The following biographies, recent photos and contact information belong to the the members of 3rd Platoon "G" Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment of the 2nd Marine Division's Fleet Marine Force at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina taking part in the U.S. Navy's Solant Amity I Cruise to South America and Africa, from November 1960 through April of 1961. This page contains biographies of members with last names beginning with A-F. Others are found at G-Z.
E. Bailey : On 12Dec03, the long search for
Delwin E. "Bill" Bailey came to an end. He's been found.
Born 1933 in Livingston Manor, New York, Delwin joined the Corps in 1953, graduated with the Parris Island "Post Honor Platoon" 121 that year and was sent to Pendleton for Advanced Infantry Training. His first assignemnt was in Korea with the weapons platoon of "A" Company - 1-1 and with the exception of tours at Quantico's Demonstration Training and a stint with the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Delwin "Bill" Bailey served the balance of his service time with infantry units in Korea, Okinawa, Camp LeJeune and Vietnam where he served with CACO 3-4 and CACO 1-4.
In 1957, he had been reassigned from Okinawa, first to 1st Battalion of the 8th Marines and then slid over to "G" Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, where he became part of our lot and remained with the 6th Marines until, once again, sent to Okinawa.
In 1965, he was reassigned to Vietnam and in February 1966, after being shot in the wrist and arm, returned to CONUS for a year long stint in a Philadelphia hospital while rehabilitating. Offered a 20% disability retirement, he declined, signed a waiver and returned for more VERY active duty in VN, with CACO 3-4.
On 28Nov67, he
stepped on a landmine, had 65 pieces of shrapnel removed from his legs,
buttocks, back and arm, was provided 45 days of recuperative leave stateside
and returned again to VN in Jan/Feb '68 to serve with Headquarters CACO
1-4, located in Phu Bai.
C. A. Beraudo
was born [ 1940 ] in Boston and raised in Winthrop, Massachusetts. After
H.S. graduation, I spent some time in Colorado and then returned to the
east coast to attend St. Anselms in New Hampshire. It was there that I first
connected with the Corps and enrolled in a USMC Platoon Leader Course. When,
in 1959, I dropped out of college I found myself with the same military
obligation of four years active duty the rest of "G" Company 2/6 was part
That active duty began on 4/7/59. My 12 week indoctrination to all things military began with Parris Island Platoon 222 and was immediately followed by one month of infantry training at the Corp's east coast facility for that sort of thing at Camp Geiger, North Carolina. Then, assigned to the 6th Marine Regiment and provided a bit of leave, I spent more than a year traveling and training with the 6th, mostly in the Caribbean.
Around October of 1961, it was announced that the Battalion wanted volunteers for a six-month stint with "G" Company to the South Atlantic and places having not seen U.S. Marines since WWII, if ever. Sounding pretty good, I went. And loved it.
Thereafter, I was for varying lengths of time assigned to 2nd Division Marine Rifle Team, then a boring support Battalion as an office poge and finally, after calling in a favor or two and providing someone a case of Scotch, I managed to have myself transferred to the Naval Disciplinary Command [ read: brig] in Portsmouth, New Hampshire from which I exited the Corps as a Corporal E-4 on 4/6/63.
Quickly accepted into the greater "unwashed" plebian class of America, I worked for a few years in the family business, thereafter competed with some 14,000 candidates and obtained one of the one-hundred and forty job available with the Massachusetts State Police.
After a failed marriage and the good fortune of having a son, named Michael,
I retired from the MSP with a disability and moved to Florida with my second
wife, Debra. There we spent most of the next five years living "on the hook"
in a 44 foot trawler traveling to and fro stateside Stuart, Florida to the
In 1988, a year now thought of as our "Winter of Discontent," tired of life in air conditioned environments, we returned north to live in New Hampshire. However, having never forgotten the wonders of Colorado first experienced by myself back in 1958, Debra and I bought some land there in '95, had a house built in '97, moved in and remain there to this day.
The Solant Amity I Cruise to South America and Africa provided ample opportunity for the lot of us, so VERY YOUNG men, to see parts of the world few of us would ever again get the chance to. Perhaps, not even want to. But, both in small and greater ways, while supporting our country's objectives, we acquired for ourselves memories of places, events and people not to be replaced. Memories that bring smiles to our faces. A big Semper Fi to you all.
