The Memory Part Of Memorial Day


May 28, 2012 by David Gillaspie

Does everyone remember their Drill Sergeants?

Hello to Sgt. Easterling and Sgt. Daybell on Memorial Day from B-4-3, Fort Ord, California, September 1974.

Shoes shined? Check.

Gig line straight? Check.

Extra brasso on the belt buckle? Check.

Dropping for twenty for old times sake. 1, 2, 3, 4…

The men running boot camp in 1974 were Vietnam guys who stayed in to make the Army better.

…5, 6, 7, 8…

Well done, fellas. Very memorable. You were truly bad-assed.

…9, 10, 11, 12…

Did any of those Range Masters ever calm down?

…13, 14, 15, 16…

Have any other trainees mentioned you?

…17, 18, 19, 20.

If they have, then they must have said you ran the tightest platoons each cycle.

It was an honor to serve in your Army.


One thought on “The Memory Part Of Memorial Day

  1. David Gillaspie says:

    When I was in junior high two guys named David went to Vietnam and didn’t come back. David Lentz and David Ellefson. I’m off to read their names from the Portland Vietnam wall.

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