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JAMES(DOC) KIRKPATRICK02:08:55 - November 9 2009
1ST PLT,B CO.,1/7docusmcrvn@msn.com
I REMEMBER, A MARINE, NAMED BEAL AND A MARINE,NAMED UNGER, SLIGHTLY,BUT THE FACES ARE KIND OF THERE,BUT NOT TO CLEAR.
I WAS THE RED HEADED DOC,,WITH THE HANDLE BAR MUSTACHE! 1ST PLT.WITH DOC VERRICO AND DOC SKI!LT'S RAMSEY AND HEGERTY,HILL 10. JUL 68- DEC.68.THE SQUAD,MCORD,STEVEN G SMITH,MONROE HIGHLEY,JOHN GOLDTHORPE,TED RIDDER,DALLAS HOLDER,PATCHES,CHICO PALMER,DELVERTY,JAMES RANDLOPH,NEAL BAILEY, AND SOME OTHERS THAT I CAN NOT RECALL THEIR NAMES!
MY FIRST OP,WAS FROM AN HOA TO HILL 55.JUL17,68 OR ABOUT THAT TIME FRAME!I HAD MY 20TH BIRTHDAY,BEING PINNED DOWN, BY A GOOK SNIPER, FOR 4 HRS.. THEN WE GOT ON LINE AND SWEEPED, FORWARD, WHEN CPL KITCHENS, GOT THIS GOOK AND TOOK HIM PRISIONER.DOC SKI AND I STOOD WATCH ON HIM,HOPING HE WOULD RUN AWAY AND I COULD CAP HIM!
SEVERAL MARINES WERE TOLD TO WATCH HIM ALL NIGHT.THE GOOK WAS TAKEN OUT THE NEXT AM!
WE WERE THE POINT FOR THE WHOLE OP.
HAD TOO MANY NIGHT AMBUSHES, IN THE BO BANS!
THEN WE MOVED TO HILL 65,AFTER THANKSGIVING,68.
THEN I WAS SENT TO HILL 37 AND I WENT TO DIV.,REAR, WITH THE POIGS,BAS,HQ BN.,1ST MAR DIV.. FOR MY LAST 6 MONTHS.
IT WAS A SHITTY JOB! WE WERE OVER RUN,TET 69.WE SPENT ALL NIGHT RETAKING OUR COMPOUND. I LOST 2 MARINES,DOC,KIA.35 WIA'S.THAT WAS A BAD NIGHT!
I HAVE NO REGRETS, ABOUT BEING A GRUNT DOC!
I AM PROUD OF MY TIME WITH THE MARINES!
MY ONLY, REGRET! IS THAT WE COULD NOT BRING HOME, ALL OF MY MARINES!
I'LL QUIT FOR KNOW! WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU!
I AM HOME ALMOST EVERY WEEKEND,UNLESS I AM ON CALL TO THE OR.
I AM A R.N..WORKING IN THE OR.
IF YOU CALL? 316-522-0707, PLEASE CALL AFTER 1800,AS MY DAUGHTER IS WORKING FROM HOME ON THE COMPUTER.

SEMPER FI!
JAMES(DOC) KIRKPATRICK
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