CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2009) --
Retired veterans met with young Marines, here at the 33 area parade deck, for a look at the modern Marine and his equipment as a part of the 64th anniversary of the Iwo Jima landing Thursday.
The former Marines and their families arrived on buses where they were shown a static display of current vehicles, equipment, and weapons.
Truck company displayed up-armored humvees and 7-ton trucks with mounted weapons that the visitors could climb in and ask questions to Marines who operate them.
Headquarters and Service company had Marines with weapons, armor and communication equipment to answer questions and show our current gear to the retired Marines.
The weapons were similar to the ones used at Iwo Jima, said retired Marine Bill Gropp.
“All the equipment is noticeably more advanced though, but I’d hate to have to wear all that new armor,”
Marines on hand were happy to help the former Marines and give demonstrations or assist the visitors.
“It means a lot to me to hear how it was (from them)” said Cpl. Michael Degeis, Training NCO, H&S company.
“It makes you realize how much we have today,” said Degeis.
After the display, the former Marines headed to the 33 area mess hall to share a meal with young Marines.