US Marine Corps Recruit Depot - Yearbook (Parris Island, SC)

 - Class of 1976

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w w M, M. M mm. M memw mewmww MW A .3..-..,.4...-.m 3......1...a pw , v 'vr-va-vmW A a!" . . ;iz.,, ,5 '5 half" :A 'Ql, ; eta ,, :wn .,.Vw.u. . V MAJOR GENERAL ARTHUR J. POILLON, USMC COMMANDINC GENERAL, MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT MAJOR GENERAL ARTHUR J. POILLON was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Princeton Uni- versity, the Amphibious Warfare School, the US. Army Command and General Staff College and the US. Army War College. He entered the Marine Corps Reserve in February 1943; attended Recruit Training at Parris Island in 1944 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in August 1945. After World War II he served as a platoon and company commander and as a battalion and division staff officer in the First Marine Division in China and California. Following an assignment as the Marine Officer Instructor at Princeton University in 1952, he participated in combat operations in Korea as a company commander and staff officer with the Fifth Marines. He has served as an instructor at both the Amphibious Warfare School and the US. Army Command and General Staff College and as the Commanding Officer of the Marine Barracks, Quonset Point, Rhode Island. In 1966, Lieutenant Colonel Poillon formed and com- manded the 27th Marine Regiment at Camp Pendleton, Ca- lifornia. In 1967 he became the Assistant C-3, lst Marine Division in Vietnam and subsequently the G-3 of Task Force X-Ray at Hue during the 1968 TET Offensive. After a tour in the G-1 Division, Headquarters Marine Corps, he was promoted to Brigadier General and assigned first as Assistant Division Commander, 2nd Marine Divi- sion and subsequently as its Commanding General until July 1973. In October 1973 he assumed command of Force Troops Fleet Marine Force Atlantic, which command he relin- quished on 28 May 1975. General Poillonis personal decorations include two Le- gions of Merit, the Army Commendation Medal, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and Vietnamese Cross of Cal- lentry with palm and silver star. COLONEL GARY WILDER, USMC COMMANDING OFFICER, RECRUIT TRAINING REGIMENT COLONEL GARY WILDER assumed command of the Re- cruit Training Regiment here June 6, 1975. The Assistant Chief of Staff, Comptroller-Management Systems at Parris Island prior to his new assigment. Col. Wilder is a former enlisted man with 29 years of service including combat ac- tion in Korea and Vietnam. Col. Wilder enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1946 and attended recruit training at Parris Island. He served three years active duty, obtaining the rank of sergeant, and was recalled to service during the Korean conflict after' a two- year, nine months period of inactive duty. Colonel Wilder was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1951 and attended The Basic School and the Amphibious Warfare School at Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Va. He was then assigned duties as a rifle platoon commander with the lst Marine Division in Korea where he was wounded in action and evacuated to Japan. Col. Wilder attended Supply Officer School at Camp Le- jeune, NC. and served as Supply Officer for the 8th Engin- eer Battalion, Force Troops. Assigned to Vietnam in 1958 as a military advisor to the South Vietnamese Marine Corps, Col. Wilder returned to the United States in 1960 as an instructor at The Basic School, Quantico, Va. He later served as the Executive Officer to the 2nd Reconnaissance Batta- lion, 2nd Marine Division and Commanding Officer to the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division and Commanding Officer of 3rd Force Reconnaissance Com- pany, Fleet Marine Force at Camp Lejeuene before returning to Vietnam in 1966 as commander of the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, and CO, 3rd Bn, 3rd Marine Division where he was again wounded in action. For distinguishing himself by demonstrating exceptional meritorious conduct in performing outstanding service as a Commanding Officer in Vietnam, Col. Wilder was awarded the Legion of Merit. He returned to duty in the United States in 1967 and has since served as a directing staff member at the Canadian Staff College, Kingston, Ontario, and an Un- conventional Warfare Plans Officer for the Commander in Chief of the Atlantic Fleet. Col. Wilder is married to the former Miss Harue Imaizumi of Osaka, Japan. The Wilderis have two daughters, Linda, 19, and Cynthia, 18. Both are students at the University of Florida, Gainesville. THE MENTAL AND MORAL QUALITIES 0f the United- States Marine have been tested constantly since the birth of the nation. All through the long history of the Marine Corps there are examples, both in war and peace, of his versatility, tmstworthiness, singleness and tenacity of purpose, cour- age, faithfulness and self-sacrifice. The rich tradition of the Corps dates back to November 10, 1775, when it was established by the Contintental Con- gress. In the Revolutionary War, the Marines fought against the British Fleet 0n the ships of John Paul Jones, and made their first amphibious landing on the beaches of the Baha- mas in 1776. Marines ended their war with the Mediterra- nean pirates when they planted the