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Marine Corps Recruit Depots

Through This Portal Pass Prospects for the Worlds Finest Fighting Force - United States Marine Corps.

Through This Portal Pass Prospects for the Worlds Finest Fighting Force - United States Marine Corps. GGA Image ID # 1374237589

The United States Marine Corps is the finest fighting force on the planet while being the smallest, most elite section of the U.S. military with a long and colorful history. The stories being at the MCRDs or Marine Corps Recruit Depots at Parris Island and San Diego.

Parris Island


Frontage Signage for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, South Carolina.


MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina

Parris Island, home of basic training for today’s Marines east of the Mississippi, has a colorful history. Although the first Marine Corps Activity on the island was in June, 1891, the story of its occupancy by Europeans reaches back more than three centuries into antiquity.


San Diego


Four Marines in Parade Dress Carrying the US Flag and Flag of the USMC, Standing Outside San Diego MCRD.


MCRD San Diego, California

The Marine Corps Recruit Depot at San Diego has, over the years, been the home of the famed 4th and 6th Marine Regiments, the site of many specialized schools and a recruit training center.

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The Folks Behind the GG Archives

The GG Archives is the work and passion of two people, Paul Gjenvick, a professional archivist, and Evelyne Gjenvick, a curator. Paul earned a Masters of Archival Studies - a terminal degree from Clayton State University in Georgia, where he studied under renowned archivist Richard Pearce-Moses. Our research into the RMS Laconia and SS Bergensfjord, the ships that brought two members of the Gjønvik family from Norway to the United States in the early 20th century, has helped us design our site for other genealogists. The extent of original materials at the GG Archives can be very beneficial when researching your family's migration from Europe.