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We squander our meager pay

We raise merry hell in the evening

And break the following day

 - From the poem “Life in Tientsin China”

 

Tientsin:

 

 Tientsin, 1 Oct 1945

 

Posing with a new souvenir 

Train Guards

 

 

 Japanese Prisoners of War

 A Marine and two Chinese Soldiers

 

John "Ole" Olson (R) with a buddy and a Kailan Mining Administration (KMA) Guard at the Chaokochuang  Coal Mine Complex (Photo courtsey of John Olson)

Enjoying a meal. This photo comes from Cpl Frank Bulter Jr (back row left) who saw combat at Pelelieu and Okinawa.   (photo courtsey of Frank Butler III)

Tangku:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marines heading home. Taku, March 1946

 

 LSM's taking Marines from Taku to the USS President Adams, APA19 and return stateside, March 1946

 Peiping:

 Peking c.1945. Note the Marine on the left has a new souvenir, a Japanese sword 

 1st Marine Air Wing:

 

F4U-U  (Photo courtsey of Tom Nallen)

 

Page from an aviators flight log book belonging to 1st LT Evan Selsor. Selsor flew F4U-4 Corsairs from the Nan Yuan Airfield (South Airfield) from May 1946 through December 1946

 

 Future Astronaut and Senator, Capt John Glenn (center), of VMF-218, c 1946.  (Photo Courtsey of Harold Neuberger)

 

 F7F Tigercat (Photo courtsey of Tom Nallen)

 

Marine Barracks (Photo courtsey of Tom Nallen)

 

Chinese P-51 (Photo courtsey of Tom Nallen)

 

Chinese B-24 (Photo courtsey of Tom Nallen)


Several Marines from the night fighter squadron VMF-541 pose with an abandoned Japanese fighter at Nan Yuan

Ordnance men of VMF-541 at Nan Yuan Airfiled

 

Standing in front of a Nationalist Chinese P-51

 

 Warming up Hellcats of VMF-541

 

                                      

Tsingtao:

 

 Fleet Landing Exercise, near Tsingtao

Fleet Landing Exercise, near Tsingtao

 

Wall Art, Corporals Club, Tsingtao

 

6th Marine Engineers "Mascot" Lu Wong Wo, "SSgt Jingle Bells" Lu was found on the streets of Tsingtao by SSgt Carl Puchaez on Christmas Eve 1945 and taken in by the Marines. He was paid $2.50 twice a month and was greatly loved by engineers, who saw to his housing, board and education. 

 

 

Don't believe all that stuff you read and hear on the radio as we here know better. The Mairnes will never leave China!

- SSgt Pleas Park,  Tsingtao 19 Nov 1945