Ottis O. Boxx

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NAME:
Ottis Oliver Boxx
NICKNAME:
SERVICE NUMBER:
444015
HOME OF RECORD:
Jacksonville, FL
NEXT OF KIN:
Parents, Mr. & Mrs. William F Boxx
DATE OF BIRTH:
4/28/1922
SERVICE DATES:
8/25/1942 – 3/1/1945
DATE OF DEATH:
3/1/1945
CAMPAIGN UNIT MOS RATE RESULT
Roi-Namur D/1/24 605 PFC
Saipan C/1/24 504 PFC
Tinian C/1/24 504 PFC WIA
Iwo Jima C/1/24 600 Corporal KIA
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS:
Purple Heart with Gold Star
LAST KNOWN RANK:
Corporal

Biography coming soon.

6 thoughts on “Ottis O. Boxx

  1. Ottis was my fathers cousin and has always been a hero in my eyes. Thank you cousin for your ultimate sacrifice.

    1. Hi Sue,

      Thank you for your comment. Have you ever been in touch with Glenn Buzzard or “Iron Mike” Mervosh? They both served with and remembered Ottis in their memoirs.

      I’ve just finished with graduate school and am hoping soon to add more about Ottis and his experiences on Iwo Jima–so stay tuned.

      Best,
      Geoffrey

  2. Ottis is my great great uncle, my great grandmothers brother. I am proud to have him as my uncle. And if anyone has some information on him, reply

  3. He is my Grandmother’s (Vera Boxx (Hill)) brother and as I remember being told, which could be way off the truth was… He jumped on a grenade in a foxhole covering the grenade with his chest, to protect I believe it was 6 or so other men in the fox hole in which he received two Purple Hearts. I also would love more information on him if I could find some. I will continue looking and post anything I find, good luck and thank you all for the work that you are doing.

    1. Hi Stephen,

      Thanks for writing – I’m glad you found this page!

      Your family’s recollection is close to the truth. Corporal Boxx was in a shell hole with several other men from his platoon when it was hit by a mortar. Poor Ottis took the brunt of the explosion, and several other men in the shell hole were killed and wounded as well.

      Glenn Buzzard was present in the shell hole, and re-told the story in Gail Chatfield’s “By Dammit, We’re Marines.” I highly recommend this book, as well as Larry Smith’s “Iwo Jima,” as both contain interviews with members of Ottis’ platoon. Unfortunately, Mr. Buzzard and “Iron Mike” Mervosh both passed away in recent months.

      Ottis was first wounded during the landing on Tinian, 24 July 1944; it was not a serious injury and he was back in action four days later. This was his first Purple Heart. The second (a gold star in lieu of a second medal) was awarded for Iwo Jima.

      Remembering him today, on the 73rd anniversary of his death.

      Cheers,
      Geoffrey

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