Thursday, August 19, 2010

my little Super Star! haha

A few weeks ago, Jacob was asked to get his picture taken with a recruit to memic a poster that was circulated .
here is an article I got from Parris Island that was written in 2006 but this sums up the photo that was taken of Jacob

The Marine in the infamous "We don't promise you a rose garden" poster is none other than former Sgt. Charles A. "Sgt. T" Taliano, who, even after 38 years removed from active duty, continues to inspire future generations of Marines.

Taliano, who currently serves as the manager for Alexander Ship's Store located in the Parris Island Museum, said he was just assisting other drill instructors with a platoon pick-up on that fateful day in 1968 when a photographer snapped the photo that would transform him into a Marine icon.

"There was a Marine reservist who was an author and photographer, and he was writing a book about Marine Corps boot camp," said Taliano, who said he was on outpost awaiting an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps on the day the photo was taken. "It was titled 'Marine Machine: the Making of the United States Marine.'"

It wasn't until three years later when his father called him up and told him of the photograph that appeared in Newsweek Magazine that he realized the poster even existed, he said.

"I went down to the local newsstand, I paged through it, and there was an article in there about the Marine Corps, and I saw that a picture of the poster was in the magazine," said Taliano, of the article that was published Nov. 29, 1971. "That's the first I was aware of the poster."

The "Rose Garden" poster was the first in a series of posters with a slogan that read, "The Marines are looking for a few good men," a recruiting campaign that ran from late 1971 until mid-1984, said Taliano.

At one point in the 1990s, the Marine Corps Association even had a jigsaw puzzle of the image, which was later discontinued, he said.

Even to this day, Taliano said he still gets recognized, and often gets requests to autograph copies of the campaign poster, which are sold at the museum gift shop.

A few years ago when Taliano began attending the drill instructor reunions at Parris Island, he held a poster signing and remembered a line of customers out the door, and the
store sold about 500 posters within a two-day period, he said.
"[Of] the Marines that were in line, many of them that were buying multiple posters for other Marines who had to be at work," he said.

Taliano continues to hold poster signings across the country, and all of the proceeds go toward funding the Parris Island Museum and scholarships for the Women Marines Association, he said.

Having received recognition for the past three decades, Taliano can't help but wonder what happened to the frightened recruit whose face is barely visible in the photograph that made him famous so long ago.

"There have been a few attempts to find him over the years," said Taliano. [I] guess I would ask him about his time in the Marine Corps ... if life was good to him."

During a poster signing, a gunnery sergeant told him the recruit in the poster was a sergeant major who had retired, but without the name of the gunnery sergeant or the sergeant major the information would be impossible to verify, he said.

However, if he ever saw his former recruit again, he would want to have a reunion since [the alleged sergeant major] now "outranks" him, he said.

"If he indeed retired as a sergeant major as I was told, that would be a historical reunion," he said.

Although he has been off the drill field nearly 40 years, Taliano credits much of his success in life to his tour as a drill instructor.

"It was the best job I have ever had," he said. The hours were long; the pressure was great; the rewards were many. I would not trade the experience for anything. Being a drill instructor has changed my life. It certainly helped me in my civilian career."

Taliano continues to stay close to the Marine Corps by working at the Parris Island Museum, where he enjoys seeing new Marines on Family Day, he said.

"I'm having a lot of fun, and it's fun being surrounded by Marines," said the Cleveland native.

As long as he is in good health, Taliano said he will continue to work for the Parris Island Museum, and, of course, sign autographs upon request.

"As long as my health remains good ... I'll be here."

he passed away Friday 4 June 2010

Here is the actual picture that they took of Jacob, I am sure they are going to crop it out and make it more like the actual poster pic, It is in memory of the previous drill instructor who's picture became a poster and made him a military star!!! This is a wonderful honor for jacob and I can't wait to actually see the painting once they get it finished!!

I was informed yesterday this photo of Jacob is going to be made into paintings and auctioned off a an event on Parris Island in order to raise money for the MCRD Parris Island Marine Corps Birthday Ball in Novemeber!!! This is a HUGE honor and I am so proud!!!


  1. That's Awesome Ginger!!! Congrats to Jacob and what an honor!! Will you be able to get a painting? That would be a great keepsake!!!