Stars and Stripes over the pirate stronghold of Derne, in Tripoli, after a six- hundred-mile march across the desert of North Africa. In the War of 1812, they fought on Lake Champlain and Lake Erie, and were with General Jackson behind the barricades at New Orleans. They defeated the Seminole Indians in the dense swamps of Florida in 1836, and fought under General Scott in the Mexican War of 1846-48. Their first visit to Japan came in 1854 as guard detachments from the ships of Commodore Perryis fleet. Under the command of Colonel Robert E. Lee, U.S.A., Marines captured John Brown at Harperis Ferry in 1859. They fought savages in Formosa in 1867, and stormed the barrier forts of Korea in 1871. During the Spanish-American War, a single battalion of Marines held the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, against 6,000 Spaniards, while oth- er Leathernecks distinguished themselves at the Battle of Santiago and with Dewey at Manila. They helped quell the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900, and from then on until World War I, men of the Corps campaigned in the Philip- pines, Cuba, Mexico, Haiti, and Santo Domingo to protect American lives and property. On the battlefields of France, Marines were called " Devil Dogs, by the Germans because of their courage and tenaci- ty of attack. In the first World War, the Fourth Brigade of Marines took part in five operations as part of the famed Second Division of the A.E.F. - Belleau Wood, Soissons, St. Mihiel, Chapagne, and the Meuse-Argonnet Marine units were decorated six times by the French during these campaigns. The interim between world wars found the Marines en- gaged in developing the technique of amphibious warfare and in their traditional pursuits around the globe, from guarding the US. mails to fighting bandits in Nicaragua. World War II saw the men who wear the eagle,g10be, and an anchor valiantly defend Wake Island and Bataan and then spearhead the amphibious landings across the Pacific . in the Solomons, at Tarawa, Saipan, Guam, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa, to name a few. Following the war, Marines found a new type of service 4 duty with United Nations Forces in Korea. The United States Marine Corps, rich in tradition and world-famed for its battle record and esprit de corps, plays an important role as the nation,s "force-in-readiness" to help keep the peace throughout the world today. AMERICAN SPIRIT HONOR MEDAL The American Spirit Honor Medal is a medallion offered and provided by the Citizens Committee for the Army, Navy and Air Force, Inc., of New York, NY. The American Spirit Honor Medal has been accepted by the Department of De- fense for use as an award to enlisted personnel who, while undergoing basic training, display outstanding qualities of leadership best expressing the American Spirit - Honor, Initiative, Loyalty, and High Example to Comrades in Arms. This medallion has also been accepted by the Department of Defense for the promotion of Closer ties between the Armed Services and the Civil Communities of the United States in which the Armed Services establishments are located. ' 6' IIII'I'I;VIII I yhllhyl 74:10," , Mt IX mmth A ffrwwlyf mmmlvy wulllmymdy mmjww 4, w "Wm glad ' ' . , T f ! i - T517101; - an5tl41-m lyniy ; I I 4 .M A ; 7571eIZ-rmfll 6: Zrlmmmiu f" - F mm; , ' g, x1. Wm" $4."...mriarr4 MW, Invamvaunm,.7," m,m.f,.lul UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT PARRISISLAND-SOUTH CAROLINA a" . Rum" :40 r13 w . . ' s"! - A unguzsz History of Parris Island W lwo Jima Statue By Depot Parade Field Parris Island, home of basic training for today's Ma- rines east of the Mississippi, has a colorful history. Al- though the first Marine Corps Activity on the island was in June, 1891, the story of its occupancy by Eum- peans reaches back more than three centuries into antiquity. Covering approximately 7800 acres of land and wa- ter, Parris Island is located off the South Carolina coast about midway between Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga. The site of the earliest attempt by Europeans to set- tle within the present boundaries of the State of South Carolina, the island was Visited in 1526 by Valaquez de Alleyn who headed a Spanish expedition in search of slaves and gold. Probably the first European to land here, he named adjacent St. Helena Island and claimed it for Spain some 50 years before the French attempted to colonize the islands which included this Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Depot Heaquarters Recruit Training Regiment Headquarters An expedition of French Hugenots, under Jean Ribaut tsometimes spelled Ribaulti, landed here in April, 1562. Before returning to France, they established Charles Fort on what is now Farris Island. Historians are indebted to one member of this expedition in particular. He was a cartogra- pher of considerable ability named Lenoyne. One of his maps of the region firmly locates Charles Fort 0n Parris Idand. In 1663 William Hilton, 0f Barbades, rediscovered Charles Fort while exploring the newly-Chartered province of Carolina. Today, the Rihaut Monument stands on the site of ancient Charles Fort to mark one of the first colonies es- tablished in the New World. In 1670 an English expedition arrived in the area and set- tled down to establish permanent towns and the