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Re: USMC basic training at Norfolk during WWI?  Kurt Johnson
 Feb 11, 2010 16:07 PST 

Hi Bradley,

I have a copy of Pvt Paul S. Miller's service record; he enlisted at
Recruiting Sta Philadelphia on 6/16/17 and was transferred to Marine
Barracks, Navy Yard, Philadelphia (League Island) on same date for recruit

His record is kind of interesting, because he went to sea duty upon
completion of recruit training and served aboard two different ships before
embarking for France:

MB Phila., June 16, 1917
Mar Det USS St. Louis, Aug 20, 1917
Mar Det USS Minnesota, Aug 28, 1917
Quantico, VA Mar 29, 1918
Co. C, May 11, 1918
Embarked USS Henderson, Brooklyn, NY, May 24, 1918
Appointed Corporal, May 27, 1918
Arrived Brest, France, 8 Jun 1918
Ashore in France / Serving with Army
Joined 4th Replacement Battalion, June 20, 1918
Joined 45th CO, Jul 1, 1918
Embarked USS Geo. Wash., 7/25/19
At Camp Mills, L.I., 8/3/19
At Quantico, VA 8/9/19
Discharged Conv. of Govt., Aug 13, 1919

I think a lot of WWI Marines were trained at League Island.

Kurt Johnson

----- Original Message -----
From: "BJ Omanson" <skip-@labyrinth.net>
To: "Old Corps List" <scuttlebut-@topica.com>
Cc: "WWI Discussion List" <WWI-@LISTSERV.KSU.EDU>; "Sons of the Sixth"
Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 12:28 PM
Subject: USMC basic training at Norfolk during WWI?

Does anyone know whether any basic training of Marine recruits in WWI took
place at any of the recruit depots other than Mare Island & Paris Island?

According to McClellan (USMC in the World War), if I read him correctly,
standard 8 weeks training took place only at PI or MI during WWI.
I'm tracking the service record of one recruit who enlisted on June 8 1917
and was sent directly to the Marine recruit depot at Norfolk, Va. He
remained there until July 29, when he was sent directly to the advanced
training base at Quantico, where he was assigned to the First Machine Gun
Battalion (later redesignated the Sixth MG Bttn.) So he was at Norfolk
about 7 weeks, just about enough time for a complete basic training

The recruit I'm tracking, Louis Linn, was one of a whole company, all of
whom spent about the same amount of time at Norfolk before being sent
directly to Quantico.

So was basic training done at Norfolk? Does anyone know where I can find
information on the WWI facilities there?

BJ Omanson


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