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The U. S. Marine Corps in Crisis: Ribbon Creek and Recruit Training
     

The U. S. Marine Corps in Crisis: Ribbon Creek and Recruit Training

by University of South Carolina Press
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
During a disciplinary march in 1956, six recruits drowned in the tidal waters of Ribbon Creek at the Marine base on Parris Island, S.C. The tragedy set off a public furor and highlighted Parris Island's reputation for maltreatment. Fleming, staff member of the Marine Corps Historical Center in Washington, D.C., traces the development of Marine boot-camp training since its inception on Parris Island in 1915, explaining why physical abuse of recruits became excessive in the post-Korean War era and revealing the changes put into effect after Ribbon Creek. Also included are accounts of the court-martial of Parris Island drill instructor S/Sgt. Matthew McKeon (although found guilty of negligence and drinking on duty, his sentence was reduced by the Secretary of the Navy) and the skillful public-relations campaign waged by the Marine Corps in reaction to a critical press. Fleming's apologia probes as well the rationale behind the ``shock treatment'' to which Marine recruits still are subjected. Photos. (Dec.)

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ISBN-13:
9780872496354
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
09/28/1989
Pages:
150
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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