11 November 2008

"Fox" Battery. 2nd. Battalion / 12th. Marines. Okinawa, Japan. (circa 1986).

*Yours truly standing @ second row - second from right. M-198 Howitzer F 2/12 Battery, Fire Direction Controlman. (0844)
Today is Veteran's Day. Yesterday was the Marine Corps' 233rd. birthday. With all the happenings in the world today & in my career, it's hard to sometimes believe it's been more than 20 years ago when I proudly wore the uniform of the USMC. Being a Marine changed my life, and quite honestly, has had a lot to do with who I am each & every day. I think of my fellow Marines often..."Semper fi." -cg.


  1. Hey "Doc" Unland,

    What a wonderful surprise to see a post from you here on my blog. I hope you visit the blog again and see this reply. I am truly humbled & almost teary-eyed. Yea, I think of all the former Marines & Sailors I served with in the mid-'80's. Those were very special times in my life. Please write to me at my email address: chet@chetgordon.com as you didn't leave a way to contact you.

    Semper fi,


    1. I Was @ Camp Hague Oct. 1971 - Dec.1972 Fox Battery 2/12 It Was An Old Base, I Believe They Gave It Back To Japan, Shortly After I Left.Some Of The Guys Names. Foti, Brennan, Landis,Dent,Wiggins,Westmenty, Moritz,Swift,Love,Bonzuski,May weather. Many Others,Miss My Youth, The Good Times,BC Street.Club Memory, Club Mambo.I Used To Love Running The Perimeter Of Camp Hague, Before I Went On Liberty, John Moritz And Myself.

  2. I was in Fox 2/12. I arrived in '86 and was also in FDC.

  3. Cliff wilkerson7/20/2009 1:45 PM

    I was a wireman in F-2-12 in 1958-1959. Our battery was stationed at Camp Hauge.

    Semper Fi from an old timer, Cliff Wilkerson

  4. I was wondering if you knew of two marines in Okinawa during 1986. Either Sgt Robie Flannagan or Michael Reynolds? elflannagan@gmail.com

  5. I was in Fox 2/12 in the Comm Section from 7/87 to 5/91. Here are some names to remember SSgt Webb, Cpl Walker "Shorty 240", M. Post, S.V. Miller, Seymour, D. Metivier, R. Trangmar, Watson, J.T. Williams,Reville, Philpott,Williams from Chicago, Chancey who was "brunt" all the time, and Sgt. Resler from Oregon. It hard to believe it been over 20 yrs.

    Great group of guys.
    I wish I could remember every person name in F 2/12 during my tour, but all I can recall now are the faces of the young men they were.

    Semper Fi

    San Diego, Ca

    1. Hey this is Bruce (Duckbo) Watson. I to can remember all the names but to brought back some memories.

  6. Semper Fi- I was in Fox 2/12 from 87 to 90 in Comm section. Great times with alot of good memories and friends.

    B. Prince
    Semper Fi
    Atlanta, GA

  7. I was in Fox 2/12 in 83/84 Was assit secton chief for th FDC crew. Was also in Lima Battery 82-83 D. Sisco vacaville california

  8. Semper fi to all I served with in Fox battery 2/12 in the Aug 1986 THRU-Aug 1987 time frame it was good times!! I was a 0811 corporal then had a Gun Section, Back then we where at Camp Foster up on the hill by the side gate. Semper Fi James S.Bell

  9. Fox Battery 2/12 from 1991. Miss those guys.

  10. I was with HQ 2/12 in 79-80 met some of the best Men i have ever known i was the QC control at the MT. Repair shop i was also the wrecker operator for all of Delta,Echo.Fox,& Lima Co.had some great times 7 cold ones in Korea if any of y'all have been there then you know what i'm talking about SEMPER-FI to y'all and may God Bless y'all Rick Hartke

  11. I could not agree more with the following sentiments. The Guys I served with are like the Brothers I never had. I call their Moms and Dads, Mom and Dad. Three of my Groomsmen in my wedding in 2009 were Bros from Fox2/12.
    Outside of my Marriage and my Church, these guys are the most important people in my life.
    Semper Fi and God Speed

  12. Semper FI Chet!

    CPL Bart Callear 0811 - F/2/12 - 1985 - 1986...

    1. Callear, weren't you a kickboxer or something? I have a picture of you at the Black and White club in Pattaya lol.

      Ray Kissel

  13. F 2/12 Scout-Observer 9/78-12/79 at Camp Zukeran, part of the Foster/Butler complex. Greatest years of my life. Training Trips to Korea and Japan only, back in yhose days...but they were great. CPL "E." 0846

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  31. Hey Fox Battery! This is Morgan aka babysan name given to me in Korea. lol Joined unit in 1985 and stayed until they activated 4/12. All good peolpe. My boys Acevedo and Pratt. Semper Fi.

    1. Babysan, it's Ray Kissel. Those were good times!

    2. Morgan, wouldn't happen to be Charles E. Pratt that you served with would it? Response would be greatly appreciated sir.

    3. Morgan,

      I remember all you guys...You, kissel, acevedo, McIntyre, pratt.. etc... I have the float book for Bear Hunt Korea '86 (oct - nov 1985) and a photo album from Thailand... January 1986.. and our float to Japan (Mt Fuji)... best unit I ever served with...

      Bart Callear Cpl 0811...

  32. Gordon... its amazing what you can find on google... remember thailand 1985... it was a long month with the Thai marines... I still have a pic you took that caught the projectile coming out of the end of a 155...

    We were in Comm Plt - Plattus & Schneider (plattus@yahoo.com)