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Buckeye Shooter
03-07-2009, 12:59 PM
I saw a 1967 MC flick today about Parris Island recruit training. It showed the wooden 1st/2nd Battalion barracks and the masonry rifle range barracks. In the beginning, they show an enlistment contract with someone named XXXX Peter Jr. a service number of 2331019 and an enlistment date of May 1967. That sounds about right. I hit the Island about 67 APR XX and was number 231727X.

The flick said about 2 million Marines went through the island up to that point. I wonder what that number is today.

High Plaines Doug r
03-07-2009, 01:08 PM
I was drafted (Army) in July of 69. Was assigned a service number that I used for about 2 weeks before they went to SSNs. I suspect all services changed about that time.
Still can't get that service number out of my head.

Litt'le Lee
03-07-2009, 01:15 PM
circa Sept 1958-1832400

SwampRatt
03-07-2009, 03:40 PM
I enlisted in the Marine Corps in October of 1970. My service number was 2703143. They were beginning the transition to SSNs at that time. For a time my service number was both. Add the MOSs on behind and it became a hellava number to recite.
Like said earlier, the number will never leave my head.
I was a Hollywood Marine. I graduated in platoon 3143. interesting coincidence.

goo
03-07-2009, 03:43 PM
you're so boot, you're still crappin' parris island chow!
:)
2242856... jan '66
...
semper fi,
goo

Dan In Indiana
03-07-2009, 04:54 PM
Hollywood
'66
2267175

devildog
03-07-2009, 04:54 PM
Boot! Feb58....1800xxx ! 2ndBn

0311Shooter
03-07-2009, 05:10 PM
Back on June 20, 1962, Platoon 238 SIR!!!! ( as I hit the top of the Rope)

How can I ever forget that number, 18125XX ... or something like that.

Wink
03-07-2009, 05:26 PM
Gotta admit though, it makes a good password.

Bert
03-07-2009, 08:35 PM
I recall reading an article back in 1970 about the Corps switching from service numbers to SSN's and was surprised to learn that one of our platoon leaders from 1/9 in Vietnam was in charge of the project. Don't recall his name now.

Jim K
03-07-2009, 09:50 PM
Apparently, the Marines didn't do it that way, but the Army serial numbers had letter prefixes. RA was regular army, an enlistee. US was a draftee, NG National Guard, ER was enlisted reserve. I believe all officers had O and warrant officers had W regardless of where they came from.

The last four digits of the serial number with the initial of the last name was was sort of a code to identify property. Along with clothing, boots, etc., the soldier was issued a rubber stamp (e.g. G-2824) with which he marked his clothing, using permanent ink. This was not only a property ID but was also used as a laundry mark. Items of gear that couldn't be stamped were painted with the number, using a small paint brush. With unit property, such as helmet and helmet liner, the paint could be removed when the item was turned in. Rifles had a rack number, painted on the bottom of the pistol grip, which could also be removed if the rifle was turned into the depot for repair or if the unit was dissolved.

Jim

Jim

Gyrene
03-07-2009, 09:50 PM
I got one in Oct 1955, !524XXX. It served me well.

I was a Hollywood Marine like a whole bunch of us from west of the Mississippi.



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Devil Dog
03-07-2009, 09:59 PM
Graduated MCRD PI 3/65 #2118826 Lived in 2nd bat. wooden baracks. The rifle range baracks were brick. Carried the M14. Gen. Wallace Green was the Comandant. Two guys had to go home for a couple days the marry the girls they knocked up. That is what they did back then. They called it "doing the right thing".

Ken C.
03-08-2009, 09:18 AM
Apparently, the Marines didn't do it that way, but the Army serial numbers had letter prefixes. RA was regular army, an enlistee. US was a draftee, NG National Guard, ER was enlisted reserve. I believe all officers had O and warrant officers had W regardless of where they came from.

The last four digits of the serial number with the initial of the last name was was sort of a code to identify property. Along with clothing, boots, etc., the soldier was issued a rubber stamp (e.g. G-2824) with which he marked his clothing, using permanent ink. This was not only a property ID but was also used as a laundry mark. Items of gear that couldn't be stamped were painted with the number, using a small paint brush. With unit property, such as helmet and helmet liner, the paint could be removed when the item was turned in. Rifles had a rack number, painted on the bottom of the pistol grip, which could also be removed if the rifle was turned into the depot for repair or if the unit was dissolved.

Jim

Jim
I remember that also, Jim. AF was for enlistees, US for draftees. We had to use a marker to put our info on clothing and also an "X" or "O" on the soles of our brogans to remind us to change them on a daily basis. I also remember my reaction when I was "politely" ushered off the bus at Sampson AFB in N.Y.
which was "WTF have I gotten myself into this time?"

BIRDDOG
03-08-2009, 10:58 AM
Parris Island 2200610, 2nd Batt. old wooden barracks. We even then called the new brick barracks at the rifle range the "Holleywood Marines" Semper Fi.

