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March 31, 2010


This brings back memories. Some fun, some not. I could only imagine what prison was like after going to Ft. Ord for "Basic" in the midst of the Vietnam War, back in 1970 I believe. I was stuggling to get through college in NC and "drew" a 37 on the lottery. I signed up for the Army Reserves before I got my induction notice (thankfully) and ended up at Ord. What happened to all my hair, freedom, self-respect? If the kitchen crew hadn't sold off a lot of the food for drugs we'd all had a lot more to eat. They all used to take trips back in the bushes and get toked up, then come back to work.
I remember one of the many times I was on KP, and slipped carring one of those heavy frying vats, and hot oil spread all over the kitchen floor and turned white as snow. It was like ICE! It took all the boxes of soap we could find to get the floors back to reasonably safe. My boots never held a shine after that.
We used to have to polish the floor in in the barracks to such a high gloss that the inspector could make out a picture hanging on the far wall through the reflection on the floor. One day, as we tried to melt the can of Johnson's paste wax so we could spread it out on the floor, it caught on fire. There was a nice little blaze going and someone threw a towell over it. The towell caught on fire and started smoking up the place. Someone grabbed it and chunked it out the window. Unfortunately, it landed on some bushes and they caught on fire. By the time everything was out, we were wasted! Yes, I remember how cold it got at night with those damn windows open. Even the two (scratchy) wool blankets weren't enough. 5 am always came WAY too early!
I also remember how soft the ice plants were out in the field. We'd collapse on them and try to nap. Oh yea, thank's Unk Sam for all the free cigarettes. It took me YEARS before I broke away from the addiction. I also remember going out and bivowaking (SP?) in the field and getting gassed with CS. That stuff lingered around for days. Every time the wind blew, it's stirr up that mess and choke you.I had to sleep with a friggin gas mask on so I wouldn't gag myself to sleep!
One weekend, because were "quananteened" because of the meningitus, we escaped to Carmel in a rented VW. Ah, sitting on the beach having a cool Coors-what memories (and there a lot of hot girls on the beach in those days!). I remembering being restricted to our baracks all the time like animals. We got to go to the PX for an hour a week. We'd load up with candy bars, beer and crap and try to eat and drink it all in one hour! Man, have things changed since those days. It's sad to see the place has since been demolished. It would have made a great prison for REAL criminals!!!
I believe I was in A-3-3. But its been a lot of years and beers since then.
At least I got to come back to NC and finish my degree. My hat's off to the fellas that went over and didn't come back. I mean that sincerely. I don't think many people have trusted the government much after that. A good lesson NOT to forget!

At the end of my military career in 2010 I must say Fort Ord shaped up to be one the best places I was stationed at. Dispite all the hard times so many of us had being in the military I actually miss it! Soldiers then and today have a comradity that many civilians will never know or understand.
I had basic training at Fort Ord from
16 June 1970 through 20 Aug 1970. My training platoon was C-2-1 and my Drill Instructor was Drill Sergeant Scott. I still have one old dusty and faded picture of C-2-1 and I only know and still have contact with one of the guys. Years later I had two subsequent assignments at Fort Ord - one with HHD (Martinez Hall)from 16 Apr 1979 through 1 Apr 1980 and 1 June 1984 through 16 Apr 1986 (301st Trans Co). During my assignment with the 301st I lived in the NCO barracks in BLDG 2010. I wonder if anyone remembers Martinez Hall, the 301st and especially BLDG 2010?....
with great respect to all Soldiers,

SSG Elliott (ret.)

Did you all also train at the Presidio in San Francisco as well?

Kevin B.

Looking for BUDDIES that served with me.Company H 1st Bn 2nd Bde. Dec. 16, 1968 to Mar. 1, 1969. After A.I T. I served with the First Inf. Div.-Vietnam, C-1/2 aka "The Black Scarves Battalion.contact me at JavierLRmz@cs.com

I went thru basic training from September to November of 1963. (B-5-1) I was very young and less than mature but somehow I got thru. I sometimes drive onto the old fort and find where my company area was. The old wooden barracks are gone and now it is a frizbie course. Fine with me as long as they don't turn it into another mall. For me, and perhaps anyone who served there, it is a special place. Many thanks to all who trained me and also those who were with me there. I miss you all.

I was at Ft. Ord from July 7, 1995 to mid-September 1965. Many fond memories. RA ALL THE WAY. Don't recall our DI's name, but I do recall that he was a decorated Korean War Vet. He was a Japanese American who was raised in Manzinar Internment camp during WWII as a kid. He was a young guy, but to me he was a God!

One of my memories is having to do a full pass at the overhead bars just to get into the mess hall. Actually missed a few meals until I built some upper muscle strength. I recall spending my 21st birthday at Ft. Ord doing KP (being awaked with a rude flashlight beam in my eyes, in pitch black night...then assigned pots and pans and grease pit...must have pissed somebody off). Still remember bivouaqe and pulling guard duity on cliffs ovderlooking Monterey Bay...picth blck, midnight. Often recall the squish sound of iceplant under my boots, the steep cliffs and the bone chilling cold. It was August, and yet it was the coldest time I can recall in my life, with our flimsy fatigues and those cold damp Monterey nights.

Ended up going into Army Intelligence. Trained at Ft. Holibird, MD from 9/65 to 2/66. Assigned to Panama and then Puerto Rico. I was sent there to support Army Intelligence activies during the Domican Republic war...which no one remembers. Later as an Army Intelligence specialist, was assigned via TDY in RVN, MACV (little pentagon, Siagon). Was in Hue just after Tet 68 to do security eval on Army Intelligence unit overrun during Tet. Still dream about it...what we found. Mustered out at Fr. MacArthur, San Pedro, CA in September 1968. SSGT E-6 So many memories!

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