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Isaacs, Larry, SgtMaj Specific Billet MOS'S
 
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Current Service Status
USMC Retired
Current/Last Rank
Sergeant Major
Current/Last Primary MOS
9999-Sergeant Major/First Sergeant
Current/Last MOSGroup
Specific Billet MOS'S
Previously Held MOS
0311-Rifleman
8151-Guard
8513-Marine Combat Instructor
8562-Physical Training Instructor
0369-Infantry Unit Leader
8421-Career Planner
8511-Drill Instructor
Current/Last Unit
1991-1993, 9999, 4th MCD/Recruiting Station Cleveland Ohio
Service Years
1963 - 1993
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Antarctic Circle Certificate
Panama Canal Certificate
Shellback Certificate

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 Recruit Training - Trainee/Instructor
  1963, Boot Camp - Parris Island, Q/32724
 Unit Assignments
USS Montrail (APA-213/LPA-213)8th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (2/8)USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7)Marine Barracks Subic Bay, Philippines
Infantry Training School(s) (SOI) EAST/1st Infantry Training Regiment (1st ITR)7th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)III MAF/2nd CAGIII MAF/4th Combined Action Group (4th CAG)
Infantry Training School(s) WestMarine Corps Bases Atlantic/Marine Corps Base Quantico, VAMarine Corps Bases Pacific/MCB Camp Pendleton9th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (3/9)
Marine Corps Bases Pacific/MCRD San Diego, CAMarine Corps Bases Atlantic/MCB Camp Lejeune, NCDrill Instructors School, MCRD PI, SCTraining Command/MCRD Parris Island, SC
Marine Corps Bases Pacific/MCB Japan/Marine Corps Installations Pacific (MCIPAC)24th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn, 24th Marine Regiment (3/24)Training Command/MCRD, San Diego, CAMACG-18/MASS-2
25th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn, 25th Marine Regiment (3/25)4th MCD/Recruiting Station Cleveland Ohio
  1963-1963, 0311, USS Montrail (APA-213/LPA-213)
  1963-1965, 0311, 2nd Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (2/8)/G Co
  1964-1964, 0311, USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7)
  1965-1967, 8151, Marine Barracks Subic Bay, Philippines
  1967-1967, 8513, Infantry Training School(s) (SOI) EAST/1st Infantry Training Regiment (1st ITR)
  1967-1968, 0311, 3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)/I Co
  1968-1968, 0311, 2nd CAG/CAP 2-4-1
  1968-1968, 0311, III MAF/4th Combined Action Group (4th CAG)
  1969-1970, 0311, Infantry Training School(s) West/Basic Infantry Training Schools Camp Pendleton
  1970-1970, 8562, Marine Corps Bases Atlantic/Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA
  1970-1971, 8562, Marine Corps Bases Pacific/MCB Camp Pendleton
  1971-1972, 0369, 9th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (3/9)
  1971-1972, 8562, Marine Corps Bases Pacific/MCRD San Diego, CA
  1972-1975, 8421, Marine Corps Bases Atlantic/MCB Camp Lejeune, NC
  1975-1978, 8511, Drill Instructors School, MCRD PI, SC
  1975-1978, 8511, MCRD Parris Island, SC/3rd Bn
  1978-1979, 0369, Marine Corps Bases Pacific/MCB Japan/Marine Corps Installations Pacific (MCIPAC)
  1979-1982, 0369, 24th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn, 24th Marine Regiment (3/24)
  1982-1985, 9999, Training Command/MCRD, San Diego, CA
  1985-1988, 9999, 24th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn, 24th Marine Regiment (3/24)
  1988-1989, 9999, MACG-18/MASS-2
  1989-1990, 9999, 25th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn, 25th Marine Regiment (3/25)
  1991-1993, 9999, 4th MCD/Recruiting Station Cleveland Ohio
 Combat and Operations History
  1967-1967 Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign 1 June 1967 to 29 January 1968 VSM Streamer/Operation Knox II
  1967-1967 Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign 1 June 1967 to 29 January 1968 VSM Streamer/Operation Foster
  1968-1968 Tet Counteroffensive Campaign 30 January to 1 April 1968 VSM Streamer/Battle of Duong Lam
  1968-1968 Tet Counteroffensive Campaign 30 January to 1 April 1968 VSM Streamer/Operation Rock
  1972-1972 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign 30 March 1972 to 28 January 1973 VSM Streamer/NVA Easter Offensive1
 Military Association Memberships
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)National Rifle Association (NRA)
  2003, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified]1
  2003, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified]
  2011, National Rifle Association (NRA)


 Remembrance Profiles - 6 Marines Remembered

 Tributes from Members  
THANK U. posted by 35 Moore, Ronnie Eugene (curley), LCpl 838
TRIBUTES TO MARINES posted by 04 Fuller, Ronald (Ron), MGySgt 1600 
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Reflections on SgtMaj Isaacs's US Marine Corps Service
 
 Reflections On My Service
 
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO JOIN THE MARINE CORPS?
My family was very poor. We lived on "day labor" money and anytime we could find work we worked. And of course after some places at work the person never paid us at all. When we finished the job at hand we went to collect our pay. But only to find the man or woman had left. Come back tomorrow would be the deal. A lot of times we (my brother ) & I approached a door to ask for work and a kid we went to school with answered the door. That would always be a good laugh at school.

