Today in Animal History; 20 Years ago:
POGs Screw the Grunts and Live Like Kings (ASP)
Before the invasion of Iraq, the 7th Marine Regiment was living and training in a desert tent city called LSA-7 (Living Support Area-7). The LSA-7 housed 1/7, 3/7, 3/4, tanks, tracks, engineers etc.
We were literally starving to death and ran out of water at one point.
One night on LSA-7 our dinner was a small $1000 loan guaranteed Dixie cup with three chicken nuggets in it; that was it, the entire meal was three chicken nuggets.
I went berserk when I found out cooks were selling single nuggets for $5, $10, even $20 to Marines – who were starving.
And, then we were totally out of water. I assumed everyone in Kuwait was hurting for food and water; but was I wrong.
While at LSA-7 was out of water and starving to death the 1st FSSG (Force Service Support Group) Marines were living high on the hog – right across the main MSR. Shortly after the Chicken Nugget incident Animal Company was ordered to move across the road to the 1st Marine Division Ammo Supply Point (ASP) for guard duty. The ASP was enormous. It took our entire infantry company and multiple MMMWVs to guard it.
I was livid when I saw how these Marines, who were there to support us, were living; compared to us across the road. They had thousands of bottles of water on pallets and plenty of food, served by foreign waiters, in a nice tent that was surrounded by small rocks so the dusty desert did not interrupt their meals.
The moral of the story: Some people wonder why many Grunts despise POGs – perfect example.
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