am Romus Valton Burgin, or R.V. Burgin. My family and close friends call me
Valton. I joined the Marine Corps on November 13, 1942, at San Antonio, Texas.
Because I was 20 years old, my dad, Joe Burgin, had to give his permission.
I graduated from boot camp on January 6,1943, at San Diego,
California, and went on to Camp Elliott, California, where I was assigned
to the 9th Replacement Battalion for training on the 60mm mortar. The Battalion
sailed from San Diego aboard the USS Mount Vernon on March 12, 1943. NEXT>>
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