Eugene J. Sullivan

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NAME:
Eugene John Sullivan
NICKNAME:
SERVICE NUMBER:
519263
HOME OF RECORD:
4437 North Rockwell Street, Chicago, IL
NEXT OF KIN:
Mother, Mrs. Mary A. Sullivan
DATE OF BIRTH:
6/21/1924
SERVICE DATES:
1942 – 1945
DATE OF DEATH:
CAMPAIGN UNIT MOS RATE RESULT
Kwajalein Scout Company, 4th Marine Division 636 PFC  
Saipan HQ/1/24 636 PFC WIA
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS:
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK:
Private First Class

Born in Cook County, Illinois in June, 1924. He was the oldest son of Hubert James Sullivan and Mary Corcoran Sullivan.

Eugene enlisted in the Marine Corps in the last months of 1942, and after boot camp at MCRD San Diego was selected for additional training as a tanker. He wound up as a scout, first for the 4th Tank Battalion, then Headquarters and Service Company, 24th Marines, and finally for the scout company of the 4th Marine Division Headquarters. Eugene was promoted to the rank of Private First Class on January 11, 1944, the day he shipped out for duty overseas. Three weeks later, he experienced combat for the first time in the invasion of the Marshall Islands.

On March 22, 1944, Eugene was transferred to Headquarters Company, First Battalion, 24th Marines. He served with the intelligence section in combat on Saipan for one week before a Japanese machine gun caught him in its sights.

The Chicago Tribune, 30 July 1944.

Eugene was immediately evacuated from Saipan and shipped off to a hospital in Hawaii. His wounds were serious enough to prevent his return to combat, and he was transferred from treatment to treatment before arriving at the hospital of Naval Station Great Lakes – right in his hometown of Chicago. He was discharged for reasons of disability in mid-1945.

Details about Eugene’s life after the war are few. He is known to be deceased at some point between 1977 and 1995, but the exact date is not known.

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