In school we didn't have books most years. Never on welfare because we did have a mother and father that prevented from getting help. So Dad departed for Ohio. He did send some money home but never enough to pay rent, buy food, water, electricity and buy books for school. But also my mother was to proud to ask for help through the welfare. She never ask, welfare was for black people she would tell up.

From age 6 to 17 picking beans in muddy fields during summer, hauling hay in the fall, topping, suckering tobacco, leafing tobacco, stalking tobacco and hanging it for the drying, hours like sunrise to sundown and finally moving every 2-3 months because we couldn't pay the rent I decided that one less mouth to feed would help the family I joined our Corps.
WHETHER YOU WERE IN THE SERVICE FOR SEVERAL YEARS OR AS A CAREER, PLEASE DESCRIBE THE DIRECTION OR PATH YOU TOOK.
1963-1963, 0311, USS Montrail (APA-213)
1963-1965, 0311, 2nd Bn (2/8)/G Co
1964-1964, 0311, USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7)
1965-1967, 8151, Marine Barracks/Marine Barracks Subic Bay, Philippines
1967-1967, 8513, Infantry Training School(s) (SOI) EAST/1st Infantry Training Regiment (1st ITR)
1967-1968, 0311, 7th Marine Regiment/3rd Btn (3/7)
1968-1968, 0311, 2nd CAG/CAP 2-4-126
1968-1968, 0311, III MAF/4th Combined Action Group (4th CAG)
1969-1970, 0311, Infantry Training School(s) West/Basic Infantry Training Schools Camp Pendleton
1970-1970, 8562, Marine Corps Bases Atlantic/Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA
1970-1971, 8562, Marine Corps Bases Pacific/MCB Camp Pendleton3
1971-1972, 0369, 9th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn (3/9)
1971-1972, 8562, Marine Corps Bases Pacific/MCRD San Diego, CA
1972-1975, 8421, Marine Corps Bases Atlantic/MCB Camp Lejeune, NC
1975-1978, 8511, Service and Support Schools/Drill Instructors School, MCRD PI, SCI
1975-1978, 8511, MCRD Parris Island, SC/3rd Bn15
1978-1979, 0369, Marine Corps Bases Pacific/MCB Japan
1979-1982, 0369, 24th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn (3/24)
1982-1985, 9999, Training Command/MCRD, San Diego, CA
1985-1988, 9999, 24th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn (3/24)
1988-1989, 9999, MACG-18/MASS-240
1989-1990, 9999, 25th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn (3/25)
1991-1993, 9999, Recruiting Units/4th MCD/Recruiting Station Cleveland Ohio
IF YOU PARTICIPATED IN COMBAT, PEACEKEEPING OR HUMANITARIAN OPERATIONS, PLEASE DESCRIBE THOSE WHICH WERE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TO YOU AND, IF LIFE-CHANGING, IN WHAT WAY.
Vietnam War */*Multiple Operations 1968/CAP (1968)
Vietnam War */*Multiple Operations 1972/Easter Offensive (1972)
Vietnam War */*Multiple Operations 1967/Foster (1967)
Vietnam War */*Multiple Operations 1968/Rock (1968)
1967-1967 Vietnam War */*Multiple Operations 1967/Knox (2nd Part) (1967)

Also a second tour with the 9th. Marines in 71 attached to the Air Wing at Bien Hoa, guarding the Northern bomb dump.

Nothing exciting except my 1st. born male child was born in Whittier, Calif.
FROM YOUR ENTIRE SERVICE, INCLUDING COMBAT, DESCRIBE THE PERSONAL MEMORIES WHICH HAVE IMPACTED YOU MOST?
Bootcamp 63
Med-Cruise 64-65
MB Subic Bay

19 Nov. 1967 WIA with India 3/7......... Biggest day to remember of my tour there. A lot of great Marines got me out and saved my life. Thanks, Lt. Wilson,

Getting married to a wonderful lady which I never deserved.
Birth of our first born male child.
2nd. born male child.
3rd. born male child.
Retirement.
IF YOU RECEIVED ANY MEDALS FOR VALOR OR AWARDS FOR SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT, PLEASE DESCRIBE HOW THESE WERE EARNED.
I received a Bronze Star & Purple Heart for the actions on 19 Nov. 1967. The citation is on my profile.
OF ALL THE MEDALS, AWARDS, QUALIFICATION BADGES OR DEVICE YOU RECEIVED, PLEASE DESCRIBE THE ONE(S) MOST MEANINGFUL TO YOU AND WHY?
To me the most meaningful ones are the BS and the PH.

