Iwo Jima Flag Preservation

James Scotella Signed Japanese FlagJames Scotella informed me that this flag was on a dead Japanese soldier lying behind a large boulder. Because the Japanese would quite often “booby trap” their dead soldiers with explosives, James kneeled down behind the boulder while gently tugging on the soldier’s legs. Once the soldier was in the clear, James was able to retrieve the flag.

James told me that he wanted me to have this flag. I told James that I would be the caretaker of the flag, but that it will always be his.

There are 68 signatures in total and they have all been positively identified. All of the signatures are from Marines in the 28th Marine Regiment. 39 signatures have been successfully shared with their respective families. Signatures are listed in alphabetical order.

1) Abbey, Arthur W Chief Pharmacist Mate Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company

2) Arnold, Gordon L Private First Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 521 (Basic)

2a) Bailey, Leonard C Private First Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 745 (Rifleman)

3) Bailey, Wilton W Private First Class I Company, 3rd Battalion, 28th Marines 794 (Bazooka Operator)

4) Barlow, Riley M Private Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 521 (Basic)

5) Barnard, Hubert J Private First Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 521 (Basic)

6) Bauer, Conrad F Private Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 521 (Basic)

7) Baumann, Glenn E Lieutenant Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company Protestant Chaplain. Note: Signature appears backwards because it’s on the back of the flag.

7a) Bennett, John Brook (Bobo) Private First Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 636 (Intelligence Man). Note:  special thanks to Robert W Doty’s wife, Mary Louise Doty, and daughter, Cynthia Doty Aldrich. Without their help, we would have never known the identity of “Bobo Bennett”.

8) Bradley, Paul Francis Lieutenant Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company Catholic Monsignor / Chaplain. Note: Signature appears backwards because it’s on the back of the flag.

9) Calkins, Maurice E Corporal Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 649 (Radio Technician)

10) Camara, Maurice M Private First Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 776 (Radio Operator, Low Speed)

11) Cummiskey, Eugene B Corporal Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 174 (Radio Repairman)

12) Daily, Alvin L Technical Sergeant (TSgt) Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 542 (Communication Chief)

13) Dana, Raymond A Corporal Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 649 (Radio Technician)

14) Davis, Robert H Sergeant Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion 821 (Quartermaster Supply Man)

15) De Gioia, William M Corporal Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 405 (Clerk/ Typist)

16) Denton, Page E Private First Class I Company, 3rd Battalion 675 (Messenger)

17) Digman, Ralph J Private First Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 667 (Message Center Man)

18) Doty, Robert W Private First Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 636 (Intelligence Man)

19) Dubois, Norman L Corporal Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 649 (Radio Technician)

20) Epling, Marshall P Sergeant Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion 595 (Field Wire Chief)

21) Ford, Wallace W Jr. Private First Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 776 (Radio Operator, Low Speed)

22) Foster, John B Corporal Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 800 (Camoufleur)

23) Giliberto, Samuel Private First Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 667 (Message Center Man)

24) Grosinske, Norman A Corporal Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 776 (Radio Operator, Low Speed)

25) Haefele, Max A Private First Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 055 (Clerk, General)

26) Hatch, Vernon A Corporal Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 641 (Telephone Man)

27) Hodges, John M Jr. Corporal Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 800 (Camoufleur)

28) Holes, Floyd O Private First Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 776 (Radio Operator, Low Speed)

29) Jensen, Marvin E Private First Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 776 (Radio Operator, Low Speed)

30) Johnson, Daniel L Private First Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 776 (Radio Operator, Low Speed)

31) Johnson, Norman R Pharmacist Mate Second Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company

32) La Grange, Robert I Private Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 776 (Radio Operator, Low Speed)

33) Langham, William T Private First Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 174 (Radio Repairman)

34) Leslie, Clyde D Pharmacist Mate Second Class Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion

35) Liversedge, Harry B Colonel Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company RCO (Regiment Commanding Officer)

36) Lloyd, John J First Lieutenant Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 9301 (Combat Intelligence Officer)

