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To enhance the appearance of MCRD Parris Island’s parade deck, Iwo Jima Monument and the surrounding areas, the Depot as elected to pave the areas which receive an abundance of foot traffic and shade, impending grass growth, with engraved commemorative bricks. These bricks will provide a unique opportunity to become a permanent part of Parris Island’s rich history and culture. For $70 (or $140 for 8x8), your name or that of someone you wish to honor, will be engraved on a brick installed aboard historic Parris Island. Visit our FAQ page to learn more about purchasing a brick.

The Significance of Securing Your Piece of Parris Island History

Historic Parris Island

Parris Island has been home to Marines since 1891 and used for the training of enlisted Marines since 1915. Male recruits from east of the Mississippi River and all female recruits nation-wide report here to receive their initial training. Today, about 19,000 recruits are trained at Parris Island each year. The Recruit Training Regiment is made up of four recruit training battalions and one support battalion. The regiment, along with Weapons and Field Training Battalion, are made up of drill instructors and other Marines who are responsible for training recruits.

During 1715 an Englishman named Colonel Alexander Parris purchased the island and eight small surrounding islands. Until the Civil War, plantation life flourished here. Marines were first stationed on Parris Island in 1891, in the form of a small security detachment headed by First Sergeant Richard Donovan. His unit was attached to the Naval Station, Port Royal, the forerunner of Parris Island. Donovan's unit was highly commended for preserving life and property during hurricanes and tidal waves that swept over the island in 1891 and 1893.

Military buildings and homes that were constructed between 1891 and World War I form the nucleus of the Parris Island Historic District. At the district center are the commanding general's home, a 19th century wooden dry dock and a turn of the century gazebo- all of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. On Nov. 1, 1915, Parris Island was officially designated a Marine Corps Recruit Depot and training was continued from then on.

On February 15, 1949, a separate "command" was activated for the sole purpose of training female Marine recruits. This command has since been designated the 4th Recruit Training Battalion and is the only battalion in the Corps to train female recruits. The recruit training cycle is 12 weeks long for both male and female recruits; however this doesn't include their first week of in-processing and orientation, so the actual time recruits spend on Parris Island is 13 weeks.

Iwo Jima Monument

The Iwo Jima Monument aboard Parris Island is only one of three a scaled-down replicas in existance of The Marine Corps War Memorial (also called the Iwo Jima Memorial) outside the walls of the Arlington National Cemetery. The memorial is dedicated to all personnel of the United States Marine Corps who have died in the defense of their country since 1775. The design of the massive sculpture by Felix de Weldon was based on the iconic photo Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, taken during the Battle of Iwo Jima by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal. The memorial features the Marines and Sailor who raised the second flag over Iwo Jima: Sgt Michael Strank, Cpl Harlon Block, PFC Franklin Sousley, PFC Rene Gagnon, PFC Ira Hayes, PM2 John Bradley.

Peatross Parade Deck

Named in memory of Major General Oscar F. Peatross, USMC (2 March 1916 - 26 May 1993), who served with distinction in WWII, Korea , Vietnam and was a member of the regiment that raised the flag on Iwo Jima in WWII. A former commanding general of Parris Island, he believed the recruit training program to be the key factor in producing a proud, professional United States Marine.

 
Order A Brick Today!

For $70 (or $140 for 8x8 brick), your name or that of someone you wish to honor, will be engraved on a brick installed aboard historic Parris Island.

 

 

Your brick will forever be a part of United States Marine Corps history.


For more detailed information please call the following at 843-228-1594 or 843-228-1501 Monday through Friday from 0700 (7:00 a.m.) to 1700 (5:00 p.m.).


CLICK HERE to download the order form and e-mail, fax, or mail to the Parris Island Engraving Shop.

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