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widebody 03-06-2010 07:26 PM

history of the yellow footprints

the question came up on the tws marine forum, when were the yellow footprints first used at p.i.? let's expand that to ask when were they first used by the marine corps?
i feel this would be the perfect web-site for that answer. i think it would be a great addition to this web-site. the answer is going to be hard to find. at least so far. it's already known they were being used in dec.68. so the beginning goes back before that date. so lets hear it, marines.:GI10:

silverdollar 03-07-2010 05:49 AM

I didn`t see them in 54.

Cpl Miller 03-07-2010 08:56 AM

If memory serves me,
they started using the yellow foot prints around 1959. We had them in July of 1964 at San Diego.

jarhead57 03-07-2010 06:12 PM

As of August, '57 did NOT have them at P.I.

widebody 03-07-2010 08:38 PM

There's been alot of "they were there when i was there". still no definitive answer to when were they first used?

GunnySan 03-08-2010 08:00 AM

I was at MCRDSD late 50s early 60's. I believe JFK was photographed standing in them around '60 or 61. They were put in behind Receiving Barracks I believe in 1960. The MCRD Museum should have that info.

LarSim 06-21-2010 01:50 PM

Yellow Footprints?
I reported to Parris Island in September 1959. I just can't remember yellow footprints. They might have been there, but no big deal was made of them. I remember a lot of yelling and herding together and we spent the next couple of hours herding from one room to another, filling out forms, and taking some dumb psych tests. Of course, all this was done at 'o'dark-thirty' (we arrived around midnight).

The point I wanted to make, is that my Boot Camp Book has about 90 pages in it. 80 of those pages is 'boilerplate,' Marine Corps general information (mission and all that) and generic Parris Island scenes of recruit training (only about 9 pages of my particular platoon). Nowhere is there a picture of yellow footprints. One scene shows newbies reporting into the Receiving Barracks and just shows them herded onto the sidewalk in front of the Front Door. No intervals, no columns to speak of, certainly not standing on any yellow footprints.

If there were yellow footprints in 1959, they were fairly new and had not really caught on yet.

- LarSim :cool:

JITB 06-22-2010 07:01 AM

They were not there in 1958 either. In fact, we didn't even see a DI for a day or two! Our escorts on the bus from Yemassee were MP's. At Recruit Receiving, we were herded into the building by clerks that worked there. There was a delay in being picked up by a DI so we spent a full day at the Receiving Center.

They herded us to a mess hall for meals and did some processing during the day but we mostly just boiled in the squadbay that day. The temps were over 100 degrees and air conditioning was open windows with a couple of floor fans. The next morning, we were woken up by our new JDI's. Some of us were gotten out of slumber by the feeling of falling as the DI's turned over a few of the double racks! Luckily, nobody ended up with any broken bones and the process began.

corky0566 03-14-2013 12:58 PM

We arrived in the middle of the night, and then crammed into a bus at the main gate and taken to receiviing. We were herded to our barracks the next morning by our SDI and never saw any footprints except those on the backside of the recruits that screwed up...Time was January 1959 and cold as hell...

pisc69 03-22-2013 03:05 PM

In 69 the yfp were in ranks and now they are in files. Guess it saves time not having to teach cruits how to Right Face.
First time I heard those charming words Your Other Right you %#@*&%$.
I could see them out the window as the sun rose and was going to ask my new friend with that neat flat hat why they painted butterflies on the street in the Marine Corps but

mmmmmmm what was I saying

never mind

riley9282 05-09-2013 07:12 AM

"From its beginning in 1915, the receiving barracks has been located in a number of places on Parris Island. The initial receiving barracks was located at the old state of South Carolina quarantine station which stood on Ballast Creek where the Depot's club "Traditions' is located today. During World War Two and Korea receiving was conducted at Building 145 in the Headquarters and Service Battalion Barracks complex. In 1964 the facility was moved to Building 631, a 2nd Battalion barracks on Panama Street and at about the same time yellow footprints were painted on the pavement on which newly arrived recruits was placed. In 1986 recruit receiving and the yellow footprints were moved to a new facility on Panama Street - Building 6000 - where recruits are today processed upon their arrival at Parris Island."

Link to the Wiki where I found the answer. Maybe someone could dig for more details.

macq56 01-17-2019 08:45 AM

Entered PI Oct ';58 they did not have yellow footprints

Fragman 05-28-2019 06:39 AM

Yellow Footprints

Originally Posted by Cpl Miller (Post 26498)
they started using the yellow foot prints around 1959. We had them in July of 1964 at San Diego.

I arrived at PI on 9 December 1962 and do not recall standing on any yellow footprints. Perhaps they were there but I never heard about them until I was out of the Marine Corps in Dec 66.

Marine72_81 05-28-2019 12:11 PM


Originally Posted by Fragman (Post 33707)
I arrived at PI on 9 December 1962 and do not recall standing on any yellow footprints. Perhaps they were there but I never heard about them until I was out of the Marine Corps in Dec 66.

If you were like me I was scared shit less and didn't remember them at all until way later in life...And I do mean scared shit less...


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