No matter how far Herbert Livingston traveled during a long career in the U.S. Marine Corps, a souvenir from World War II went with him. While stationed in Australia, Livingston had a horse’s head tattooed in blue ink on his right forearm and a colorful design with the name of his Australian girlfriend inked into his left.
Nearly 70 years later, he still has the tattoos, although the name of the young Australian has faded with time. Livingston, who grew up in Boston, joined the Marines in January 1942, not long after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.
“I always wanted to be a Marine,” he said.