Army & Navy - MARINES: I Did What I Could

The shy, broad-shouldered, 26-year-old lieutenant with atabrine-yellowed skin was over at his in-laws' bungalow. He was doing his laundry. Said he: "I've been washing shirts ever since I joined the Marines, and besides, the laundry wouldn't know how to put in the creases." Mitch Paige, professional soldier and war hero, was sprucing up for a celebration arranged by his home town.

It was a long time since he had been back. At 18 Mitchell Paige had left his home in Mifflin, Pa., to join the Marines. He served in China, the Philippines, returned in 1941 and married his boyhood...

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