37) Lynn, William F Lieutenant Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company Regimental Surgeon

38) Mavis, Wilbert H Private Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 641 (Telephone Man / Field Lineman)

39) Mc Cabe, Thomas F Private Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 776 (Radio Operator, Low Speed)

40) McDonald, James T Jr. Private First Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 776 (Radio Operator, Low Speed)

41) McNulty, James E Private First Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 776 (Radio Operator, Low Speed)

42) Migliaccio, Michael R Corporal Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 667 (Message Center Man)

43) Miller, James E Private First Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 641 (Telephone Man)

44) Nelson, William L Sergeant Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 821 (Quartermaster Supply Man)

45) O’Donnell, William C Second Lieutenant Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company AS-2 (Assistant Intelligence Officer)

46) Provencher, Donald G Private Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 641 (Telephone Man / Field Lineman)

47) Raap, George A Private Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 521 (Basic)

48) Rice, William Russell Corporal Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 667 (Message Center Man)

49) Rickenbacher, Frank L Private First Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 667 (Message Center Man)

50) Rondeau, Richard J Technical Sergeant (TSgt) Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 275 (Classification Specialist)

51) Ronstrom, Alfred C Pharmacist Mate Second Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company

52) Ruch, Edward J Private First Class I Company, 3rd Battalion 522 (Security Guard)

53) Satterfield, Leo F Corporal Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 641 (Telephone Man / Field Lineman)

53a) Schell, Pete V Private Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 345 (Truck Driver, Light or Chauffeur)

54) Scotella, James Joseph Private First Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 667 (Message Center Man)

55) Seright, Gerald B Sergeant Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 641 (Telephone Man / Field Lineman)

56) Sirico, Henry W Private First Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 345 (Truck Driver, Light or Chauffeur)

57) Skowron, Theodore W Private Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 521 (Basic)

58) Smith, LaVern A Private First Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 636 (Intelligence Man)

59) Snyder, Arthur K Staff Sergeant Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 783 (Currently Unknown)

60) Stilson, Robert W Private First Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 667 (Message Center Man)

61) Strzegowski, Leonard M Staff Sergeant Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 076 (Draftsman, Topographic)

62) Thomas, Robert L Corporal Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 641 (Telephone Man / Field Lineman)

63) Walker, Glennen J Private First Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 776 (Radio Operator, Low Speed)

64) Walker, Stanley C Private First Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 776 (Radio Operator, Low Speed)

65) Young, Arthur L Private First Class Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company 641 (Telephone Man / Field Lineman)

Harry Bluett Liversedge
Sept 21, 1894 – Nov 25, 1951

Harry B LiversedgeIn January 1944, Harry Bluett Liversedge was transferred to the Fifth Marine Division, and given command of the 28th Marines, the unit ultimately chosen to lead the assault on the volcanic island of Iwo Jima in February 1945. It would become one of the most famous battles of the Pacific war, and the bloodiest battle in the history of the United States Marines. When the Marines first landed, they were pinned down on the open beach by deadly Japanese fire. When Liversedge and his second-in-command, Lt. Col. Robert Williams, landed twenty minutes after the first wave, they found their men burrowed into the volcanic beach sand, under heavy fire. Lt. Greeley Wells described the scene: “We were all loaded down with equipment, and the beach sand was volcanic and very hard to walk in. The artillery fire was getting pretty heavy at this point, there was machine-gun fire.” Men were being killed all around him, “so it was obvious to me that we had to get out.” Wells described what happened next:

About that time we were all lying together, just hordes of men — the beach was literally covered with men — and suddenly I saw Liversedge and Williams walk up the beach as if they were in the middle of a parade. Williams had his riding crop, which was slapping on the side of his leg, both of them were urging us on, saying, “Get up! Get up! Get off the damn beach!” It was an amazing thing. They walked the length of that dog-gone beach yelling at the men, and the Marines just did it — they got up and started to move. Of course it jarred me as well, and I got up, and we got over the high ground. Suddenly we were in the middle of this damn battle and there were casualties like nothing you’d ever seen.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) http://www.californiagoldenblogs.com/2012/6/13/3011285/harry-liversedge-cals-most-heroic-olympian

