Basic Training - March 1970
Louis Gonzales

United States

#66 Sep 23, 2013
I took basic training there at Ft. Lewis from 1/70 thru 3/70. From there I was sent to Ft. Huachuca, Arizona and trained as a ground surveillance radar operator and then went to Vietnam. I have a bad case of CRS and don't remember much about units or DI's. I do remember one of the senior DI's wife has a baby girl while there and everyone pitched in and bought a fifty dollar savings bond for her. The other DI was a young tall lanky kid. Jog anyone's memory ?
Greg Walker

Oakland, CA

#67 Oct 16, 2013
Drafted and arrived at Ft. Lewis October 7, 1969, assigned to D-3-2, pretty cold and pretty wet most of Basic, went back 10 years later and found the old Barracks, wonder what's left now. Like to track down anyone from my old company. Went on to MP School at Ft. Gordon, GA.
Louis Gonzales

United States

#68 Oct 27, 2013
pat hendricks patnmendoza wrote:
<quoted text>
i was there with you, same flight and same company patnmendoza@aol.com
i was there on my 17th birthday and wrote a book about it and vietnam
Do you remember those DI's I commented about ? It sure has been a long time. I also arrived at Ft. Lewis by way of Dallas on Branifff same date. Louis Gonzales
Lexington, Texas
Louis Gonzales

United States

#69 Oct 27, 2013
DanCollins888 wrote:
Did Basic Training [1965] up North. Push-ups armpit deep in snow__talk about fun__really__I enjoyed it.
Next SEER training__"Dying Cockroach" for 30 minutes in a water puddle with ice and snow as my only companion.
Allowed to escape__spent three hours hiding in a culvert freezing my ass off. Turns out those pricks knew where I was the whole time!
Those were good times, and I would do it all again.
Dan Collins
US Army MI/MP SFC (retired)
Hello Dan --

I was there from Jan. 11, 1970 thru March 1970. I remember the dying cockroach thing. I was laughing and the DI's made me belly crawl three flights of stairs several times. I will never forget that.

Louis Gonzales
Lexington, Texas

gonzalesfamily@hughes.net
Louis Gonzales

United States

#70 Oct 27, 2013
Bill Heffner wrote:
I arrive 9Jan1970 from Dallas Love field via Braniff Airlines. I was in B-2-2, it rained the entire time, we were on the second deck of the barracks and you could look out the window and see Mt. Rainer. I remember posting fireguard I always had the mid watch 0200-0300. Those were the days my friend. Drill sgts. were SSGT Robinson and SGT Paz.
Same time and place I was at my friend. It has been a long time.

Louis Gonzales
Lexington, Texas

I am the guy who had to belly crawl three flights of stairs because I was laughing at a guy saying "I am a dying cockroack".
John Doe - Alias

Napa, CA

#72 Dec 15, 2013
I was there for Basic around March 1968. I was assigned to B-5-1. It was cold and wet and we were miserable. We were told the boiler didn't work so we had no hot water for two weeks, but had to go shower in freezing water anyway, and then go stand at attention in the rain before dawn.
Platoons 1, 2 and 3 were for draftees, I was in Platoon 4, which was for enlistees. Most of us got sick with upper respiratory disease. At one point, more than half of one of the platoons was in the hospital. We were quaranteened. My lower bunk mate was taken out by lmedics because of how sick he was from spinal meningitis. We had to go out before dawn and stand at attention in the cold rain for about a half hour anyway. Toward the end of Basic, we went on a 25 mile march and had to camp out in the rain. My buddy and I dug a little fighting trench and lay there in the cold water looking out over the perimeter. Near dawn, some yahoos charged us, one of them who was a lieutenant, got laid out cold by an M14 butt stroke to the jaw by one of us. A-hole deserved it. I went on to he Nam, but I still remember how awful it was at Ft. Lewis. One example: the DI's had a bare knuckle fight set up between two of us,and it did not end well. One guy who was a Golden Gloves boxer went on to fight someplace else in Fr. Lewis against another trainee, and won. Brutal stuff. Then there was Nam, but that is another story.
Heather Holloway

Harlan, IA

#73 Dec 20, 2013
Randy Helmer Crofton Ne wrote:
I arrived at Fort Lewis Washington Feb 14th 1968 for basic training. I was in A 3 3 . After all these years I still remember our drill sgts name. His name was drill sgt Thomas. He was one hell of a guy. I believe he was a honor guard at John Kennedys funeral. He spent several tours in nam. He was tough and knew his shit. Would love to know where he is now. From Fort Lewis I went to fort gordon ga and on to nam.
Did you happen to know a Michael Holloway
R Parks

