Quantico, VA; relieved from active duty - Dec 8, '45
Butte, MT: USMC Reserves - Dec '45 - inactive duty
Relieved of active duty with USMC Reserves - '55
Five Battle Stars:
USMC Good Conduct Medal
Presidential Unit Citation - won 3 times, indicated by three gold stars.
Navy Unit Citation - won twice, indicated by 2 battle stars.
Asiatic-Pacific - won five times, indicated by 5 battle stars.
Marine Corps Reserve Medal
Note: "Forgotten Battalion" survivors feel that we are entitled to six combat stars for our "Asiatic-Pacific" ribbon, but the brass considers the
Marianias campaign as one battle. We were the only outfit that had to endure
two combat landings.... Saipan AND Guam.
Medals shown below: USMC Good Conduct Medal, USMC Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, and Asian-Pacific Campaign.
Aug 07, '42 - Nov 13, '42 South Pacific Area
Nov 20, '42 - Dec 08, '45 Central Pacific Area
Promoted to PFC 1st Class - Apr '42
Promoted to Corporal - Mar '43
Promoted to Sergeant - Sep '44
Commission as 2nd Lieutenant - Feb '45 --- (backdated to Dec 2, '44)
Promotion to 1st Lieutenant - Dec 02, '45
Promotion to Captain - Jun 25, '52
Aug 07 - Aug 09, '42Guadalcanal - Tulagi Area, Solomon Islands
Oct 09 - Jan 30, '42Guadalcanal - Tulagi Area, Solomon Islands
Nov 20 - Nov 27, '43Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands
Jun 18 - Jul 15 '44Saipan, Marianas Islands
Jul 21 - Aug 15 '44Guam, Marianas Islands
Feb 20 - Mar 16, '45Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands
CAMPS, BIVOUACS & DUTY STATIONS
Jan 05 - Mar 01, '42Boot Camp, U.S.M.C. Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA
Mar 01 - July 01, '42Camp Elliot, CA
Jul 01 - Aug 07, '42USS President Jackson; Tonga Tabu; & Fiji Islands
Aug 10 - Oct 08, '42Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides Islands
After Tarawa, I was in the half of the 3rd Battalion
which was detached from the 2nd Division and attached
to the "Fleet Marine Force". This meant that we could be
assigned to any Marine Division needing extra artillery support. This is how we earned our title, "The Forgotten Battalion".