Harry B Liversedge Grave MarkerSource: FindAGrave Memorial 29621127

Harry B Liversedge Grave MarkerSource: FindAGrave Memorial 29621127

Father Paul Francis Bradley
May 13, 1914 – July 5, 2005

Father Paul Francis BradleyChaplains, who made their headquarters at the regimental command posts, found that their greatest usefulness was near the front close to battalion aid stations. Formal services were limited to those few times battalions were brought out of the lines into rest areas, but many men welcomed Scripture reading and prayer with the chaplains in their foxholes.

Moving around the front, Father Bradley (28th Marines) said Mass daily for every company in the regiment. His alter was the largest foxhole in the area. Father Bradley never wore a helmet; back in camp the men had gotten used to seeing him in a baseball cap, and he wanted to be sure they would recognize him under several layers of sand and dust.

Media:
1) Father Paul Francis Bradley – WWII, Iwo Jima
2) Father Bradley Remembered – A Journey of Faith, Official Trailer
3) Catholic TV Network – Tribute to Paul Francis Bradley

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) http://www.5thmarinedivision.com/the-battle-of-iwo-jima.html
4) http://www.findagrave.com
5) Ancestry.com

Frank Louis Rickenbacher
July 13, 1925 – Dec 25, 1991 (Age 66)

Frank Louis RickenbacherPrivate First Class, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division. According to the January and April 1945 Muster Rolls, Frank was a Message Center Man.

Photo courtesy of Frank’s daughter, Susan Stabler, and wife, Mary – 3/7/2016

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) Ancestry.com

Military class, Camp Pendleton, CA 1943Military class, Camp Pendleton, CA 1943.

Photo courtesy of Frank’s daughter, Susan Stabler, and wife, Mary – 3/7/2016

Frank Louis Rickenbacher: 1991

Frank Louis RickenbacherPhoto courtesy of Frank’s daughter, Susan Stabler, and wife, Mary – 3/7/2016

Hubert J Barnard
Sept 19, 1925 – July 28, 2002

Hubert J BarnardPrivate First Class, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division.

Photo courtesy of Hubert’s nephew, Eric Harris – 3/11/2016

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) Ancestry.com

Marvin E Jensen

Marvin Jensen - WWII_resizedPrivate First Class, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division. According to the January 1945 Muster Roll 0794, Marvin was a Radio Operator.

Photo courtesy of Marvin’s son, Michael Jensen – 4/5/2016.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) Ancestry.com

Marvin E Jensen (2016)

Marvin E JensenPhoto courtesy of Marvin’s son, Michael Jensen – 4/5/2016.

Norman Arnold Grosinske
Apr 9, 1925 – Friday, July 23, 2010

Norman Arnold Grosinske - Dress FatiguesCorporal, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division. According to the January 1945 Muster Roll 0794, Norman was a Radio Operator.

Photo source: http://www.helke.com/obituary/Norman-A.-Grosinske/_/843434

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) Ancestry.com

Robert Wayne Doty
July 17, 1925 – May 5, 1972

Robert Wayne DotyPrivate First Class, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division. According to the January and April 1945 Muster Rolls, Robert was an Intelligence Man.

Photos courtesy of Robert’s nephew and daughter – 2016.

Note: Click on image for a larger view.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) FindAGrave Memorial 141912519
4) Ancestry.com

Robert Wayne Doty Grave MarkerPhoto courtesy of Robert’s daughter, Cynthia Doty Aldrich (11/19/2016)

John Brook Bennett
Jan 7, 1926 – Jan 27, 1995

John Brook Bennett & Robert W DotyBottom (right to left): John Brook Bennett (Bobo) & Robert Wayne Doty. Photo courtesy of Robert’s daughter, Cynthia Doty Aldrich (11/19/2016).

