The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 13, 1968 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, February 13, 1968
Page 7
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> , , k"- Standing in line doesn't hide this trainee. Training with the M-14, with which he shot 319 of a possible 250 to qualify as sharpshooter, Stevens receives advice from a determined drill instructor. Graduation day, and Marine Jack W. Stevens presents an "Eyes Right!" Sgt. J. L. Coach contemplates his trainee from below, Since he was IS years old and a graduate of San Ramon High School in Danville, California, Jack W. Stevens wanted to join the Marine Corps. As the years slipped by, he majored in retailing at Diablo Valley College, Concord, Calif., continuing his basketball and baseball activities to keep in shape. He married a nearby Sacramento girl, moved to McKeesport, Pennsylvania and kept up his attempts to become a Marine. His problem, as taken to State Supreme Court Justice Samuel Weiss, in Pittsburgh, for advice, was his 6-foot, 11%-inch frame, too big for military requirements. Judge Weiss, with the cooperation of Pittsburgh's U.S. Representative, James G. Fulton (R-Pcnn.), reviewed the case thoroughly. One month later, in June, 1967, by Congressional action , the 252-pound, 25-year-old giant was assigned to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C., the biggest and one of the oldest recruits. He encountered problems immediately. His long stride had to be adjusted to the 30-inch step required in close- order drill, his large frame had to adapt itself to the small, but normal, bunk at the barracks and his uniforms had to be cut to his size. The drill instructors, at the same time, were making their own adjustments to the big trainee. Convenient boxes or crates for close-up direction, an upturned head for plainer things. When graduation day arrived two months later, Stevens was standing tall in more ways than one. Now assigned to Basic Infantry Training at Camp Lejune, N.C., he will later go to the Naval Air Station, Memphis, Tenn., for aviation training, a beginning finally for what he hopes will be a 20-year career as a United States Marine. -Standing tall, Stevens has his helmet adjusted by one of his drill instructors, Sgt. J. L, Coach. The new Marine waits for .clothing Issue, while a clerk looks and wonders. The canteen seems mighty small to the big trainee. Tlik WeeKs PICTURE SHOW-^-AP Ncvisfatures.

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