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  1. Dan D'Amelio says:

    Read with interest story about Sgt. Robert Sprout. Felt what I always feel in reading about Marines. They are a special breed of men. I wish a TV series would be done about them, focusing on World War I, II, Korea and Vietnam.
    They saved the war in Korea in the incredible fighting near the Chosin Reservoir.
    It might not be generally known, but during the peiod of fighting in the Korean “police action,” men who thought they were going to be drafted into the Army were, instead, whisked into the Marine Corp and with minimal training shiped to the frontlines in Korea. Whether or not they felt gung ho about being a Marine, they became imbued with the semper fidelis spirit and outfoughta vastly larger force of Chinese.
    The fighting took place in sup-zero weather, average temp: 20 below.
    My good friend Joe Tulley sent a post card saying heread a letter of mine while seated on the frozen body of a Chinese.
    The Chinese charged as fanatically as the Japanese in World War II. They had to. A line of officers stood behind them, shooting any man who retreated–a tactic picked up from the Rusiian army, World War II.

  2. Jim Sproul says:

    Bob@YUCAIPA: Thank you for all the kind words regarding my Father, GSGT Sproul. It truly brings tears reading how others felt about him. For the record in 2006, he was awarded the Purple Heart as it was proven that the fire he and his men fell upon was NOT FRIENDLY FIRE. It took the family from June 13, 1968 until April 2006 to finally get what was rightfully his. Pres. Bush we thank you. I will not publish the 2 Gentle mans full names that were instrumental in this accomplishment, Curtis and George, Both Marines, who did not know my father personally but you would have never known that by their words and actions.

    Semper Fi.

  3. Bob says:

    Dear Bob,
    I hope this reaches you. My husband Jim Sproul found the article you wrote about his father Gunny Robert Sproul in 2009. He was so touched and has sent this to everyone in the family.

    Jim is now in Georgia. He is a U.S. Customs Broker. Our web site is http://www.loissproulchb.com
    A couple years ago the Marines had a memorial for Gunny in West Point, Georgia. At that time the Purple Heart was presented to his wife Audrey and to Jim. Since that time sadly Audrey has passed away. She never stopped thinking or talking about her loving husband Robert Sproul.

    My husband has the shadow box which was presented with all of Gunny’s Medals along with a Purple Heart and The American Flag.

    Jim struggled with the government for the Purple Heart for his father for many years. Some Marines in Georgia came to the rescue.

    Robert Sproul’s
    sons:
    James Sproul
    Robert Sproul
    Randy Sproul
    Jeff Sproul
    daughter:
    Nancy Sproul/Smith

    Just thought you may want to know this.

  4. Bob says:

    Dear Lois and Jim,

    I am so pleased to hear from you and your family. And I am so pleased to hear that Gunny was awarded his purple heart at a memorial so well deserving of his service to his country and his Corps. I am moved by your words beyond what I can express. As a reporter, I have twice since covered the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall.

    Each time I am in awe and humbly honored to be in the presence of such brave men and women such as your father who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country and its citizens.

    There are many I am certain who never forgot Gunny, the man, and Gunny the Marine. In my four years of service, many leaders emerged whom I respected, but none greater than Gunny.

    My grandson has (early) enlisted in the Marine Corps and will leave for MCRD San Diego, July 23, 2012. I can only hope that he has a Gunny as great as I had as a role model.

    I wish you and your families well, and I thank you so much for writing me.

    Semper Fi,
    Bob Otto

  5. Jack Labor says:

    I too learned a great deal in my short acquaintance with ‘Gunny Sproul’. Late into our training, while he was inspecting my rifle he asked me, “So, Private Labor, who do you think is the best recruit in this platoon?” Without hesitation I replied, “Private Labor, Sir!” To which he responded, “That’s right, and don’t you ever forget it!” I never did Gunny!” I couldn’t help but feel during all of those days in Boot Camp, that he was not watching me, but rather, watching Over me. He was by far the Best Marine I ever knew. I am proud to have known him, he had a profound effect on my life.

    Jack Labor

  6. Bob says:

    Very nice tribute Jack. Gunny certainly belongs in that class of Best Marine ever. We just lost another great Marine here in So. Calif. Master Gunnery Sgt. LeRoy Huff, Jr., who died of cancer. He served five tours in Vietnam and co-founded Inland Empire Veterans Stand Down, which helps emotionally troubled and financially distressed and homeless veterans. About a year a go, he took me along on a trip to MCRD in San Diego. Great Marine, great man.

  7. Diane Rich says:

    Along with Jim and Bob Sprouls aunt Carol I babysat Audrey and Bucks boys a few times. Buck as I knew him was so handsome and was such a gentle man in his non marine life. When the traveling Vietnam Memorial used to come to our town I always went and placed a flower at the base. I could never believe he was a DI in the marines however he assured me he was. I just remember him as a handsome gentle man.

  8. Diane Rich says:

    Along with Jim and Bob Sprouls aunt Carol I babysat Audrey and Bucks boys a few times. Buck as I knew him was so handsome and was such a gentle man in his non marine life. When the traveling Vietnam Memorial used to come to our town I always went and placed a flower at the base. I could never believe he was a DI in the marines however he assured me he was. I just remember him as a handsome gentle man.

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