Private First Class, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division. According to the January and April 1945 Muster Rolls, John was an Intelligence Man.

John B Bennett enlisted in the Marine Corps on November 10, 1943. He and Robert W Doty were good friends in Iwo Jima.  Robert was shot in the back (The Spearhead, page 194) and John carried him to the medics. The Doty family has always credited John for saving Robert’s life. After Robert Doty’s passing from a massive heart attack in 1972, his wife, Mary Louise, and the Bennett family got back in touch.  They have corresponded throughout the years.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) Ancestry.com

John Marion Hodges Jr.
June 29, 1919 – Jan 27, 1986

John Marion Hodges Jr.Corporal, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division. According to the January and April 1945 Muster Rolls, John was a Camoufleur.

Photo courtesy of John’s wife and daughter.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) FindAGrave Memorial 3900095
4) Ancestry.com

John Marion Hodges Jr.Photo courtesy of John’s wife and daughter.

John Marion Hodges Jr. Grave MarkerSource: FindAGrave Memorial 3900095

James E Miller
March 15, 1923 – July 9, 2001

James E MillerPrivate First Class, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division. According to the January and April 1945 Muster Rolls, James was a Telephone Man. James’ nickname while in the service was “Goon”.

Photo courtesy of James’ son, Russell, and daughter-in-law, Nancy – 2/20/2016.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) Ancestry.com

Daniel Lyle Johnson

Daniel Lyle JohnsonPrivate First Class, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division. Daniel was a radio operator.

Photo courtesy Daniel’s daughter, Sandra Sherman.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.

Japan

Daniel Lyle Johnson in JapanDaniel in Japan as part of the occupation forces.

Photo courtesy Daniel’s daughter, Sandra, and grandson, Richie.

Japan

(L-R) Hurlburt, McArdle, Johnson, Kelly, McDonald (Our pinups on blackboard in own room. A pinochle game was in progress)Daniel and some other soldiers playing a game of pinochle.

Left to right: Corporal Russell L Hurlburt, First Sergeant Vernard C McArdle (Weapons Company, 21st Marines, 3rd Marine Division), Daniel Lyle Johnson, Warrant Officer Peter J Kelly and Private First Class James T. McDonald. Note pinups on blackboard.

Photo courtesy Daniel’s daughter, Sandra, and grandson, Richie.

Daniel Lyle Johnson
Then and Now (2015)

Daniel Lyle Johnson Then and Now (2015)Photos courtesy Daniel’s daughter, Sandra Sherman.

Robert W Stilson

Robert W StilsonPrivate First Class, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division. According to the January and April 1945 Muster Rolls, Robert was a Message Center Man. Robert’s nickname while in the service was “Snake”.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) Ancestry.com

Robert W Stilson
Then and Now

019Photos courtesy Robert’s son, Robert Stilson – 2016.

Donald Goddard Provencher
Aug 2, 1925 – Jan 25, 1994 (Age 68)

Donald Goddard ProvencherPrivate, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division. According to the January and April 1945 Muster Rolls, Donald was a Telephone Man / Field Lineman.

Photo: Donald at age 38. Courtesy Donald’s niece by marriage, Marge Mero, 4/12/2016.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) Ancestry.com

Eugene B Cummiskey
Feb 11, 1919 – Nov 6, 1978

Eugene B CummiskeyCorporal, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division. According to the January and April 1945 Muster Rolls, Eugene was a Radio Repairman.

Photo courtesy of Eugene’s daughter, Peggy, and her daughter-in-law – 3/11/2016

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) Ancestry.com

Eugene and Helen Cummiskey: October 1977

Eugene and Helen Cummiskey: October 1977Photo courtesy of Eugene’s daughter, Peggy, and her daughter-in-law – 3/11/2016

Conrad F Bauer
February 2016

Conrad F Bauer February 2016Private, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.

