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Bill Wayland's Photos of the 50's
I have some pictures dating back to the time frame of 1954-1957. Also, I do not remember many of the names of those in the pictures with me or which platoons we were in. As my old grandmother Murphy used to say, "...life is great if you don't weaken...".
I was there from late spring or early summer of 1954 till Sep. of 1957 when I was released from active duty. One of my early photos was taken at Camp David where we were "guarding" President Eisenhower. It was cold as a well digger's shovel as you can see in the photos that we had on our Parkas.
Bill Wayland, 8th and I Marine, 1954-1957, USMC 1953-1961
Picture taken of members of the 8th & I drill team, circa 1952-1954, executing the three man rifle exchange. The smiling face coming at you is Jack (John) Temple who was reported to have recently passed away. Do not know the names of the other two but maybe someone in the association can provide them.
If I remember correctly, Jack met his wife Mary Ann Kearny at the USO in D.C. not far from the White House. I used to go there myself. Mary Ann lived in NW D.C. in the Glover Park area where I also lived while attending grade and high school. I knew her sister Catherine as well. Also, living directly across the street from the Kearnys were the Sarsfields and on the corner not far from each lived the Blighs. These three families had all emigrated from Ireland and the parents still had their Irish accents.
Hope those who knew Jack will take the time to go to the web site of the funeral home & express their condolences. I have already done so.
This picture was taken in the winter of 1955 at Camp David. The four of us pictured from L-R are:
BILL WAYLAND (ME), Henry (Robby) Robson, Dominick Tatolli, and ?UNK? Someone in the association may be able to supply the other name.
As you can see in the picture it was cold. Well, how cold was it? It was colder than a well digger's shovel. The first lesson I learned on arrival at CD was when we entered the Quonset hut. Those who had been to Camp David in the winter before hurried to get the top bunks. The newcomers, like myself, were stuck with the lower bunks. In the middle of the hut was a kerosene heater and we all know that heat rises. Sooooo, those in the top bunks were warm and cozy and those of us on the lower bunks froze our proverbial you know what off.
Note: Henry (Robby) Robson Special Duty Platoon – SGTMAJ. Office. Were you at Camp David the weekend that President Eisenhower decided o go fishing on Monday? They stocked the creek on Sunday and we were “hiding” behind the trees watching him catch his limit. Large article in the Washington Post the next day. President limits out on trout in Mountain Stream. SgtMaj volunteered me every time the President decided to go. After the first couple times you knew what to expect.
Hank Robson ‘54 – ‘56.
OLD FORT HENRY GUARD FROM ONTARIO, CANADA TOUR OF WHITE HOUSE--OUTSIDE OF FENCE IN FRONT OF WHITE HOUSE, 1955
OLD FORT HENRY GUARD FROM ONTARIO, CANADA TOUR OF WHITE HOUSE--IN FRONT OF WHITE HOUSE FRONT DOORS, 1955
COPY OF PROGRAM FROM JULY 4TH, 1955 (four pages), SPECIAL MILITARY CEREMONY IN OBSERVANCE OF INDEPENDENCE DAY. THE UNITED STATE MARINE CORPS AND THE FORT HENRY GUARD @ THE MARINE CORPS WAR MEMORIAL.
The War Memorial was dedicated on November 10th, 1954 with President Eisenhower as the special guest.
Funny how time alters your memory. The dedication in November of '54 was a cool day but not too cold as I discerned from a video of the event on youtube.
However, the program in July of '55 was a different story. It was a blistering hot day and before we took the field we were told that if anyone fainted to let him go as they had people ready to go out onto the parade field & take them away. From looking at the program you can see it was quite a lengthy event. We were standing a parade rest for an inordinate amount of time under the hot sun. We had fixed bayonets and, as fate would have it, one of the men in our company (MCI Detachment) did faint. I still have a picture of him in my head but cannot remember his name. As he fell, he fell towards the man next to him on his left and that man's bayonet went through his dress blues just missing his arm. They did come out and pick him up & remove him from the parade ground. Lucky for him.
For years before I got the program of the Fort Henry Guard from Dave Skonieczny, I thought the hot day was the day of the dedication. How far off can one's memory be? I just remember standing there in the hot sun wishing the program were over so we could get back to MB & out of the hot dress blues.
John, speaking of foggy memory, Fred Kirven is 100% right on. They were wooden cabins NOT Quonset huts. Heck, I'm a lot older than he is so what do you expect from a retarded, oops, I mean, retired person living in FL? Why I even tried to change the Fort Henry to Fort McHenry but I caught myself before I emailed it.
So, if I've goofed again, forgive an old spirit. P.S. Before I close I just had a conversation with someone else who was there with me and he thought the guy that fainted did it at the Memorial dedication like I originally did until I got the Fort Henry Guard program and realized there were two events separated by about 9 months. Like I said, ain't memory grand if you don't weaken? There has been too much water over the dam to recall all that happened so I'll just have to do the best I can.
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