look and if you've EVER seen it, you will know.
famous poster has become an American icon and I was
enough to meet and become friends with the famous "Rose
Garden DI," former Sergeant Chuck Taliano.
how I was lucky enough to meet Chuck and get (and participate
in) an updated version of the famous poster is described in
detail in one of
my favorite my blog entries.
pics of The Rose Garden DI:
I am with Sergeant Chuck Taliano.
made the poor man pose with me for a reenactment. For the
entire story of this once-in-a-lifetime meeting, read
my BLOG entry.
drill instructor Sgt. Charles A. Taliano, who appeared in
the ‘We don’t
promise you a rose garden’ recruiting poster,
holds up a post card of the image at the Alexander Ship’s
Store in the Parris Island Museum Feb. 14. Taliano’s
‘rose garden’ campaign ran from 1971 until mid-1984.
Photo by: Cpl. Jennifer Brofer
Taliano signs one of his recruiting posters during a poster
signing at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.,
in 2003. Photo by: Special to The Boot
and the pictures below are postcards they now sell depicting
never-before-seen glimpses into that famous photo shoot.
the back) "The Marines Are Looking For A Few Good Men"
is a recruiting slogan that dates back to the very origin
of the Corps. Revived in the 1970's, this campaign succeeded
in luring countless volunteers in both the enlisted and
officer ranks. This image of the Rose Garden Drill Instructor
does not appear on a recruiting poster, but was one of the
four in a Marine Corps public service television commercial
the back) Images of the "Rose Garden Drill Instructor"
that dispels the myth that Marine Corps DI's are always
scowling and unhappy. The unrehearsed and action photo of
the Rose Garden Drill Instructor has become as popular today
as when it was on active duty "Looking For A Few Good
Men" over thirty years ago. "The Marine Corps
still Doesn't Promise a Rose Garden."
to other of my Rose Garden DI-related pages:
BLOG entry in 2005
make sure to call him on the best day of the year each year.
written by the Parris Island newspaper