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Boot Camp - USMC - 1945

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Parris Island, SC. Platoon 414 - July 1945. Our DI's (Drill Instructors) were Gunny Sgt. Antidormi and Pfc. Eddie Kozmer. Both men had been with the 1st Marines on Guadalcanal
 
First duty station - Boston Naval Yard - Detached to: Squantum Naval Air Station, Quincy, Mass. The pictures below are ones taken while on liberty in Boston with our buddies, Bill Lydon and David Shoup (Both from Mckeesport, PA). (Boston Common Park)
October - 1945

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Pictured below: This map depicts the state of South Carolina, The small island just off the coast is Parris Island. (ie PI)

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A Marines Prayer

Almighty Father, whose command is over all whose love never fails, make me aware of Thy presence and obedient to Thy will. Keep me true to my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose and deed and helping me to live so that I that I can face my fellow Marines, my loved ones and Thee without shame or fear. Protect my family. Give me the will to do the work of a Marine and to accept my share of responsibilities with vigor and enthusiasm. Grant me the courage to be proficient in my daily performance. Keep me loyal and faithful to my superiors, and to the duties my country and the Marine Corps have entrusted to me. Make me considerate of those commited to my leadership. Help me to wear my uniform with dignity, and let it remind me daily of the traditions which I must uphold. If I am inclined to doubt, steady my faith; if I am tempted, make me strong to resist; if I should miss the mark, give me courage to try again. Guide me with the light of truth and grant me wisdom by which I may understand the answer to my prayer AMEN

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The Marine Corps Seal, designed by the Marine Corps Uniform Board in accordance with instructions of the Commandant of the Marine Corps, then General Lemuel G. Shepherd, Jr., was adopted by Presidential Executive Order 10538 of 22 June 1954.

The traditional Marine Corps emblem - eagle, globe and foul anchor - forms the basic device of the Seal. Of these three, the eagle and the foul anchor are the most venerable, dating from 1800 when they first appeared on the Marine uniform button - a button which has remained to this day virtually unchanged from its original form. Influenced strongly by the design of the emblem of the British Royal Marines depicting as their domain the Eastern hemisphere, the U.S. Marines adopted in 1868 as their emblem a globe showing the Western hemisphere. To this was added the spread eagle and foul anchor from the button. Twelve years later the motto, "Semper Fidelis," completed the design.

The scarlet and gold surrounding the emblem are the official Marine Corps colors. These in turn are enclosed by Navy blue and gold signifying the Marine Corps as an integral part of the naval team.

Reference Section
History and Museums Division

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