LCpl Budd “Buddy” Michael Cote

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Budd M. Cote’ attended elementary, middle school and his freshman year of high school in Las Vegas, Nevada. His family relocated to Tucson, Arizona in 2001 due to his father’s employment. Budd was an avid hockey player since the early age of four years. He played all positions and became quite proficient while enjoying every game. Budd also ran track and field, cross country, and was very active in drama activities, photography and drawing free style sketches. Budd excelled at so many different aspects of the arts by playing guitar, singing in the choir, and enjoyed dancing. He loved all types of music and had a knack for knowing “which” band sang “which” song. In addition, Budd was active in martial arts and earned his black belt by the age of ten. One of the very best qualities he possessed was that he could make anyone laugh. He gave from the heart and compassion came naturally to him.

LCpl Budd M. Cote’ entered the USMC in July 2005 at MCRD in San Diego, California. He graduated from the Military Police Academy at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri and later trained as a Field Military Police Officer. He was assigned to the; Military Police, Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3D Marine Air Wing, 1st Expeditionary Force-Forward (MWSS 373, MWSG 37, 3D MAW, 1 MEF.) and stationed at Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, California. He deployed to Iraq in September 2006 where he provided convoy support and escorts near Fallujah. He was the driver of a Humvee, call sign “Havoc 2” and was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated on his convoy.


We honor you, Budd Cote.

(#Repost @American Legion Post 52)

SSgt R. Lee Ermey

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In 1961, at age 17, Ermey enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and went through recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in San Diego, California. For his first few years, he served in the aviation support field before becoming a drill instructor in India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, where he was assigned from 1965 to 1967.

Ermey then served in Marine Wing Support Group 17 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan. In 1968, he was ordered to Vietnam with MWSG-17, and spent 14 months in country. The remainder of his service was on Okinawa where he was advanced to staff sergeant (E-6). He was medically discharged in 1972 because of several injuries incurred during his service. On May 17, 2002, he received an honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant (E-7) by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James L. Jones.

He is most well-known for playing Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in “Full Metal Jacket,” which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Ermey appeared in more than 60 films, including Full Metal Jacket, Apocalypse Now, Purple Hearts, Mississippi Burning, The Siege of Firebase Gloria, Dead Man Walking, Se7en, Fletch Lives, Leaving Las Vegas, Prefontaine, Saving Silverman, On Deadly Ground, Sommersby, Life, Man of the House, Toy Soldiers and The Salton Sea, as well as the remake of Willard, and as an evil sadist in two The Texas Chainsaw Massacre films.

On Sunday [April 15, 2018], R. Lee Ermey’s long-time manager informed the world that a little after 6:30 p.m. EST, the beloved R. Lee Ermey “The Gunny” passed away in the morning due to complications from pneumonia.

We honor you, R. Lee Ermey.

(Submission by: Ninzel Rasmuson. #Repost @American Military News and Wikipedia)

GySgt Derik R. Holley

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Derik was born at Andrews Air Force Base, Camp Springs, MD on September 27, 1984 to Richard and Sylvia (Rockwell) Holley. He was a 2002 graduate of Westlake High School in Waldorf, MD. He joined the United States Marine Corps in November 2003, serving as a CH-53E Super Stallion crew chief his entire career. Derik deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, once to Japan as part of the Unit Deployment Program, and once with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. He died in a Marine Corps helicopter crash Tuesday, April 3, 2018 near El Centro, CA.

We honor you, Derik Holley.

(Submission by: Ninzel Rasmuson. #Repost @Dayton Daily News)

GySgt Keith Renstrom

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A native of Huntsville, Utah, Keith Renstrom grew up on a farm during the Great Depression. Feeling the need to follow in his father’s footsteps and serve his country, Renstrom joined the United States Marine Corps in 1940. After his recruit training in San Diego, Renstrom was deployed to Iceland, where he stayed for several months in preparation for a possible German invasion. Keith was sent back to the United States for additional training and in 1943 was assigned as a Gunnery Sergeant to F Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment as part of the 4th Marine Division.

Keith and the 4th Marine Division shipped out from California in January 1944 bound for their first combat on the islands of the Kwajalein atoll. Following the short and vicious campaign on Kwajalein, Renstrom was sent to Maui for rest and refit before entering combat again in June 1944 on the island of Saipan. On Saipan, Renstrom experienced his first taste of truly heavy combat. Renstrom’s unit pushed eastward from the landing beaches, capturing Aslito airfield and engaging the enemy along the eastern side of the island at places like Hill 500, Donnay, Hill 721 and finally Marpi Point. It was at Marpi that Renstrom watched as hundreds of civilians plunged to their own deaths after throwing themselves from the cliffs to the jagged rocks below. Following the campaign on Saipan, Renstrom and his unit landed on Tinian and proceeded along the western side of the island capturing the airfields and Tinian Town by the end of July, sustaining a leg wound in the process.

