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In June 1959, I graduated from Parris Island platoon 117 and proceeded to ITR at Camp Geiger. Upon completion, I received orders to the Naval Training Center at Great Lakes where I completed 16 weeks of basic electronics training. We had Marine and Naval instructors. My DD214 has it listed as CommElecScol. After leave for Christmas, I proceeded to MCRD San Diego arriving just before the New Year. We had two classes of 20 leave Great Lakes and only one class arrived at MCRD San Diego. The other class received orders to their homes and were ordered to a guided missile school in the south. I’m not sure but I believe Alabama. Upon processing in at MCRD San Diego on a first come first choice basis, we could pick Ground Radio repair, Air Radio Repair or Radar repair. I selected Ground Radio Repair and attended 17 weeks of class listed on my DD214 as RadRepCrs.
My MOS was 2771 listed as RadTech on my DD214 and was informed I was a ground radio repairman. After completion of all classes I was stationed at Courthouse Bay in Camp LeJeune where the Amtrac CO required all Marines in Amtracs be a qualified crewman, so I had a secondary MOS of 1833(I believe). With dual MOS’s I went on a Med cruise on LST 1174, USS Grant County satisfying the requirement as a crewman and the platoon radio repairman.