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They Are Still Being Used

A recruit of Company H, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, listens as his range coach reviews his shots and advises him at Edson Range aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Nov. 27. Recruits learn and apply shooting fundamentals during grass week and firing week. They will qualify on the last day of firing week.

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Clearly Wearing A Pith Helmet

Regarding Marines wearing pith helmets, I can't say for sure that I remember our PMIs or the guys that ran the range towers at Parris Island wearing them, but below is a picture of my buddy Cpl. Tim Wheeler wearing one as he was running "A" tower at the LeJeune range. This would have been around 1984. Tim was too short to go back on the second MED with us so he got assigned to the rifle range to finish out his enlistment. Not sure if he was a PMI but he did work the towers and he is clearly wearing a pith helmet in this photo. I told him I thought the pith helmets looked stupid, but he said they were required.

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Camp Wilson, 29 Palms

Sgt. Grit,

Attached is a picture of me and a buddy named Max Lesko outside the old tin and wooden huts at Camp Wilson CAX 29 Palms, California in June 1982 before leaving for a Med Cruise and eventually Beirut. One day just after arriving, but before going on the actual training exercise a few of us decided to hump on over to the base of the mountain range. Needless to say, we never got there. We kept turning around and looking back at Camp Wilson and it kept getting smaller, but the base of the mountain never got closer and we just turned around and headed back. That Monday we were trucked out to the area where the live-fire operations were taking place, but I never did pay attention to how far the base of the mountain range was from the camp. Can any Jarhead or Doc who was ever at Camp Wilson tell me how far it actually is from Camp Wilson to the base of the mountain in the photo?

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EGA??

I was wondering if anybody out there has any info on this E.G.A. It appears to be off a garrison cover or maybe an old smokey, as you can see it has no fouled line nor a screw backing to attach it to the cover, it never has had a screw backing and the pin and clasp are original. I believe it to be pre W.W. Two. I have never seen one like this and I would like some help getting some history on it. It is the center piece of my Marine Corps memorabilia collection. Thank you.

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