When the hospital ship USS Solace docked at Pearl Harbor in February, 1944, more than doctors and ambulances were there to meet her patients. Reporters and cameramen were on hand as well, hoping to capture human interest stories from the latest Pacific battlefield. News from the Marshall Islands was making headlines; while the American public struggled … More A Victim of Really Tough Luck.
Carl Edward Cooper was born on November 17, 1918, six days into the celebrations that marked the end of humanity’s final war. As a small child, he was cared for by his parents and three older sisters; as he grew, he helped to keep four younger siblings in line. He lost his father in 1928, becoming … More “He Will Not Be Forgotten.”
Carlton Appleby, formerly Lieutenant Appleby of B/1/24 (and later of 1/7th Marines in Korea) passed away last Monday, December 14. He was 92. Mr. Appleby was educated at UCLA on the Navy V-12 program, then earned his commission and was posted to Baker Company, 1/24 in July 1945. Although he saw no combat in World War … More Last Muster: Carlton R. Appleby (1923-2015)
Photo Source Of the hundreds of decorated Marines who served in 1/24, only a handful were eligible to wear this medal. The American Defense Service Medal was reserved for those who were in the service after September 8, 1939, up to and including December 7, 1941. Those who wore the medal with the “Base” clasp … More In It From The First: The Pearl Harbor Contingent
Time to blow some of the dust off the “post” button on this website (we’ve been wearing out the “new page” function lately, more on which below) for a really quite exciting update: there is, or at least STRONGLY appears to be, some footage of 1/24 on Iwo Jima. Color footage. Of the landing and … More Going In, Passing Away, Adding On.
From the October, 1945 muster roll of 1/24. Major Irving Schechter, the last battalion commander, closed the accounts of the handful of men remaining in the battalion seventy years ago today. Most had already transferred away. The younger replacements with time to go on their enlistments were now with service and supply units. The older … More Disbanding
A quick update for blog followers: I met a gent named Bill Michels, Jr. at the reunion. Bill’s dad, 1Lt. William Michels Sr., was a mortar section leader and Silver Star recipient serving with B/1/25. The amazing community surrounding the Fourth Marine Division became a common topic in our conversations since the reunion. Not just the … More New Site: Fourth Marine Division Forum
So, where’s the rest of your party? The gentleman posing this admittedly legitimate question is seated behind a folding card table in the Hospitality Room. He is the keeper of the keys that grant access to every event in the following week, flanked by an honor guard of friendly, yet stoic sailors and Marines. A … More Final Muster: Monday
Long story short: The Fourth Marine Division Association is folding this year. But first–there’s one last liberty call in Jacksonville, North Carolina. I got my marching orders from Gunga. The initial operations plan called for a two-pronged assault, to seize the reunion in the name of Able Company. Gunga and Tracy, old gunner and new assistant. … More Final Muster: Part I
In the previous post, I mentioned a lesson learned in my graduate program: history does not repeat, it echoes, and historians are responsible for those echoes. We choose how to control them. We emphasize events or omit words in the name of editing, of clarity, or willful distortion. We have to pick what to preserve because we can’t … More The Letters.