“I will stand my post until properly relieved”

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  1. Andy says:

    I like The 4th General Order the best.
    It reads, “I will guard my post from flank to flank and take no shit from any rank.”

    • Joe Bob says:

      depends on how high the rank. I recall one time, back in 1970 when I was new on post and on guard duty. pulled the CO aside ( I was a young Marine, and the CO was a senior Navy captain) and made him show me his ID.

      as I said, I was brand new on the post and had no clue who the dipshit was. and he was in civies.

      I was wondering why everyone around was holding their breath. later of course, I got reamed for doing it. In public, at the guard post, to make sure the navy captain heard about it.

      but if I had let some fucknut pass without asking, I would have been double reamed. fucking chickenshits in the chain of command sucking up to the guy above them and not supporting me in following the very fcking orders they gave. its hard to maintain respect for assholes., no matter how senior. (fyi: it was at USNAVACTS UK, at CINCUSNAVEUR)

      this was also at the time that anti vietnam war sentiment was high in europe. you know like bombing and anti war riots and shit like that.

      so the point is, there are always some ego ridden assholes who are always “right”. and the higher the rank, the bigger the size of the ego hole. but, there were some Admirals who did not feel the need to push their weight around. They knew who the hell they were.

      • kansasredneck says:

        A friend of mine was an MP on Ft Riley. One night he pulled over the Division Commander’s wife for speeding. She also was not wearing her seat belt.
        When he called back in service, the desk queried, “One verbal warning?”
        “Negative, two 1805’s (tickets) issued.”
        The next morning he and I were in front of the Provost Marshall’s desk. The PM was demanding that he void the tickets.
        My friend refused, telling the Colonel that if he wished them voided it was his choice, and he could do it.
        We were interrupted by the Provost CSM and told we were to report to the Generals office IMMEDIATELY.
        Too late, you are toast!
        We get to the generals office and report.
        The general comes from behind his desk waving the tickets. “Soldier, did you issue these to my wife last night?”
        “Yes Sir.”
        “And how fast was she driving?”
        “Sir, she was driving 42 MPH in a posted 25 zone according to my radar.”
        “And she was not wearing her seat belt?”
        “No sir.”
        “Soldier, she will be enrolling in the base defensive driving course, and her on post privileges are suspended for the next 30 days. I have warned her repeatedly to slow down and buckle up. Perhaps now she will listen.”
        “Thank you, you are dismissed.”
        We’d nicknamed our PM jellyfish since he had no spine. He was mad. The base CSM bailed my friend out several times when the chain of command was out to get him.

        • Joe Bob says:

          exactly. there are some men who are Officers, and then some maggots who are just careerists. and everybody knows who is who.

      • Roy says:

        “…to make sure the navy captain heard about it.”

        And if that Navy Captain was worth a shit, he should have reamed everyone reaming you. You did exactly as ordered, just as I or any other sentry would have done.

        When I was in, there was a tale going around about Admiral Rickover showing up unbidden to boats in port. The rumor has it that he showed up on an SSN, in full uniform, and the topside watch wouldn’t let him pass without him showing ID and checking that he was on the access list. (He was.) The watch got reamed by the duty officer who then got reamed by the Admiral. The watch did exactly as he was supposed to regardless of who showed up and Admiral Rickover appreciated that.

      • Susan Harms says:

        and then there is the soldier who stopped the flag car for routine inspection at the gate at Ft Hood during the Iraq war. Occupant : Tommy Franks . He gave the soldier a “coin” and thanked him.

      • Sanders says:

        I was on guard duty at Ft. Carson, Colorado. It was a cushy post at the ammo bunkers because you got to drive a Jeep around and were issued live rounds. It was at night, in the middle of a blizzard, and there was already 6-8 inches of snow on the ground.

        Someone pulled up to the gate. My buddy was driving the jeep, so I told him I’d get out and challenge the intruder. It was the division officer of the day (OOD), a major. But, I knew I had to follow procedures so I challenged him but he didn’t know the pass phrase. So, I had him and his driver get out of their jeep and show me their ID’s. My buddy was covering me, but they couldn’t see him because of the headlights shining in their eyes.

        I told them to lay on their back on the ground in “the dying cockroach position” while holding their ID’s in their right hand between their fingers. The major started blustering and raising his voice and threatening me (a PFC). Then we heard the sound of an M16 bolt snap forward. He and his driver reluctantly complied and I took their ID’s and went back to the jeep and called them in on the radio. Of course they were cleared and I went back to where they were laying in the snow with their arms and legs in the air (big fluffy flakes falling down by now) and told them they could get up. I gave them their ID’s, then saluted and told them I was ready to report. The major was so pissed off he didn’t want to hear the report. He got back in his jeep and had his driver hightail it out of there.

        My buddy and I had a pretty good laugh and figured our ass was grass, but then we had followed procedures, right?

        I did hear from the post commander about a month later. My partner from that night and I were called up front of a company formation and the CO read a letter from the General. It was a letter of commendation for a job well done, and was to be placed in our personnel file.

  2. Anon says:

    Reminds me of a Bolo story by Keith Laumer.

  3. MartinFromGermany says:

    IS-3. Russian heavy tank of the late 40s/early50s.

  4. Plan_K_Ton says:

    Pretty sure it is an IS-3.
    here is a YooToob of a working one at a modern military display:

  5. Larry says:

    Soviet IS-3 or T-10 heavy tank dug in in the Far East.

  6. Miles Long says:

    It’s a JS-3M bunker on Shikotan Island, Sakhalin Russia. A number of stripped down redundant tanks were emplaced there with no engines etc. Many have concrete work underneath for a shielded entry into the hulks thru the hull bottom escape hatch. Also JS-2 tanks & T54-1 turrets. For more see here… https://www.warhistoryonline.com/world-war-ii/amazing-pictures-of-abandoned-soviet-tanks-left-behind-on-shikotan-island.html

    • kansasredneck says:

      They also had them along the Chinese frontier. Looking at the vegetation, I would be inclined to think this one is facing China.

  7. SgtBob says:

    Also known as BAT — Big Ass Tank.

  8. Griffin says:

    Would be neat to see where, and how many 88mm holes their are in that T34.

  9. Jim Mars says:

    I believe this is an IS-2 heavy tank from WW 2 somewhere on a firing range.

  10. Rmb says:

    Isn’t that a Rooski tank?

  11. Stretch says:

    For some reason that mad me sniffle a bit.

  12. Stretch says:

    Pop Quiz: When did the PzKpfw IV see it’s last action.

    • TheOtherSean says:

      Panzer 4’s were last used in combat in 1967, deployed by Syria to the Golan Heights.

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