl L. M. Thomas
L/Cpl G. R. Tosh

L/Cpl D. A. Walker
L/Cpl E. W. Welcome
L/Cpl _. A. White
L/Cpl R. L.Whitmoyer
Pfc. W. E. Akey
Pfc. J. M. Austin
Pfc. J. D. Bean
Pfc. A. P. Bouffard
Pfc. D. L. Bowman
Pfc. J. P. Bowman
Pfc. A. P. Buhr
Pfc. J. L. Clark
Pfc. R. L. Corra
Pfc. B. H. Corwin - Deceased
Pfc. E. K. Dillon
Pfc. A. R. Dougherty
Pfc. S. E. Dow
Pfc. C. B. Drake
Pfc. Lee J. Duncan, Jr. - Deceased
Pfc. Richard W. Erb
Pfc. T. E. Farrell
Pfc. A. J. Fiske
Pfc. A. L. Fuller
Pfc. R. H. Hastings
Pfc. R. V. Hiller
Pfc. _. E. Huegel
Pfc. D. W. Jones
Pfc. H. D. Jones
Pfc. Willy C. Jones
Pfc. H. J. McElhaney

Pfc. Rocco Minicone
Pfc. Richard A. Mische
Pfc. R. N. Morin
Pfc. W. J. Neuman
Pfc. C. J.Nicholson
Pfc. M. Obergfoll
Pfc. J. P. O'Malley
Pfc. Rodney J. Parrott
Pfc. W. R. Petitt

Pfc D. M. Rahaley
Pfc. C. J. Ray
Pfc. T. J. Reese
Pfc J. O. Ricks
Pfc. L. M. Salisbury
Pvt. J. Sutterwhite
Pfc J. F. Sosobee
Pfc. J. R. Stephens
Pfc. R. L. Steward
Pfc. J. R. Svendsen
Pfc. P. W. Therrien
Pfc. H. L. Walker
Pfc. J. L. Wright
Pvt. Albert, M. E.
Pvt. L. O. Berry
Pvt. D. A. Carnes
Pvt. E. C. Hludzinski
Pvt. G. A. Miles
Pvt. M. A. Olivomorales
P vt. R. Rybka
Pvt. R. G. Walton
Pvt. C. E. Wilber

George Astorga : Born in Cuba in 1940, from the age of nine, I grew up in Brooklyn, New York.
While studying Architecture at Pratt Institute I was approached by the recruiters and signed up for four years with the Corps because of the sharp uniform and because after eighteen months in Pensacola, Florida I would be a Second Lieutenant and a pilot, they said.
In April 1959 I was greeted by the DIs in Parris Island and graduated with Platoon 321 thirteen weeks later with a 0300 MOS. The pilot thing was denied first because I had a tooth cavity (you had to be perfect) and the second time because I missed the College equivalency test by five points. So be it. I was a Marine!
After ITR, I was assigned to F-2-6 as a rifleman and we did Vieques, I think; then I heard about G-2-6 next door going on a trip and volunteered. There, I was assigned to Weapons Platoon and a 3.5 rocket launcher.
After Solant Amity I transferred to M-3-8 where I became a fire team leader and did a Med Cruise.
In 1962 I was transferred to Headquarters Battery-1-10, with a new MOS at Battalion Intelligence (S-2) as an Interpreter/Interrogator during the Cuban Missile Crisis because I could speak Spanish. We wound up on a carrier off the coast of Havana and things got tense for a while. I was too short for this!
On April 1963 I made the cut and got out after serving only three years, eleven months, and twenty-seven days.
After leaving the Corps I worked in the stock transfer department at Citibank in Wall Street, studied at night and became a computer programmer.
In 1970 our family moved to Miami, Florida where I slowly rose thru the ranks and became a systems analyst and later an applications development manager in the computer industry.
I married in 1977, have one son and a beautiful granddaughter, was downsized and retired in 2002, and now enjoy being a soccer granddad and dabbling in real estate.
So much for my story.This website has brought back so many memories of the Corps, G-2-6 and Solant Amity, and I’m really proud to have served with you guys. As I read comments and see all of the pictures a lot of it comes back, although I now suffer from CRS (Can’t Remember Shit) which affects many of us Floridians with too much time in the sun.
Thanks for the memories. Semper Fi. [ Email me at: ]


