A monthly bulletin was published in Peking and Tientsin. Each included detailed news about the men and activities of Peking, Tientsin, and Chinwangtao. The material below is from copies of the Tientsin Marine from the collection of Fran Plog. I cannot thank him enough. I have divided the material from the Tientsin Marine into four parts on this site, each containing about 15 different pages from issues May 1940 through April 1941. This is done so you don't have to wait five minutes for all those pictures to load.
Any help in identifying photos would be greatly appreciated.
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The information here is not always in chronological order.
The Tientsin Marine - Part One
The Tientsin Marine began its publication in January of 1939.
There are various copies of this photo of the compound at Tientsin. This one is from Frank Kossyta. Behind the formation and to the rear of the building on the right was D Company quarters with C Company quarters being closer to the front of the photo. Across the compound, behind the reviewing officer, is the enlisted men's mess hall. Also in that area was Headquarters Company. The gymnasium has the flag painted on the roof. This flag was painted there in 1937 to identify the compound to the Japanese as they fought the Chinese. The guard house and brig were located on the first floor (deck) of the gymnasium. The gymnasium was used for basketball, boxing, dances, and movies.The entire compound was enclosed by a 7 foot brick wall with a barbed wire fence on top. In the right rear, between the gymnasium and D company, is the exit to Can Do Field, the baseball field. The name was a carry over from when the Army was stationed here.
There were four gates to the compound. Number one was at the south west corner, in front of the gymnasium guard house. Pedestrians only could use this gate. Number two was at the west wall. Pedestrians and vehicles could use number two. It was located between D company and the post exchange which was near the water tower. Gate number three was on the east wall, which should be the where the photo was taken from. Vehicles and pedestrians used gate three. Gate four was on the north wall in front of the administration building. The north wall should be to the right in the photo. Gate four was for pedestrians only. Information courtesy of Frank Kossyta.
The white lines on the parade ground are volleyball court outlines.
Below is the barracks at Chinwangtao. Photo courtesy of Dr. Martin Davis, brother of NCM Herman Davis.
Chinwangtao was the port through which all men and supplies passed to get to Peking or Tientsin. On 8 Dec 1941 all the equipment of the North China Marines was crated and in train cars at Chinwangtao waiting to be loaded on board the Harrison which was to depart on 10 Dec, carrying all the Marines to the Philippines.