Paul Pratt in the barracks at Mainside.
April 17,  '69
Me at Mainside again. The last picture of me
taken before leaving the States for Okinawa.
There's a story behind this pic.  In a picture
that I have of my dad in World War II, he is
standing on the deck of his ship, flipping the
double bone.
So.... like father, like son.........
April 17, 1969
Me on weekend liberty at Steve Tabb's Aunt's
house after a bout with a bottle of gin and
bottles of Squirt.
This was my last stateside
liberty before we left Camp Pendleton.

April 4, 1969
Me in the quonset hut at Las Pulgas.  Las
Pulgas was a training camp within Camp
Pendleton. We were in staging battalion,
getting ready to go to 'Nam.  Staging was the
last minute, before we go to Vietnam,
training.  Kind of a crash course in everything
we learned about war throughout our
training.  Each staging unit consisted of
everyone from different MOS's (Millitary
Occupational Specialties) going to Vietnam at
a particular time.
April 7, '69
Yes.... Me at Mainside Barracks again. All
ready to go nighty-night to spend my last
night in the states. It was so hard getting to
sleep that night because of the uncertainty of
what fate awaited me.
April 17, 1969
Unit 3347
3rd Replacement Division
Staging Battalion
Las Pulgas and Mainside
Camp Pendleton California
March and April 1969
Me, Steve Tabb, Steve's cousin Herb and
son little Steve, at their (Steve's Aunt's)
home in La Puente CA.  Steve and I used to
go there on our weekend liberties.  I met
Steve the first day of boot camp and we
went all the way through training, up to
'Nam together.  Steve and I got to be good
friends due to the alphabet.  When we lined
up in boot camp, it was always in
alphabetical order -  "......Tabb, Teer,
Toenges...."  Steve was tall, too and Phil
Teer was short.  When we would be in line
waiting for shots or something, Steve and I
could talk eye to eye while poor Phil was
down below.
April 4, 1969
Me in the barracks at Mainside in Camp
Pendelton. We had finished our grunt training
at Las Pulgas and were just a couple days
away from leaving for 'Nam.
April 17, 1969
Steve Tabb in Mainside Barracks.
April 17, '69
Me at the Mainside barracks.
April 17, 1969
Steve Tabb and I in our Barracks at
Mainside.  Steve was from Plains, Kansas.
April 17, 1969
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Staging Battalion was pre-Vietnam preparation. Marines from various schools and
units were assembled in staging battalions for the flight to Okinawa before
actually going into Vietnam. It was like a last minute refresher course. It lasted a
couple of weeks.

Part of the time, we were in Quonset huts in Las Pulgas and part of the time in
barracks in Mainside.
All the field stuff like firing weapons and other training was done at Las Pulgas.
At Mainside is where we took care of all of our paperwork and shots and things
like that before leaving for Okinawa.
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