John William Gregory, aka Bill Gregory.
Just a lonely reporter.
Bill arrived at Cherry Point 3 weeks before
this photographer and was the only constant at the office. And
calling Bill constant is stretching it a bit. But Bill had one
thing going for him - a passion for reporting and the newspaper
business. His dream was to be the sports editor for the local
Annapolis, Maryland newspaper. I think he worked there prior to
joining the Marines.
Bill is the best example of the ISO office.
A very compentant and enthusiastic reporter who was lead by the
most incompentant bunch of officiers and staff NCO's in the Corps.
Bill grew up somewhere in New England but
his dad lived in the Baltimore area and Bill was constantly going
up to Baltimore on a 72-hour pass.
Problem was you were only allowed one 72-hour
pass every 3 months. Bill was requesting a 72-hour at least twice
He didn't always get it and then had to
make express runs up to Baltimore.
So every time Bill put in for a 72-hour
pass he never knew if it would be granted.
One particular time he really needed that
72-pass because he had to travel to New England for his sister's
So Bill goes to the AOIC and asks for the
72-hour pass. This is before Tweedledee and Tweedledumb were in-charge.
The 2nd Lieutenant, that was then our AOIC, thought over his request
and then asked what school his sister was graduating from? He
figured if Bill was bullshiting him he wouldn't be able to come
up with a quick answer.
But Bill knew the school and told the Lieutenant.
I don't remember the name but it was a Catholic College.
The Lieutenant shot back, "What's
she going to be, a Nun?"
Bill answered, "Yes sir."
The Lieutenant had a good laugh and then
said, "Bill, that is the best excuse you have ever given
me for one of these 72-passes. The pass is yours!"
So Bill went off to his sisters graduation
and brought back pictures to prove to everyone that is sister
was becoming a Nun.
True story. Ask Bill. [Next]