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For those of us that remember SOS –Ed Creamer 1 – 1/2 Lb. (24 oz) of lean ground beef (80/20) 2 Tbsp. butter 1 cup chopped onion 3 Tbsp. flour 2 Tbsp. granulated garlic (or garlic powder) 4 Tbsp soy sauce 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 2 cups milk Salt and pepper to taste Brown meat, […]

One Marine’s Story

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By Richard W. Williams I was a grunt in India Company 3/5 in 1969. But, this is not war story. This is a story about the Espirit de Corps of the 1st Marine Division. I lived in Boca Raton, Florida. Prior to joining the Marines in 1968, I learned that there was a Marine who […]

Touch A Name On The Wall

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During the USMC Vietnam Helicopter Association’s event at “The Wall South” in Pensacola (1998), we had several flyovers by helicopters. I was in the H-34 as it flew over (2:04 into the video, piloted by Larry Turner and Ben Cascio) and it sure got a warm reception from the crowd, most of who hadn’t seen […]

Rules for Dating a Marine’s Daughter

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If you pull into my driveway and honk you’d better be delivering a package, because you’re sure not picking anything up. Remove your hat when entering my humble abode. I may think you have something terrible under it and will do my best to exterminate it quickly, efficiently, and fatally. You do not touch my […]

Cpl. Kent Cagle, USMC

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Today America lost a warrior, the Marine Corps lost a Brother, a family lost a loved one, and I lost one of my best friends. In the early 1980’s, Cpl. Kent Cagle honorably served his country as a United States Marine. I was proud to have served with him and call him a brother. In […]

USMC Patches

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Cpl. Beddoe’s USMC Patch Collection: Patches collected (over 600) during the past 14 years while webmaster of POPASMOKE.COM or click here Link to this post!

CASEVAC Corpsman Shannon Dittlinger

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Bruce Williams-Burden, former Navy Corpsman (RVN), wrote a book earlier this year year titled “Luminous Base”. The book is a well-researched collection of respectful and caring stories of Corpsmen killed in action. In April, I posted a review of the book here on my blog. With Bruce’s permission, I am posting a chapter from his […]

Merry Christmas From Afghanistan

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“Merry Christmas From Afghanistan” Merry Christmas from Afghanistan, oh man, it’s that time of year, and the birth of Jesus doesn’t seem to please the terrorists down here; I’d like to take a moment for you folks at home to make it clear; Merry Christmas from the Eastern Hemisphere. Merry Christmas from Afghanistan, way back […]


Whisper Semper Fi

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He was sitting on a park bench, hunched and looking low. It was hard to imagine how he’d looked so long ago. His beard was long and shaggy now; his sparse hair white as snow but his steel gray eyes were piercing and I turned away to go. He looked lonely and forgotten and maybe […]

One Ride With YP-13

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You should be hearing Martin Sheen and Jim Farley talk about the March 31, 1965 mission which made the cover of TIME magazine. As the webmaster for the USMC/Combat Helicopter Association (POPASMOKE), I get to meet some awesome Marines and Corpsmen. In the summer of 2000, during one of the reunions in San Diego, I […]

Marine Corps Quotes

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This is the BEST resource for USMC Marine Corps quotes online. Feel free to share these “Twitter-sized” quotes but kindly link to this post or give proper credit if you copy them for duplication. Source: Follow @TX1963 on Twitter “Many quotes are from ‘Warrior Culture of the U.S. Marines’, by my good buddy Marion […]

These Good Men

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I now know why men who have been to war yearn to reunite. Not to tell stories or look at old pictures. Not to laugh or weep. Comrades gather because they long to be with the men who once acted their best, men who suffered and sacrificed, who were stripped raw, right down to their […]

UNIVAC 1218 CPU (Univac 1500)

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In 1981, I attended computer school in the Marine Corps at the Naval Air Station in Meridian, Mississippi. The first time I had ever seen a computer, and what a beauty she was! The UNIVAC (UNIVersal Automatic Computer) 1218 Military Computer… Along with the IBM card reader punch interpreter (CRPI), four mag tape drives (model […]