I enlisted in November 1950, but due to some medical problems I didn’t arrive at MCRD, San Diego until 2 January 1951. We didn’t have the “yellow foot prints” then, but we were told and shown how to “fall in” for formation. After receiving barracks, we were assigned to Recruit Platoon 5/3 and housed in Squad Tents. We went to Camp Matthews for Rifle Qualification and we were housed in Quonset Huts. When we graduated from boot camp, I was quite surprised to see 2 of the recruits tacked on Technical Sergeant Stripes for graduation. It was then I found out that they were USMCR personnel.