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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Young Marine: 1945

Young Marine: 1945

In honor of Memorial Day, here is another photo taken of my dad shortly after he graduated from boot camp on 10 November 1945, which was his 17th birthday and the Corps' 170th. It was the beginning of a 35-year career. View full size.

DoninVa

I'm just now seeing your comment. I asked my dad, once, why they used to tilt their caps and why they stopped doing it. He was enlisted five years, got out and went to college and then went back in as an officer. For some reason, in 1954, no one was doing it any more. Maybe WWII era Marines needed that extra cockiness to help them through that horrible Pacific war and aftermath. Oh, and congrats on having a son who served!

Get it squared away!

WWII Marines, my father included, wore their covers at a jaunty angle for their studio photo sessions. When my son graduated from boot camp in 1995 he knew about the jaunty angle but did not dare wear his cover that way.

 
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