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Part I: First days of WWII: training and deployment

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By Ron Van Stockum

 In my last column, about the Great Depression, I wrote that, upon being commissioned in the regular U. S. Marine Corps in 1937, "My future was assured."

I had in mind my economic future, for the seeds of war were already germinating in the Far East and in Europe.  Many of the 81 second lieutenants, who joined me for Marine officer training in Philadelphia that year would not survive World War II.


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