The following biographies, recent photos and contact information belong to the the members of Weapons 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. Mouse click on the member's name to see their biography.
Weapons Platoon by Rank
Lieut. J. R. Curl
| L/Cpl L. M. Thomas
L/Cpl G. R. Tosh
L/Cpl D. A. Walker
L/Cpl E. W. Welcome
L/Cpl _. A. White
L/Cpl R. L.Whitmoyer
Pfc. W. E. Akey.
Pfc. J. M. Austin
Pfc. J. D. Bean
Pfc. A. P. Bouffard
Pfc. D. L. Bowman
Pfc. J. P. Bowman
Pfc. A. P. Buhr
Pfc. J. L. Clark
Pfc. R. L. Corra
Pfc. B. H. Corwin - Deceased
Pfc. E. K. Dillon
Pfc. A. R. Dougherty
Pfc. S. E. Dow
Pfc. C. B. Drake
Pfc. Lee J. Duncan, Jr. - Deceased
Pfc. E. W. Erb
Pfc. T. E. Farrell
Pfc. A. J. Fiske
Pfc. A. L. Fuller
Pfc. R. H. Hastings
Pfc. R. V. Hiller
Pfc. _. E. Huegel
Pfc. D. W. Jones
Pfc. H. D. Jones
Pfc. Willy C. Jones
Pfc. H. J. McElhaney
Astorga : Born in Cuba in 1940, from the age
of nine, I grew up in Brooklyn, New York.
While studying Architecture at Pratt Institute I was approached by the recruiters and signed up for four years with the Corps because of the sharp uniform and because after eighteen months in Pensacola, Florida I would be a Second Lieutenant and a pilot, they said.
In April 1959 I was greeted by the DIs in Parris Island and graduated with Platoon 321 thirteen weeks later with a 0300 MOS. The pilot thing was denied first because I had a tooth cavity (you had to be perfect) and the second time because I missed the College equivalency test by five points. So be it. I was a Marine!
After ITR, I was assigned to F-2-6 as a rifleman and we did Vieques, I think; then I heard about G-2-6 next door going on a trip and volunteered. There, I was assigned to Weapons Platoon and a 3.5 rocket launcher.
After Solant Amity I transferred to M-3-8 where I became a fire team leader and did a Med Cruise.
In 1962 I was transferred to Headquarters Battery-1-10, with a new MOS at Battalion Intelligence (S-2) as an Interpreter/Interrogator during the Cuban Missile Crisis because I could speak Spanish. We wound up on a carrier off the coast of Havana and things got tense for a while. I was too short for this!
On April 1963 I made the cut and got out after serving only three years, eleven months, and twenty-seven days.
After leaving the Corps I worked in the stock transfer department at Citibank in Wall Street, studied at night and became a computer programmer.
In 1970 our family moved to Miami, Florida where I slowly rose thru the ranks and became a systems analyst and later an applications development manager in the computer industry.
I married in 1977, have one son and a beautiful granddaughter, was downsized and retired in 2002, and now enjoy being a soccer granddad and dabbling in real estate.
So much for my story.This website has brought back so many memories of the Corps, G-2-6 and Solant Amity, and I’m really proud to have served with you guys. As I read comments and see all of the pictures a lot of it comes back, although I now suffer from CRS (Can’t Remember Shit) which affects many of us Floridians with too much time in the sun.
Thanks for the memories. Semper Fi. [ Email me at: email@example.com ]
Donald L. Bowman:
Born and raised in Clearfield
I joined the Marine Corps on 27Apr59 in Dubois, PA. I did my PI thing
with Platoon 219-59, and a month of infantry training at Camp Geiger.
After which I was assigned to Weapons Platoon, "G" Company,
2nd Battalion, 6th Marines for the next thirty months as both a Machine
Gunner  and Assaultman...a 3.5 Rocket Launcher, which is something
the Army paid $50/month hazardous duty pay for. Marines, did it for God
and...being one of only
two men out of the 30 taking the course that passed...promoted, made a
crew chief and provided an Amtrac of my very own [B-0-4.] At the time
of the Cuban Crisis mount-out, an attempt was made to have me "extend"
for part of a year by suggesting I would not be able to deploy to the
Caribbean. Turning their offer down I was deployed anyway. Returning
stateside thereafter, I stayed with 2nd Amtrac...considered briefly remaining
in the Corps...but left in March 1963.
May his soul rest in peace.
May his soul rest in peace.
May his soul rest in peace.
|Archie L. Fuller:
: Born in Webster Springs and raised
in Buckhannon I joined the Marine Corps on 27Apr59 in Clarksburg, West Virginia.
I completed my necessary stints at PI, as part of Platoon 222-59, and a
month of infantry training at Camp Geiger before being transferred to, and
remaining with, Golf Company, 2nd Battalion of the 6th Marines for the next
thirty months, as part of the then newly emerging practice of Controlled
Input. I was assigned to Weapons Platoon and functioned as a 3.5 “Rocket
Acquiring all the additional skills required of an infantryman during my first fifteen months, my stint with G-2-6 continued with the announced plans of my being part of…not voluntarily…SoLant Amity; which at the time was…excluding the Med Cruise…the latest of America’s “goodwill” ventures around the globe. I was trained and licensed to drive a Jeep as well as one of those recently distributed flat-topped mechanical “mules,” and was reassigned to the 3rd Platoon. But, during the Company’s engagements in the Congo, the mule was dropped during an unloading procedure, leaving me with but the company Jeep to handle.
