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Peggy Vogel and 2nd Lt. Ron Van Stockum explore eastern San Diego County.

My last column constituted a diversion from the series based on my Marine Corps Journals. It described the harrowing experiences endured by a young marine who was crammed with other prisoners of war in the hold of a Japanese freighter. Despite this unimaginable stress, he survived and possessed the strength of character to live a full and productive life.

Now I return to the routine barracks life in the Marine Corps in 1939, on the cusp of World War II.

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