- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

YEMASSEE, S.C. (AP) - A plaque will be unveiled next month at the site where an estimated half million Marine recruits arrived in South Carolina.

The Beaufort Gazette reports (bit.ly/Z91cW2) the marker will be unveiled Oct. 17 at the Yemassee train depot. The depot was the place where 500,000 recruits got off trains between 1915 and 1965 headed for basic training at the nearby Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Training Depot.

Each year Yemassee shopkeeper Roy Hughes and a committee of local residents hold reunions for Marines who first arrived at the station. About 200 Marines attend each year.

Yemassee purchased the depot from CSX railroad four years ago and renovated the station to appear as it looked during the 1940s.

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Information from: The Beaufort Gazette, https://www.beaufortgazette.com

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