Parris Island, South Carolina

Parris Island

Parris Island, South Carolina is a Marine Corps Recruit Depot North of Hilton Head. Only 3,262 of the 8.095 acres are habitable, with the rest being marsh. The island got it’s name from Colonel Alexander Parris, an Englishman who bought the island in 1715.

A mere 200 years later is when training on the island began. 41,000 recruits were trained during World War I and 205,000 during World War II. In 1949, female Marine recruits began training, and this 4th Recruit Training Battalion is the only one in the Corps to train women recruits.

The card above shows the No. 1 Fire Department in the Marine Barracks. It was mailed in Jul 1945 from Private Buddy Brown to his sweetheart back home in West Hartford, Connecticut.

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