US Marine Corps Recruit Depot - Yearbook (Parris Island, SC)
- Class of 1976
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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
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-
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
Headquarters and Service Battalion
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.
The Recruit Training Regiment is composed of the First,
Second and Third Recruit Training Battalions, and Weapons
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
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
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