A Little More Sweet Nostalgia —

The first Saturday of July, small town Oriental, North Carolina begins its annual Croaker Festival with a parade down main street.   This year, the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band from Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, NC both marched in the parade and then, played for the town.  (By the bye MCAS, Cherry Point – just happens to be my birth place many years ago).

This is just a small snippet from the parade of some of my favorite entries.  This year I was totally enamored with the little trucks.   I want one, they were fabulous.   And … I also liked how the dragon, Oriental’s mascot, looked lovingly on to the America Flag — it is almost July 4th after all!

Songs from each military branch: “Anchors Away” for the U.S. Navy, “The Caissons Go Rolling Along” for the U.S. Army,  “The Wild Blue Yonder” for the U.S. Air Force,  and “Semper-Paratus” for the U.S. Coast Guard.  The Marine Corps Hymm, below.  (Wouldn’t you know my phone rang right in the middle, so missed a bit and split in two).  

The Marine’s Hymm (Halls of Montezuma)

The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band from MCAS – Cherry Point, NC


Have you ever just said I could kick myself?

If you have ever just said you could kick yourself, Tom Haywood’s Kicking Machine can help!




My dad’s last duty station before retirement from the Marine Corps in 1964 was Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, coincidentally also where I was born.    Since my dad was retiring he didn’t want to move the family (again) to Cherry Point — so we stayed in Clinton, Maryland, outside of Andrews Air Force Base, and my dad commuted weekends.  I was just a young girl and frequently went back and forth with him from MD to NC.  I have a few foggy memories of visiting Tom Haywood’s Kicking Machine, that my dad got a real kick out of (pun intended) which was on the route.

So…. 47 years later after moving part time to ONC, I went on a quest to find the Kicking Machine again with my dad.   Thanks to the internet and a dad with a great memory, it was not that hard to find on the side of the road!   My dad clearly got a kick out of finding the ‘ole kicking machine.

Then, this past December my eldest daughter and I were in the area — and I had to tell her the story and stop and visit so she would know where to go if she ever felt the need to kick herself in the derriere.

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My daughter, getting kicked in the derriere.

Hard to believe, that a visit to the Tom Haywood’s Kicking Machine could be such a fun time —  but it sure gave us a good kick.


Martha’s Favorite Things


It’s easy to find for those that that would like to have a good kicking….    It’s located in front of Martha’s Favorite Things on US 70 a little over 9 miles south of the intersection of Hwy 55/US 17 at New Bern, NC.

Here are a couple of links that provide additional information:



The National Museum of the Marine Corps (in B&W)

“A Monument to Honor, Courage & Commitment

National Museum of the Marine Corps - Quantico, VA

National Museum of the Marine Corps – Quantico, VA

The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a tribute to the United States Marines.   The Museum is located adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.    The Museum opened 10 November 2006 and is clearly with a worth visit.

All of the pictures were taken in the museum and in black and white.

Parris Island, SC where “We Make Marines”


Parris Island, SC where “We Make Marines”

Our Holiday Road Trip took us to Parris Island, SC, the Marine Recruit Depot for the Eastern Region.   My dad is a retired Marine who had the “pleasure” of going through Parris Island in 1942.   He has nothing nice to say about Parris Island and has very vivid memories of the sandfleas, marching in 6 inches of sand, living in tents, and the then standard issue silver bucket.   Frankly, I thought Parris Island was rather lovely — and  saw no sandfleas, sand, nor tents 🙂

However, while there, we visited the museum  which confirmed the existence of sandfleas and tents:

Parris Island sandfleas

Parris Island sandfleas

Captured at the Parris Island Museum

Tents as seen at the Parris Island Museum

Captured at the Parris Island Museum

Captured at the Parris Island Museum

Further, as a young kid I loved loved loved Gomer Pyle, USMC which aired on CBS from 1964 to 1969 staring Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton.   Although, the show was in fictional Camp Henderson, California vice Parris Island, South Carolina — I’ll be darn if these quonset huts don’t look like the very same where we could see Private Pyle and Gunnery Sergeant Carter running in and out of!

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