While stationed in California and Fort Lewis, Washington, he worked as a mortarman
as well as a cook and baker, honing the skills he acquired as a teen-aged baker apprentice at Shaulis Bakery.
Known as "Sledgehammer" amongst his comrades, Sledge was an enlisted mortarman
with the Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division.
Work you did: Mortarman
(Infantry) / Security Forces / Martial Arts Instructor / Scout Sniper Platoon, H & S Co., 1st Battalion 8th Marines
Caption: Marine mortarman
assigned to 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion "Wolfpack," 1s' Marine Division, during tactical training briefing during Integrated Training Exercise 2-16 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, January 23, 2016 (U.S.
Each platoon consisted of three cross functional teams (CFTs), with each CFT consisting of a standard line squad with an added machine-gun team, medic, forward observer, and mortarman
. Some CFTs also included a mechanic or cook depending on operational requirements.
Well, thanks to veterans advocate Michael Blais (a fellow ex-RCR mortarman
!) you have your opportunity and I urge you to use it.
Cocaine addict Dempsey, a mortarman
with the 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, was paranoid about being followed and believed there were snipers at the station.
Wood's favorite part about being a mortarman
is firing rounds and carrying the heavy gear.
During the war, he served as a mortarman
, a forward observer, and an infantryman.
He served as an 81mm mortarman
, a Forward Observer for Hotel Company, an infantryman with Bravo Company, and a member of the 1st Marine Air Wing in Da Nang.
Vitale, a mortarman
with 1st Bn., 35th Armor Regt., agreed.