Page E Denton
Dec 3, 1921 – May 2, 1994

Page E Denton December 3, 1921 - May 2, 1994 (Age 73)Private First Class, I Company, 3rd Battalion, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division. Page enrolled in the USMC on December 22, 1943.

Photo courtesy of his niece, Darla – 3/4/2016.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) Ancestry.com

Page and Dorothy Denton

Page and Dorothy DentonPhoto courtesy of his niece, Darla – 3/4/2016.

Page E Denton
Dec 3, 1921 – May 2, 1994

Page E Denton ObituaryPhoto courtesy of his niece, Darla – 3/4/2016.

Vernon Alfred Hatch
July 7, 1923 – Nov 7, 2001

Vernon Alfred Hatch July 7, 1923 - November 7, 2001Corporal, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division. According to the January and April 1945 Muster Rolls, Vernon was a Telephone Man. Vernon’s nickname while in the service was “Baldy”.

Photo courtesy Vernon’s daughter, Lesa – 3/12/2016.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) FindAGrave Memorial 53603259
4) Ancestry.com

Vernon Alfred Hatch: August 2001

Vernon Alfred Hatch: August 2001Vernon in Evergreen, Colorado just a few months before he passed away.

Photo courtesy Vernon’s daughter, Lesa – 3/12/2016.

Vernon Alfred Hatch Grave MarkerSource: FindAGrave Memorial 53603259

John J Lloyd
Dec 9, 1916 – April 11, 1985

John J Lloyd December 9, 1916 - April 11, 1985 Grave MarkerFirst Lieutenant, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) FindAGrave Memorial 51242073
4) Ancestry.com

Wilton W Bailey
Dec 24, 1925 – Oct 26, 1992

Wilton W Bailey December 24, 1925 - October 26, 1992 Grave markerPrivate First Class, I Company, 3rd Battalion, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division. According to the January and April 1945 Muster Rolls, Wilton was a Bazooka Operator.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) FindAGrave Memorial 50202099
4) Ancestry.com

William C O’Donnell
June 7, 1917 – June 19, 1968

William C O'Donnell June 7, 1917 - June 19, 1968 Grave MarkerSecond Lieutenant, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) FindAGrave Memorial 97999591
4) Ancestry.com

Samuel Giliberto
Sept 19, 1913 – July 18, 1993

Samuel Giliberto September 19, 1913 - July 18, 1993 Grave MarkerPrivate First Class, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) FindAGrave Memorial 153927336
4) Ancestry.com

Robert Lee Thomas
April 18, 1915 – Oct 22, 1954

Robert Lee Thomas April 18, 1915 - October 22, 1954 Grave MarkerCorporal, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) FindAGrave Memorial 55372187
4) Ancestry.com

Robert H Davis
Feb 5, 1912 – July 18, 1996

Robert H Davis February 5, 1912 - July 18, 1996Sergeant, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) FindAGrave Memorial 69802515
4) Ancestry.com

Robert H Davis February 5, 1912 - July 18, 1996 Grave MarkerResearch source: FindAGrave Memorial 69802515

Leo F Satterfield
Dec 3, 1923 – Jan 6, 2006

Leo F Satterfield December 3, 1923 - January 6, 2006 Grave MarkerCorporal, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division. Leo’s nickname while in the service was “Satts”.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) FindAGrave Memorial 60840135
4) Ancestry.com

Gerald Ben Seright
April 4, 1920 – Oct 26, 2012

Gerald Ben Seright April 4, 1920 - October 26, 2012Sergeant, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division. Gerald’s nickname while in the service was “Jerry”.

Photo courtesy of Gerald’s wife, Janet – 2016

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) FindAGrave Memorial 99995059
4) Ancestry.com

Gerald Ben Seright Pulling Communications LineGerald (foreground) winding communications line.

