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Binfield, John, Sgt Engineer, Construction And Equipment
 
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Current Service Status
USMC Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Sergeant
Current/Last Primary MOS
1341-Engineer Equipment Mechanic
Current/Last MOSGroup
Engineer, Construction And Equipment
Previously Held MOS
XX00-Basic Marine, Enlisted
Current/Last Unit
1978-1978, 1341, Jungle Warfare School, Panama
Service Years
1971 - 1979

Sergeant

 
 


 Ribbon Bar

Rifle Sharpshooter

 

 Official Badges 


 Unofficial Badges 

US Marines Corps Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Jungle Expert



 Recruit Training - Trainee/Instructor
  1971, Boot Camp - Parris Island, 3972
 Unit Assignments
Infantry Training School(s) (SOI) EASTEngineer School, Camp Le Jeune3rd Marine Division/3rd FSRComCabs West/MCAS Rose Garden, Nam Phong, Thailand
MACG-28/MACS-5USS Pensacola (LSD-38)Amphibious Assault Vehicle/4th Assault Amphibian Bn (4th AAV Bn)Jungle Warfare School, Panama
  1972-1972, XX00, 1st Infantry Training Regiment (1st ITR)/Infantry Training Regiment (Camp Geiger)
  1972-1972, 1341, Engineer School, Camp Le Jeune
  1972-1972, 1341, 3rd FSR/Supply Bn
  1972-1973, 1341, ComCabs West/MCAS Rose Garden, Nam Phong, Thailand
  1973-1973, 1341, MACG-28/MACS-5
  1973-1973, 1341, USS Pensacola (LSD-38)
  1973-1975, 1341, MACG-28/MACS-5
  1975-1978, Broken Time
  1978-1978, 1341, Amphibious Assault Vehicle/4th Assault Amphibian Bn (4th AAV Bn)
  1978-1978, 1341, Jungle Warfare School, Panama
 Combat and Operations History
  1971-1979 Cold War (1946-1991)/Cold War Era Service
  1972-1973 Vietnam War1
  1972-1973 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign 30 March 1972 to 28 January 1973 VSM Streamer/Operations Linebacker I and II1
  1972-1973 Thailand/Task Force Delta, MCAS Rose Garden1
  1973-1973 Thailand/Cambodia (Vietnam Support Operations)1
  1973-1973 Eygpt/Middle East Crisis1
 Military Association Memberships
Thailand-Laos-Cambodia BrotherhoodMarine Corps Together We ServedMarine Corps Heritage Foundation
  2003, Thailand-Laos-Cambodia Brotherhood [Verified]
  2004, Marine Corps Together We Served [Verified]
  2009, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation


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Reflections on Sgt Binfield's US Marine Corps Service
 
 Reflections On My Service
 
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO JOIN THE MARINE CORPS?
Sgt John Binfield - Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Marine Corps?My Great Great Great Grandfather served in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic wars. My Fathers Father served in the British Army in WWI in a unit named "The Old Contempitibles." My mothers Father served in the Italian Army in the late 1800's. My father served in WW2 with the Navy. My uncle James was a career Marine Officer. I guess that you could say that it was a family tradition to serve, but I did not know the above information until later in life.

While in high school, myself and two friends were to have joined the Marines on the buddy plan. I was the only one to go through with it. OOO-RAH!!
WHETHER YOU WERE IN THE SERVICE FOR SEVERAL YEARS OR AS A CAREER, PLEASE DESCRIBE THE DIRECTION OR PATH YOU TOOK. WHAT WAS YOUR REASON FOR LEAVING?
Sgt John Binfield - Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?1971 Parris island Platoon 397
1972 Camp Geiger, ITR
1972 Engineer School, Courthouse Bay, Camp Lejeune
1972 H&S Co., Sup., Bn.,3rd FSR, Camp Foster Okinawa
1972-1973 Sub Unit 1, H&S Co., 3rdFSR, Task Force Delta, MCAS Rose Garden
1973-1975 MACS-5, MCAS Beaufort
1978-79, 4th AMTRACS, Tampa, Florida USMCR
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.
Supported 1st MAW combat operations in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. I was assigned to Bulk Fuel, Sub Unit 1, 3rd FSR from Camp Foster, Okinawa. Nam Phong Thailand, MCAS Rose Garden

