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    MGySgt George T. Curtis

    It is my sad duty to report the death of POPASMOKE V.P. and my good friend George Curtis this past weekend.

    Burial with full military honors will be held at Highland cemetery in Norwood, Massachusetts on Monday 9/26 at 10 am.

    http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt..._cYX9remZ8rA--

    Reception to follow at the Norwood VFW Post at 11 am.

    http://maps.yahoo.com/maps_result?na...-local-srchweb

  • budster
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    Re: MGySgt George T. Curtis

    Feeling guilty as I thought of my buddy George today but it's some 2+ weeks after the anniversary of his assent to Ooh Rah heaven. Sorry buddy, the older you get the more the mind wanders and things slip away. Thinking of you and praying you're keeping an eye on all of us. Special prayers to "Pops" cause he ain't ready to go yet!! Semper Fi MGYSGT, you are a special guy!!

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    Missing Curt

    I'm missing my good friend Curt today and thinking of him five years after he lefts us. He made a difference. Semper Fi Master Guns!

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  • Jan Campbell Pierce
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    Five years

    This morning, I am thinking of all the things that still remind me of George.. . .a motorcycle (with a rider with no helmet), the sound of a chopper. .. .an article in the newspaper . .and mostly, sitting in an airport, waiting for a flight. That was the last time I saw George, in the Reno airport, leaving a reunion to go home. Sitting at a table near a window, he called me over to see the choppers which had been on display at the reunion, leaving Reno, as we were. I'll never forget the look in his eyes, as he watched the young crews take them up.

    George - we miss you . .and we remember what you taught us, ---- honor, respect, dignity, patience, and most of all . .. .to be always faithful.

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  • budster
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    Once again I prepare for our HMM 363 Reunion in Pensacola and how ironic it starts on the 4th anniversary of George's death. I still miss the guy and although I only knew him a short time it just shows what an impression this fellow squadron mate made on me! What I wouldn't give to still have him around giving his stats, knowledge of the Corps and as an all around information station. I miss you buddy and wish you nothing but peace and joy in your heavenly unit! God Bless

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  • Jan Campbell Pierce
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    Remembering

    George, Jr., three years - but it seems like yesterday. The Campbell Clan motto is "Ne Obliviscaris" - Do not be oblivious of - or better put - Do Not Forget. I dare to say, anyone who knew your dad will never forget him.

    The best to you -

    Jan

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  • George T Curtis Jr.
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    It's wonderful to see how many people remember and miss my father, even three years later. I really do appreciate all the great stories and comments.

    John, it's touching that you would be interested in writing something about my father. I have often thought about doing it myself but feared I wouldn't do it justice. I will discuss it with my mother and get back to you.

    As far as the ribbons go, here's a photo of my father's ribbons. Hope it helps.

    http://img204.imagevenue.com/img.php..._122_191lo.jpg

    I also know Brook and maybe some others have been looking for some photos my father may have been working on before he died. I will be digging through both the attic and the basement while we switch over our summer and winter clothes and will check in the many rubbermaid containers full of his things.

    If anyone has any other questions, comments, stories etc please feel free to email me anytime- george.curtis@gmail.com

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    Originally posted by Joe Reed View Post
    Top Clark,
    Great tribute to your friend! I'm certain one of Curtis' friends will provide the info that you need for a similar memorial, or you can look in here for various pictures of him, some in dress blues with ribbons.
    One photo in Alphas is here, but not sure it will be that much help:
    http://www.popasmoke.com/visions/image.php?source=217

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    Amen Budster

    I miss Curt a lot. He was like a big brother.

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  • budster
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    Still missing our friend

    George: It's 3 years today and the void is still there. Once again we missed you in Washington and I know you would have loved that reunion. The museum is fantastic as I'm sure you've seen from your place on high. It's just not the same without your comments and factoids you were so good with. Just a brief note to say you may be gone but certainly not forgotten. Keep a tight rein on us all and guide us with that platoon in the sky. Semper Fi Marine and may your Peace be eternal, Budster

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  • Joe Reed
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    OohRah!

    Top Clark,
    Great tribute to your friend! I'm certain one of Curtis' friends will provide the info that you need for a similar memorial, or you can look in here for various pictures of him, some in dress blues with ribbons.

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  • MSgt Clark
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    I own a Military Clothing and Equipment store in Concord, NC. A real close friend of mine Herbert J. Lemon III recently passed away from Liver Cancer, he was 39. Herb was a prior enlisted Marine who made Sergeant in the USMCR, upon graduation he received his Commission and became a Naval Aviator. He flew CH-46's from east coast Squadrons exclusively. He flew Combat missions in Somalia/Haiti with the 24th MEU (SOC). He got out a Captain and was hired by the US Secret Service where he served as an Agent in the Charlotte, NC Field Office. The attachment is a uniform I put together in Honor of him, his service and friendship.

    I want to put together a MGySgt CURTIS Service Alpha jacket. I recall he had 19 ribbons in 1991. Can anyone furnish me an accurate list of all his awards? Or a photo of him in his uniform and I can figure it out from there. I might be able to go from memory but being I'm a Marine I'd like to get it right. Any help would be appreciated.
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  • jdullighan
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    George Curtis

    It is coming up to 3 years since we lost George. I was thinking about what I might do to preserve his memory and it occured to me that a booklet, summarising his life, career and accomplishments would be something I would like to see. The more I thought about it the better I liked the idea and who better to do it than I.

