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Master Sgt. (Ret.) Bruce Sprinkle

Bruce Sprinkle

Msgt. (Retired) Gary Bruce Sprinkle was sworn in the Military in Raleigh , NC November 5th, 1964 for a four year enlistment. On November 17th, 1964 Bruce reported for training at Parris Island, S.C.and upon graduation of Boot Camp January 28th, 1964 Bruce reported to Camp Geiger for four weeks Infantry training.

In March 1965 he was sent to Memphis, TN. For his "C" school training to become an Aviation Supply Clerk. Not feeling suited for that, Bruce requested transfer to Infantry. They obliged, but took away his E-2 stripe for his conduct

The month of June 1965 he joined 3rd Bn., 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division and thereafter in September 1965 boarded the USS Telfair, APA 210 (Trembling T) for a 6 month Mediterranean Tour.

After that duty assignment in March 1966 Bruce sailed for the United States and then received orders for a 13 month tour of Southeast Asia, Vietnam. During the month of May he took a 30 day leave before reporting for duty.

June 1966 he reported to Camp Pendleton, Ca. for jungle warfare training, then in July of 1966 he landed in Danang, Vietnam for the 13 month tour of duty. After being in country for about a month, Bruce picked up a PRC 25 and carried it his whole tour. He contracted Malaria, broke an ankle but as he stated, "never got wounded from bullets or shrapnel....I was lucky."

August 1967 he rotated back to CONUS and took a 30 day leave of duty. September 1967 he rotated to MCRD in San Diego, Ca. for MP duty at the MCRD Brig as Guard and then Brig Warden when he made E-5.
November 1968 he Mustered out of USMC after his 4 year tour and went home.
During May 1975 Bruce re-enlisted in the Marines Reserve Program and retrained as a Communications Expert in Greensboro, NC where he was Platoon Sgt. in the Wire Platoon as an E-6.
May 1982 he joined an MOB Station unit in Charlotte, NC and drilled there until 1988.
June 1988 Bruce joined 2nd MEB at Camp Lejeune, NC and drilled there for two years.

June 1989 he rejoined Communications in Greensboro and drilled there until retirement. Then, in March 1991 he was recalled to active duty for 4 months for Operation Desert Shield. He then reported to Norway for 17 days but did not make it to Desert Shield. In June 1991 his active duty was ended. May 1993 Bruce retired for the last time as Master Sgt. with 24 years of duty.

His medals include: Navy Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Organized Marine Corps Reserve Medal with 1 star, National Defense Service Medal with 1 star, Vietnamese Service Medal with 2 stars, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, and the Vietnamese Campaign Medal with Device.

Bruce's ribbons consist of Combat Action, Presidential Unit Citation with one star, Meritorious Unit Commendation with 1 star, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. He earned Badges for Expert Rifle/2nd award, and Expert Pistol.

Marine Sprinkle, your country and Detachment salutes you for your service to your country…America owes you a debt of gratitude……THANK YOU.

We salute Marine Sprinkle for his service to his Country, and Corps.