HERE IS ONE PLACE A MARINE CORPS PRIVATE CAN TELL A MAJOR WHERE TO GET OFF

By Sgt. Gene Ward

Marine Corps Correspondent

PEARL HARBOR, HAWAII-Eight Marine Corps privates are teaching combat tactics to members of the U.S. Army’s Ranger Battalion, with majors and captains among their pupils at Schofield Barracks.

All graduates of the Marine Corps’ own school of combat conditioning at Camp Pendleton, Calif., the marines give classes in the bayonet, combat swimming, the knife, stick fighting and the Reising gun, a weapon new to the Rangers.

The marine instructors are Pvts. June Coghlan of Bogue Chitto, Miss; Leon Wier of Memphis, Tenn.; Warren Harris of Missoula, Mont.; James Carlos of Mount Clemens, Mich.; Byron Henry of Winamac, Ind.; Michael Geraghty of St. Paul, Minn.; Duke Drakulich of Kimberly, Nev., and Louis Nagy of Detroit, Mich.

Commissioned officers studying at the Ranger School  wear no insignia of rank during the course, so the marine privates can boss them around without fear of consequences.



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Marines undergoing Raider training.



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