Thursday, October 11, 2007

1958 USMC Basketball team - Wash., D.C.

Bottom row, 2nd man, left to right, yours truly. At 5ft. 10 1/2, I played guard and was a fair ball handler with a pretty good jump shot. This team was especially proud because that year we played for the city championship and lost to Bolling Air Force Base. The interesting part was this Air Force Base had over 5000 men stationed there where our team, from Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. had only 500 men at the small base. We belonged to the MAISAC league ( Military Area Inter-Service Atheletic Conference ). 2nd place in this league tasted pretty good. There were 8 teams in the league. Ours was from the smallest post.

Marine Barracks at 8th & Eye sts., SE is located 2 blocks from the Navy Yard and is where I worked at Marine Corps Institute, which was the correspondence school for the Marine Corps.
The art dept. had 5 personnel and my duties consisted of illustrating for the various manuals and grading the art course, where we had students from all over the world. Other duties consisted of guarding the President of the United States in Washington and Camp David. The world-famous silent drill team was part of our unit. I was honorably discharged in 1959 as Sergeant.

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