|Chelsea Paulsen, Bill Marsh, and Daniel Mallette at Prince Gong’s Mansion Picture|
Bill Marsh walked into the Marine Corps office and enlisted on his seventeenth birthday. He prepared for his journey to the Orient at the Paris Island boot camp. At boot camp, Bill went though strenuous training. One aspect of the training was an obstacle course. Bill remembers running the course, then asking if that was all they had to do: it hadn’t seemed that bad. But there was more to do and in 1944 Bill was stationed in Okinawa. Already scarred by the heavy fighting, Bill found the island bare of vegetation. As the company worked their way around the island Bill would constantly have to dig foxholes to find relief from Japanese fire. When the island was secured, Bill was sent to Guam and he was there when the war ended. Two weeks after the war was over, Bill found himself in Qingdao, China. It was there that Bill befriended a small Chinese boy named Charlie. Men in Bill’s unit were able to persuade their commanding officers to allow Charlie to live in the Barracks with the rest of the men. Just a few short months later, the men who had fought in WWII were told they could go home. Bill was first in line, knowing he would probably never see Charlie again.
|The whole crew at Prince Gong’s Mansion|
|Nurse Lori and Carl Frost|
|Mr. and Mrs. Mullinax in Prince Gong’s Mansion|
|Amy James , who went to School with Charlie, has been a great addition to this trip.|