"Marines In Review" - Radio Show 1940-'50s....
by DickG DickG (no login)
I have written before on my websites referring to the old radio show called "Marines In Review!"
Back in the late '40s and early '50s it came on the radio on Sunday afternoons; broadcast from Camp Joseph H. Pendleton, Oceanside, California. I remember making it a point, as a young man, to listen to that show each Sunday afternoon whenever I could.
It was a 1/2 hour show, as I recall, and it had news and articles regarding the Marine Corps--there was one regular feature of the show called, "The Old Gunny Sez!" where the old gunny was always consulted as the resident expert on some topic or other of various Marine Corps subjects that always came up.
In 1952, as soon as I turned 17 years old, I joined the Marine Corps. After boot camp at Parris Island, I received orders reading "Report to: Marine Barracks, Camp Joseph H. Pendleton, Oceanside, California."
I reported in August of that year. I was surprised to find, when I went to the #12 area theatre one night--each area at Pendleton then had its own area PX, theatre, etc., in those days--that the 'Marines In Review' radio show was being broadcast from that theatre's stage prior to the movie that nite, as was done each week.
I watched there such as movie actor John Hodiak, and his wife, Anne Baxter, who had just finished filming the movie, Battle Zone, there at Camp Pendleton. I also saw Chesty Puller on the same show on another occasion.
I was also surprised to see that "the old gunny" turned out to be a young Pfc or Corporal reading the lines from a script.
I have never seen anything on the Internet, or in books for that matter,regarding that old Marines radio show in all these yaers.
But just lately, I found some mention of it on the China Marines Band webite, which contains some information, photos, etc. regarding that show.
GySgt USMC (Ret.)
This message has been edited by Dick Gaines from IP address 220.127.116.11 on Jun 11, 2002 2:39 PM
Posted on Jun 11, 2002, 2:29 PM
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