MANEUVER WARFARE HISTORY: Col Tony Zinni, USMC presents “Combat Concepts” at The Basic School in 1989 (Part 3/3)

Col Tony Zinni, USMC
The Basic School, 1989
Quantico VA

THE GREATEST PME I’ve ever attended.  You’ll hear the first half of Col Zinni’s “Combat Concepts” PME — delivered in Quantico at The Basic School in 1989 after he gave up command of the 9th Marine Regiment.

Presentations like this one ought to be mandatory for ALLcommanders, from platoon to MEF.

You’ll hear me comment on the presentation at times, amplifying points or giving context to Col Zinni’s comments.

The “Goon Platoon” reaches out —- DOD Headlines —- ROK Marine Discipline & Racism in 1985

3rd Platoon, C/1/5
“The Goon Platoon”
MCB Twentynine Palms
1985

Through the miracle of modern technology the Marines from the first platoon I ever commanded and I reconnected yesterday, The GOONS from 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion of the 5th Marine Regiment are alive and well.  They were a tough group of Marines, diverse as most units are, a great platoon in the field and funny as hell.

Our Company song is below, written by Cpl Andre Dennis and LCpl Richard Canada (a.ka. “The Maneuvering Element”) they used to sing it as loud as I ever heard Marines sing… it used to get people out of their offices & barracks in Okinawa when we’d hump back in from the Central Training Area… the Goons were great tough Marines… I’ll be satisfied when I die, that I was a Marine of Charlie 1/5.

“Marching Men”
Charlie 1/5’s Company Song

AS IT HAPPENED: seventy-three years after the landing on Iwo Jima we listen to reports and audio from February 19, 1945

Island X (Iwo Jima)
February 19, 1945

Seventy-three years ago today Marines and Sailors went ashore on the island of Iwo Jima, the audio record is incredible from reporters observing from battleships, to reporters embedded with Marine infantry units in the landing to USMC Combat Correspondents filing reports from the battlefield.

Most unique in the audio you’ll hear is audio from A Company, 4th Tank Battalion as they fight ashore, engaging the Japanese and as they seek a way off the beach in order to support the infantry assault on Air Field #1.

You’ll also hear network audio as the major networks broke into “regular programming” to update the American public on progress on an island they had never heard of:  Iwo Jima, which all knew was on the doorstep of mainland Japan.

73 Years after the landing on Iwo Jima we listen to reports and audio from February 19, 1945

Iwo Jima
February 19, 1945

Seventy-three years ago today Marines and Sailors went ashore on the island of Iwo Jima, the audio record is incredible from reporters observing from battleships, to reporters embedded with Marine infantry units in the landing to USMC Combat Correspondents filing reports from the battlefield.

Most unique in the audio you’ll hear is audio from A Company, 4th Tank Battalion as they fight ashore, engaging the Japanese and as they seek a way off the beach in order to support the infantry assault on Air Field #1.

You’ll also hear network audio as the major networks broke into “regular programming” to update the American public on progress on an island they had never heard of:  Iwo Jima, which all knew was on the doorstep of mainland Japan.

MANEUVER WARFARE HISTORY: Col Tony Zinni, USMC presents “Combat Concepts” at The Basic School in 1989 (Part 2)

Col Tony Zinni, USMC
“Combat Concepts”
The Basic School, 1989

THE GREATEST PME I’ve ever attended.  You’ll hear the first half of Col Zinni’s “Combat Concepts” PME — delivered in Quantico at The Basic School in 1989 after he gave up command of the 9th Marine Regiment.

Presentations like this one ought to be mandatory for ALLcommanders, from platoon to MEF.

You’ll hear me comment on the presentation at times, amplifying points or giving context to Col Zinni’s comments.

MANEUVER WARFARE HISTORY: Col Tony Zinni, USMC presents “Combat Concepts” at The Basic School in 1989 (Part 1)

Col Tony Zinni, USMC
The Basic School, 1989
Quantico VA

THE GREATEST PME I’ve ever attended.  You’ll hear the first half of Col Zinni’s “Combat Concepts” PME — delivered in Quantico at The Basic School in 1989 after he gave up command of the 9th Marine Regiment.

Presentations like this one ought to be mandatory for ALL commanders, from platoon to MEF.

You’ll hear me comment on the presentation at times, amplifying points or giving context to Col Zinni’s comments.

1st Platoon, Charlie Company 1/5 knew nothing of urban fighting when they went to Hue in 1968, 1stLt Nick Warr USMC led them (PART 2)

Nick Warr

Nick Warr is an exception Marine.  He fought in the Vietnam in 1968 including the Battle for Hue City.  He has been an active member of the 1/5 alumni network, his has written extensively about his experience in Vietnam and has been part of the group that has raised money to fund the “5th Marines Vietnam Memorial” that will be dedicated at Camp San Mateo (home of the 5th Marines at Camp Pendleton), in the Memorial Garden there.

In Part 2 we discuss My Lai, the Burns/Novick PBS documentary “The Vietnam War” and the work Nick has done with a group of 5th Marine Vietnam veterans to build a memorial to the Marines and Sailors who fell in Vietnam as part of the 5th Marine Regiment, which will be dedicated this Memorial Day weekend.

1st Platoon, Charlie Company 1/5 knew nothing of urban fighting when they went to Hue in 1968, 1stLt Nick Warr USMC led them (PART 1)

1stLt Nick Warr, USMC
Republic of Vietnam
1968

Nick Warr

Nick Warr is an exception Marine.  He fought in the Vietnam in 1968 including the Battle for Hue City.  He has been an active member of the 1/5 alumni network, his has written extensively about his experience in Vietnam and has been part of the group that has raised money to fund the “5th Marines Vietnam Memorial” that will be dedicated at Camp San Mateo (home of the 5th Marines at Camp Pendleton), in the Memorial Garden there.

In Part 1 we discuss his career and the fight in Hue.