Platoon Graduation Photos and Books

The following contacts were provided by two former Drill Instructors: Donald 'Dick' Dickerson, Major USMC (Retired) of Hendersonville,TN ( ) and his longtime friend and a retired Marine Lieutenant Bernie Eveler ( ) of Beaufort, SC.
A big "THANK YOU" to both of them.

For San Diego, CA Recruit Training Center Graduates
For Parris Island, SC Recruit Training Center Graduates

MCRD San Diego, CA graduates ONLY:

Platoon Graduation Photos are available only for years 1937-1974. Platoon Graduation Photos are available for $35.00 plus $3.50 shipping & handling. Additional copies of the same picture are available for $15.00 each.

Yearbooks MCRD San Diego only: Yearbooks from the 1980's and 1990's are available in limited quantities. Year Books are available for $35.00 plus $6.50 shipping & handling.

Either may be purchased through the Marine Corps Historical Society

* We only have photos and yearbooks for MCRD San Diego graduates. You must know your boot camp platoon number and the year you graduated when you place your order.

BOOTCAMP PLATOON NUMBERS/ROSTERS - Two of my most frequent reference requests have to do with boot camp platoon numbers and platoon rosters. A client either wants to know the platoon number to request a copy of a particular platoon photo or recruit graduation book or they would like the number and roster so they can contact members of a particular platoon. In this day when so much information is readily available, , it is simply unfathomable to these clients that rosters of all the boot camp platoons have not been maintained in some format which is both available and easily accessible to the general public. Starting in the mid 1990s, MCRDSD's paper, CheVron began publishing the rosters of graduating platoons. However, prior to that time, only a handful of rosters have survived. These appear as follows:

SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE (The exact time span is unknown, but I know that they were being printed up to December 7, 1941.) This newspaper is stored in the Newspaper Room of the San Diego Central Library. You may call 619-236-5816 or contact them at

Graduation books (1953+). Our collection is scant until the mid 1980s. Until 1960, these books are not dated.

If you don't remember or are ordering for a friend or family member, you can request military records at: REQUEST MILITARY RECORDS
Not all military records, however, will include boot camp platoon numbers.

Additional Options:

LEATHERNECK provides two free, space-available sections in which you can place an ad, "Mail Call" and "Reader Assistance." Send your requests via e-mail to or write to:

Mail Call Editor
P.O. Box 1775
Quantico, VA 22134

MARINE CORPS TIMES, a publication of MILITARY TIMES, offers the same type of column. Contact them on line at or call them at 703-750-8636.

Boot camp platoon numbers are not normally included in a Marine's Service Record book. Occasionally, the battalion number (1950s+) or the graduation date appears, and there have been cases where the platoon number was noted in the recruit's medical records, (if they received medical treatment while in boot camp) and on chits for blood donations and purchase of war or savings bonds. You can contact the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO and in your request for the Marine's Service records, note that you are particularly looking to find the platoon number and the graduation date. If you are not the Marine's next of kin, be sure to mention the Freedom of Information Act in your request. If you obtain a graduation date, and we have the corresponding graduation book in our collection, we can check it for the name of your Marine. We can also provide a photocopy of the insert for that platoon.

Ruth Lorona , Command Museum

MCRD Parris Island, SC Graduates ONLY:

Your 8" x 10" Platoon photos (NOT graduation books) for years 1939 until present are available, with some exceptions* noted below, for $10.80 including postage and handling at:

Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS)
Marine Corps Air Station Building #553
P.O. Box 55018
Beaufort MCAS, SC 29904

Additional details and to learn of your platoon's photo availability, call 1-(843)- 228-1555 or 228-1546

*Exceptions: Not available are photos for platoons graduating in years 1961, 1971-74, 1984-87, 1999.

In making the request be prepared to provide your graduation platoon number, the month and year of your graduation and the name of at least one of your Drill Instructors.

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