At Liberty but All Keyed Up

"Good to see those clean-cut men instead of those dirty hippies"

Some 1,800 Marines and 2,200 sailors from the U.S. Atlantic Fleet descended on the resort community of Key West (pop. 24,000) last week for two days of rest and recreation. Here is one bemused observer's view of the event:

Then came the summer when you were sent home from the front, after the fresh troops got there, and the first thing you saw when you got to the States was the barefoot girls in their summer dresses pedaling bicycles past the sea....

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