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Need Help Identifying Boot Camp Cartoon Pics

Need Help Identifying Boot Camp Cartoon Pics

By: Lawrence Chorzelewski

I found these pictures at an antique store. The are four cartoon-like pictures in the set ( have attached two), depicting life in boot camp. They are dated OK for publication in 1949. I have checked with the Marine Corps Historical Society without any luck in identify the source of the pictures. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Semper Fi, Larry Chorzelewski, SSgt

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Gerald Hill - April 18, 2020

I went thru MCRD San Diego in March 1964 and was issued (1) Green Blouse and (1) Green Battle Jacket we were told we were the last series (Boots) to be issued the battle jackets if the had your size you received one. I personally didn’t like it. You couldn’t go on liberty wearing one. I was with Bravo Co 1/1/1 Camp Pendleton and then later at Marine Barracks USNS San Diego It cost me a lot of wasted money sewing chevrons on and off, for something that was only good for wall locker inspections and junk on the bunk inspections.

Sgt. Ralph Schroder - April 18, 2020

I was a Hollywood Marine, platoon 386 in Sept. 1965 and we had used the M14’s. I was stationed at Edson Range (Camp Pendelton) after returning from Vietnam in May 67 until being discharged in Sept 1968. As a rifle instructor, butt NCO and then section leader, recruits during that time always used the M14 also.

PS. What an honor to have been able to wear a “Smokie” with a clean starched set of utilities every day at no charge since working with recruits. R. Schroder

‘Stoney’ Brook - April 18, 2020

Oops! Meant to urge SSGT Chorzelewski to send all four pictures to Leatherneck Magazine, as they do look like the post-WWI/Korean War art style.

‘Stoney’ Brook - April 18, 2020

The SS award with single loop attachment to the bar and no MC emblem, can be traced to the US Army style which was adopted by the Marines in 1937. Prior to and during WWII, the Corps used Army marksmanship awards. 1937 was also when the Corps adopted the Basic Badge with ‘ladders’ for various weapons qualifications. In 1958, the Marines adopted the current style of marksmanship badges; the Basic Badge was declared obsolete in 1968.

The Vandegrift or ‘Battle’ jacket [Ike was a Doggie; we don’t wear Army uniforms] dates to 1942-43 with the 1st Mar Div in Australia. The jacket was still being issued in 1961-62 . The M1 was changed to the M14 in 1962-63 but was still being used in Boot Camp after that date.

Cpl Bob Korea - April 18, 2020

Looks familiar. I graduated in 1950 @ SDMCRD. We were issued “IKE” Jackets and P…Cutter covers.

MSgt Edd Prothro, USMC Ret. 1964-1984 - April 18, 2020

Good catch, Harry, I didn’t notice that. Semper Fi!!!

Harry 1371 - April 18, 2020

Also note absence of Eagle,Globe and Anchor on sharpshooter badge. I agree WWII/Korea era. Harry 1371.

MSgt Edd Prothro, USMC Ret. 1964-1984 - April 18, 2020

Larry – Although I don’t know the source, they look similar to many cartoons which were published in Leatherneck magazine. I do know that those often came from individual Marines, as I submitted some which were published during my early days in the Corps. It is clear that the cartoon is WWII/Korea era because of the “Ike” jackets and M-1 cartridge belts. It’s amazing what can be found in thrift store, resale shops and antique stores if you only look. I think you’ve found a treasure, thanks for sharing. Semper Fi!!!

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