Pacific Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives May 18 1983, Page 27

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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 18, 1983, Tokyo, JapanWednesday May 18, 1983 Okinawa Pacific stars and stripes Marine guides by experience by sgt. Ron Appling . Marine corps Camp Schwab at the age of 18, Only seven months after graduation from Boot Camp in november 1974, Anthony Vav. Galloway was a Veteran of three significant combat actions. After growing up in the streets of Philadelphia where gang wars and that sort of thing were prevalent i came in the corps looking for action said the 26-year-old sergeant assigned to Headquarters company 4th marines. I guess i got what i bargained Days after arriving on Okinawa for the first time in March 1975 As part of Golf company 2nd battalion 9th marines at Camp Schwab Galloway was on a ship bound for the Republic of Vietnam. As a Volunteer. They were looking for volunteers to reinforce 1st battalion 9th marines who were guarding the american embassy in Saigon while aiding the evacuation of american civilians said Galloway. The Young Marine spent 30 Days in Vietnam before reporting Back to his Parent command. However the deteriorating situation in Southeast Asia required the command to ask for More volunteers this time to Aid in the mass evacuation of the City. Again they asked for volunteers and i was anxious to get in the Middle of things said Galloway. Combat action a few weeks later the then Lance Corporal was on his Way to his third and hottest combat action. It was May 12, 1975, and the merchant ship Mayaguez was approximately 60 Miles off the coast of Cambodia when it and its 40-Man Crew was fired on and seized by cambodian troops. This time there was no Chance to Volunteer. Golf company was on its Way. News reports carried word of the Mayaguez seizure and we heard that president Ford had set a 48-hour deadline said Galloway. Fifteen minutes later we were on the move. I could see it on our Superior s was As the president attempted to secure the release of the ship and its Crew through diplomatic channels a task Force was flown to Tapao a Thailand where 13 ch-53 sea knights and Hh-53 air Force helicopters waited. Also three . Navy ships were within 24 hours steaming time and would support the Mission. They included the destroyer escort Holt the guided missile destroyer Wilson and the store ship Vega. Koh Tang Island the cambodians had directed the Mayaguez to Koh Tang Island about 195 Miles South of Tapao a and began transporting the Crew to the Mainland 100 Miles Northeast. However it was believed some of the Crew still remained on the Island. After the president issued the go ahead order three helicopters car ried 60 troops to the Holt for the Mayaguez boarding. While one facet of the task Force boarded the ship the other half was in route to Koh Tang Island where they met fierce resistance As eight helicopter teams attempted to go ashore. The helicopter Galloway Rode sustained heavy fire but remained air borne though one engine was shot out and there was heavy fuel leakage. The Pilot turned the Craft toward the Mainland where he made a crash Landing. The marines however would t be denied. Another Helo team retrieved them and returned them to Koh Tang Island. We spent 16 hours on that Island said the 5-foot-five-Inch Galloway. During that time marines demonstrated numerous acts of heroism. Several times i saw marines pick up grenades and throw them Back after his tour on Okinawa Gallo Way returned to the states and was discharged in 1978 after serving As a Rifle Range coach and member of the Rifle team at Marine corps recruit depot san Diego. Came Back in the corps he came Back in to the Marine corps in 1980 because you can t beat the benefits available in the corps. I had a Good paying Job As Quality usic sgt. Ron Applin Galloway discusses re enlistment options with a Marine. Control technician in new York for runner Magazine said Galloway who now is a career planner. But when you add up the costs of things like travel food housing and medical Bills that seemingly Large paycheck does t amount to since his return to the corps Galloway has begun shooting competitively once again. He was a member of the Marine corps Rifle team in 1981 and during that year won a Bronze medal at the interservice championships and another at a civilian match in Florida. He continued shooting with the team until receiving orders to Okinawa. With combat missions behind him the experience of Marine corps and National marksmanship within him Galloway relishes life in the corps. He feels he s benefited from his experiences and As a career planner has an Opportunity to show marines How they can profit from their experience. Though i pull on my experiences in my Job As a career planner i Don t lie to people said Galloway. I give them the straight scoop about Bene fits available to them if they remain in the corps he added. I Don t have to sell them. The corps Sells Okinawa s beaches relieve summer heat by sgt. Ron Appling . Marine corps Camp Butler now that the warm summer months Are on Okinawa Many people will turn to the beaches and oceans seeking Relief from the heat. Marine corps base special services operates beaches at Camps Schwab Hansen and Courtney. All of them now open to the Public. The hours for the beaches Are 11 ., to one half hour before Sunset mondays through fridays and 9 To one half hour before Sunset on weekends. Jurawan Beach at Camp Schwab offers at myriad of aquatic activities ranging from boating and sailing to skin and scuba diving. Also a picnic Pavillion providing refreshments and Shower facilities Are available. Kin Blue Beach at Hansen features excellent swimming and diving while Courtney boasts Quality swimming and boating opportunities. Boats available at Jurawan and Courtney beaches include 14-foot outboard motorboats 14 foot and 16-foot sailboats and windsurfers. A minimal rental fee and refundable Deposit Are required. Another area offering numerous recreational opportunities is White Beach. Picnic tables a physical fitness Trail Tennis courts and limited boating Are available in addition to the Beach. The hours of operation will be 11 To Sunset mondays through fridays and 9 To Sunset on weekends. For those who enjoy fishing or just sunning on Board a ship special services has the Dawn Zephyr a charter boat available seven Days a week for groups of 15-25 passengers. The Cost is $180 on weekdays and $300 on weekends. Travel to the beaches can be accomplished on the inter Camp bus system. In addition special ser vices has buses available for Large groups. For More information Contact Camp station special services offices. Diving enthusiasts can take advantage of the opportunities offered by the scuba lockers at Camps Foster Courtney Hansen and Schwab. For an initial membership fee of $5 plus monthly dues of $2, $3, or $4, depending on a person s rank divers can Check out two tanks a Backpack regulator and buoyancy compensator for a period of 72 hours at no additional charge. Also eight free air fills Are included in the monthly dues. After that tanks can be filled for 50 cents apiece for members and $1 for non members. Pacific stars and stripes depends largely on Public affairs offices for contributions to this Page. If you have a Story that would be of particular interest to this newspaper please let your Pao know about it

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