After the SoLant cruise and still more trips south to Vieques, I was sent first TAD to the 2nd MarDiv Supply School, as part of their security detail. Later, and after my obligation to Controlled Input, I was assigned to the Division’s 2nd Composite Radio Company, acquiring the rank of Corporal E4 before leaving the Corps.
|I married Carrie shortly
after entering the Marine Corps and remain so--to the same gal--today, have
two children and three grand-children. Along life’s way I obtained
an Associate Degree in Marketing…using those “dollars for scholars”
Vet’s benefits…and earned a more than adequate living as a sales
manager over the years, finally retiring from all such activity in 2008.
In the 70’s, I visited Camp Lejeune. And once again in the 90’s. A few years back, I vacationed on what is now called Isla de Vieques. Nothing appeared the same and I found little to remind of the “old days or places.” The names for much were the same but hardly the views. More recently, I’d been thinking of those years, ships, shipmates and jarhead friends of so very long ago and began, curiously, searching the internet. Finding the USS Gearing’s website, I stumbled upon a small article Ed Shea had written about the 3rd Herd’s time aboard the Gearing, the Santa Maria incident and Solant Amity. From that beginning, I’ve since learned of the more than 160megs of yesteryear history sitting at solantamity.com.
Ed tells me that seeing the pictures and reading the stories will bring about a striking eruption of thoughts and feelings of my own. Perceptions not forgotten just stored away somewhere for [Oh-my-Gawd] fifty years.
It is often expressed that “We live in extraordinary times.” Well, we do. And, WE certainly DID.
Born 1942, I was raised and entered the Marine Corps out of Richmond,
VA in April 1959, did the usual stint at Parris Island, SC and the Infantry
Training Regiment [ITR] at Camp Geiger, NC. Thereafter I was assigned
to "G" Company, 2nd of the 6th Regiment for the entirety of
our required controlled input period and remained at Camp Lejeune...with
ABSOLUTELY no intention of shippiong over...until leaving
the Corps in March 1963...just shy of my full four year enlistment obligation.
Born in Utica, in 1942, I was raised in Rochester, New York. After high
school, I entered the Marine Corps in March of '59 and finished my stints
on Parris Island with, first, Platoon 121, then a short gig with the "Fatman's"
Platoon and finally graduating with Platoon 320.
Thereafter, I was assigned to ITR at Camp Geiger, North Carolina followed by a transfer to "Fox" Company of the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines at Lejeune. Then, things got real cool.
I was detailed to perform Military Police duties for the 6th Marines, was sent to the FBI training center in Quantico for six weeks and returned to Lejeune. In October of 1960, word of a good will cruise came up that required seven military police. Ooorah! I signed up.
It was the best move I ever made. The greatest time of may life was on Solant Amity. I went places I would never seen in some other life, and made friends that would last forever...the proof of that being this very website.
After return to CONUS, I re-enlisted and was reassigned to the Marine Barracks in San Juan, P.R, again with the Military Police, was eventually
promoted to E-4 Corporal
and became the Assistant Brig Warden.
A. Mische, Sr.: Born in 1939 and entered the
Corps on 14April59 and graduated with Platoon 320.
Like most of us in "Golf" Company, I was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines after ITR at Camp Geiger. At first I was sent to "Fox" Company and when the call for volunteers went out for the Solant Amity cruise in the fall of '60, I was reassigned to G-2-6 for the "duration plus...." In 1962, when "G" was being broken up, I went to the 8th Engineering Battalion at Lejeune and was sent to Camp Garcia in Viegues, PR to assist in construction projects there. Later, as time closed in on what proved to be a not too early release, I was again reassigned to Food Services Division at Lejeune. I was released from active duty 12Apr63, one entire day earlier than I might have expected. Ooorah!
I married Barbara in 1973 and remain so to this day with a daughter [ Dawn ] and two sons, Richard, Jr. and Brian. After forty years as a machine operator, I retired and work now when I please.
Service in the Corps, though so very far in my past, remains
important. Aside from doing the right thing for my country at the time,
it provided direction and purpose to a life probably not much different
from your own. And, along the way, there were some very good times in
places far removed from East Hartford, Connecticut. I remain particularly
fond of my Cape Town, SA recollections.
J. Parrott: Born in Columbus, Georgia in 1942
and raised in Pheonix City, Alabama I joined the Marine Corps in 1959
in Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 17 and graduated from Parris Island
Platoon 222. I proceeded to Camp Geiger for my infantry combat training
and, from there, to Lejeune, where I served 30 months in the 2nd Weapons
Platoon of H & S Company, as a mortar man. It was from there that
I was detailed to G-2-6 for the duration of the outstanding Solant Amity
I cruise to South America and Africa.
I married in
1964 and remain so to this day to a wonderful woman, wife and mother:
Barbara. We have six children, three boys and three girls, who are grown
now and married with the exception of our youngest son, Joshua. He has
one more year of school before he graduates.
In October 2011, Arch Fuller [left in both images] and Ralph Hiller reunited in Williamsburg, Virginia to talk over their old times together. Archie found Ralph on Facebook and the two made arrangements to get together.
If you have access to Parris Island graduation photos, know the whereabouts or information concerning any of the above individuals, you are urged to contact the site webmaster.
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