Donald L. Bowman: Born and raised in Clearfield I joined the Marine Corps on 27Apr59 in Dubois, PA. I did my PI thing with Platoon 219-59, and a month of infantry training at Camp Geiger. After which I was assigned to Weapons Platoon, "G" Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines for the next thirty months as both a Machine Gunner [0331] and Assaultman[0351]...a 3.5 Rocket Launcher, which is something the Army paid $50/month hazardous duty pay for. Marines, did it for God and country.
After fifteen months of acquiring "salt" in our walk, the rest of the 2nd Battalion was stripped of much of its "controlled input" advantage when personnel with 15 months of infantry experience were transferred to "G" for the Solant Amity good will cruise to Africa. At that point, "G" Company was likely the most experienced infantry company in the United States.
The next six months were extraordinary. More fire and maneuver training, travel and experiences than could fill a fair sized notebook: Vieques, AGAIN with great quantities of ammo, beach parties, downing every tent in 2-2's tent city after they assaulted some "G" company personnel; we sailed from Spain south to Cape Town, South Africa, and from the Republic of the Congo west to Brazil. We partied, fought, provided landing demonstrations and partied some more. All of it providing memories to reflect upon for the rest of my life. And now I get see it all filling the pages of the Solant Amity website.
Afterwards we returned stateside as the "saltiest" Marines at Camp Lejeune. And we remained such for almost a year more before being split up and reassigned.
I was initially transferred to the 1st Landing Battalion, then along with Bob Bittner, I was RE-assigned to the 2nd Amtrac Battalion, retrained and...being one of only two men out of the 30 taking the course that passed...

promoted, made a crew chief and provided an Amtrac of my very own [B-0-4.] At the time of the Cuban Crisis mount-out, an attempt was made to have me "extend" for part of a year by suggesting I would not be able to deploy to the Caribbean. Turning their offer down I was deployed anyway. Returning stateside thereafter, I stayed with 2nd Amtrac...considered briefly remaining in the Corps...but left in March 1963.
I married about year before leaving the Marine Corps and lost two daughters to illness within 24 hours of their birth, in 1963. Their mother and I divorced some years later. Over the many years since, I've married three more times and have three children...a son and two daughters.
I managed since to accumulate a rather broad array of working experiences. I worked in the coal mines for some years, lost a brother to one of them. Then moved on to the railroad construction industry where, in working in close proximity to the mine service areas both as a worker and foreman, managed to acquiring black lung disease. Finally, I settled into a job with the Teamsters as a heavy equipment operator and sales operations manager and stayed with that until retiring in 2008.
Most of my life I've remained involved with the a trustee and member of the board of directors of my local chapter...and the Marine Corps League. So, it might be said that despite my "leaving" the Corps decades ago, a part of our connection remains intact.
And now I busy myself maintaining a substantial collection of rifles and enjoying the good hunting to be had hereabouts. So, life is good.
It is said that “We live in extraordinary times.” Well, we do. And, WE certainly did.
I've no email, so feel free to reach out to me at 88 Patton Street, Clearfield, PA 16830 or by phone at (814) 765-7600.
Semper fi to all hands.

Barstow Hampton Corwin[NOW DECEASED]

Based on information provided by former Weapons Platoon member Arch Fuller, an internet search of deaths in the Union Springs community of New York verified the death of the former Weapons Platoon Machine Gunner (0331) on 15December10. Born on 5Apr40, the cause of his death is unknown.

May his soul rest in peace.

Lee J. Duncan, Jr. : – [NOW DECEASED]

According to former 3rd Platoon member and subsequent E5 helicopter Crew Chief in Vietnam, Billy Driggins: Lee Duncan of Weapons Platoon and subsequent door gunner on a CH46 Sea Knight from ’67-’69, in Vietnam, died of prostate cancer in 2001 and had been living in Conway, NC.

May his soul rest in peace.

