Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Lyle L. Carringer, U.S. Marines Reserves -- Post 306 for (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

I'm posting family photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, but they won't be Wordless Wednesday posts like others do - I simply am incapable of having a wordless post.

Here is a photograph from my grandfather's photo album in the Seaver/Carringer family collection handed down by my mother in the 1988 to 2002 time period:

This photograph is of my grandfather, Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976), taken in 1918 when he was serving on active duty in the United States Marines in San Diego (he enlisted in the Reserves).  He is all of 5 feet 7 inches tall and about 125 pounds, but he was a Marine!  Lyle married Emily Auble on 19 June 1918 in San Diego.  

The family story is that he joined the Marines and served his time in charge of the P X in Balboa Park in San Diego, where there was a Marine encampment.  

Wikipedia article for Balboa Park in San Diego says:
"During both the Great War and World War II, the park was handed over to the Department of the Navy to be used as a barracks and training ground and was an extension of Naval Medical Center San Diego.[52][53] By 1917, after $30,000 in repairs and modifications were made to the original buildings, over 5,000 U.S. troops were using the park for training.[53]
"Coinciding with the Panama–California Exposition, the Commandant of the Marine Corps instructed 2nd Battalion of the newly established 4th Marines to represent the Marine Corps at the event. On December 19, 1914, Marine Barracks, Balboa Park, was established as the second, and during its period, and only Marine base in San Diego. It remained in place until 1921, when a more permanent base was established in Dutch Flats, itself a predecessor of Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego."

I never saw my grandfather wear his Marine uniform, and I don't know what happened to it.  I'm sure that he would have fit in it all of his life.  He was the most peaceful man that I've ever known. 

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