Basic Training - March 1970
Jerry Querciagrossa

Tucson, AZ

#89 Jun 5, 2014
Anyone remember Drill Sargent Curtis Perry, A-4-1, May-Sept. 1969.
Jerry Querciagrossa

Tucson, AZ

#90 Jun 5, 2014
Tony Myszak wrote:
Uncle Sam called on me, May 4th, 1971 arrived at Fort Lewis.A-4-1-. On to Ft Gordon Ga., Military Police training. Had knee surgery and was switched to communication. Was in Nam from November 1971 till November 1972. Discharged in April of 1972. Totally enjoyed my training at Ft. Lewis. I believe it made a different person out of me. Became a Police Officer w hen I returned back to the mid-west, for 32 years.
Who was your drill sgt. In A-4-1?
Jerry Querciagrossa

Tucson, AZ

#91 Jun 5, 2014
Jerry Querciagrossa wrote:
<quoted text>Who was your drill sgt. In A-4-1?
Curtis Perry, May-Sept. 1969.
David Lampley

San Diego, CA

#92 Jul 11, 2014
Assigned to fort Lewis, Wa 1 June 1970'
C-16-4
Paul Vigil

Chico, CA

#94 Aug 1, 2014
Why is there no images of Fort Lewis Washington platoons there are plenty of Fort Ord 1970 and 1971 when i was in? on the internet.
John P

Huntington Beach, CA

#95 Aug 18, 2014
I got drafted and took Basic at Ft. Ord in Sept. 1970. Left L.A from skid row and arrived at 1 am. HQ Company. I always wondered what happened to all the guys i served in Basic, AIT, and overseas. Not seen or heard from anyone. Seems like 100 years ago.
Jerry Querciagrossa

Tucson, AZ

#96 Sep 3, 2014
Bob Ramirez wrote:
I was in A-4-1, arrived at Ft Lewis from Dallas, Tx, Feb 24, 1970. Our basic training class graduated in early to mid May'70. Of my platoon of @50 men, 43 or 44 were assigned combat MOS's.
As I recall, it rained nearly every day, many days monsoon-like rains. I saw Mt Ranier only a few times. The training was tough,'old school' and probably saved a few lives in Nam.
As fate would have it, I was one of the very few 2 yr.(RA) enlistees who did not receive a combat MOS in my platoon. I served my entire 2 yr. enlistment in the U.S.
Bob who was your basic training drill sergeant? Was it Curtis Perry? He was mine in A 4 1 from May to Sept. 1969.
Ranger D

United States

#97 Sep 4, 2014
I was in E-4-2, which as I recall was E Co., 4th Bn., 2nd Training Bde. Feb-Apr 69. Then to Airborne Preparatory 11B AIT at Ft. Gordon, then to Benning, etc. Don't recall the Drill Sergeants having names; that might have made them seem human, although they slacked off somewhat after about the 5th week. I also remember that the real a-holes were the "hard hats", and they seem to have disappeared around the 5th week, too.
Ranger D

United States

#98 Sep 4, 2014
Robert Miller wrote:
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..
meh..
ch A-4-1

Richland, WA

#100 Sep 19, 2014
My Di, was a little squirt that had a gimp left or right arm bent permanently at the elbow and one other Di was tasll black guy I think that if my memory serves me right had a front gold tooth with a heart or star or some silly thing.....can't remember names but perry does kinda ring a bell...
Jerry Querciagrossa wrote:
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Bob who was your basic training drill sergeant? Was it Curtis Perry? He was mine in A 4 1 from May to Sept. 1969.
ch A-4-1

Richland, WA

#101 Sep 19, 2014
I'm wondering the same thing as I look around the net.....I graduated in Feb. 1969 in A-4-1
then off to AIT in Va.
Paul Vigil wrote:
Why is there no images of Fort Lewis Washington platoons there are plenty of Fort Ord 1970 and 1971 when i was in? on the internet.
ch A-4-1

