Tippy Burgess joined the Marine Corps right out of high school in 1939. His parents had passed away and his older brother was doing his best to keep what was left of his family — himself, two sisters and a younger brother — together. Times were tough for his young family.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard was his first assignment after boot camp. He walked the fence with a bolt-action, 1903 Springfield on his shoulder as a Marine guard at the Navy Yard.
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