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Photo courtesy of Ron Van Stockum
Major Ron Van Stockum drives a jeep in August of 1942 while serving as the commander of the Onslow Beach Guard.

A few days after my replacement as Commander of the Marine Detachment of USS Wasp on 25 June 1942, the ship departed for the South Pacific, with my replacement, Marine Captain John Kennedy.

Having been promoted to the rank of major, I spent the first two weeks of August 1942 organizing and establishing the Onslow Beach guard of some 150 men.

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