Army & Navy - MARINES: The Housekeepers

In China the U.S. Marines were busy at a traditional chore: carrying out a tidying-up expedition on a foreign shore. The forces involved numbered some 53,-ooo—almost three times the size of the whole Marine Corps in 1939. They were the Third Amphibious Corps, who had been landed on the coast of northern China (see FOREIGN NEWS).

The Corps' commander, rugged sy-year-old Major General Keller Emrick Rockey. veteran of World War I, Haiti, and Nicaragua, had bossed the 5th Division at Iwo Jima. His China mission, as he saw it: clean out the...