SSgt Dave Deyerle. This photographer's
boss. One of the best. Without Dave my life at the Windsock/ISO
office would have been a very bad experience.
He kept me out of trouble with the boys
behind the green door. He also came to the same conclusion
that I had: that no matter how well I performed as a Marine they
were not going to promote me. Never.
Dave was a professional and treated all
people fairly. He didn't use fear, as the boys behind the green
door did, but fair play and most of all - respect.
The day I arrived at Cherry Point and went
to check-in at the H&HS squardron Dave was at the squardron
headquarters himself. So the first Marine I had any contact with
was Dave. He walked out from the office area and asked if I was
"I'm not a sir, I'm SSgt Dave Deyerle.
I'm your new boss. Welcome to Cherry Point."
"Go get checked in and I'll wait for
you. I'll drive you over to your barracks."
He did that and more. He made me feel needed
and couldn't wait for me to get to work at the Windsock. I quickly
learned he hated the place, the ISO office, as much as I would
come to hate it.
Once I got experience with the system we
made a deal. I would do all the photography and he would handle
the ISO office and all the paper work. He was preparing to take
a test in order to qualify for a transfer to the VMCJ unit and
wanted to spend as much time at the lab studying as possible.
He did take the test. Passed it. Went to
school for aerial photography and soon after I left the Windsock
for the base photo-lab he moved over to the VMCJ unit.
The last time I saw Dave was at the VMCJ
unit in Da Nang, Vietnam.
Dave had received the Bronze Star with
Combat V. This meant something. Dave received the medal while
serving as a combat photographer in Vietnam in 1965. The squardron
commander wanted to give all the photographers that were under
his command an air-medal for their work. Problem was the Marine
Corps wouldn't let them receive an air-medal because they weren't
on fight status. So this very smart commander gave them all the
Bronze Star with Combat V - a higher status medal.
Later on in the Vietnam war officers gave
this medal to other officers like it was candy. It lost some of
its status with officers. I can tell you if you were an enlisted
Marine and you received the Bronze Star medal you for sure earned
found him! We
have been searching the Web hoping to locate Dave. Never could.
Then in February 2005 I get an e-mail from Dave. Turns out one
of his sons was searching the Web and located this page. He called
his dad and the rest is history. Here's
more about Dave and his experience in Vietnam in 1965.
note: Here is some
more photos of fellows that worked at the station photo-lab.