Parris Island: Once a Recruit, Always a Marine

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The History Press, 2007 - History - 158 pages
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The United States Marine Corps unique recruit training or ?boot camp? is the very heart of the Corps. Since 1915, the Parris Island, South Carolina, and San Diego, California recruit depots have given our nation Marines who have served their country in brave military tradition. Life as a Marine begins with Marine Corps recruit training?all under the watchful eye of the drill instructor, or DI, a character few Marine recruits ever forget. Here, for the first time, Author and former Parris Island drill-instructor Eugene Alvarez, records the training and tough physical and mental challenges that make a Marine. Drawn from first-hand accounts of recruits themselves, the memories and recollections in these pages are humorous, sad, profane and enlightening?describing a training program that, on first encounter, often appears insane. But the results are clear: a disciplined Marine with a proud history that he or she carries proudly in peace time or war.
 

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Contents

Chapter One
15
Chapter Two
19
Chapter Three
24
Chapter Four
33
Chapter Five
45
Chapter Six
54
Chapter Seven
71
Chapter Eight
82
Chapter Ten
112
Chapter Eleven
125
Chapter Twelve
141
Chapter Thirteen
147
Contributors Living and Deceased and Credits
155
Suggested Bibliography
157
About the Author
159
Copyright

Chapter Nine
97

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About the author (2007)

For more than a decade, Eugene Alvarez was a solider and drill instructor with the United States Marine Corps. He fought in the Korean War for two years and retired to pursue a career in academia in 1961. He earned his doctorate in History and has taught the subject at several universities throughout the South. He has published four books and eighteen articles on the history of the USMC and Parris Island.

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