Having no email address, I can be reached by dropping a line to: Dave Beraudo, P.O. Box 1072, Estes Park 80517
Bitsoli, born in 1942, I spent my early years
in Manhattan on 104th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, known alternately
as the East Harlem or Spanish Harlem area.
the second half of my "obligation" to the infantry, I was transferred
to HQ Company, Field Artillery Group. Like Ed Shea, I thought those office
poges had it kind of soft, so I applied for a clerk typist slot at S3
Operations. I didn't know how to type, spell or count. Hell, I barely
knew the difference between pencils and stencils...but faked it. Working
for a Major, Master and Staff Sergeants that tolerated much by way of
my being "keyboard challenged," they never exiled me to mess
duty. They were great folks. We went to Fort Bragg for a couple of weeks
for joint exercises with the Army units and live-fire field training for
the 155's Self-propelled and Honest John Missiles. There, I put my infantry
skills to work by being part of the aggressor forces, running harassment
actions on all the Batteries. The Major loved that. Then, it was time
for some more shipboard life as part of the mount out for the Cuban Missile
O. Brinlee :
Born in Oklahoma, I spent 12 years in Long Beach, New York before entering
the Marine Corps in September of 1958. After Parris Island and ITR, I
did a stint in Arlington, Virginia before being reassigned to the 2nd
Battalion, 6th Marines at Lejeune. Then came our Solant Amity joyride
with G-2-6 before I was once again being sent North. This time to Quantico,
VA where I spent my last few months in the Corps with a Water Rescue Unit.
Born 1941 and raised in Port Chester, New York; I entered the Marine Corps
on 4/1/59, did my basic with Platoon 220 on Parris Island and a month of
infantry training at Camp Geiger, North Carolina.
I was first assigned, in August of 1959, to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. Thereafter, around October of 1961, I was reassigned - after volunteering - for the "G" Company tour of the South Atlantic.
At the end of the infantry phase of my life, there remained little more than a year before my enlistment would expire. Having acquired the ability to shoot the black out of target for .45's, I was sent to Okinawa as a "smokey-the-bear-hat-wearin'" marksmanship trainer!!!! While on "The Rock," I managed to swing leave time in mainland China. Finally, with but three months remaining on my four year enlistment, I was transferred stateside and returned via civilian transit [ to my delight ] to find myself with a one month unscheduled and appreciated early release at the end of March 1963.
was time to work for a living. Early on I owned and operated a bar/restaurant
in upstate New York. Then I started a tile business and have operated
it ever since both in New York and now in Florida.
J. Busbee :
[ DECEASED] Born, raised and educated in Reynolds, GA "Buzz'' - prompted
by a friend's suggestion that they join the service together [in the tenth
grade] - entered the Marine Corps on 5/8/58. His friend, initially, failed
his medical but Buzz, well, he soon found himself doing push-ups at the
Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot in SC. It was a year later before
his friend caught up with him.
Finishing his infantry training at Camp Geiger, he was assigned to Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines in August of 1958 and had a year of mostly shipboard life in the Caribbean and the Med even before Controlled Input was initiated. During that time, he acquired a High School Equivalency [GED] and, along with his friend, graduated right along with their former classmates at Taylor County HS in June of 1960.
It was after another 15 months of life aboard APA's, LSTs and LPH-4 [ the USS Boxer] that a proposal for taking part in Solant Amity I was offered. With the Caribbean and Mediterranean already under Buzz's belt, the prospect of adding South American and Africa to the many places he'd already been sounded pretty exciting...and it was. Thus, by the spring of 1962 when leaving the Corps, he had endured and/or enjoyed some 45 months in the either PI, ITR or G-2-6 infantry. His closing months were at Quantico, VA where, with little enlistment time remaining, he was assigned to mess and guard duty at Quantico's Warrant Officer School.
then to Reynolds, GA Buzz next went to Atlanta and found himself with
a job operating a wire welding machine used in the production of propane
tanks and by 1963 was working for Local 1316 of the Linemen's Worker Union.
Until 1991, when he retired with a disability, he went wherever the work
was. Public service utility companies from as far north as New Hampshire,
south to Miami and west to Louisiana got to see him and his union crew
as the need arose to maintain their electric distribution and high [energy]
OF FORMER MEMBERS:
at Lejeune, aboard ship, in the field and abroad
in places like Recife, Brazil.
