I 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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