Some Marine units remained in Tsingtao until early May, 1949.Tsingtao was also the headquarters of the Western Pacific Fleet of the US Navy from 1945-1949 and the Marines provided security for the naval facility in the northwest part of the city.As part of Operation Beleaguer, the 6th Marine Division, under the command of General Lemuel C.Shepherd (later Commandant of the Marine Corps), was ordered to carry out the mission in the Tsingtao-Chefoo area.In July, 2013, almost 70 years later after the Marines landed, I visited Qingdao to see what remained of the Marines presence in Tsingtao.
The use of location based services allowed me to track my route wherever I went.
It would have been fun to try to inventory the historical buildings but I limited my search to those that had a specific Marine use or that were part of the Marine’s landscape of the 1945-49 period.
The number of buildings needed for Marine billets decreased as the size of the Marine force in Tsingtao was reduced so not all buildings were used for the entire period.
Given that there’s no reason prosecutors can’t or won’t mine these sites for character evidence, technology is in essence handing these defendants a noose to hang themselves with.
Still, there’s the danger that a photo taken out of context can be disproportionately damning.