Most People Have Never Seen These 19 Photos Taken During WWII In South Carolina

South Carolina played a key role in World War II. Our training facilities were fundamental in producing some of the finest soldiers, sailors and aviators of the great second war. In addition, the high standards of maintenance of our airplanes and ships used in the war can be credited to South Carolina’s military facilities and the soldiers who served them.

Here are some rare photos taken in South Carolina during World War II. Some of them are candid images of recruits or soldiers in their down time and others are training photos.

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Did you know that today, Fort Jackson is the largest Initial Training Center in the U.S. – training 50 percent of all U.S. soldiers? Or that Parris Island is the only Marine Corps Recruit Depot training facility on the East Coast – and the only facility in the U.S. where female Marine recruits receive training?

What did you think of these photos? Were you aware that South Carolina played such a vital role in training our military during WWII?