Tuesday, December 25, 2018

#SHUTDOWN WITH #DIMRATS---Shades of the Camp Pendleton Correctional Center---OCTOBER '67

ATTN CD@TACNET VIA JC@AMBUSH-PATROL---SUBJ ISOLATION


(The Scullery)-- US Navy has taken a meaningful step to make the brig more hospitable. Not that the pool table and TV added after the Red Line scandal in the mid-sixties at the CPCC made life in D-Block any better. There were still plenty of AWOL returnees crying for their girlfriends, but a late report over the TT just came in on the chow:


No More Bread and Water: U.S. Navy Scraps an Age-Old Penalty

The United States Navy has come a long way, from its first wooden frigates to today's nuclear carriers. But in all that time, one thing remained almost as fixed as the North Star: A skipper's power to throw troublesome sailors in the brig with nothing to eat but bread and water.

Also known as "Dim Rats," short for Diminished Rations, they were a delicacy in isolation at the CPCC following my "deployment" to the Haight-Ashbury operation known as "Summer of Love '67." When asked, back at the radio platoon HQ for 3rd Bn, 28th Marines at Camp San Mateo in Camp Pendleton, if I might return to SF again, I could not give a definite answer so the Captain had me confined in isolation at the brig. The DimRat dinner was the consolation, although I didn't spend more than a day or two standing at attention for 12 hours at a time before sent to a medium block waiting Uniform Code of Military Justice, Article 86, Absent Without Leave charges...aka AWOL...
I was given a "PR", Permanent release on my 21st birthday and in February, 1968, "Tet, "our radio platoon formed up with the 27th Regimental Landing Team, and we did just that, landed in Danang a few days later.



Supporting Documents,
No More Bread and Water: U.S. Navy Scraps an Age-Old Penalty,  By DAVE PHILIPPS
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/no-more-bread-and-water-us, -navy-scraps-an-age-old-penalty/ar-BBRqJhB?ocid=spartanntp

 A NOTORIOUS BRIG NOW MODEL PRISON , By EVERETT R. ROUESOCT. 24, 1971 https://www.nytimes.com/1971/10/24/archives/a-notorious-brig-now-model-prison-marines-transform-coast-facility.html

Brig Rats of Camp Pendleton, by Jack Fincher, Life Magazine, Oct 10, 1969

FWD MERTZ, PVT, GI CAN DETAIL,,  28TH CAMP SAN MATEO---3RD BN, RADIO PLT...


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