New photos of a Company A veteran, courtesy of James Krieve. James’ grandfather, PFC Charles Milan Krieve, was born in 1919 and inducted into the Marine Corps in June, 1944. He trained as a mortarman in California before being assigned to the 36th Replacement Draft in December, 1944.
Instead of heading overseas to Iwo Jima, the majority of the 36th appears to have been diverted to Hawaii. When the wrecked 3rd, 4th, and 5th Marine Divisions returned from Iwo in March of 1945, many units drew replacements from this draft. Private Krieve was assigned to the mortar section of Company A immediately after their return from Iwo, and trained with them for the invasion of Japan.
These photographs were probably taken in Hawaii in 1945-1946, most likely while Krieve was stationed with the 17th Service Battalion.
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Charles Krieve served through March, 1946 and was honorably discharged as a private first class. Following the war, he settled in Michigan and raised a family with his wife, Gail, before passing away in 1972. His full biography will be featured following some additional research.
Many thanks to the Krieve family for permission to share these photographs.