    I deeply respected George. He was the quintessential Marine. who held himself to the highest standards and gave you no excuse not to do the same. He led by example and if you performed at less than what he expected from you , you would hear about it. Telling him that it was 35 years since I did that job and I wasn't Marine,remember, cut no ice. "If you don't remember you know where to get the answers, don't you"? he would ask. "Then do it." As for not being a Marine, I accepted the friendship, so I must accept the duty.

    I knew him reasonably well and we corresponded a lot. He always said he held me to a higher standard than most because Boeng and the Marine Corps had laid out good bucks to give me the education that I had and he insisted that I use it. If questions came up that should be answered, remember that there were Marines out there still flying the airplane. And I'd better be right or else. I used to tell him that all that Boeing and the USMC had paid out to educate me brought me to the level of a good experienced crew chief.

    "I'll be the judge of that". he said.

    I'm a reasonable writer and I have the time. I'm not a Marine as most of you know but I have been described as being as close as yiou can get without actually being one. The Marine Corps motto and ethos have always appealed to me and I accept them as my own. Combined with a Jesuit education I have the confidence that I will be writing about a person whose character and makeup I understand and believe I can do justice to.

    WELL GUYS, WHAT ABOUT IT? AM I THE GUY TO WRITE ABOUT GEORGE? IF SO, CAN I GET YOUR HELP????

    Anything you can think of will be great. Stories about him as a young crew chief. Such as the tale of being made to sit down by his squadron commander and write his mother, at the request of Senator Kennedy's office. (most of us can relate to that) and if it isn't true it should be. How did he get promoted. What was he like to fly with. How was he to work for. Anything that will shed light on him. I want to feel that anyone who knew him will be able to say when they resd it. "Yes that's George", and those who didn't know him personally will get a true picture. I want to immortalise him; we forget so soon and so completely.

    His family must agree of course. I would never do anything without their wholehearted approval and if possible, co-operation. They would have absolute veto over anything published, from a single item up to the whole publication. Since I would not claim that this was history I would not be obliged to include anything, I, the family or any other person with reasonable standing did not want published. I hope that the way I was able to handle the local press at Georges funeral would re-assure them that Master Gunnery Sergeant George Curtis is a hero of mine and anything that I was involved with would serve to enhance his reputation.

    Much has been written and told about him. Even those tales that may be stretching the truth deserve to be recorded for what they say about George. And, as I was told by my editor when I went to work as a photographer and sometime newspaper reporter. "Never let the facts get in the way of a good story". It is often the apocryphal stories that are closest to the truth". I said in one of my posts that I thought of him ofen and I still do.

    And George always reminded me of my own Father who when I was home on leave from Vietnam, introduced me to one of his friends thus "This is my son. He is doing what I dreamed of doing when I was his age". If how often I think of my father is any indication, I will be thinking of George for the rest of my life. George thought constantly of his men and of the young officers whom George believed he needed to teach how to be officers.

    My Father lost his father in WW1, when he was 8 years old. He lost all his Uncles on both sides of his family. By the end of WW2, my grandmother had lost every male that she knew of her generation, her brothers, her huband and all her husband's brothers as well as all her friends and aquaintances. Their names are all inscribed on the memorial wall, at Tower Hill, London, comemmorating those of the British Merchant Marine who were lost at sea and who had no known grave.

    As a result my father left school early at 14 to help support his family. No GI Bill in those days. My grandmother did receive an elegant large medal, which
    I still have and a letter from King Geoge V. Nice but it didn't put food on the table. My father found a job as a technician but received very little formal education. I remember him reading a lot though.

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  • bobdag
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    Semperfi

    George was my hootchmate in 1969 with HML-367. I never had a chance to see him after Nam but I knew who he was and respected all his work for Popasmoke. He and I were E-5 Sgts. at the time in Phu Bai and we tipped a few together between getting shot at. For those who remember we built a mini club between 2 hootches and had some great parties.

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  • MSgt Clark
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    I met MGySgt Curtis when I was stationed at NAS So Weymouth in the late 80's. At first glance you couldn't help but be impressed by the way he carried himself and the automatic respect he seemed to get from everyone.
    I recall a CAX at 29 Palms where Master Gunny had all the SNCO's in one of those A-Frames each evening for some PME discussions. I learned a whole lot and referred back to some of the things I learned from him over the rest of my career.
    He would always bring his Service 'C' uniform even to the field in the off chance he would have to rescue one of his Marines from PMO or the local authorities. On one occasion in Yuma one of our Marines got a DUI on Base, the next morning I saw Master Gunny in his Charlies with all his ribbons heading to the Base CO's office. Next thing you know our Marine was back and all was forgotten.
    He will always be a fond memory and the kind of Marine that we can all say we were proud and fortunate enough to serve with.

    Semper Fi "GT" until we meet again.

    Thom R Clark
    MSgt USMC (Ret)
    1981-2004

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