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Marines Return to their Old Stomping Grounds

Marines Return to their Old Stomping Grounds

Marine Corps Recruit Training Depot Parris Island is a sacred place that shapes everyday citizens into United States Marines. The journey from recruit in training to United States Marine is unforgettable and some even describe it as the best worst time of their life. Once a Marine leaves the island, most may never return.

U.S. Marines with 2nd Transportation Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, were given the opportunity to visit MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina during a professional military education trip on June 14, 2019.

The day started off with the Marines visiting the famous yellow footprints, the place where the training begins. They then made their way to the receiving bay where all recruits are allotted one phone call home to let their families know they arrived safely, followed by a tour of a recruit living quarters.

“Going back to MCRD Parris Island was an overwhelming feeling,” said Pfc. Johnny Francis, who graduated from Parris Island on November 23, 2019, now a motor vehicle operator with 2nd TSB. “It is the place that broke me, made me want to give up, but also gave me the courage to keep going and in turn allowed me to become a United States Marine.”

Marines pride themselves on being the best, and it all starts at recruit training. The Marine Corps has the longest entry level training of any of the four branches.

Recruits endure 13 weeks of rigorous physical, mental, and spiritual challenges. Under 24/7 watch and care of the Marine Corps Drill Instructor, recruits are completely stripped of their civilian habits and relearn everything the Marine Corps way.

“Getting to see recruit training as a Marine made me understand why we are held to such a high standard,” said Lance Cpl. Charlene Yabut, who graduated from Parris Island on November 29, 2018, now a landing support specialist with 2nd TSB. “Those recruits don’t know it yet but they will remember everything that was drilled into their head. Being a Marine takes everything you have to offer every day and without the foundation that is laid here, we wouldn’t be the U.S. Marines.”

2nd TSB ended their trip on the island with witnessing 570 new Marines from P and M Company march and graduate on the Pete Ross Parade Deck.

Graduation day marks the end of recruit training; it is the culminating and most awaited day by all new Marines.

“We wanted to bring the Marines from our unit here to allow them to reflect and remind them that we all stepped foot on those yellow footprints for a reason; we all wanted to become Marines,” said Capt. Brian Hassett, Alpha Company Commander, 2nd TSB, CLR 2, 2nd MLG. “We have earned the title, but it doesn’t end there. We have to keep working hard, stay dedicated and be prepared for when America calls.”

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Chris Rowland - April 13, 2020

One individual in the group. Sunglasses ? Really ?
Attention to detail.

John Vaughn - April 13, 2020

got off the bus at 2300 hours on April 6 1961 and graduated with Platoon 119 on July 6 1961. Remembering laying in the rack that first night and wondering how in the “heck” I was going to survive the next 3 years and 364 days. Our DIs told us that P I was the toughest Boot Camp in the world and that the First Bn was the toughest one on the Island. To this day I still believe that since our D Is told us that and we all know they would never lie.

John gilkison - April 13, 2020

Plt 144 complements to Sgt Weathers

John gilkison - April 13, 2020

Platoon 144 July 1959

Semper Fi !

Phillip Kuntz - April 13, 2020

Semper Fi! MCRD PI ! 1979 June 7 – Aug 31! PLT 3037 3rd BLT I COMP. OOHRAH!!! Did 22 years retired as a GySgt!

Cpl J. Reyes Jr - April 13, 2020

Anybody from MCRD San Diego? 06 June-early September 1958.

Richard “AJ”Alajajian - April 13, 2020

3004 graduate 1968

Mac McCauley - April 13, 2020

Larry, I was in 3006 in 1969 so we were in the same series.

I believe it’s called the PEATROSS PARADE deck since it was named after General Peatross. (MOH WWII) CG of PISC in 1969.

Fidel J Lominchar - April 13, 2020

I went back to Parris Island in March, 2018, 43 years after I graduated (Plt 1020). It was a very emotional visit, I spent the whole day on the island, lost in thoughts. I really enjoyed the visit, I was there for the day when families get to visit with their new Marines, and came back the following day for the graduation ceremonies.

WILLIAM SCHRADER - April 13, 2020


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