Boot camp, Parris Island, S.C.

During the Korean War, I was sent to boot camp in early February of 1951 at Parris Island, S.C. It was overcrowded at the time, and there were no barracks available, so they sent us into tents. They gave us no cold weather clothing and no fuel for the stoves; we slept on folding canvas cots and froze our asses off in the middle of the winter. I love the Marine Corps, but couldn't they have treated us a little better before sending us into combat?

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