The beginning of the game has Tommy Conlin being trained at Camp Pendleton Marine Boot Camp in 1940. Camp Pendleton was not used as a Marine Base until March 1942, after WWII already began. Marine recruits were all trained at Parris Island in South Carolina before 1942. See more
Three Week wonders; that's what we called the new guys. That's all the training they got and it wasn't enough. They usually didn't last very long. No matter how much training you got or how strong you are, when you strap up and step on a battlefield for the first time, it changes you forever. Tarawa was just another strip of sand out in the middle of nowhere, but for many of us it would be the last thing we ever saw.