FAMOUS MARINES: R
After two years at Hampden-Sydney, where I worked on a split major in chemistry and biology with an eye to oceanography, I decided I was bored. After spending the summer thumbing across the continent and down into Mexico, hopping freight trains up and down the eastern seaboard, and generally confusing myself with Jack Kerouac, I enlisted in the Marines, in the belief that it would be more interesting than stirring unpleasant glops in laboratories and pulling apart innocent frogs. It certainly was. On returning from Vietnam with a lot of stories, as well as a Purple Heart and more shrapnel in my eyes than I really wanted, I graduated from Hampden-Sydney with lousy grades and a bachelor-of-science degree with a major in history and a minor in computers. Really. My GREs were in the 99th percentile.
Robert Remus aka Sgt Slaughter
Born: August 27, 1948
Hometown: Parris Island, South Carolina
American Professional Wrestler and voice for G.I. Joe. Former Marine Drill Instructor.
Despite his wrestling schedule and hundreds of thousands of miles traveled annually Sgt Slaughter devotes much of his spare time helping to raise funds for organizations, such as the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, just to name one of the many charitable causes, for which he has been given many proclamations. He was named Chairman of the Anti-Drug Campaign and was selected as the Citizen of the Year in his home state of Connecticut.
A former U.S. Marine, he earned his famous ring name during the service. Once he began his professional career, he would certainly solidify that name, intimidating adversaries and fans alike in his trademark drill sergeant attire. He was a top contender to Bob Backlund’s WWE Championship, and faced Bruno Sammartino in the Italian legend’s final Madison Square Garden appearance prior to his 1981 retirement. He was an NWA United States Champion, as well as NWA World Tag Team Champion with Don Kernodle. Sarge experienced a popularity explosion that coincided with Hogan's in 1984. Along with Hogan and “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka, Slaughter was one of WWE’s most beloved Superstars of the mid-1980s.
BORN: November 11, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois
DIED: July 11, 1973 in New York City, New York
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