Happy Birthday, USMC

As birthday celebrations pass, the Corps still faces challenges

233 years old and still tougher than nails and meaner than spit.

UPDATE: Noticed this while looking for an image to include with the post:

Lance Cpl. Andrew J. Brodehl (left) and Cpl. Jason T. Guiliano of Task Force 2d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Afghanistan, patrol through an Afghan bazaar in Bala Baluk. Brodehl is an infantryman from Vancouver, Wash., and Guiliano is a combat cameraman from San Diego, Calif.

Lance Cpl. Andrew J. Brodehl (left) and Cpl. Jason T. Guiliano of Task Force 2d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Afghanistan, patrol through an Afghan bazaar in Bala Baluk. Brodehl is an infantryman from Vancouver, Wash., and Guiliano is a combat cameraman from San Diego, Calif.

LCPL Brodehl has what appears to be a Magpul PMAG MagLevel polymer magazine. The MagLevel has a window which shows how many rounds are left. This mag isn’t full. The mags in his pouches that we can see, though, all appear to be metal. Being a grenadier, does he maybe carry tracers or something loaded in his rifle?

Comments

  1. Not sure what he is thinking. We used to put 28 rounds in the 30 rnd mags to save the springs. I used tracers fior 2 of the last 3 rounds to let me know I about out. Tracers won’t help spot grenades.

  2. Bram: Of course, he could have, um, needed the missing rounds earlier. Parting gifts for game show contestants or something.

    Unless it was ten seconds ago, though, I would have thought he’d reload. But what does Murdoc know?

  3. is it just me, or is the 223 to fucking damn old? for christ sake change the NATO round, or ignore NATO and make a round and then constitute as the standard like the 76251NATO, really, when are the europeans gonna have to use our guns? fucking 9 paras

  4. A thirty year old movie has been recently released on DVD, and is a must for all Marines and former Marine vets of the Vietnam war. It wasn’t a really a big hit back in 1977/78, but it’s worth a $25 investment. It’s really the precurser of Full Metal Jacket and one of the actors is a very young R. Lee Ermey (Sgt. Hartman) and even features the “boot camp” scenario.

    “The Boys in Company C” charts the fortunes of five young Marine recruits. Led by Stan Shaw, the quintet is shipped off to Vietnam. The film makes no bones about the demoralizing effect the war has on its participants, nor the pigheadedness of the military higher-ups who think only in terms of body counts and photo ops.

    Of the five recruits, the most memorable are Michael Lembeck as Vinnie Fazio, the resident wiseguy (the same type of role played by Lembeck’s dad Harvey in 1950s war films) and Andrew Stevens as Billy Ray Pike, a straight-arrow type who succumbs to the lure of drugs; the others are played by Craig Wasson, James Canning, and Scott Hylands.

  5. Happy BDay indeed…….to the Corps and all those who served!

    Toejam…..I remember that one, wasn’t there a scene towards the end where the guys were roped into some sort of “game” only to suffer a VC attack or something?

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