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Date Posted: Fri, June 24 2005, 22:41:32
Author: wayne gregory
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Subject: Re: 1stLt John Edward Manning USMC
In reply to: Pat Manning 's message, "1stLt John Edward Manning USMC" on Wed, June 22 2005, 18:53:36

Jeff, I think you are right about the ranks or paygrades of the two branches. The grade in the USMC with the most casualties was E-2, PFC, where the most casualities in the Army was E-3 and E-4, indicative that duty was similar, but grades differ by a stripe. Jim, you are correct, I was only referring to the Marines, but we also had E-6's commanding platoons, but only until a 2nd Lt. was available. Staff NCO's filled in after an officer had been wounded and medevaced, but often for months.

During Nam for the Enlisted, most left bootcamp as a Pvt. but after basic, the majority became PFCs. After 5 1/2 months of infantry training, minus leave, you are in the Nam. In 4 mths you could get crossed rifles, equaling L. Cpl. Within the next 5 to 6 you could become Cpl. which was the ceiling generally for a 13 mth tour. I knew 2 guys who made Sgt. but you must exhibit explemary leadership, be extremely lucky in not getting wounded, stay in the field, and be salty and knowledgable. Being wounded was not a plus in gaining rank, in fact it was a negative which equaled down time. Having to go to the rear for sickness, malaria or whatever was not favorably viewed in gaining rank. You had to stick, no visits with the Chaplain, and prove yourself to your leaders and fellow Marines as a team player. Do that, you get rank and are respected.

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