MSG Robert "Skip" Baker started the "Gone with The Wind" award
SGT Dan Meyers, a
Ranger and Operation Urgent Fury (Greneda) veteran, was a new member of C/3/12. MSG
Baker informed SGT Meyers it was not necessary to attend his first drill due to an
administrative error that would prevent him from being paid for the drill.
SGT Meyers was adament about attending the
drill and stated his intention to attend anyway. The first day of drill (Saturday),
it was raining heavily and buses were ready to depart for training at Camp Pendelton, even
though SGT Meyers had still not arrived yet.
SFC Baker looked down the road and saw SGT
Meyers running with a fully-loaded rucksack and a bicycle on one shoulder.
"What on earth happened to you?" SFC Baker asked. SGT Meyers replied,
still huffing and puffing:
"I got up in plenty of time to get to
the unit, but when I went to start my car, I found the battery was dead. I put on my
rucksack, got on my bicycle and started riding in when it started to rain. I would
have made it to the unit in time for formation too, but four miles from the unit, my front
tire blew. I had to pick up the bike and run it in to get to the unit in time."
SGT Meyers display of devotion was the
inspiration for this award. The award's name came from the movie "Gone With The
Wind" made famous for the line: "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn!"
Eligibility for this award was open to any
member of C/3/12 who displayed outstanding inititive and selfless devotion to the unit
throughout the year. The recipient was determined by vote of the unit's full-time
Past recipients of the unit's Gone With The
|| SGT Dan
Jeffrey Carr & SSG Cliff Armas
|| CPL John