Task Force Delta air operations were of three distinct types: day fighter-cover, day ground-attack and night ground-attack. Sgt John Binfield - 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.These missions in turn were associated with specific geographic areas and targets. Most numerous were daytime flights supporting MACV and the South Vietnamese in MR 1, MR 2 and Route Package 1 during the combat to regain Quang Tri Province. These tasks were conducted with F-4's and A-6's using bombs, rockets and cannon fire. Sorties normally consisted of two to three aircraft each. Daily the aircraft lined up on Nam Phong's single runway with engines screaming at 100 percent power as the pilots checked engine instruments. Each aircraft then took off in turn and quickly rendezvoused on its climb out to the target area. Many of the Marine flights hit a target, flew to Da Nang to refuel and rearm and then flew another mission on the return to Nam Phong.

Fighter cover was in support of the ongoing strikes by 7th Air Force against the North Vietnamese political and economic infrastructure. The strikes, which had begun on May 8, were part of an extensive naval and air campaign to pressure the North Vietnamese into a negotiated settlement. The campaign included the mining of harbors, attacks against economic targets, the use of precision guided munitions (smart bombs) and a massive increase in the size and duration of strikes with the aim of reducing the flow of supplies into North Vietnam and support to their operations in South Vietnam. In contrast to the previous, graduated campaigns, commanders took all necessary steps to ensure target destruction.

Marine F-4's conducted combat air patrols to protect aircraft from North Vietnamese reaction. This required them to fly a specified orbit point from which to cover tanker, command and control, electronic warfare and rescue aircraft over Route Packages 4,5 and 6. From orbit points they could track and engage North Vietnamese interceptors and air defense positions. The Marine KC-130's refueled the fighters going in and coming out. The missions witnessed Marine air integrated with the Air Force in air-to-air and deep penetration flight profiles.

The interdiction of roads and trails in the Barrel Roll and Steel Tiger areas of Laos were the missions assigned to VMA(AW)-533 crews with their night armed reconnaissance abilities. LtCol. Brown wrote, his squadron began interdicting convoys on Route Package 1 on 12 August and, like our entire effort, it was relentless. To the enemy, this increased bludgeoning was crippling.
FROM YOUR ENTIRE SERVICE, INCLUDING COMBAT, DESCRIBE THE PERSONAL MEMORIES WHICH HAVE IMPACTED YOU MOST?
The fact that I will always be able to say that I passed through the gates of Parris Island as civilian and departed as a Marine. No one can take that fact away.

I was a Marine starting in 1971, and I am still a Marine, just not on active Sgt John Binfield - From your entire service, including combat, describe the personal memories which have impacted you most?duty.

Also, as I was aboard the USS Pensacola, LSD-38 in the Mediterranean.

October 6, 1973

The Yom Kippur War brings United States and USSR to brink of conflict.

The surprise attack by Egyptian and Syrian forces on Israel in October 1973 throws the Middle East into turmoil and threatens to bring the United States and the Soviet Union into direct conflict for the first time since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

Though actual combat did not break out between the two nations, the events surrounding the Yom Kippur War seriously damaged U.S.-Soviet relations and all but destroyed President Richard Nixon's much publicized policy of detente.
Initially, it appeared that Egypt and Syria would emerge victorious from the conflict. Armed with up-to-date Soviet weaponry, the two nations hoped to avenge their humiliating defeat in the Six-Day War of 1967. Israel, caught off guard, initially reeled under the two-front attack, but Israeli counterattacks turned the tide, aided by massive amounts of U.S. military assistance, as well as disorganization among the Syrian and Egyptian forces. The Syrians were driven back, with Israeli troops seizing the strategically important Golan Heights. Egyptian forces fared even worse: retreating back through the Sinai Desert, thousands of their troops were surrounded and cut off by the Israeli army.

Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, together with his Soviet counterparts, eventually arranged a shaky cease-fire. When it became clear that Israel would not give up its siege of the Egyptian troops (low on food and medicine by this time), the Soviets threatened to take unilateral action to rescue them. Tempers flared both in Washington and Moscow; U.S. military forces went to a Stage 3 alert (Stage 5 is the launch of nuclear attacks). The Soviets backed down on their threat but the damage to relations between the two nations was serious and long lasting.

Kissinger worked furiously to bring about a peace settlement between Israel and Syria and Egypt. In what came to be known as "shuttle diplomacy," the secretary of state flew from nation to nation hammering out the details of the peace accord. Eventually, Israeli troops withdrew from some of their positions in both the Sinai and Syrian territory, while Egypt promised to fore go the use of force in its dealings with Israel. Syria grudgingly accepted the peace plan, but remained adamantly opposed to the existence of the Israeli state.
OF ALL THE MEDALS, AWARDS, QUALIFICATION BADGES OR DEVICES YOU RECEIVED, PLEASE DESCRIBE THE ONE(S) MOST MEANINGFUL TO YOU AND WHY?
Sgt John Binfield - Of all the medals, awards, qualification badges or devices you received, please describe the one(s) most meaningful to you and why?The Marine Rifle Sharpshooters Badge. Not bad for a city boy from New York that had never handled a weapon before Paris Island. The Marine Corps allowed me to fire an M-14 and darn it, I was pretty good!
WHICH INDIVIDUAL(S) FROM YOUR TIME IN THE MILITARY STAND OUT AS HAVING THE MOST POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOU AND WHY?
Sgt John Binfield - Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?SgtMaj Evans; He was the most impressive SNCO that I have ever met. The man was a Marine to the bone. Very professional, very firm, yet fair.
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?
Sgt John Binfield - 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?These things happened during NATO Exercise. Operation Deep Furrow '73, in Turkey.

As we were de-snailing during redeployment to the Pensacola, I was taking a break. A Marine was standing on top of a jeep or generator getting ready to attach the lift hook of a CH-46. A wrong command or pilot error caused this Marine to be hanging from the hook as the chopper took off. He was about 20 feet in the air over water when he finally decided to let go. SPLASH!! Fortunately, he was not hurt.

Don't throw a sealed C-Rat peanut butter tin in the camp fire, LOL.
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?
Sgt John Binfield - 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?I was trained to be a 1341, Engineer Equipment Mechanic. I am currently working and coming to the end of my 30+ years career as a civilian 1341, while working for Pinellas County Florida. I am a Master Certified Heavy Truck Technician that specializes in Heavy Equipment.
WHAT MILITARY ASSOCIATIONS ARE YOU A MEMBER OF, IF ANY? WHAT SPECIFIC BENEFITS DO YOU DERIVE FROM YOUR MEMBERSHIPS?
Sgt John Binfield - What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?Thailand, Laos, Cambodia Brotherhood. The best camaraderie that I have experienced in several try's in service orgs.

Marine Corps Heritage Foundation - Supporting the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS SERVING IN THE MILITARY INFLUENCED THE WAY YOU HAVE APPROACHED YOUR LIFE AND YOUR CAREER?
I am more dedicated and have more discipline than my co-workers who did not serve.
BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THOSE WHO HAVE RECENTLY JOINED THE MARINE CORPS?
Sgt John Binfield - Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Marine Corps?OOO-RAH ! Keep the traditions of the Marine Corps going.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS TOGETHERWESERVED.COM HELPED YOU REMEMBER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND THE FRIENDS YOU SERVED WITH.
Sgt John Binfield - In what ways has TogetherWeServed.com helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.I have been able to post my experiences and share them with my Marine Brothers, whether I served with them or not.




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