A Niche In History

The New York Daily News ran this photograph on 17 April 1945. Eli Plotnick was a kid from Queens, a son of Solomon and Anna Plotnick. The family business was wholesale neckwear, designed by Solomon and sold by the oldest boys, William and Murray, while Eli and Lillian attended school. Eli joined the Marine Corps … More A Niche In History

Graphic Images

The unseen war is preserved in a series of shoebox-sized containers. It’s easy to imagine them in storage at the National Archives & Records Administration facility in College Park, Maryland. One pictures gray cardboard filing boxes stacked to the ceiling in ordered rows, like the final scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The researcher … More Graphic Images

Concluding Flintlock

Volunteers with shovels turned out early on February 5, 1944. They faced a long day in the cemetery. Most were eager to get to work, having learned much from two days of experience. Too many discomforts rose with the sun – the temperature, the smell, the buzzing of ten million flies. The only shade outside of … More Concluding Flintlock

Taking A Breather

Spencer Porter sends in this interesting (and, to me at least, previously unseen) photo taken on Namur. His father, Sergeant Horace I. Porter, is standing behind the tree stump, at the center of attention for this little group. The photographer isn’t known; this shot may have graced the cover of Stars & Stripes although Spencer cautions … More Taking A Breather

Taps 2016

Each year, this post gets harder to write. I met Wally Duncan at an Iwo Jima veteran’s reunion, Bob Williams and Joseph Solecki at Fourth Marine Division events. Spoke with Ray Cable on the phone and Chuck Kubicek via email. The families of Walter Dodd, Wayne Gilbreath, Gerald Kyes and Ed DuBeck passed messages to … More Taps 2016

Veteran Corpsmen

This Veteran’s Day, it seems appropriate to shine the spotlight on those who went to war with 1/24 to save lives more than take them. Carol Yenne provided the photo above, part of a larger collection that belonged to her father, Pharmacist’s Mate Vermoine “Curly” Klauss. Curly is on the left in the front row; … More Veteran Corpsmen

Bronze Star Corpsman

The great Bob Ross has said “there are no mistakes, only happy accidents.” This can apply to the field of history as well as the field of landscape painting, as I discovered today. A researcher wrote in asking for information on a Mississippian, “E. D. ‘Dee’ Hamilton” who is referenced in an oral history collection … More Bronze Star Corpsman

Last Muster: Edward W. DuBeck (1920 – 2016)

Edward Walter DuBeck, a former machine gun NCO with Companies D and A of First Battalion, 24th Marines, passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2016. A Philadelphia native, Mr. DuBeck saw “the whole [Bridesburg] neighborhood, everybody” joining the war effort, whether motivated by patriotism or problems at home. Ed “wanted to do my part, too” – and … More Last Muster: Edward W. DuBeck (1920 – 2016)

Eyewitness To Saipan

The internet can be a wonderful place; you search for one thing, you find another. While researching for a man on the MissingMarines roster, I noticed an unusual but familiar name. Pennock “Penn” Bowen was a radio operator with 1/24, and from the sound of his recollections, he might well have been assigned to Company A. … More Eyewitness To Saipan