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Goodrich wanted to join the Marine Corps as soon as he saw his first Marine Corps poster. He also enjoyed the color of the Marine Corps uniform. He and 3 of his bodies decided to join because they were not doing well in school. While he was in school he knew he wanted to be a Marine. Goodrich was sent to Amarillo, Texas and then eventually was sent to Oklahoma City.He was initially turned away from the Marines because he was too young. His father was working the oil fields in Texas but the rest of his family worked in Oklahoma City. He had his father sign for him attesting that he was 17 years old but he was really 16. His birthday was 8 May. He tried the Marines again. Goodrich's father expressed his reservations about his son joining the Marine Corps. He threatened his father by telling him if he did not sign then he was going to go to Canada and join the Navy. His father again expressed reservations about his son potentially joining to fight with Canada. He recalls trying to not look anxious for his second attempt at joining the Marine Corps. Goodrich passed his physicals and was sworn in. The recruiter asked him when he would like to leave. He did not have an answer so the recruiter asked if he'd go the following day.Goodrich was sent to San Diego. On his way there he recalls being in Mexico for a little while. Kids were running up to the side of the train asking for candy.They finally got to San Diego where a navy Chief Boatswain's Mate boarded the train and asked the naval personnel to go with him. Goodrich thought that the service wouldn't be too bad until a drill instructor came aboard and immediately began to yell at the recruits for all of the Marine personnel to get off of the train and line up. That is when he realized it was for real. They were put on a bus and taken to the Marine Corps Depot.The recruits were taken to a barracks where they spent the night. The following day they were given shots, issued uniforms, and assigned to Quonset huts. His boot camp training lasted 8 weeks. The kindest words anyone said to him during training was, "chow time."Goodrich's drill instructors were 2 corporals and a platoon sergeant. The platoon sergeant was Platoon Sergeant Parker and the 2 corporals were Thorpe and York. They were mean. They made sure that the recruits had no spare time. If the men messed up the drill instructors would have them cleaning the wooden walkways with a tooth brush.While standing in formation a fly landed on Goodrich's nose. When he shook his head to get the fly off the drill instructor hit him in the head with a swagger stick. Then he scratched Goodrich's face.


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