Back When Clinton Brame talked about Tarawa

Thirty Years Ago
SILHOUETTE, how about the little park by the ocean in La Jolla Sunday afternoon. Quiet Man.

PYTHON FANS: Does anyone know the number of albums that MP has made? If so, how many? Zoot & Dingo.
CLASSIFIEDS, November 16, 1978

Twenty-Five Years Ago
[Hedgecock] managed a local band called Marsha and the Esquires and frequently got them bookings at dances through promoter James Pagni, who since 1961 had been San Diego’s major concert promoter.… In 1967 Hedgecock teamed up with UCSB classmate Scott Piering to book concerts on campus as the Hedgecock-Piering Company; with Pagni’s help, the duo presented such acts as the Jefferson Airplane, Ray Charles, the Doors, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Peter, Paul and Mary.

In the early spring of 1969 the fledgling company put on their first concert at the gym at San Diego State, featuring Paul Butterfield and the Sons of Champlin.
CITY LIGHTS: “DOORS OPENED IN PAST FOR MAYOR,” Thomas K. Arnold, November 17, 1983

Twenty Years Ago
Even his supporters agree that congressman Jim Bates can be an irresistible target of ridicule, but Union columnist Tom Blair has lifted Bates bashing to new heights. Blair dredged up Bates’s sexual-harassment problems eight times in the weeks leading up to the November 8 election, and two days after the Democratic congressman handily defeated challenger Rob Butterfield, Blair was on Bates’s case again, this time pushing former Navy fighter pilot Randy “Duke” Cunningham as a potential 1990 Republican opponent.
THE INSIDE STORY, Paul Krueger, November 17, 1988

Fifteen Years Ago
My name is Clinton G. Brame. I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on November 14, 1942, at the Federal Building on Market and 12th Street, San Diego. From there I was dispatched to MCRD. Boot camp was the same for any young fella from any time — you hate your DI, you’re going to kill him, until you get out, when all of a sudden everybody wants to buy him a present. But I’ll say one thing — and I remember things very vividly from time to time — even after Tarawa and Saipan and everything, whenever us guys get together on some of our little reunions, why, we’re there no time at all when talk always reverts to boot camp.
TARAWA,” as told to Ray Westberg, November 18, 1993

Ten Years Ago
This cannot be a pleasant year for Seau. He’ll turn 30 this January and the countdown to his retirement will begin. The Chargers’ future is equally unpleasant. General manager Bobby Beathard made his play last spring, when, at great cost, he obtained Leaf and Means. The idea was to cobble a team together that could make the playoffs this season. It was a desperate long shot, motivated by job fear, the kind of gut-shot job fear all football executives feel when coming off a 4-12 season.
SPORTING BOX: “NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP,” Patrick Daugherty, November 19, 1998

Five Years Ago
I have placed a whole chicken in the oven with quartered onions, sliced garlic, pepper, and olive oil for company. It is the first time I’ve cooked an entire chicken in years.

My roommate, Travis, and I pick up two acoustic guitars. I play an old Harmony Sovereign and he a Mountain. We do Marvin Gaye, Rolling Stones, and Bob Marley to much vociferous encouragement. A few neighbors instigate a game of hacky-sack, and someone passes around a get-well card for one of the neighbors recovering from multiple gunshot wounds.

I am not only enjoying the company of alcoholics, drug addicts, criminals, and the mentally ill, but I am doing so entirely sober.
T.G.I.F., John Brizzolara, November 13, 2003

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Tarawa contains many personal accounts of life on the atoll, from Marines of 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, who swept the remainder of Tarawa, to Seabees who turned Betio into a U.S. base. Each man had a different viewpoint, and no two stories are exactly alike. We hope that many more Tarawa veterans will add their memories to this website.



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