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USMC QUANTICO








    USMC Trooper William Relmond Nichols
    circa 1926
    Quantico, Virginia


    Location Map ~ Quantico, Virginia
    UNITED STATES MARINES QUANTICO 1923 - 1927





    USMC Baseball Team ~ "Devil Dogs" ~ Wm. R. Nichols 1924 Quantico, Virginia





    1923 Quantico Virginia USMC



            USMC Regiment Bugler
            Wm. R. Nichols 1923
            Quantico, Virginia


    William Relmond Nichols was the youngest of four children born to a loving family in Aulander, NC. When he was 15 years old William and a couple of friends decided they were going to join the U.S. Navy and rode the train together into Norfolk, Virginia to enlist. Not only was age an issue but William couldn't make the minimum weight requirement necessary for a new recruit. The Navy recruiter suggested that William visit a local grocery to eat as many bananas as he could and then come back for a weigh in. William did just that, but when he returned the Navy recruiter was gone from the office. A Marine recruiter talked with William and managed to sign him up with the USMC. William's young friends apparently decided to forgo their military plans and took the train back home to Aulander. William R. Nichols was on his way to Parris Island for boot camp.

    W.R. Nichols enlisted in the Marine Corps this first time on March 16, 1923 in Norfolk, VA. He was Honorably Discharged with Excellent Character ratings on March 15, 1927 from Quantico, Virginia's Rifle Range Detch Company and had attained the Rank of Trooper. During that tour of duty he was the USMC Bugler for his regiment, gained recognition as an excellent rifleman and also was a member of the Quantico USMC Baseball team.

    The summer of 1924 William was assigned with the 5th Regiment at Quantico and along with approximately 3,500 other Marines undertook a trek to reenact the Battle of Antietam in Maryland. He kept a fairly remarkable pictorial account of that trip to which I've coupled additional newspaper articles that covered the facts of the exercise and subsequent events. I trust that you will find the following to be an interesting glimpse back to the 1920's and particularily this adventure! ~ Marianne

    A tale begun in other days, when summer suns were glowing ~

           

            A simple chime that served to time
            the rhythm of our rowing ~
               





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