Basic School Class 2-65 New Orleans 2019 Reunion

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Jimmie Patrick's Story
                                                      Vietnam Memories…Living Without Fear

                                            By Jimmie Patrick TBS 2-65 4th Platoon

            My first exposure to the Marine Corps was in July 1960 when I reported to Quantico for the Platoon Leaders Class training.  I was twenty years old, both humbled and proud I had been selected for training as an officer in the United States Marines.

            Our family had three men serving in WWII where my brother was killed in Italy.  In recalling the emotional significant events in my life, I remember being value programed to serve my country in the military.  Yet, the important event of my life occurred in 1950 when I was nine years old.  When I had this tremendous calling from God and accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior.  A change occurred in my life because I felt a great desire to read the bible and go church.  My life bible version 2 Timothy 1 verse 17 “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity but of power and love and discipline.”

            Fast forward to July 1965 Da Nang, Vietnam, where as a second lieutenant I was the leader of three tanks on our first night search and destroy mission.  I prayed and recalled the bible verse Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous!  Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you were ever your go.”  Along with our patrol was a captain, forward observer and a squad of Marines.  The battalion commander said to go see what was south of Da Nang and pick a fight if the opportunity presented itself.  We were all green but “locked and loaded” and ready to kill the enemy!  We went south, down the beach and turned inland to search a village.

            As soon as our Marines deployed and started the assault we began taking heavy mortar and automatic weapons fire from the village.  Two marines were hit and went down.  The forward observer was down and his radio man was calling for a corpsman.  I immediately got out of the tank with my loader and ran to assist the Marine who was wounded.  There was no blood or visible wounds.  The Marine was turning GHOST WHITE.  He is bleeding out so I pulled him onto my lap to check for wounds.  There was no blood!  A shell fragment had had cut the juggler internally and he was bleeding internally.  His eyes were closed.  I put my mouth to his ear and said, “Marine do you know Jesus as your personal Savior?”  He opened his eyes and said “yes, I do, Praise God”.  I whispered in his ear,” go in peace my brother”.  He opened his eyes and said “God bless you” and he died in my arms.

            There is much more to this story, yet one fact remains…if you have not accepted Christ as your personal savior, now is the time.  Just lower your head and ask Jesus into your heart.  Pray this prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus, I am sinner,

I repent of my sins, and

You as my Lord and Savior.  Amen


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