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MCRD San Diego and Sea School

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  1. Armchair Private

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    I am researching for a series of novels, the first of which takes place in the year prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl harbor. My protagonist progresses from induction into the USMC, to boot camp at MCRD San Diego, and followed by Sea School. His first posting is with the Marine Detachment onboard the USS Nevada and the first book concludes with the defense of the Nevada at Pearl Harbor.

    So far the following publications have been very helpful in scraping together information:

    The Marine Corps Manual of 1940
    Marine Operations in World War II Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal Vol I
    Marine Corps Ground Training in WWII
    Red Blood, Black Sand
    The Digital Collections of the National WWII Museum
    MCRD San Diego (Images of America)
    Silver State Dreadnought

    So what am I looking for? Well, pretty much everything.

    First and foremost, anything having to do with Sea School. Information seems to be surprisingly thin. Information around the first quarter of 1941 would be ideal, but any information at all would be helpful as it will round out my feel for the school. Training schedules from any time period would be SUPER helpful.

    Second, any sort of memoir or description of seagoing duty as part of a Marine Detachment is greatly desired.

    Third, boot camp at MCRD San Diego. In this time period, the train schedule was in flux. Officially, at this time boot camp lasted 6 weeks. This is up from 5 weeks of a few months before, up from 4 weeks a year earlier, but down from the peacetime standard of 8 weeks.

    Fourth, anti-aircraft artillery training prior to Pearl. This would normally be covered for Marines at Sea School, but in lieu of that, info about USN training could suffice.

    Not asking for much, am I ?!?!

    Anyway, every little bit will be appreciated, and I thank you all in advance.
     
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    The GI reply to the Brits: "Underpaid, undersexed, and under Eisenhower."
     
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    ...I started my USMC ''career'' at about 4 am ......If I recall correctly I called my recruiter as advised to do--but I was an hour early!!....we went to be processed downtown....if I recall correctly we had physicals/etc..... and later on went to the airport....we arrived at MCRD SD in the evening when it was dark....we were up till the early morning hours....didn't get much sleep that night
    ....as we neared graduation, we felt prouder and things seemed ''easier''/familiar/comfortable......
    ..this was 1982 though ....
     
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    I joined the Naval Reserve while still in high school, the "90 Day Delay" program that guaranteed you wouldn't change your mind later. When I graduated I reported to the Processing Center the next day. The usual standing around in your underwear was followed by all the processees lining up in a long hall. A Marine sergeant told us to count off by fours. When we had done that he said "everyone who said 'four' take three steps forward." I was a four. When all the fours were lined up he said "Congratulations, you now have the opportunity to become a United States Marine." (There was a relieved twitter from the guys behind us.) I raised my hand.

    "You have a question?"

    "No, sergeant, I joined the Navy."

    "Did you sign a contract?"

    "Yes, sergeant."

    "Take three steps back. Man on his left take three steps forward."

    As we passed he muttered "You son of a bitch!"

    I sometimes wonder if he made it through his tour.
     

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