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Posted: 6/25/2022 9:00:07 PM EDT
DS, DI, MTI, RDC, CC...man or woman, they make an impression.

Me?  Ft. Knox '90 - '91, Aco 1-81 AR, each platoon assigned two Drills:

DS Pleasant(who could be anything but), a big blocky black SSG built like a brick shithouse.
DS Frey, towering white guy, SSG, flat top haircut, built like a f-ing anvil and just as solid.

You didn't mess with either of them.

Both men taught me to grow up, suck it up with no excuses.  I will remember their names, even decades later and so should you.

No cheating folks, who kicked your ass, wore our country's uniform and taught you life's lessons?



Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:02:29 PM EDT
[#1]
Oxendine, Mitchell, Braillesford
Dix 89
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:04:15 PM EDT
[#2]
SSgt Charleston. TSgt Brooks.

Lackland 03.
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:05:12 PM EDT
[#3]
DeMulle & Harris


Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:05:33 PM EDT
[#4]
Labreck, thomkins, palizano.

Jackson 14
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:05:37 PM EDT
[#5]
Senior Chief Peterson and CPO Severs

NRTC San Diego 1977
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:06:13 PM EDT
[#6]
SSgt Martinez (busted down, last I heard), SSgt Donely, SSgt Paulson (was an amateur UFC guy for awhile too).

2003, Platoon 2097.

Edit, mine weren't "Drill Sergeants". They were the real deal.
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:07:05 PM EDT
[#7]
SSG Moody from Wyoming and 2 others who were less memorable or respectable
ETA: senior drill SFC Salinas

Fort Leonard Wood, MO SEP-OCT '87 D-6-10 3rd platoon



Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:07:43 PM EDT
[#8]
ENC Manapat
Company  924 1987
RTC-NTC San Diego
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:07:50 PM EDT
[#9]
Must have not made that big of an impression in me, I couldn't name them or even my company or battalion if my life depended on it.  Fort benning school for wayward boys '94.
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:08:22 PM EDT
[#10]
Hunnicut, Hillyer, Holmes, Creed, Velez

‘00
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:08:50 PM EDT
[#11]
Hunt and Miskel
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:09:27 PM EDT
[#12]
RD1 Poppewell Y119 Cape May 1985
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:09:27 PM EDT
[#13]
TSgt. Vinning

'06 Lackland AFB
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:09:49 PM EDT
[#14]
Stohl and Peebles.  Forget the third guy.
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:11:27 PM EDT
[#15]
1985, Ft Jackson, E-3-1-1, Tank Hill.

MSgt Jose Merrero, Sgt Ken Williams.
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:12:15 PM EDT
[#16]
Sgt. Franklin L. Stein
'82 Lackland AFB
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:12:27 PM EDT
[#17]
SSG Negrone. August 1990 Fort Beginning
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:12:29 PM EDT
[#18]
DS Mejia, DS Binion and SDS Asadullah

B co 2/19 Inf Benning 2002
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:12:45 PM EDT
[#19]
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:13:10 PM EDT
[#20]
SSG Fletcher, SSG Bankston and Sgt Hodge.

Ft McClellan A-40th MP from Oct-88 to Feb-89
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:13:34 PM EDT
[#21]
DS Walker was the lead drill from Montana and DS Muse was the "prick" DS from Tennessee.  I was in OSUT in B co 1/81st Armor at Ft. Knox KY August 89-January 90.
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:13:59 PM EDT
[#22]
DS Roberts and Christianson


Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:14:14 PM EDT
[#23]
DS Schaul and DS Fuller in BCT, C co 2-28 inf


DS Dicker in AIT at ft Sam, f co 232d med Bn
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:14:20 PM EDT
[#24]
MCRD San Diego 1994

Fox Co  Plt 2102

SDI Sgt Hunt
DI  Sgt Foeckler
DI  Sgt French
DI (Heavy) Sgt Watkins
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:15:04 PM EDT
[#25]
SSG Gibby
SSG Lamay
SSG Platero

Gibby and Platero were genuinely hard as woodpecker lips.

Lamay was a punk.
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:16:29 PM EDT
[#26]
D.S. Tuatasi. Giant Arnold Schwarzenegger of a man, a Pacific Islander. Either Hawaiian or Tongan. Had to be roided out. Big Guy!

Harmony Church 6/1988
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:16:44 PM EDT
[#27]
Drill Instructor Gunnery Sergeant Hartman.

