28 May 2013

Where is MCRD Parris Island? - Beaufort, South Carolina

Chosin Range at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina.

Where is MCRD Parris Island? - About Beaufort, South Carolina

Maine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island since 2002 is officially in the Town of Port Royal, but is still heavily associated and said to be in the larger community of Beaufort, four miles or so to the north. 
Beaufort is the second oldest city in South Carolina, behind Charleston, as it was charted in 1711 and now has a population of 12,361 (as of 2010 census). The city is in southern South Carolina and is known for its scenic location and for preserving a historic character by its maintenance of antebellum architecture. Behind military expenditure which adds millions to the Beaufort economy, the city also attracts near two million tourists each year for its location and deep connection with Southern history. The city has been in the New York Times, and named "Best Small Southern Town" by Southern Living, a "Top 25 Small City Arts Destination" by American Style, and a "Top 50 Adventure Town" by National Geographic Adventure.

Major Units at 
MCRD Parris Island

Most known for its training facilities, the major units at Maine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island are:

  • MCRD Parris Island - Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Marine Corps Training & Education Command
  • RTR - Recruit Training Regiment
  • 1st Bn - 1st Battalion
  • 2nd Bn - 2nd Battalion
  • 3rd Bn - 3rd Battalion

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MCRD Parris Island

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History of 
MCRD Parris Island

Named after the island it rests on, MCRD Parris Island initially began training Marines in 1915, but its history reached back farther than this. Until the English took control of the region in the 17th century, the area had been under the rule of Spanish colonizers and French explorers. Then in 1715 Colonel Alexander Parris, treasurer of the South Carolina colony, purchased this land and it became home to British plantations. Plantations it remained until it was captured by Union forces in the civil war and it became a Navy coaling station. The buildings that were subsequently built up through the first World War now form the center of MCRD Parris Island.

From 1941 through 1945, 204,509 recruits were trained here. In early 1949, the Marine Corps opened a separate facility dedicated to the training of female recruits. Later, this command was designated the 4th Recruit Training Battalion and it now serves as the only battalion in the Corps for training female recruits, and is the only all-female unit in the Department of Defense. Now, 17,000-19,000 recruits are trained here very year in a 13-week process that transforms them into "the few and the proud."

MCRD Parris Island

Schools in Beaufort, SC

The Beaufort County School District which services grades K-12 was founded in the 1860s and completely desegregated in 1970. The district contains 8 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 4 high schools, and 1 charter school. There are also at least 6 private schools in the city and the surrounding region. There are three institutions of higher learning in the area: 
University of South Carolina Beaufort North Campus,Technical College of the Lowcountry Main Campus, and an office of Clemson University. 

Downtown Beaufort, South Carolina

Attractions - What to do in Beaufort, SC

As stated above, the city is known for its long lasting roots in Southern tradition and history so the city and surrounding region as much to show to that. There are 
golf and beach vacations, history, water sports, and local arts and crafts. Major festivals and arts events include the Home Water Festival, a two-week event in the middle of July; and the Shrimp Festival which was selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events. Beaufort is also only an hour away from the city of Savannah, Georgia.


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