Current/Last Primary MOS
9999-Sergeant Major/First Sergeant
Specific Billet MOS'S
Previously Held MOS 9900-General Service Marine
2500-Basic Operational Communicator
2531-Field Radio Operator
0849-Shore Fire Control Partyman
2591-Operational Communication Chief
2581-Radio Frequency Management Technician
1994-1994, 9999, USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20)
After 30 years in the Corps, 19 years at the Credit Union and 100% Disability - Retired!
Other Comments: Disabled American Veterans - Life Member; United States Seagoing Marine Association - Plankowner/Life Member; Heritage Foundation - Honor Roll; 2nd Marine Division Association - Life Member; Jacksonville/Onslow Military Affairs Committee - Member; Regiment of Retired Marines - Hall of Fame Member #9; Jacksonville Breakfast Rotary - President/Past President and Past Secretary.
Best Friends SSgt. Garry L. Ward my Radio Chief, Cpl. "Mac" McQuilliams my Wire Chief and GySgt. C.W. Harnest the Platoon Cmdr of 81 mm Mortar Platoon. 1st Lt. Charles Driest (later LtCol.) of 2nd Tank Bn., and my neighbor! Miss those days sitting on a tailgate chewing Redman and drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon beer!
Best Moment When the CO, LtCol. John Ripley made me the Platoon Commander of the Comm. Platoon. Ace-ing the communications portion of the TACTest in 29 Palms. Deploying, deploying and deploying!
Worst Moment Losing one of our Wire Platoon Marines to suicide.
Chain of Command LtCol. Pruitt was the CO when I arrived. LtCol. John W. Ripley took over as the CO as we prepared for the cold weather deployment to "Anorak Express" in Norway. One of the finest officers I have ever had the pleasure of serving with! Maj. Stephen M. Hartnett - XO; SgtMaj Robert Wahoff; Capt. James R. Battaglini (later MGen.)was CO of H&S Co., 1stSgt. J.O. McKay and GySgt. Thomas Moore was the Company Gunny. 1stLt. Robertson was the Adjutant; Capt. Williams was the S3 and Capts. Mike Reep, Al Cortez, George Solhan and Hamilton were line Company Commanders. Mike Reep later moved to the S3A position.
Other Memories The Delta Corridor; Pickle Meadows, Camp Edwards, Ma. all leading up to Anorak Express. Getting the "Bluenose" after crossing the Artic Circle. Kicking the Norgies butt during the exercise! Col. Cacase, CO of 32 MAU/RLT-2 holding NJP on a SgtMaj. for being UA during the exercise!