Washington, DC

#74 Dec 26, 2013
Floyd Hilliard wrote:
Attended basic in Oct - Nov 1971. Company was D 3 2
Great memories, great training. Spent 20 years in. Retired Oct 1991 CW3 Huey pilot.
I arrived for basic Aug. 11, 1971, I had Drill Sargent Smith and also ne Drill Sargent Archibald. Both were tough but great guys train with. Left and went to Fort Sam. I was AR and almost went RA. who were your DI's? Our CO was a Captain Payne young guy received a field commision in Nam. Not sure of company and platoon that i was in, 42 years hard to remember!
Rick Ellbeg

Worcester, MA

#75 Dec 31, 2013
I completed basic in C-1-1 in early '71. I think April to June. 3rd Platoon also. The Third Herd. Sgt. Boykin was my DI also. Just before we finished he was replaced by Sgt. Torino. Not sure why. Sgt. Boykin was tough, but fair. Sgt. Torino was also a straight shooter. We finished Basic as Torino's Tornado's. Doesn't seem like it was over 40 years ago.the Sr. Drill was Sgt. Perez.
Rick Davidson

Fort Worth, TX

#76 Jan 20, 2014
I was also in A21 from April to July 19570. I was a squad leader in the 2nd platoon 4th squad. Then went to Ft Polk for grunt school. I often wonder about Drill Sgt. Baugh and Drill Sgt Gilbert. They were both hard but fair. We were Baugh's last cycle because he was going to OCS. "QUOTE"
Vic Gilardin

Brentwood, CA

#77 Feb 2, 2014
Arrived Ft Lewis 23 Sept 68, A Co. 3 Bn. 1 Bde, was assigned to 3rd Plt. our D.I. SSG. White, Graduated Nov 68, Want to Ft Leonard Wood, Combat Engr School. went on to the Nam, then to germany
Mike Harris

Austin, TX

#78 Feb 12, 2014
Started Basic in June 1970 in D-4-2. Anyone there with me?
Mike Harris

Austin, TX

#79 Feb 12, 2014
Started Basic in June 1970 in D-4-2. Anyone there with me. Drill Sergeant was Larry White.
Mike Harris

Austin, TX

#80 Feb 12, 2014
Vic Gilardin wrote:
Arrived Ft Lewis 23 Sept 68, A Co. 3 Bn. 1 Bde, was assigned to 3rd Plt. our D.I. SSG. White, Graduated Nov 68, Want to Ft Leonard Wood, Combat Engr School. went on to the Nam, then to germany
I too had SSG White in June 1970.
norm grey

Hillsboro, OR

#81 Feb 21, 2014
I took basic at Ft. Lewis from March 68 to May 68. I was in B-3-2. I also had a member of my platoon whose name was Johnny Baugh. Not sure if the same on as the one Dave Phillips had but was from my home town.
Jerold Wright

Oakland, CA

#82 Mar 1, 2014
Rick Davidson wrote:
I was also in A21 from April to July 19570. I was a squad leader in the 2nd platoon 4th squad. Then went to Ft Polk for grunt school. I often wonder about Drill Sgt. Baugh and Drill Sgt Gilbert. They were both hard but fair. We were Baugh's last cycle because he was going to OCS. "QUOTE"
I was in A 2 3
Hugh Schlosstein

Kent, WA

#84 Apr 16, 2014
I was at Ft Lewis in basic training from December 67 to February 68. I was in D-3-3 cycle 2 (that's what the photo of the 1st platoon that I have says - I don't remember those details).
I was drafted in December and spent a week or two getting oriented and then they sent us home for two weeks at Christmas. It sort of messed up our leave for 68.
I went to Ft Gordon for signal school then to Ft Huachuca and then Viet Nam for 10 months.
Monte Powell

United States

#85 Apr 26, 2014
Jerold Wright wrote:
<quoted text> I was in A 2 3
I was in A-2-3 Jan 70 thru Mar. I was in 2nd Platoon. Do you remember any of the DI's names?
Robert Miller

Grand Junction, CO

#86 May 20, 2014
I went to Boot in Aug 1968 or 69. Was with E-22. From Boot went to Fort
Ord Ca. Wnded up as a 36k20 field wireman. Then went to Nam in Jan. 1970. Worked with a Btry of 8" & 175s. After 14 months came home to an ungrateful bunch of protesters. Bitter still? Yes..
Jeff Johnson

Portland, OR

#87 May 22, 2014
Started basic on Aug 11of 1968 in C 2 2. The only stand out in my mind now was a drag racer from California. My drill sgt. was cool, a California surfer who wanted to get a hot dog stand at Venice Beach when he got out. Not like the ones collecting $20 from each recruit for "cleaning supplies". I was from Oregon and there was only one other from Oregon, a guy from Central Point. Anybody out there?

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