Lionel V. Bolduc

NAME:
Lionel Victor Bolduc
NICKNAME:
SERVICE NUMBER:
459738
HOME OF RECORD:
Willimansett, Holyoke MA
NEXT OF KIN:
Father, Mr. Euclide Bolduc
DATE OF BIRTH:
6/28/1925
SERVICE DATES:
9/15/1942 – 3/7/1945
DATE OF DEATH:
3/7/1945
CAMPAIGN UNIT MOS RATE RESULT
NAMUR A/1/24 745 PFC
SAIPAN A/1/24 745 PFC WIA
TINIAN In Hospital
IWO JIMA A/1/24 737 Corporal KIA
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS:
Purple Heart with Gold Star
LAST KNOWN RANK:
Corporal

Lionel Bolduc was the third of five Bolduc boys born and raised in the town of Willimansett, near Chicopee, Massachusetts. He attended trade school and worked for the American Thread Company before the war broke out.

The Bolduc family before the war. Parents Euclide and Irene are on either side of youngest son Rene; the boys in the back, Joseph, Ernest, Lionel, and Marcel, all served in World War II. Photo uploaded to Ancestry.com by Richard Bolduc
The Bolduc family before the war. Parents Euclide and Irene are on either side of youngest son Rene; the boys in the back, Joseph, Ernest, Lionel, and Marcel, all served in World War II.
Photo uploaded to Ancestry.com by Richard Bolduc

Bolduc joined the Marine Corps on September 16, 1942, just a few months after his seventeenth birthday. Unlike many of his comrades, Bolduc began his training at the New River Training Center in North Carolina; graduates of his Ninth Separate Recruit Battalion were assigned to fill gaps in new units arriving from Parris Island and other depots on the east coast. Private Bolduc was assigned to Company A, First Separate Battalion in late 1942; that unit would become Able Company, 24th Marines when transferred to Camp Pendleton, California. He would train – and go on liberty – with the Marines that became his brothers in arms.

Bolduc (at left) with an unknown female and another Marine, possibly Private Vern Neeson of Company A. Note distortion in original print.
Photo uploaded to Bolduc Family Tree on Ancestry.com by user Richard Bolduc.

About a year after his enlistment, Bolduc was made Private First Class. Although given a brief spell in the brig for “insolence and insubordination to an NCO” in December, 1943, Bolduc proved himself a good Marine in combat on Namur in February 1944, and on Saipan where he was badly wounded on July 6. After returning from the hospital, Lionel was promoted to corporal and placed in charge of a fire team of three other Marines.

Bolduc’s next battle would be his last. He made the February 19, 1945 landing on Iwo Jima, but was killed in action on March 7. The young corporal – closer to eighteen than twenty – was temporarily buried on Iwo Jima.

bolduc grave
Lionel Bolduc’s grave on Iwo. Mount Suribachi is visible in the background.

After the war, the Bolduc family arranged to have their Marine buried in St. Rose de Lima Cemetery in Chicopee, Massachusetts.

4 thoughts on “Lionel V. Bolduc

  1. Thank You for putting my Uncles pictures and information. I have a book from 24th Marines during WW II. Also in the book is a picture PFC Rene Gagnon and wife with PH.M John H Bradley.

  2. My name is Edward Bolduc from Pawtucket, R.I. . I am proud of the Bolduc legacy in the second world war. Lionel must have been a very brave man who gave his life for his country. I also had six brothers who served in the war. Fortunately they all came home safely. God bless all of them.

  3. What a wonderful tribute to such an outstanding young man. I felt sad for the family and their loss. My father and his three brothers fought in europe in the canadian army. The Bolduc family served both our countries proudly and it is important we remember and honor them. Thank you.

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