Monday, February 25, 2013


The famous sets of yellow footprints are the first thing Marine recruits see when they arrive at boot camp.  But where and when did they become a part of the Corps' lore?

Though Parris Island  S.C., is the older of the two recruit depots, the footprints originated at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego - though it's unclear when.  The first known photograph of the them was taken in 1963 in San Diego during a visit by President John F. Kennedy, according to Marine Corps historians.

Parris Island, which underwent renovations in the mid-1960's, added the footprints soon after San Diego did.  Marine veterans recall stepping onto them as early as 1964.

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