Army & Navy - MARINES: Diamond Jubilee

Master Gunnery Sergeant Leland Stanford Diamond, the Marine's Marine and the Corp's most famed mortar expert (TIME, July 5), is back from the wars. He is running the Hygienic Unit (local name—delousing plant) at Marine Barracks, Parris Island, S.C.

Malaria and shock from Guadalcanal, where he won Lieut. General A. A. Vandegrift's citation of "an ideal Marine," dictated Lou Diamond's more pedestrian assignment.

But Parris Island is as good a backdrop as any for Diamond's fabulous personality. In his new job he greets recruits with a wounded-bull roar, shoves them through an assembly line of showers, haircuts, lice inspection and clothing issues...

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