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Reply #10 - 04/16/18 at 10:26:25
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"...when the Army and the Navy look on heaven's scenes, they will find the streets are guarded by

United States Marines..." (Marine Corps Hymn)

Ermey, Lee SGT reporting for duty


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Reply #11 - 04/16/18 at 12:26:39
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There is a problem with R. Lee Ermey's wikipedia information.

The Marine Wing Support Group 17 was not stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa.  The Marine Wing Support Group 17 was initially based at Itami, Japan in 1953 and then later that same year, was relocated to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan where served until 1966.

From June 1966 until August 1970 the Marine Wing Support Group 17 was stationed at Da Nang Air Base in Vietnam.  In the Summer of 1970 the Marine Wing Support Group 17 moved back to its base in Iwakuni, Japan.

In 1979  the Marine Wing Support Group 17 did move to Okinawa, but not the Marine Corps Air Station at Futenma.  In 1979 the Marine Wing Support Group 17 was stationed at Camp Foster on Okinawa.

I think the story got confused somehow.  R. Lee Ermey spent 14 months in Vietnam at Da Nang Air Base from 1968 to 1970.  In the late Summer of 1970 Marine Wing Support Group 17 returned back to Iwakuni, Japan.  I suspect R. Lee Ermey returned to Japan with the Marine Wing Support Group 17 in the Summer of 1970.  That would correspond to his 14 months in country (1968-1970).

What happened between late-1970 and 1972 is unknown, but if R. Lee Ermey was located on Okinawa in 1972 when he separated from service (as his Wikipedia article states), then he could not have been with the Marine Wing Support Group 17 at that time.  Since the Marine Wing Support Group 17 did not arrive at Camp Foster on Okinawa until 1979.

I was also stationed in Okinawa, at the Marine Corps Air Station at Futenma from 1973 until 1974 and had never heard of the Marine Wing Support Group 17.  Which is why I looked them up.
  
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Reply #12 - 04/16/18 at 16:16:45
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RIP in Peace Gunny.

Now the rest of you maggots get down and give me 20.
  
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Reply #13 - 04/16/18 at 17:27:21
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|Glitch| wrote on 04/16/18 at 12:26:39:
There is a problem with R. Lee Ermey's wikipedia information.

The Marine Wing Support Group 17 was not stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa.  The Marine Wing Support Group 17 was initially based at Itami, Japan in 1953 and then later that same year, was relocated to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan where served until 1966.

From June 1966 until August 1970 the Marine Wing Support Group 17 was stationed at Da Nang Air Base in Vietnam.  In the Summer of 1970 the Marine Wing Support Group 17 moved back to its base in Iwakuni, Japan.

In 1979  the Marine Wing Support Group 17 did move to Okinawa, but not the Marine Corps Air Station at Futenma.  In 1979 the Marine Wing Support Group 17 was stationed at Camp Foster on Okinawa.

I think the story got confused somehow.  R. Lee Ermey spent 14 months in Vietnam at Da Nang Air Base from 1968 to 1970.  In the late Summer of 1970 Marine Wing Support Group 17 returned back to Iwakuni, Japan.  I suspect R. Lee Ermey returned to Japan with the Marine Wing Support Group 17 in the Summer of 1970.  That would correspond to his 14 months in country (1968-1970).

What happened between late-1970 and 1972 is unknown, but if R. Lee Ermey was located on Okinawa in 1972 when he separated from service (as his Wikipedia article states), then he could not have been with the Marine Wing Support Group 17 at that time.  Since the Marine Wing Support Group 17 did not arrive at Camp Foster on Okinawa until 1979.

I was also stationed in Okinawa, at the Marine Corps Air Station at Futenma from 1973 until 1974 and had never heard of the Marine Wing Support Group 17.  Which is why I looked them up.


wow, small freakin' world eh?  Thanks for this explanation.....in the military you go where you are told, and do what you are told, pretty much no questions asked, yes Sir, no Sir, no Questions Sir.   Cool  thanks glitch!!
  

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Reply #14 - 04/16/18 at 19:09:09
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I just wish more students would imitate him, instead of the slime ball follywood idiots!

R.I.P. Sergeant Ermey!
  

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Reply #15 - 04/17/18 at 09:31:23
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pentagon wrote on 04/16/18 at 17:27:21:
wow, small freakin' world eh?  Thanks for this explanation.....in the military you go where you are told, and do what you are told, pretty much no questions asked, yes Sir, no Sir, no Questions Sir.   Cool  thanks glitch!!

That is very true, particularly in those days.  I understand the Army will allow you to choose you MOS and permanent duty assignment these days.  Before the all-volunteer military you had no choice.  Your MOS was assigned upon graduating boot and your duty assignment was where ever the Marines wanted you.
  
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Reply #16 - 04/17/18 at 14:32:46
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|Glitch| wrote on 04/17/18 at 09:31:23:
That is very true, particularly in those days.  I understand the Army will allow you to choose you MOS and permanent duty assignment these days.  Before the all-volunteer military you had no choice.  Your MOS was assigned upon graduating boot and your duty assignment was where ever the Marines wanted you.


I enjoyed Ermey's portrayals which were the most authentic of any movie I can remember.

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Your MOS was assigned upon graduating boot and your duty assignment was where ever the Marines wanted you.

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I remember my DI telling me where I "volunteered" to go after boot.  Grin
  

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Reply #17 - 04/17/18 at 21:20:48
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USMC1967 wrote on 04/17/18 at 14:32:46:
I enjoyed Ermey's portrayals which were the most authentic of any movie I can remember.

Smiley

I remember my DI telling me where I "volunteered" to go after boot.  Grin

The first time I saw R. Lee Ermey was in the movie "Full Metal Jacket" and it was completely authentic because he had been a Drill Instructor in the Marine Corps.  It is still the only movie I have seen that is very close to what it was actually like in boot camp in those days, and it was specifically because of R. Lee Ermey's performance.

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