Re: WWII Marine Units in N. Africa/Europe
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Good morning, and Happy New Year, Paul Booker !
I don't find any memtion of the Marines in either North Africa or in Italy in any of my references.
However, I just came across an article in the current issue of the magazine, WORLD WAR II, entitled , "INVASION OF ITALY, Navy Beach Battalions Storm Salerno".
That article does mention British and American commando types training sailers in typical fight/survive tactics
at a base in North Africa.
Following training,these "Knee Deep Sailors", as they were dubbed, participated in the invasion of Sicily, then Salerno, and still later, southern France. This was all on land duty.
They performed all manner of tasks, typical of what the infantry men next to them were doing at the same time..., dodging incoming, moving supplies, manning guns, the works.
So, there is room to consider Mr.Booker's story of Marines on duty in Europe.
I have never cmpletely understood the relationship between the Marine and Navy parsonnel, but have a distinct impression that there was an overlay of responsibility.
Check out the article, and let me know what you think. OK ?
Best of luck,
Louie Franklin Turner.