Richard W. Erb: Born 3/19/42, raised and entered the Marine Corps out of New London, CT 28April59, sent to Parris Island, SC then Infantry Training Regiment [ITR] at Camp Geiger, NC. Thereafter I was assigned to "G" Company, 2nd of the 6th Regiment for the entirety of our required controlled input period. I was thereafter assigned to 2nd Marine Division Bulk Fuel Supply until leaving the Corps as a Corporal E4, a bit early, on 12March63.
My civilian life began with four years Apprentiship and another 27 years service in the Sheet Metal Worker's Union, including HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditining) construction efforts in the SouthTower of the World Trade Center beginning in 1968.
Unable to remain "unemployed" after 31 years in construction, I joined the engineering staff at Foxwood Casino in Connecticut until retiring for the 2nd and last time in 2007. On the other hand, some might say spending four hours a day in a gym working out with friends has become my third career. BUT having led an active life I think it important keep the "machine" working.
I'm married to a great gal, Patricia, and the father of one son.
I was and continue to be shocked and delighted to learn that a website has been dedicated to Solant Amity, an event so very memorable to me and all marines taking part in it.

Service, danger, travel to places few in their entire lifetime will get to see...with good and trusted company. Solant Amity: An opportunity to learn so much more about our world than provided in text books and classroom lectures.
I've already reached out to the then Captain and now long retired Major Skipper and look forward to speaking with still more of those filling our personnel roster.
This is GREAT!
Drop me an email at . Semper fi to you all.

Archie L. Fuller: : Born in Webster Springs and raised in Buckhannon I joined the Marine Corps on 27Apr59 in Clarksburg, West Virginia. I completed my necessary stints at PI, as part of Platoon 222-59, and a month of infantry training at Camp Geiger before being transferred to, and remaining with, Golf Company, 2nd Battalion of the 6th Marines for the next thirty months, as part of the then newly emerging practice of Controlled Input. I was assigned to Weapons Platoon and functioned as a 3.5 “Rocket Man.”
Acquiring all the additional skills required of an infantryman during my first fifteen months, my stint with G-2-6 continued with the announced plans of my being part of…not voluntarily…SoLant Amity; which at the time was…excluding the Med Cruise…the latest of America’s “goodwill” ventures around the globe. I was trained and licensed to drive a Jeep as well as one of those recently distributed flat-topped mechanical “mules,” and was reassigned to the 3rd Platoon. But, during the Company’s engagements in the Congo, the mule was dropped during an unloading procedure, leaving me with but the company Jeep to handle.
After the SoLant cruise and still more trips south to Vieques, I was sent first TAD to the 2nd MarDiv Supply School, as part of their security detail. Later, and after my obligation to Controlled Input, I was assigned to the Division’s 2nd Composite Radio Company, acquiring the rank of Corporal E4 before leaving the Corps.
I married Carrie shortly after entering the Marine Corps and remain so--to the same gal--today, have two children and three grand-children. Along life’s way I obtained an Associate Degree in Marketing…using those “dollars for scholars” Vet’s benefits…and earned a more than adequate living as a sales manager over the years, finally retiring from all such activity in 2008.
In the 70’s, I visited Camp Lejeune. And once again in the 90’s. A few years back, I vacationed on what is now called Isla de Vieques. Nothing appeared the same and I found little to remind of the “old days or places.” The names for much were the same but hardly the views. More recently, I’d been thinking of those years, ships, shipmates and jarhead friends of so very long ago and began, curiously, searching the internet. Finding the USS Gearing’s website, I stumbled upon a small article Ed Shea had written about the 3rd Herd’s time aboard the Gearing, the Santa Maria incident and Solant Amity. From that beginning, I’ve since learned of the more than 160megs of yesteryear history sitting at
Ed tells me that seeing the pictures and reading the stories will bring about a striking eruption of thoughts and feelings of my own. Perceptions not forgotten just stored away somewhere for [Oh-my-Gawd] fifty years.
It is often expressed that “We live in extraordinary times.” Well, we do. And, WE certainly DID.
Semper fi.