Photo courtesy of Gerald’s wife, Janet – 2016

Gerald Ben Seright
April 4, 1920 – Oct 26, 2012

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Gerald Ben Seright April 4, 1920 - October 26, 2012 Grave MarkerSource: FindAGrave Memorial 99995059

George A Raap
May 12, 1923 – Jan 1, 2007

George A Raap May 12, 1923 - January 1, 2007 Grave MarkerPrivate, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) FindAGrave Memorial 33143164
4) Ancestry.com

John E Ruch
July 18, 1925 – Nov 18, 2006

John E Ruch July 18, 1925 - November 18, 2006 Grave MarkerPrivate First Class, I Company, 3rd Battalion, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) FindAGrave Memorial 37718199
4) Ancestry.com

Arthur L Young
Sept 15, 1925 – March 16, 2014

Arthur L Young September 15, 1925 - March 16, 2014

Private First Class, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) FindAGrave Memorial 126501547
4) Ancestry.com

Arthur L Young September 15, 1925 - March 16, 2014 Grave MarkerSource: FindAGrave Memorial 126501547

Alfred C Ronstrom
May 15, 1922 – Jan 8, 1988

Alfred C Ronstrom May 15, 1922 - January 8, 1988 Grave MarkerPharmacist Mate Second Class, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) FindAGrave Memorial 93923558
4) Ancestry.com

Arthur K Snyder
July 11, 1922 – May 8, 1999

Arthur K Snyder July 11, 1922 - May 8, 1999 Grave MarkerStaff Sergeant, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) FindAGrave Memorial 93769383
4) Ancestry.com

Richard J Rondeau
May 31, 1923 – Dec 18, 2013

Richard J Rondeau May 31, 1923 - December 18, 2013Technical Sergeant (TSgt), Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) FindAGrave Memorial 121960248
4) http://magounbiggins.tributes.com/obituary/read/Richard-J.-Rondeau-97374600

Richard J Rondeau

Richard J Rondeau

Alvin Leon Daily
July 30, 1918 – June 1, 2012

Alvin Leon Daily July 30, 1918 - June 1, 2012

Technical Sergeant (TSgt), Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division.

Photo: Alvin L Daily during the occupation of Japan. He was known to his radiomen as “Old Sarge” because, at age 25, he was older than most of them.

Photo source: Alvin’s daughter, Shannon – 2/6/2015.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) FindAGrave Memorial 91292939

Alvin Leon Daily July 30, 1918 - June 1, 2012 Grave MarkerSource: FindAGrave Memorial 91292939

Pete V Schell
Jan 12, 1927 – March 5, 1986

Pete V Schell January 12, 1927 - March 5, 1986 Grave MarkerPrivate, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) FindAGrave Memorial 104882435

LaVern Alfred Smith
July 18, 1923 – June 14, 1952

LaVern Alfred Smith July 18, 1923 - June 14, 1952 Military PhotoPrivate First Class, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division. According to the January and April 1945 Muster Rolls, LaVern was an Intelligence Man.

According to the October 1945 Muster Roll 1068 (Page 6901) and the January 1946 Muster Roll 1114 (Page 5079), LaVern was transferred to the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division sometime between October 1945 and January 1946. All of the 5th Marine Division was transferred to the 2nd Marine Division for the occupation of Japan.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) FindAGrave Memorial 120952951
4) Ancestry.com

LaVern Alfred Smith July 18, 1923 - June 14, 1952 Grave MarkerSource: FindAGrave Memorial 120952951

Theodore Walter Skowron
Nov 28, 1925 – Sept 14, 1992

Theodore Walter Skowron November 28, 1925 - September 14, 1992Private, Headquarters & Service (H & S) Company, 28th Marines (Regiment), 5th Marine Division.

Photo courtesy of his son, Michael Skowron. Special thanks to Michael for sharing his story with The Citizen in Auburn, New York.

Research sources:
1) January 1945 Muster Roll 0794.
2) April 1945 Muster Roll 0965.
3) FindAGrave Memorial 9162782
4) Ancestry.com

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