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Parris Island in Beaufort County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Peatross Parade Deck
 
Peatross Parade Deck Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, June 26, 2009
1. Peatross Parade Deck Marker







 
Inscription. Named in memory of Major General Oscar F. Peatross, USMC (2 March 1916-26 May 1993), who served with distinction in W.W. II, Korea, and Vietnam and was a member of the regiment that raised the flag on Iwo Jima in World War II. A former commanding general of Parris Island, he believed the recruit training program to be the key factor in producing a proud, professional
United States Marine .
———
Who...finds comfort in himself and in his cause;
And while the mortal mist is gathering, draws
His breath in confidence of Heaven's applause:
This is the Happy Warrior; this is he
That every man in arms should wish to be.
          - William Wordsworth

 
Erected by U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.
 
Location. 32° 21.042′ N, 80° 40.91′ W. Marker is in Parris Island, South Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is on Blvd. deFrance, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Between Midway and Veracruz Sts. Marker is in this post office area: Parris Island SC 29905, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Uncommon Valor (within shouting distance of this marker); Japanese 75mm Field Gun (approx. 0.3 miles away); Barrow Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Emancipation Day Camp Saxton Site (approx. 2.7 miles away); Northern Most Known Bastion of Spanish Florida (approx. 3.1 miles away); Charlesfort-Santa Elena Site (approx. 3.1 miles away); Fort San Marcos & The Ribaut Monument (approx. 3.1 miles away); Fort San Marcos (approx. 3.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Parris Island.
 
Peatross Parade Deck Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, June 26, 2009
2. Peatross Parade Deck Marker
 

 
Also see . . .  Military Limited. Major General Oscar F. Peatross (Submitted on July 11, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Peatross Parade Deck, looking east to west Photo, Click for full size
By Paul Henry, June 26, 2009
3. Peatross Parade Deck, looking east to west
 
 
Peatross Parade Deck Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, June 26, 2009
4. Peatross Parade Deck
From 1915 to 1942 the deck was unpaved. For years, recruits drilled in loose sand or deep mud. In 1993 the area was reduced from 25 acres to 16. Traditionally called “the grinder,” the parade deck is the site of many colorful ceremonies, including recruit graduations.
 
 
Peatross Parade Deck with Reviewing Stand Photo, Click for full size
By Paul Henry, June 26, 2009
5. Peatross Parade Deck with Reviewing Stand
 
 
Peatross Parade Deck Reviewing Stand - center Photo, Click for full size
By Paul Henry
6. Peatross Parade Deck Reviewing Stand - center
 
 
Peatross Parade Deck Photo, Click for full size
By Lance Cpl. Darhonda V. Hall, February 11, 2005
7. Peatross Parade Deck
A color guard presents the colors on the Peatross Parade Deck prior to the Eagle, Globe and Anchor Ceremony
 
 
Peatross Parade Deck Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, June 26, 2009
8. Peatross Parade Deck Marker
 
 
Peatross Parade Deck East end marked by the "Uncommon Valor- Iwo Jima Marine Memorial" Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, June 26, 2009
9. Peatross Parade Deck East end marked by the "Uncommon Valor- Iwo Jima Marine Memorial"
Parade Deck and Reviewing stand seen in background
 
 
Peatross Parade Deck West end marked by the "D.I." Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, June 26, 2009
10. Peatross Parade Deck West end marked by the "D.I." Memorial
Parade deck as seen in background
 
 
Peatross Parade Deck , West end ," Purple Heart " Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, June 26, 2009
11. Peatross Parade Deck , West end ," Purple Heart " Memorial
Parade Deck as seen in background
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,555 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on July 11, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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