The corporal took as his main duty the relating of boot-camp tales, doubtless exaggerated. We were desperate for information. Marine boot camp loomed as an ordeal about which
civilians knew nothing except by reputation. Today, with the movie Full Metal Jacket and in the era of You Tube, videos of drill instructors screaming at recruits fill the air. Not then.
The truck pulled up to a long yellow building named Receiving Barracks (Marine colors are red and gold, hence the buildings at San Diego are gold with red trim. At Parris Island, they are red with gold trim). Flanking the entrance sit two small Japanese cannon captured at Iwo Jima.