Richland, WA

#102 Sep 19, 2014
excuse me, it was Feb. 1970 I graduated.....old age messed me up...hah.....not 1969 since october 1969 I RA 'ed in.
Jerry Querciagrossa wrote:
<quoted text>
Bob who was your basic training drill sergeant? Was it Curtis Perry? He was mine in A 4 1 from May to Sept. 1969.
Jerry Querciagrossa

Tucson, AZ

#103 Sep 19, 2014
ch A-4-1 wrote:
My Di, was a little squirt that had a gimp left or right arm bent permanently at the elbow and one other Di was tasll black guy I think that if my memory serves me right had a front gold tooth with a heart or star or some silly thing.....can't remember names but perry does kinda ring a bell...
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. Perry's main thing was having the barracks spotless. He was a bit husky and not too tall. Is he the one you had too. He was black.
don l

Holiday, FL

#104 Oct 2, 2014
Was In A-4-2 from nov71 until feb 72 I was the youngest of the bunch, hated it while I was there,Until I went to Ft.Sill for artillery school.which was much worse.Had a drill sgt. Fox ,Avent,Brockton.Senior drill was Smith who looked like smokey the bear.As I look back it was a good time in my life.I retired after 23 yrs.They may have been hard on us all but they made as into men.God bless the US army.
mickeybailon69

Paradise, CA

#105 Nov 21, 2014
norm grey wrote:
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.
I was there 6 March 68 to May 68 also. Assigned to B-1-2 . Seems we were there at the same time but about two company's away from each other. What a time.
Richard Bailon
john573211

Oak Harbor, WA

#107 Nov 26, 2014
Hello
Looking for Pat Hendricks Lewis Basic b-2-2
Lee Turner

Harrison, MI

#108 Jan 18, 2015
I was there for basic in B-5-1 as an NG in early 1970. Then did AIT Infantry there as well. Basic SDI was SFC Clayton Hoffman. By that time there had been a lot of whining about trainee abuse resulting in softening of physical regimen. Never got off base until end of basic due to spinal meningitis outbreak on post. Shifted to USAR after a year in MN NG then moved to FL. Spent 14 years in reserves ending as 1SG. I was also one of those "college boys" the DI's loved to harass. I remember always being hungry and went from 170 at start to 190 by end of AIT. I still love lima beans!
Joe R wrote:
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Was in 3rd Plt, C-1-1, Sept-Nov 1969. Also had Drill Sgt Boykins. He was quite a guy, very tough, but also showed his human side a few times. Once I was his CQ runner and he told me about his experiences in basic training way back when. Very good stuff. I still relate a story or two about him every now and again. Other drill sgts were SSG Jackson, Sgt Iverson, and Sr Drill Sgt Pama, who could be a very nasty piece of work. Was a "holdover" for 3 weeks after graduation awaiting my security clearance so I could go to Nike-Herc school at Ft. Bliss; they let me work at the rifle range as a scorer for the units still going through basic. It beat pulling KP for three weeks, I'll tell you.
David Rosenthal

East Brunswick, NJ

#109 Feb 14, 2015
My Basic Training was in Ft Polk, LA from November, 1969 - January, 1970. Then came to Fort Sam Houston in January - April for AIT (Medic) Training. Sgt Gentry, an Airborne Ranger, was the Sergeant in-charge.
pylgrym

United States

#110 Feb 26, 2015
"ALPHA! GATORS! A-4-1!" Did basic training at Ft. Lewis WA from Sept through Nov. 1970. Looking for my beloved Drill SGT (??) Lines. Captain (??) only had one leg. Both men served with distinction and we're wounded in Vietnam.
Harold DeHerrera

Pueblo, CO

#111 Apr 2, 2015
Mike Harris wrote:
Started Basic in June 1970 in D-4-2. Anyone there with me?
Mike, I was in the same unit D-4-2 Jan. 1970 to Apr. 1970 probably a couple of cycle before you. Was DI Sgt Simmons there? He was short.

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