By John P Piedmont; United States. Marine Corps. History Division
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Guerra did not have a reconnaissance background. He had spent his career in base operations at Okinawa, Quantico, and San Diego. But what experience he might have lacked in combat arms units he amply made up in network knowledge and an exceptional work ethic. 2 Sergeant Guerra initially was put to work not on building or running a network, but on building and running the detachment. ”3 Guerra helped lay out the utility lines for the unit’s new compound near the boat basin in Camp Del Mar. He arranged for telephone service.
10 Oakes had initially decreed platoon physical 34 DET ONE training twice a week, but after discussions with the team leaders, he scaled back to once a week, and by default that once a week became the road march— the hike. Because he wanted his Marines to see their steady progress week by week, Oakes chose a standard route: “We would always park up at [Camp] Flores, work up into the mountains, and then down on the beach,” he remembered. ”11 The Marines made the hikes with full gear and full loads, about 60 pounds per man, including food and water.
Myler, died in a motorcycle accident on 6 September. The detachment paused its training for memorial services and then resumed the march toward deployment. The first item on the schedule for September was two weeks in the cold waters off the Southern California coast practicing the skills of reconnaissance in support of an amphibious landing.