Following action in the Marianas, Renstrom and the 4th Marine Division were sent back to Hawai’i for rest and refit before their final battle of the war, Iwo Jima. Landing on February 19, Renstrom stayed on Iwo Jima for eleven days of constant combat, before his luck ran out. Renstrom was evacuated from Iwo, having suffered wounds from a Japanese grenade that exploded in his face, putting him out of combat. For the remainder of the war he served as a Drill Instructor in San Diego, instilling the lessons he learned in combat to future Marines.

We honor you, Keith Renstrom.

(Submission by: Ninzel Rasmuson. #Repost @WWII National History Museum)

Sgt Walter “Wally” Morgan Bryant

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Wally Bryant, August 1992, helping a total stranger remove a tree from his home after Hurricane Andrew, Homestead, FL.

During the mid-1960’s, Wally Bryant, fresh out of Seacrest High School, Delray Beach, FL, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He was sent to Vietnam as so many others before and after him were ordered.  He would remain in that combat zone for two tours.
Sgt. Bryant was committed to whatever duty to which he was assigned.  His courage and physique made him a sure candidate for entering the Viet Cong tunnels.  His integrity was never in question while in Intelligence.
Bryant’s ‘esprit de corps’ and responsibility to never leaving a man behind saved lives while he served aboard an unarmed Medevac.  The story of the Sgt. going back under fire to retrieve what was thought to be a dead Marine is well known in his hometown, for the man recovered and became a fireman.
Sgt. Bryant has retained his Southern, chivalrous demeanor and commendable character to anyone in need – friend or stranger alike.  He is a wonderful example of righteous upbringing and military discipline.  Someone that anyone would be proud to call – Friend.
When my own son was killed while serving in the Marines. Wally bent the pin from his own dress cap emblem and gave it to me.  He explained that was an act his unit in Vietnam did for the families of fellow fallen Marines.  I wear that emblem around my neck to this day – not only for my son, but for all those who can no longer wear their own.
Thank you, Wally, for everything!
We honor you, Walter Bryant.
(Submission written by: GP Cox)

MSgt Barbara J. Dulinsky

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Barbara J. Dulinsky was the first female marine to serve for the Marine Corps in a combat zone. Serving at the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam headquarters in Saigon, Dulinsky received the opportunity to be the first women marine to enter a combat zone. On March 18th, 1967 Dulinsky landed in Saigon to begin her work of the Marine Corps Personnel Section on the staff of the commander, naval forces, and Vietnam to provide administrative support to Marines. The few women who were serving in combat zones had volunteered for the job and were verified by many men to be sent over. These women were very brave and had to demonstrate maturity, stability, and the willingness to adapt to different situations. Dulinsky who’s credited to be the first women to take a major step in promoting Women’s duty in the Marines created a legacy to live on. Her leadership showed courageous volunteering that helped evolve Women Marines to take more responsibility when serving.

In a letter she wrote, “Right now, most of us don’t look the picture of ‘the New Image.’ Whew! Hardly! I can’t determine at night, if I’m pooped from the work day or from carrying around these anvils tied to my feet called combat boots. Our Young-uns (and me too inside) were scared, but you’d have been proud of them. They turned to in the mess, cashiering, washing dishes, serving and clearing tables.”

Dulinsky’s words showed that the situation wasn’t an easy transition, but she’s also showing that they should be proud of the women because they are trying their best to prove that women are capable of this work.

We honor you, Barbara Dulinsky.

(#Repost @The Legacy of Women Marines)

LCpl Mark Ryan Black


Upon departing for training, Marine Corps Lance Corporal Mark Ryan Black told his family, “Don’t expect me to write much.” Contrary to expectations, he spent much time in country composing both written letters and tape-recorded audio letters, communicating the details of what he was seeing, feeling, and experiencing. Speaking into a tape recorder allowed him to “talk” to his family, friends, and community back home; in his letters, he provided frank descriptions of combat and going on patrol. Stationed in Quang Tri Province with a Combined Action Company (CAC) unit, he was killed by enemy fire during an attack on his compound on August 14, 1967. His letters, transcribed by his mother after his death and presented along with 341 photos that he took in-country, eloquently document one Marine’s service in Vietnam.

Mr Black was killed in the Quang Tri Republic of Vietnam by a gunshot wound to the chest from hostile rifle fire while engaged in action.

We honor you, Mark Black.

(#Repost @Veteran’s History Project and National Purple Heart Hall of Honor)