“On the eleventh day of Archives an archivist brought to me:
Eleven Marine Corps football players,
ten messengers playing poker
Eight Navy officers
seven of Mrs. Hicks’s eight children,
six tiny thorn carvings,
five sisters from Alaska,
four boys hanging out at the Fletcher aircraft school,
three happy girls at a West Virginian celebration,
two San Francisco children painting,
and one astronaut in space.”
Image: Eleven football players who have gained national recognition on the gridiron are now undergoing Marine Corps training at Parris Island, SC. They are left to right, Tommy Davis, Duke; Mike Micka, Colgate; Bert Gianelli, Coll. of Pacific; Elmer Jones, Franklin and Marshall; Alex Agase, Purdue; Pat Preston, Duke; Ralph Heywood, USC; (Backfield) Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame; John Podesto, Coll. of Pacific; Tony Butkovich, Purdue; Mickey McCardle, USC., 05/1942?
Photograph of Three Marine Corps Women Reservists, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, 10/16/1943
American Indian women too have joined the fighting forces against Germany and Japan. These three are members of the U.S. Marine Corps. They are [left to right] Minnie Spotted Wolf of the Blackfeet, Celia Mix, Potawatomi, and Violet Eastman, Chippewa.
Skateboarding Into Combat
LCPL Chad Codwell, from Baltimore, Maryland, with Charlie Company 1ST Battalion 5th Marines, carries an experimental urban combat skateboard which is being used for manuevering inside buildings in order to detect tripwires and sniper fire. This mission is in direct support of Urban Warrior ‘99, 03/16/1999
For these dogs of the Marine Corps during World War II, every day was Take Your Dog to Work Day. Read the story of these dogs in “Let the Records Bark.”
Then, in addition to providing various basic personal details, each applicant was required to provide answers to a number of personality-focused questions, including: “Are you nervous?” “Gun Shy?” “Storm Shy?” “Do you run away?” “Have you lived in house, or kennel?” “What is your attitude toward strangers?” The only thing lacking is a short essay explaining the applicant’s reasons for wanting to join up.
Once accepted for service, the dogs went to the Dog Detachment Training Center at Camp Lejeune, where they were qualified in obedience and at least one other specialty. The record book lists the following possibilities: Guard Duty, Tracking, Attack, Messenger, First Aid, or Draft. In fact, however, most Marine dogs were used for messenger or scouting work.
Image: Butch poses with his handler. Records of the United States Marine Corps, RG 127
Butch the war dog brings Take your Dog to Work Day to a whole new level:
Private First Class Rez P. Hester, 7th War Dog Platoon, 25th Regiment, takes a nap while Butch, his war dog, stands guard. Iwo Jima, February 1945.
Did you bring your dog to work today? Here’s hoping your workplace is a bit less hazardous.
Navajo Indian communication men with the Marines on Saipan landed with the first assault waves to his the beach., ca. 06/1944
Integrating women into a peacetime military
Enacted on June 12, 1948, the “Women’s Armed Services Integration Act,” allowing women to serve in the military during peacetime for the first time in U.S. history. Although opportunities in the military were still restricted for them, women like Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Hildegard Strobl were now able to serve.
"Lieutenant Commander Dorothy Ryan checks the medical chart of Marine Corporal Roy Hadaway of Calera, Alabama aboard the hospital ship USS Repose off South Vietnam. Miss Ryan, from Bronx, New York, is one of 29 nurses aboard the hospital ship selected from 500 volunteers of the Navy Nurse Corps.” 04/22/1966