first of the famed southern plantations The Lord Proprietors of South Carolina passed the title to Parris Island down through several colonial settlers until 1715, when Alexander Parris, long time Public Treasurer of South Carolina, came into possession. The islands name dates back to himi Marine Corps Exchange War Memorial Building E l, g ,4 , !j MARINES LAND AT PARRIS ISLAND United States Marines were first connected with the is- land as early as 1861, when with a band of seamen, they took possession of it and nearby Forts Beauregard and Walker during the War Between the States. The first Marine Corps activity was established on Parris Island on June 26, 1891, when a small detachment arrived with First Sergeant Richard Donovan, USMC, in charge, for duty in connection with the U. S. Naval Station, Port Royal, South Carolina, which was located on Parris Island. The detachment was highly commended for its service in pre- serving life and property during the hurricane and tidal wave which swept over the island in 1893. In 1909, a school for Marine officers was established here, and, in 1911, two recruit companies were established. One was transferred to Charleston, S. C., and the other Norfolk, Va., during the latter part of the same year, and the build- ings were used as Navy disciplinary barracks. On November 1, 1915, the area was again turned over to the Marine Corps, and recruit training reestablished, Parris Island has since become famous as a training base of U. S. Marines, During World War 1, some 41,000 recruits were trained here. Prior to 1929, all transportation to and from the island was by small boats operating between the Post Docks and Port Royal, South Carolina. In 1929, the iiwater era,' came to an end with the completion of the Horse Island bridge and causeway. PARRIS ISLAND AT WARTIME LEVELS In August, 1940, recruit training was first organized on a battalion basis. With the coming of World War II, a flood of recruits, as well as new permanent personnel to train them arrived aboard the island. The Base was enlarged to handle 13 recruit battalions, and, between 1941 and 1945, almost 205,000 recruits were trained at Parris Island. At the time of the Japanese surren- der, there were more than 20,000 fledgling Marines in train- ing at Parris Island. At the end of the war, the island was reduced to a popula- tion low by the rapid demobilization. Prior to the outbreak of the crisis in Korea, there were only two recruit battalions in training. At the start of the Korean Campaign, Parris Island,s re- cruit population was barely 2,350. That figure swelled to a peak load of 24,424 recruits undergoing training in March of 1952. From the outset of the Korean Campaign to the with- drawal 0f the First Marine Division from Korea, more than 138,000 Marines received their recruit training at Parris Island. In September 1946, it was decided at Headquarters Ma- rine Corps to reorganize the post at Parris Island in the in- terests of greater efficiency and economy of personnel and to give it a designation that would reflect its primary mis- sion. At the direction of the Commandant, the Commanding General at Parris Island prepared plans and tables of organi- zation to carry out the change, and after a preparatory tran- sitional period the approved reorganization officially went into effect. On December 1, 1946, the Marine Barracks, Par- ris Island, became the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island. IRON MIKE Headquarters and Service Battalion Recruit Barracks Hostess House Depot Theater On May 4, 1956, the Recruit Training Command was or- ganized under the direction of Brigadier General Wallace M. Greene, Jr. In April, 1958, this unit was re-designated the Recruit Training Regiment. It controls all activities dealing with the training of male recruits. COMMANDS The Recruit Training Regiment is composed of the First, Second and Third Recruit Training Battalions, and Weapons Training Battalion. On February 15, 1949, a separate battalion was activated for the sole purpose of training Women Marine recruits. This battalion has since been designated Women Marine Recruit Training Battalion and is the only such battalion in existence. All support units and schools come under the command of Headquarters and Service Battalion. In addition to recruit training Parris Island has 3 Drill In- structors School, Recruiters School, Field Music School, Administration School and Sergeants Major School. Parris Island,s progress has been chiefly along military lines but, in keeping pace with advances in the art of train- ing recruits, the island has grown from a desolate stretch of wasteland to one of the most efficient and picturesque mili- tary reservations in the world. Today the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, stands proud of its heritage, pleased with its accomplishments and responsive to the Challenges of the future. Displays in the War Memorial Building - o....-..cac.... ARRIVAL, AT PARRIS ISLAND 5w, WWW w u" '"Nv W PX ISSUE ' 317 "Win INITIAL ISSUE M DENTAL fin " mewm wmw ING "RACKS 22.535523 wdawme .92: 52b 5mg CD 2 III! 2 I-l 6!. :2 Eu PHYSICAL x . xxxxx t n'- m, T wi' OBSTACLE COURSE ,1. s- : Mtnfg Wwww w , . 'M,.aw-. N THE RIFLE PHYSICAL TRAINING WITH CLOSE ORDER DRILL DT NN Am mm A PM E w W ' M .. 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