Interview With with a Grunt Sergeant

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I sat down with a former Grunt Sergeant, Jake Stone, on a calm, sunny, Saturday November morning, to ask about his experience in the Marine Corps. Mr. Stone is a rather frail looking man in a wheelchair that you can tell used to be a powerful man despite his age which is approaching late seventies. I learned a lot from him. For example, Mr. Stone was a training officer during the Vietnam War. He was stationed in California teaching hand to hand combat, bayonets, pistols, rifles, hand grenades, flamethrowers, just a wide assortment of deadly weapons. He led ninety men in a strike team that was prepared to be deployed at any time. They were to be ready to pack up and leave in an hour. Just because he wasn’t deployed, that’s not to say he…show more content…
When he was still in training they made him crawl through the mud with barbed wire above him as they shot above him. One bullet went astray hit a piece of metal and ricochet into his hip. It’s still there as it’s too dangerous to remove. He was sitting on the base talking with a good friend of his when suddenly there was a large impact next to him that made him jump. A boom from a crane had fallen and crushed his friend’s skull. He describes it as “an inch and a half thick”. When asked about the best aspect of his military career he responds with, “Self-confidence, learning to be a good adult ad stay out of trouble… preparedness” But his amazing war experiences didn’t end in the military, he was also a postal worker for the USPS for forty four years, longer than anyone in Michigan. I guess the military also trains in dedication. Mr. Stone says part of the job was “looking for trouble to prevent” and boy did he ever find it. On a day like any other, he walked into a bank, everything seemed normal and he wasn’t really paying attention at first. He noticed everyone had their hands in the air above their heads. He also say someone backing toward him facing the tellers with a sack over his back. Seconds later he noticed the gun. The thought process was instantaneous. He decided to intervene and he did. His training took over instantly. He knocked the gun out of the guy’s hand and attempted to pin him. After a struggle for

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