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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Unknown Marines 1945/46

Unknown Marines 1945/46

After returning to the states from the South Pacific battles in late 1944/early 1945, Dad was stationed at Parris Island where he ran the NCO Club. He was finally discharged in April 1946. This photograph was found along with some of his discharge papers. I have no clue as to who the Marines are or what is going on. My guess is that the photograph was taken in the base brig. Could also be a bunch of new recruits. The war was over and life was good, even if this was the brig.

Base brig

I kinda don't think these guys are in the brig cause all the guys I ever saw in such places had no hair.Hair cut first thing,look like you are back in boot camp. Could be the guards at the brig tho.

Those haircuts

are no longer regulation USMC, thatsferdamsure.

NCO Club Marines

This is just a guess, but perhaps this is a secure storage area for alcoholic beverages served in the club. The Marines outside could be pretending to "storm the gates."

The seated Marine is holding a photo in his hand. Looks like a woman's picture.

 
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