After 6 months and 16 days on Okinawa, I sailed home on October 16, 1945, aboard the USS LaVaca and arrived at San Diego November 9.

I was in the Marine Corps for 36 months and 11 days and spent 2 years 7 months and 26 days of my service overseas. I was honorably discharged on November 24, 1945. On November 29, 1947, I joined the active Marine Reserve at the Naval Air Station in Dallas, and was honorably discharged on November 29, 1949.

Semper Fidelis!
R.V. Burgin

R.V. (center) after the
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