For the 241st birthday of the Marine Corps, here are the photos of William Thomas Smith, Jr. – a Marine who packed a lot into six years. Bill was a West Virginia native who decided early on that he wanted to serve in the Marines – so much so that he falsified his date of birth … More Old Breed to New Breed
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
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)
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
Gerald L. Kyes – formerly Corporal Kyes, C/1/24 – passed away on April 26, 2016, just three days after his ninetieth birthday. “Kyser” was born and raised in Skowhegan, Maine, and dropped out of high school to enlist in the Marines at the age of seventeen. He joined Charlie Company in September 1944 as a … More Gerald L. Kyes (1926 – 2016)
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.