Parris Island: Once a Recruit, Always a Marine

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Here, for the first time, author and former Parris Island drill-instructor Eugene Alvarez records the training and tough physical and mental challenges that have helped to churn thousands of Marines out of Parris Island, South Carolina for nearly a century. Drawn from first-hand accounts of recruits themselves, the memories and recollections in these pages are humorous, sad, profane and enlightening—describing a training program that, on first encounter, often appears insane. But the results are clear: a disciplined Marine with a proud history that he or she carries proudly in peace time or war.
ISBN: 9781596292925
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: South Carolina
Images: 62
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.375 (h)
For more than a decade, Eugene Alvarez was a solider and drill instructor with the United States Marine Corps. He fought in the Korean War for two years and retired to pursue a career in academia in 1961. He earned his doctorate in History and has taught the subject at several universities throughout the South. He has published four books and eighteen articles on the history of the USMC and Parris Island.
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