World War II 1
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Joined at the age of 17 in the First Marine Division, 7th Marines. Was wounded on the island of Peleliu on September 15, 1943 by Japanese light artillery while manning a light machine gun emplacement. Duty was to prevent Japanese troops from using anti-tank trenches to move through. Turned 18 while on a hospital ship. Received the Purple Heart. Was returned to active duty in a Special Weapons Squad and landed on Okinawa as part of the invasion forces. His squad carried demolitions, bazooka and a light machine gun. Later was part of the "China Marines" occupying forces.