Ralph Hiller : Born 1942, I was raised and entered the Marine Corps out of Richmond, VA in April 1959, did the usual stint at Parris Island, SC and the Infantry Training Regiment [ITR] at Camp Geiger, NC. Thereafter I was assigned to "G" Company, 2nd of the 6th Regiment for the entirety of our required controlled input period and remained at Camp Lejeune...with ABSOLUTELY no intention of shippiong over...until leaving the Corps in March 1963...just shy of my full four year enlistment obligation.
Marrying in that same year, I remain so to the same gal. We have two children, who have provided us with four grandchilren.
I attended a two year technical school for electronics which morphed into my working for myself as an electrican until, business being what it is, I obtained a maintenance postion with my local school district...from which I retied in 2002.
I have since been doing auto mechanic work for profit and fun, including the maintence of my six cars, two of which being 1950s antigues.
It has been a long time since I had a conversation of the length I did not long ago with Archie Fuller about those days and nights, ashore and at sea, of fifty years ago. Even more shocking was my learning of the existence of a website dedicated to Solant Amity I.
Drop me an email at . Semper fi to you all.

Rocco Minicone: Born in Utica, in 1942, I was raised in Rochester, New York. After high school, I entered the Marine Corps in March of '59 and finished my stints on Parris Island with, first, Platoon 121, then a short gig with the "Fatman's" Platoon and finally graduating with Platoon 320.
Thereafter, I was assigned to ITR at Camp Geiger, North Carolina followed by a transfer to "Fox" Company of the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines at Lejeune. Then, things got real cool.
I was detailed to perform Military Police duties for the 6th Marines, was sent to the FBI training center in Quantico for six weeks and returned to Lejeune. In October of 1960, word of a good will cruise came up that required seven military police. Ooorah! I signed up.
It was the best move I ever made. The greatest time of may life was on Solant Amity. I went places I would never seen in some other life, and made friends that would last forever...the proof of that being this very website.
After return to CONUS, I re-enlisted and was reassigned to the Marine Barracks in San Juan, P.R, again with the Military Police, was eventually promoted to E-4 Corporal and became the Assistant Brig Warden.

In June of 1962, I met the woman that I would spend the rest of life with. I've been married now for 40 years, have three wonderful daughters and seven equally great grandchildren.
Staying in San Juan for 5 years, I was reassigned to MP service at Camp Lejuene until 1966 when I was transferred to the 3rd MP at Chu Lai, then on to Con Thien and, finally, Da Nang where, in November of '67, I was wounded, returned to CONUS for recuperation and reassigned. I spent my last 6 years in the Corps on recruiting duties in my home town and, in 1973, was medically retired at the rank of E7 Gunnery Sergeant.
Returning to the real world, I did two years with the Monroe County Sheriff's Department in Rochester, New York. Then, while finishing off the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Rochester, I simultaneously acquired an itch to move to Las Vegas, Nevada where I quickly found I was too old, at 36, to work with the Nevada police. Go figure. Sooo, boo-hoo, to compensate, I got a job with a liquor and beer wholesale outfit. A really great job for a Marine.
Retiring from that "effort" in 2001, I've been enjoying life while doing nothing more than hunting, fishing and traveling. Recently, I went back to work for a good friend of mine, as the executive vice-president of his construction company. But, I've also been finding that I seem to be thinking more and more of the good times and friends from my days of [Marine Corps] yore. We should all get together again.
Any one who want reach me by E-mail can do so by dropping me a line at . God bless and Semper Fi.

Richard A. Mische, Sr.: Born in 1939 and entered the Corps on 14April59 and graduated with Platoon 320.
Like most of us in "Golf" Company, I was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines after ITR at Camp Geiger. At first I was sent to "Fox" Company and when the call for volunteers went out for the Solant Amity cruise in the fall of '60, I was reassigned to G-2-6 for the "duration plus...." In 1962, when "G" was being broken up, I went to the 8th Engineering Battalion at Lejeune and was sent to Camp Garcia in Viegues, PR to assist in construction projects there. Later, as time closed in on what proved to be a not too early release, I was again reassigned to Food Services Division at Lejeune. I was released from active duty 12Apr63, one entire day earlier than I might have expected. Ooorah!