It's now five decades
since we were together. Fifty years of work, providing for families and
getting on with both the trials and pleasures of a full life. "Buzz"
had done all of that. And, if you've read his biography, written shortly
after I'd "found" him a few years back, you're aware of the
one event so horrific in his life as to destroy a weaker man...the loss
of his wife and daughter to a murderer. Yet, he both survived and endured
with grace and incredible character.
E. Carter :
Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1942, I entered the USMC on 4/15/59
out of Boston and graduated with Parris Island Platoon 222-59. After ITR
at Camp Geiger, I was assigned to "H" Company 2nd Battalion,
6th Marines. When Solant Amity was announced, like most participants,
I volunteered to join up with G-2- 6 for the six month "cruise"
to the South Atlantic and the balance of my stint with controlled input.
When my thirty month infantry duty obligation was over with, I was reassigned
to Newport Navel War College, Newport, Rhode Island where I finished up
my four year active duty requirement in April 1963.
that such a degree
provides when you're a cop — not the least important of which being
a "proficiency" pay differential — are still paying dividends.
T. Crawford : [DECEASED]
Jerry had been in contact with Solant Amity via email but each time chose
to keep his specific whereabouts to himself, except for saying he'd lived
in the Indianapolis, Indiana area. Then, his email address disappeared
into the ethernet. It is still hoped that we shall be able to learn more
about the man and his life over the last fifty years.
May his soul rest in peace.
C. Daley, Jr.
WILLIAM C. Daley, JR.: Born 1940, I was raised and then joined the Corps
out of Philadelphia in 1959. Like all that joined the USMC at the time,
I did the three month "stint" at Parris Island in Platoon 223-59,
followed by a month of infantry training at Camp Geiger, NC before being
posted to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment at Camp Lejeune, NC.
Though first assigned to "H" Company where I served for 15 months,
I along with a great many men of "H" transferred to "G"
Company in the fall of 1960 to take part in the memorable South Atlantic
[SoLant] Amity "Goodwill" Cruise...and not too strangely, about
the same time the United Nation's was engaged in intervention efforts
in the newly “liberated” Congo region.
for myself, Ed Shea and but a few more who were forced to stay aboard
and guard the amtracs and “C” rations below deck… “G”
Company engaged in further and more realistic infantry tactical training
with what seemed like an unending supply of munitions. It was then, for
the first time, I learned for sure that the sailors ALWAYS ate better
after the troops disembarked.
After some time and a visit to the Canary Islands, we…all of us this time…wound up where the US Navy Department and the Marine Corps wanted us to be, the west coast of Africa. There we stayed for most of the next few months in the Gulf of Guinea, within striking distance of the former Belgian Congo and its ongoing revolution. And, if it the Gulf of Guinea region had little to offer by way of pleasantries, just being there made for one hell of a lesson in geography and, above all else, poverty. To have been there is to KNOW that Americans have NO IDEA of what real poverty IS.
Amidst all this “schooling” though, we of the 3rd herd found ourselves dispatched to the destroyer USS Gearing DD-710 for a few weeks of service not seen by Marines since WWII…and only then, if you had been in a Raider Battalion. Along with the 1st Squad of the 1st Platoon on the destroyer USS Vogelgesang and 2nd Squad of the 1st on the USS Wilson, we …with the help of half a dozen naval vessels, including a submarine… assisted in capturing the passenger liner Santa Maria, pirated by “terrorist” Henrique Galvao and THEN pulling still more outrageous liberty in Recife, Brazil. Could life be grander? Really!
that, much was samey-same and anti-climatic, until the closing months
of the adventure and we arrived in Capetown, South Africa and later proceeded
to Spain before returning to CONUS as the saltiest and probably most experienced
infantry “trained” company in the United States military.
E. Davies: [DECEASED] born in 1941 and raised in
Weymouth, Massachusetts. After completing my efforts with the local school
system, I began USMC active duty on 4/28/59 with Platoon 224 at Parris
Island, South Carolina. Upon graduation, I proceeded to the Infantry Training
Regiment [ITR], Camp Geiger, North Carolina. After which, and 10 days
leave, I reported only next door from Geiger to Hotel Company - 2nd Battalion
- 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, FMF, Camp LeJeune, North Carolina.
All tolled, the thirty month stint with the 6th Marines resulted in 1 year 10 months and 18 days onboard ships or on foreign lands. The seven months - less two months leave - spent at LeJeune only SEEMED longer because a day there felt like a week.
At Pearl Harbor, I reached the rank of Corporal E4 and left the Marine Corps only after completing a still further enlistment extension resulting from the emerging Vietnam crisis.
