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Remembering Gunny Sproul

Friday, August 31st, 2018


Gunnery Sergeant, Robert L. Sproul, a Marine’s Marine

YUCAIPA, CA – Every so often I reach up to the top shelf of my bookcase and pull out my Marine Corps graduation book. There were 72 of us in Platoon 1061 of the First Battalion. The pages are filled with pictures of smoothed faced men – boys really, ages 18, 19, 20 some as old as 23.

The pages show pictures of us climbing ropes, jumping across water ponds suspended in midair with our M14 rifles thrust out in front of us, on the parade deck marching to the deep-throated commands of a drill instructor, standing at attention during inspection, and on Sunday afternoon’s off, writing homesick letters to our worried mothers.


Gunnery Sergeant Robert L. Sproul is seated in the middle behind the Platoon 1061 banner.

Platoon 1061 was all gung ho in boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego in the summer of 1967. We felt destined to go to “Nam” and win the war against communism.

And we wanted Gunnery Sergeant Robert L. Sproul to lead us.

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Veterans can get physicals at Loma Linda welcome event

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

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Our veterans followed their marching orders for us, now lets march for them.

LOMA LINDA, CALIF – The VA Loma Linda Healthcare System will host a “Welcome Home” event at its flagship facility, the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Medical Center, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.

GET A PHYSICAL
During the event, the VA will offer same-day registration and physical examinations to veterans not yet enrolled in VA health care.

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Marine Corps hero defiantly “salutes” the enemy

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

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This photograph depicting Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Michael Burghardt’s defiance was taken by Jeff Bundy for the Omaha World-Herald. It adorns the walls of homes across America and that of Col John Gronski, the Brigade Commander in Ramadi, who has hailed the image as an exemplar of the warrior spirit.

RAMADI, IRAQ– United States Marine Gunnery Sgt. Michael Burghardt is known as ‘Iron Mike’ or just ‘Gunny’. He is on his third tour in Iraq. He has become a legend in the bomb disposal world after winning the Bronze Star for disabling 64 IEDs and destroying 1,548 pieces of ordnance during his second tour.

Then, on September 19th he was blown up.

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They bleed red, so we wear red

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

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OMAHA, NEB – Last week, while traveling to Chicago on business, I noticed a Marine sergeant traveling with a folded flag, but did not put two and two together.

After we boarded our flight, I turned to the sergeant, who’d been invited to sit in First Class (across from me), and inquired if he was heading home.

No, he responded. Heading out I asked?

No. I’m escorting a soldier home.

Going to pick him up?

No. He is with me right now. He was killed in Iraq , I’m taking him home to his family.

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