I was in his last platoon on the drill field.
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:17:00 PM EDT
[#28]
SDI SSgt. Soto.  DI’s we’re SSgt.’s Gilstrap, Baker and Sullivan.
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:18:31 PM EDT
[#29]
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SSG Negrone. August 1990 Fort Beginning
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@mountaineer82

Puerto Rican, heavy accent, and only cadence was Captain Jack? If so, I had the delightful experience of spending 16 weeks with him, Pfleger, Prochaska, Brown, and others in the summer of '89, C 1-50
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:19:08 PM EDT
[#30]
Lawrence, Johnson and Gould

2/54th, Fort Benning, 1993

Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:19:17 PM EDT
[#31]
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
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Must have not made that big of an impression in me, I couldn't name them or even my company or battalion if my life depended on it.  Fort benning school for wayward boys '94.
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Same…..benning school for boys august-october 2002
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:19:29 PM EDT
[#32]
SDI S/Sgt. Harris
DI Sgt. Nixon
DI Sgt. Elmore


PISC 1991
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:20:02 PM EDT
[#33]
Pizaña - could bench 400
Dawson - could do 400 pushups
Pearson - mostly useless
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:20:13 PM EDT
[#34]
SFC Trowbridge SSG Moore SSG Hall FT Dix 1984 C-2-3
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:20:46 PM EDT
[#35]
Senior Drill Instructor SSGT Summerill
Drill Instructor SGT Eskola
Drill Instructor SGT Lewis
I forget my guy's name.  Definitely not his face, though.

Platoon 3111, India Company, 3rd Battalion.

I showed up in the yellow footprints on March 21, 1995.

Damn, I'm old.

Best,
JBR
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:20:49 PM EDT
[#36]
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:21:22 PM EDT
[#37]
Drill Sergeant Head Ft Jackson Pro train 1993
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:21:35 PM EDT
[#38]
I can only remember 2 of mine, DS Polojack and DS Arvizo.
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:21:46 PM EDT
[#39]
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
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@mountaineer82

Puerto Rican, heavy accent, and only cadence was Captain Jack? If so, I had the delightful experience of spending 16 weeks with him, Pfleger, Prochaska, Brown, and others in the summer of '89, C 1-50
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@garanditis

That would be him. My cousin was a drill down the road and knew him. First person I ever saw fall out of a run in basic. But I guess overall ok.
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:22:15 PM EDT
[#40]
OS2 Owen's, YN1 Gowins and EN1 Evans. Navy RTC, DIV 256, May-July 2001
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:22:16 PM EDT
[#41]
Ssgt Lima-Lima, Lackland 2011
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:22:28 PM EDT
[#42]
SDI SSGT Holmes
DI SGT Blackwell
DI CPL Lockhart

Interesting note:  Holmes went on to win the Marine Corps Bodybuilding contest a few years later.  He was already built like a tank when he was my SDI, but when I saw the pics of him in Leatherneck mag he looked like a black Schwarznegger.
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:22:39 PM EDT
[#43]
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
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D.S. Tuatasi. Giant Arnold Schwarzenegger of a man, a Pacific Islander. Either Hawaiian or Tongan. Had to be roided out. Big Guy!

Harmony Church 6/1988
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Roided?  I knew a few Samoans in the Army, like Lady Gaga said, they were "born this way".  Huge dudes, one taught us how to cook a pig in the ground.  Yum!
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:22:52 PM EDT
[#44]
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Quoted:
DS Schaul and DS Fuller in BCT, C co 2-28 inf


DS Dicker in AIT at ft Sam, f co 232d med Bn
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I’m not sure who you are, but those names mean we did basic and AIT together. Different platoon in basic though.  Definitely had DS Dicker at Sam.
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:24:30 PM EDT
[#45]
MCRD PI.  1981

SSGT Demaline

SGT Dvorak

Cant remember the third guys name. He went down with cancer and disappeared.

Cant rememer the name of the guy who replaced him.

Both were SSGTs though.
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:24:31 PM EDT
[#46]
Sgt. Wilder. Appropriately named because he went off on a private and beat the shit out of him in the shower area. He got removed as our platoon Senior DI and replaced by Sgt. Potendyk. He was always calm and quiet, but that was scarier than his killers, Sgt. Chandler and Sgt. Huges, who got off on making privates suffer.

We only saw Sgt. Potendyk lose his shit once. He was dumping foot locker trays and some 5.56 brass a private took from the rifle range made that distinctive "ping" when it hit the deck. Time stood still for a few seconds and you could hear a pin drop in the squad bay. Then all hell broke loose.

All three DIs started dumping foot lockers and tipping over bunk beds. Shit was flying everywhere, privates were dodging the tornado that was our drill instructors. I thought someone was gonna die that day.

Yeah, I will remember those three Marines till my last day.
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:24:50 PM EDT
[#47]
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Quoted:
Senior Chief Peterson and CPO Severs

NRTC San Diego 1977
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@kc4sox
Damn!  Company 180?
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:25:15 PM EDT
[#48]
SSGT Hollinger ( Senior D.I.)

Sgt. Pfortmiller
Sgt Hernandez

SGT Swann ( right out of D.I.school)

MCRD San Diego 1987
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:25:25 PM EDT
[#49]
Sgt Brogdon, USMC, MCRD San Diego, 1976.
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 9:26:24 PM EDT
[#50]
SFC "Mad Dog" McBride
Remember the faces but not the names.
COHORT E-6-1 1983
Sand Hill, Ft. Benning
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