Recommended for a re-enlistment, which I ignored,
I was Honorably Discharged after 5 years and 3 months of active duty service
Trevor & Ruth
as a sheet metal foreman on many a job site during
my working career, with the only difference being that I have always treated
the men MORE than a little differently and with greater respect than we
were treated in the Corps. Semper Fi. Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
once told me that he kept our
every correspondence. I wished I had access to them now as so much has
occurred in the development of the Solant Amity Association since he and
I reconnected in 2001, thirty-one years after last seeing one another
in 1962. And, as those of you who have taken advantage of the mailing
list and gotten together with others in the G-2-6 family of old can attest,
when meeting again it is as though we'd separated only yesterday. In fact,
the wives never get over seeing their husbands throwing barbs at oneanother
like they had only yesterday been golfing or the like, and not the actual
more than forty years.
wife, Bon-a-bee, and I attended the funeral for Trevor and Ruth Davies.
The day was unseasonably cool; the rain a gentle one. The setting provided
a perfect backdrop for the final farewell to a through-and-through Marine
and his beloved mate. The crowd was small, the priest's eulogy short and
appropriate, given the limited time allotted for each ceremony. In compliance
with Veteran’s Administration requirements, all of the following
emotional and decorous events occurred within fifteen minutes.
things were winding down, I managed to spend a few minutes with Trevor Jr.
and his flag recipient sister, Melanie. I conveyed to them the 3rd Herd’s
heartfelt condolences and our sense of loss. I then asked if I could take a few pictures, to which they graciously agreed.
“I had intended to take pictures of the Marine Honor Guard, but thought it rude to do so without permission from his son and daughter. I wasn't able to speak with them until after the ceremony.
“Ed, let the rest of the Herd, indeed all of our Association’s members, know what happened here today and that they, through our Association, were all there.
“Semper fi; Don”
All that knew him will miss him. All that knew THEM will miss the couple so devoutely supportive of oneanother. May they enjoy the company of oneanother through eternity. And may their souls rest in Peace.
Born in 1939 and raised in Farrandsville, PA., I jumped at a
four year stint in the Corps in Wilkes-Barre back in April 1959. Off I
went to Parris Island's sand fleas and screaming drill instructors for
12 weeks and then four weeks infantry training [ITR] at Camp Geiger, in
Jacksonville, NC. Assigned then to "G" Company, 2nd Battalion
of the 6th Marines at Camp Lejeune, given two weeks leave, and returning
to duty I stepped into fulfilling what was to be 30 months in the infantry
as part of something called controlled input.
Born 1941 in Philadelphia, PA and enlisting in the Marine Corps on April
12, 1959 I did my basic training at Parris Island, SC with Platoon 321;
thereafter proceeding to the Infantry Training Regiment at Camp Geiger,
NC for a month of "stuff in the boonies" followed by my first
real assignment: "F" Company, 2nd, Battalion, 6th Marines. It
was to be a 30 month stint.
"Billy" J. Driggins
: Born In Ooltewah, Tennessee in 1942, I was raised in North Carolina
and joined the Corps in 1959. Graduating with Parris Island Platoon 320-59
and after Camp Geiger's ITR, I was first assigned to "F" Company,
2nd Battalion, 6th Marines but joined "G" Company when volunteers
were asked for despite being told that promotions to L/Cpl and above would
be frozen as the Company already met the Table of Organization requirements.
Being but eighteen, however, promotion wasn't on my most wanted list so
much as adventure. Solant Amity offered that for sure but has also proven
to be the threshold to a life-long association of brothers.
long time, now, second and absolute gem of a wife, Elaine, is a school
teacher and closing in on her own opportunity for retirement.
J. Frentz: [Now deceased] was born 1940, enlisted
in the Marine Corps on 4/3/59 in Buffalo, New York.
remains a partial mystery. Originally from Long Island, Gary entered the
Corps in 1959, did his bit at Parris Island, SC and found himself assigned
to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines at Lejeune and then part of the 3rd Platoon
of G-2-6 for Solant Amity I. After leaving 2/6, he joined the 2nd Field
Artillery Group, where he ran one of the Field Survey Teams, computing
the weapons site and mission control information for an Honest John [
nuclear warhead capable] Rocket Battery. It is believed he was discharged
while still assigned to that unit in 1963.
was not until the fall of 2002 that some of the pieces concerning Gary's
"after-Corps" life became known.
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