I married Barbara in 1973 and remain so to this day with a daughter [ Dawn ] and two sons, Richard, Jr. and Brian. After forty years as a machine operator, I retired and work now when I please.

Service in the Corps, though so very far in my past, remains important. Aside from doing the right thing for my country at the time, it provided direction and purpose to a life probably not much different from your own. And, along the way, there were some very good times in places far removed from East Hartford, Connecticut. I remain particularly fond of my Cape Town, SA recollections.
I'm so really glad to learn that efforts are being made to recapture those times and reestablish relationships with comrades from so very long ago.
I've no email address but I can be contacted at 3574 Country Lane Cove, Bartlett, TN 38133-2802 or by phone at (901) 377-2313.
Semper fi to you all of .

Rodney J. Parrott: Born in Columbus, Georgia in 1942 and raised in Pheonix City, Alabama I joined the Marine Corps in 1959 in Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 17 and graduated from Parris Island Platoon 222. I proceeded to Camp Geiger for my infantry combat training and, from there, to Lejeune, where I served 30 months in the 2nd Weapons Platoon of H & S Company, as a mortar man. It was from there that I was detailed to G-2-6 for the duration of the outstanding Solant Amity I cruise to South America and Africa.
I remember fondly those times and six of us in particular that were very close: Mike Obergfoll, Albert A. Sears, William Akey, John P. Bowman, Johnny Ricks and J. P. Walsh. We were a wild bunch! Just looking at the website’s platoon roster brought back some fond memories. I can’t but wonder what the impact of seeing the entire Company Roster will be like.
After exiting the Marine Corps and while still working on acquiring the skills of a finished carpenter and builder.

Ron & Barbara - 2007

I married in 1964 and remain so to this day to a wonderful woman, wife and mother: Barbara. We have six children, three boys and three girls, who are grown now and married with the exception of our youngest son, Joshua. He has one more year of school before he graduates.
In 1967, I answered God’s calling to be a preacher and missionary. Four years later, graduating from Tennessee
Temple Bible School in Chattanooga, incredibly, I wound up working with our armed forces, in Europe. “Transferred,” so to speak, to Rota, Spain of all places, I pastored the Bethel Baptist Church for the military for nearly a decade. Would you believe my church was in a building that used to be a night club we drank and fought in when pulling liberty, on our way back to CONUS at the completion of the Solant Amity I Cruise!!!
Well, now I'm 63 and still an active, though old, Marine. The young can be dangerous but we “old” Marines can be lethal.
Hey, when I preached a message in a church in Newport, NC the title of my sermon was "Semper Fi; Do Or DIE!" Those Marines near shouted the roof-rafters from the building.
I’ve spent nearly my entire adult life working with the greatest people on earth, our military personnel stationed all over this world.
I have, in fact, been the pastor of five different military churches in Spain, Italy and Germany. More recently, I’ve been working world-wide, filling-in the pulpits of near vacant churches, long-ago established and awaiting full-time pastors. Just this past year alone, I have been to Germany, Iceland, Puerto Rico, Guam, Alaska; and, right now [August 2005] I'm in Yokosuka, Japan.
God has given me an exciting life, starting with the Marine Corps’ making a man out of a 17 year old boy.
I went into the Marines as Ronnie J. Parrott instead of Rodney. At that time I thought Rodney was a little "Sissy". Also, when I went for my physical the recruiter made me eat two pounds of bananas so I could top the scales at 120 lbs. I was 6'1" and weighed 118 lbs. Now I have a whole lot of Marine muscle packed in "cosmolene!!!"
If you know how to reach our fellow Marines and/or how to get a yearbook from our boot camp days, I would appreciate it. Stay in touch Marines. Send me an email at . And, a roaring SEMPER FI!!! to you all.

REUNIONS: Marines, after very different life experiences, meet after five decades.

In October 2011, Arch Fuller [left in both images] and Ralph Hiller reunited in Williamsburg, Virginia to talk over their old times together. Archie found Ralph on Facebook and the two made arrangements to get together.











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