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An encounter with Little Jesus and the rusty rifle
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June 1956 - San Diego, California. The brilliant southern California sun splashed against the tan-colored artistic Spanish architecture surrounded by green manicured lawns lined with palms and pungent Eucalyptus trees. Readers who earned the right to wear the eagle, globe, and anchor at MCRD San Diego will recall the giant parade ground, "the grinder," Quonset huts on the "boot camp side," and the arcade stretching the entire length of the grinder on the other side.It had been an arduous six months - three months at MCRD, including three weeks on the rifle range at Camp Matthews.