Ron Burton joined the Marine Corps fresh out of high school in 1952, reporting to Parris Island in South Carolina for boot camp. The 17-year-old recruit, thousands of miles from his home in Pennsylvania, began drawing while off-duty. He didn’t know it at the time, but Burton was recording history with his cartoon-style sketches that captured glimpses of military life — the mess hall, an enlisted club, a drill sergeant giving orders, a Marine in Dress Blues. One drawing shows two young Marines on Christmas Eve 1953, drinking beer alone, slumped in their chairs at a table in an enlisted club decorated for the holidays. In the background a radio is playing, “I’ll be Home for Christmas.” “It was after the Korean War and I was feeling sad because it was my first Christmas away from home,” Burton said. “I wanted to capture that feeling.” Another shows a Marine washing his cup and fork and spoon in a trash can filled with hot, soapy water outside the mess hall at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Edenton, North Carolina, after the Korean War. A Marine is waiting behind him, ready to wash his dishes. Those drawings are among 12 the retired local Marine captain has donated to the Cam...