In 1890 and 1893 there were massive tidal waves that swept over the island destroying buildings and homes of the Marines. Parris island was officially designated as a United States marine core recruit depot on November 1, 1915. During World War One the first platoon of the Marines saw battle in France. More than 46,000 Marines were trained to fight in World War One. After the bombing In Hawaii on December 7th, 1941 5,272 Marines arrived at Parris island, in the month after that 9206 arrived. This created the 4th and 5th battalions of the United States Marine Corps.
1941 through 1945 the Marines trained over 200,000 recruits were trained here and at the time of the Japanese surrender the Depot contained 20,000 recruits, In 1946 Marine Corps leaders reorganized Paris island and decided to give it a designation that would reflect its primary mission the training of recruits therefore the world famous marine core recruit Depot Parris island South Carolina was born.
Parris Island is the home to many infamous statues that hold the history of the United States. Another notable site on the base is the Marine Corps Museum, it contains a variety of materials on the history of the Marines. Every month there are thousands of recruits on the base and three months after being at boot camp their families come to visit. The families get to go to the parade deck and watch their loved ones graduate and get pinned with the marine core emblem. After the graduation the new Marines can show their families the barracks and catch up on what has happened for the past three months.