May 22, 2012
China Marine: A final performance for 4th Marine Band
From 1927 to 1941, members of the 4th Marine Regiment were stationed in Shanghai, China, protecting American citizens and their property in the Shanghai International Settlement during the Chinese Revolution and the second Sino-Japanese War.
At a time when the Marine Corps was smaller than the New York City Police Department, China was arguably the most desired duty station in the Corps.[More...]
On Nov. 29, 1941, the final element of the 4th Marine Regiment marched to the city's waterfront led by the 'Last China Band,' bound for the Philippines. It would be their final performance. World War II and Korean War veteran, retired Master Sgt. Donald L. Versaw, describes the scene on the streets of Shanghai that day.God Bless our heroes..
Sgt. Andrew Milner