Col. Ernest Brydon
U.S. Marine Corps, 3rd Marine Division
Tuesday, April 16th, 2002
A FIGHT TO GET INTO THE MARINES
Colonel Ernest Brydon (USMC RET) enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in 1942 as a scout sniper. He will share
his fond memories of Boot Camp in South Carolina. He served in the 3rd Marine Division during World War II and
participated in the Bougainville, Emirau and Guam Campaigns. He received a battlefield commission for meritorious
When the Korean War broke out, Brydon, a 2nd Lieutenant at the time became a company commander in the 1st Marine
Division. He fought in Korea in 1951 as company commander with 1st Marine Division. He was wounded twice. He served
in Staff and Command Groups in the Marine Corp Reserve following Korea. He was awarded Outstanding Battalion Commander
by Commandant of the Marine Corp in 1968.
After the war, Brydon became a Paramarine and jumped with over 30 countries worldwide. Colonel Brydon also attended
and qualified at Airborne School, Special Forces School, Amphibious Warfare School, Command & Staff College,
& Jumpmaster School.