Official Marine Corps photo
An aerial photo of French trenches in the Battle of the Somme where even individual soldiers can be observed.

In the summer of 1952, upon completion of my duty as Senior Marine Officer on the flagship of Rear Admiral Brittain, I had expectations of returning to infantry duty.

However, fate intervened.

The Commander of the Marine Barracks at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois, about 40 miles north of Chicago, had been suddenly relieved of his command.

Nearing the end of my sea duty and considered a suitable replacement available immediately, I was ordered to replace him