To be so close to death caused by a bullet is tremendous. A fraction of an inch either way , I'm dead. The sniper actually squeezed the trigger with full meaning of death.

If you have never been in that position it's hard to understand but I'm one lucky SOB. Thanks to the whole platoon getting us out fast enough to save our lives.
WHICH INDIVIDUAL(S) FROM YOUR TIME IN THE MILITARY STAND OUT AS HAVING THE MOST POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOU AND WHY?
My wife. Sounds very strange but if she was not there with me. I would never have made 30 years.

My Drill Instructors who taught me the traits & principals I lived by for those years........

Marines were the troops I served.
CAN YOU RECOUNT A PARTICULAR INCIDENT FROM YOUR SERVICE WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE BEEN FUNNY AT THE TIME, BUT STILL MAKES YOU LAUGH?
While sweeping two tree lines the area of our platoon to meet up was a bend in a large river. Through the day 100 degrees and started early in the morning it was about 3-4 on a HOT day in Vietnam. I know we should never have done it BUT I was held hostage by 30 Marines tired, dirty, hungry, and fun loving young Americans so we went swimming. A defensive perimeter was established early. 3-4 men at a time and only 5 minutes to get clean. The embankment was steep due to the bend in the river and the rise & fall of the river. Wet red clay was slick and hard to climb when you were to get out and allow the next group to enter.

myself & my MG section leader Sgt. Thomlinson (sp) he wore very thick glasses got our turn but I never jumped in. In my boots only holding my soap & rag and hell broke loose. MG rifles about a half dozen VC must have been shooting at us, as me & Thomlinson hit the bank to climb up it was so damn slick it seemed forever to get to the top. We got there about the same time and both jumped over landing on the Lt, who was in the process of calling supporting arms. Now our guy busted capes real good and returned fire within seconds but still me & Thomlindon were red with clay. Our face neck hands , arms, had red clay on us so bad and trying to rub it off made it worse. Thomlinson & I were laughing at the Lt and ourselves when he turned and looked at me with those google eyes and said, "Hey Ike, go back down and get my glasses, I can't see a damn thing".
WHAT PROFESSION DID YOU FOLLOW AFTER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW? IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY SERVING, WHAT IS YOUR PRESENT OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY?
Right now I'm retired but I taught 14 years with the Navy JROTC here in Ohio. I taught one year in North Carolina with Col. John Bailey. What a year that was but could not handle paying for 2 households so I returned.

Ran right into a new school opening a program when I returned to Ohio. Great school and good people. First year the Navy Commander was relieved for messing with the girls. I did it myself for over 3 months working 6 class periods early morning and late evening practice. I got tired. Finally got a Marine Major so we had a good year. At that time two Marines could not be in a Navy program without a Navy guy. The Major transferred to a school in Akron.

Got another L/Cdr. and we lasted about 12 years.

Did one more year and called it quits with the help of a student, a thief, the Navy and an Area Manager that did not love my talking to him like a stepchild. My mistake. HaHaHaHaHa Loved every minute of it . Had a great time. Thanks E.
WHAT MILITARY ASSOCIATIONS ARE YOU A MEMBER OF, IF ANY? WHAT SPECIFIC BENEFITS DO YOU DERIVE FROM YOUR MEMBERSHIPS?
Been a member of our local VFW and attend dinners & a few things through the years but nothing to brag about.

I also became good friends of a Navy Senior Chief who was a "Son of the American Revolution" member. He introduced me to a group that had coffee every Saturday morning. I started going to that coffee thing for years and just this year stopped. A lot more to that story but not at this time.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS SERVING IN THE MILITARY INFLUENCED THE WAY YOU HAVE APPROACHED YOUR LIFE AND YOUR CAREER?
Throughout my life I have always been just a good old country boy. As I grew up in our Corps and was taught the traits & principles, I have tried to live by them.
BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THOSE WHO HAVE RECENTLY JOINED THE MARINE CORPS?
Be honest and up front with yourself and your men.
Talk to everyone from the lowest rank to the highest.
Be on time , be early , and be in the right uniform.
Look for an inspection every time your in uniform.
Take care of your family and pay your bills.
No dope of any kind.
Get a good MOS and use it for your exit when you get out or retire.
Save your money, invest in something for your later days
IN WHAT WAYS HAS TOGETHERWESERVED.COM HELPED YOU REMEMBER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND THE FRIENDS YOU SERVED WITH.
Communication with men I had long lost in the by gone years. Member of my units back 40 -45 years that I totally forgotten. Great to see & hear from them in e-mail, pictures and pass along stories about the careers. Can't be any better then that.
Member of my platoon in boot camp:
My first unit at CLNC 2/8
MB Subic Bay
Vietnam grunt unit 3/7
Every unit I was in I do believe I have found a member.



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