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Chuck was born in Long Island, New York in 1917. He believes that things were going better during the Great Depression then they are now. He recalls going to a CCC [AnnotatorÂ’s Note: Civilian Conservation Corps] camp. He learned how to drive a semi truck. That served him well after the war. He made 24 cents an hour after the war.Chuck joined the Marine Corps on 6 November 1940. He was attracted to the Marine Corps because of the type of life that it afforded people. He wanted to be in the action. Noone stuck their nose in the Marine Corps business back then. He was sent to San Diego to the recruitment depot for training then went straight from boot camp to Guam. He knew nothing about Guam. When he was en route to Guam he found out that it was a decent sized island and had a population of 22000. He also found out there were beautiful girls running around everywhere. They had a terrible typhoon before Chuck got there and they had to live in tents because of the damage. He was never hungry or short on supplies.The Guamanian's and a contingent of about 28 marines formed the center of the police force on the island. They operated under the California vehicle and penal code. 1 day Chuck was called into the chief of polices office. He was told he was going to be the traffic officer for the island. He was given a Ford Coupe with a powerful engine. It was a good job. He left California in January of 1941 to get to Guam and did not arrive in Guam until February of 1941. He did not feel that Guam was a big target to the Japanese. He was in the dark about possible Japanese aggression. He heard about Pearl Harbor the day it happened and felt terrible about it. Chuck had 1903 bolt action Springfields [AnnotatorÂ’s Note: M1903 Springfield rifles].
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