Jim K
03-08-2009, 01:30 PM
Hi, Ken,

Someone once remarked that a newcomer into the service said the same thing as a man falling from the roof of a tall building. The only difference was that the draftee was saying, "Who pushed me?", while the enlistee was saying, "Why did I jump?"

Jim

JohnMOhio
03-08-2009, 04:12 PM
Joined USAF Oct. 1959 Service number 15616762

Ken C.
03-08-2009, 04:47 PM
Howdy John, glad to see you made the transition. I had you beat by a couple of years, I was discharged on Apr.7th 1957. Then 4 years in the so called "Inactive reserve" before receiving the discharge papers.
Joined USAF Oct. 1959 Service number 15616762

Ken C.
03-08-2009, 04:51 PM
Hi, Ken,

Someone once remarked that a newcomer into the service said the same thing as a man falling from the roof of a tall building. The only difference was that the draftee was saying, "Who pushed me?", while the enlistee was saying, "Why did I jump?"

Jim
Well said, Jim. And it didnt take long to find out why they said "NEVER volunteer for anything." I only made that mistake once. Smarter folks didnt make the mistake at all....

John Sukey
03-08-2009, 07:00 PM
RA16516196 Though i have forgotten the serial numbers on the riflesa I was issued.

Iceman66
03-12-2009, 08:40 PM
Platoon 1015 MCRD SDiego 01NOV65 #2181730
Semper Fi

jethro1469
03-12-2009, 09:34 PM
MCRD PI Aug 67 Plt 1032 SN 2399581

RETREAD
03-14-2009, 12:13 AM
Joined Nov 67 229 27 38

mahert
03-15-2009, 01:01 PM
1694xxx

Jim From Oklahoma
03-15-2009, 02:18 PM
July, 1944 Parris Island, Ser. No. 560572
In that time period the 500,000 number series identified Marines who had enlisted at age 17.

Jim From Oklahoma

fredh46
03-16-2009, 12:27 PM
I joined in September of 69 on a delayed entry.....reported to Quantico & OCS in January of 70 and was assigned a service number of 252 26 22.....after OCS and commissioning I was assinged a new service number of 0114081...we then ended up with the SS#

comm pogue
03-17-2009, 05:25 PM
PLT 2019 8/68 MCRD SD. 2485559,anyone remember when they did away with liberty cards?? Semper Fi Al

Dan In Indiana
03-17-2009, 08:26 PM
Did away with liberty cards? Someone care to explain that one?

OFC

Devil Dog
03-17-2009, 09:09 PM
We were given Liberty Cards to get us out the main gate. But certainly not until after Basic and ITR.

comm pogue
03-17-2009, 09:29 PM
i'm pretty sure we used like a generic liberty card in ITR, Sch Bn and Staging Bn. not clear if Cpls needed them. Semper Fi Al

Dan In Indiana
03-19-2009, 04:54 PM
In '66 & '67 at BES in Hollywood, we had liberty cards that could be had after liberty call was announced. Spent the last several weeks there as a CPL and I still had to have one to get off base.

OFC

MIKE33
03-20-2009, 08:15 AM
25xxxxx Paris Island 68 Mike 3/3, 69 Lima 3/7 ,69-70 Mos 0311

Bob Walker
03-20-2009, 10:34 PM
MCRD San Diego. Platoon 1052 #2310994. Summer of 1966, 30 days after graduating high school. I couldn't wait to get off that John Deere tractor and do something fun and exciting. Imagine my surprise when the first person to greet me on arrival at MCRD was someone I had never met, but who seemed to know so many negative things about my heritage and my alleged relationships with farm animals!

Redhand
03-28-2009, 04:12 PM
P.I.,Platoon 185 7-66. The only wooden barracks still standing in the 1st Batt. area,first level squadbay next to the mess hall. Anyone else lap the 1st Batt. parade field 20 times with one boot on and one off? Funnnnnn!!!! Hey Mike 33, where was 3/3 in 68 ? I was with 1/3 aboard the USS IwoJima and I know 2/3 was on the USS Cleveland. We were part of a BLT force. :super::madsmile::super::dancingbanana::bash::bitc h:

H. Wright
03-28-2009, 07:11 PM
Plt 2027 Jan 97 Hollywood. Still boot compared to all of you

69 Stang
03-28-2009, 11:52 PM
500858 1-43 dads USMC

Redhand
03-31-2009, 11:11 PM
Mike33, forget my earlier question. We came off float staus in Nov.67. Our Division and Regimental Hq. was at Quang Tri. I had a real bad case of CRS when I was thinking about what happened yrs. ago. Anyway its good to hear about another from the Third Herd being on here.:confused::yikes::o:bash::beerchug:

iron site
04-03-2009, 08:09 PM
You Are All Boots, San Diago-1961 19364xx

mcfried
04-04-2009, 04:55 PM
March, 1968 2347277 2nd Bat. for the life of me I can't remember M-14 ser no. whatta turd!

U.S.G.I.
04-04-2009, 06:05 PM
2694452

Graduated 15 September 1971