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Marine Corps News From World War Two: Color Blindness Aids Detection Of Camouflage

CAMP ELLIOTT

Pvt Warren B. Garrott of Houston, Tex., graduated from the Scouts and Snipers School here and in doing so left behind some amazed instructors. He is a bit color-blind and his purchases of neckties do not always conform with the Leatherneck policy of proper dress. But when it comes to detecting camouflage in dense brush and rough wooded terrain, the youthful Texan has officers and men amazed at his startling discoveries. They tried tricks on Garrott but without success, for at great distances with field glasses, he can spot men creeping and “crawling through thick foliage, whereas other observers might fail to detect any movement whatsoever”. He also has amazing ability to hit a target at a thousand yards with the aid of a telescopic lens.
Men trained at the Scouts and Snipers School will be attached to units responsible for scouting and patrolling, camouflage, map reading, rigging and field fortifications.
They are adept in the use of the Browning automatic rifle, submachine guns, and carbines.


From the issue 26 Feb 1944 of the Marine Corps Chevron

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