Walter F. Backus

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NAME:
Walter F. Backus
NICKNAME:
SERVICE NUMBER:
388556
HOME OF RECORD:
Willard, WI
NEXT OF KIN:
Mother, Ms. Sue Parmenter
DATE OF BIRTH:
7/4/1921
SERVICE DATES:
4/7/1942 – 11/1/1945
DATE OF DEATH:
12/4/2015
CAMPAIGN UNIT MOS RATE RESULT
Dutch Harbor Marine Detachment Private  
Saipan H&S/24 636 PFC  
Tinian H&S/24 636 PFC  
Iwo Jima H&S/24 636 Corporal  
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS:
LAST KNOWN RANK:
Corporal

Walter Backus joined the Marine Corps in April, 1942. After completing his boot training, he was sent to guard duty at Puget Sound Navy Yard; then, in response to Japanese attacks against the Aleutians, he transferred up to Dutch Harbor, Alaska to help defend the naval air station from further attacks. When the threat subsided, he was returned to Washington State as a private first class.

In early 1944, Backus was transferred to the 4th Signal Company and traveled to Camp Maui, where he joined Company B, 24th Marines shortly after their return from the invasion of Roi-Namur. He was intended to be a replacement for one of the company’s rifle platoons, but somewhere along the line it was discovered that he had a talent for scouting. In March, Backus was transferred a final time to the Headquarters and Service Company of the 24th Marines, joining the Regimental Intelligence (R-2) section as a scout.

Backus saw action on Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima with the 24th Marines. He was honorably discharged as a corporal at the end of the war.

Walter Backus passed away on December 4, 2015. View his obituary here.

4 thoughts on “Walter F. Backus

  1. Walter is my grandfather and he is 94 this year. We sure enjoy visiting him as he enjoys telling us stories about his time as a Marine. Just found this website and thanks for sharing all your information!

  2. Walter Backus was my last surviving Uncle, my mothers brother. He was a very friendly and humorous man who always made you laugh. He will be missed but not forgotten.

    1. Hi Tim,

      Very sorry to learn of your loss. I’ve updated Walter’s page with a link to his obituary. He sounds like a wonderful man and I’m sorry I never got the chance to speak to him in person.

      Geoffrey

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