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VIETNAM C co. 11th.Eng.Bn.3rd.Marine Div. June1968
Submitted by Frankie X Noe 

General Bruno Hocmuth presents Wayne "Willie" Willison with a Purple Heart while on the USS Repose Hospital Ship.

Wayne was with Echo 2/9 and was wounded on May 14, 1967 while on Operation Hickory in Vietnam.

Submitted by: Wayne "Willie" Willison 

Cpl. William V. Sage
Mortar Battery, 2ndBn 12th Marines
BLT 1/3
August 1967
Operation Beacon Gate
Southeast of Hoi An, RVN

Submitted by: William V. Sage 

Andrew (Andy) Stephen Spooner
(second from the right with the cigarette)
and buddys on Guadalcanal.

Submitted by his son Michael Spooner


Photo of my friend Jim Huff sitting on the beach at Iwo in front of Mt. Suribachi at the 60th Anniversary Reunion in March of 2005. Jim landed on Iwo with I Company 3rd Battalion 21st Regiment 3rd Marine Division and was wounded in March during the battle somewhere near the 3rd airfield. Photo of Iwo vets gathered around the 3rd and 4th Marine Division Cemetary Monument on Iwo during the 60th Anniversary Reunion.

Submitted by: Kathy O'Barr

Otis Alexander Ward

Killed in action on 8 Mar 1944, on Iwo Jima. He served with Co. B, 1st Bn, 21st Marines, 3rd Division. He was a house painter from Pine Bluff, AR., and age 23 at the time of his death.

Does anyone remember Otis?

Submitted by his niece Judy Hillman 

Kenneth R. Blacketer

Kenneth R. Blacketer was with Co. K., 3rd Bn., 9th Marines. He served on Bougainville, Guam, and Iwo Jima. His was from Siletz, Oregon. He was 1/2 native american and 1/2 Irish, but he looked pure Irish. He was discharged as a Corporal.

I don't know which island this was taken on. My father died in 1990. Submitted by his son Ray Blacketer

J.R. Powers with Lt.Gen. Vandergriff

Lt.Gen. Vandergriff presents service medal to John R. Powers on Guam after Iwo Jima Campaign 1945

Note the Caltrap on John's shoulder.
submitted by J. Powers

Sgt. Steve F. Valdez
3rd. ATs 65-66

E CO. 2/3 Guam

This photo was submitted by Lawrence Osman,
son of George W. Osman, who served as BAR man
with 2/3 Marines on Guam and Bougainville

Leonard Kramer

This photo of Leonard Kramer was submitted
by his son, Matthew.

Plt 512 Class of 1942 - San Diego

The men identified in this photo are:

Hardy Turner- Winkelman, Ariz.
Bill Wilcox- Phoenix, Ariz
William Bliesatto (?)- Waukesha, Wis
James Morris -Phoenix, Ariz
Stave Milich- Albuqurque, N. Mex
John McWilliams- Milwaukee, Wis
David Shaw- Petaluma, Ca
Clarence Chiago- Mesa, Ariz
Thomas North- Milwaukee, Wis
Burl Burlingame- Milwaukee, Wis
Steve Medigovich- Bisbee, Ariz
Rex Crandall- Litchfield Park, Ariz
Bill Byfield (?)- San Diego, Ca.
Merritt Daniel- Redding, Ca.

Guam 1944

This is a photo taken during the liberation of Guam, 1944. A tram system was constructed to transport wounded down from Fonte Ridge (Nimitz Plateau-now). My father, Corporal George F. O'Brien-USMCR, (holding onto the rope with his left hand), served with HqCo,1stBn,21stMar(Rein),FMF from September 1942 to November 1945. He participated in the battles of Bougainville, Guam, and Iwo Jima. Maybe someone may be able to identify the others in the photo.
Thanks, Jim O'Brien

Emmett W Queen
B-1-3 Wpns Plt (Guns) Sept 1965

Emmett was originally with K-3-5 1st Mar Div from Jan 65 till July 65 when the Battalion left for Okinawa By Ship (USS Mitchell). Upon arrival on The island Of Okinawa changed it's designation to B-1-3. Emmett served as a M-60 Gunner with B Company in Vietnam from Oct, 1965 till March of 1966, When after operation Orange, and the losses which the company incurred, most of the L/cpl's and below went to D-1-3, and B-1-3 was reformed with new members. Emmett was wounded twice. First Time was during Operation Orange April 5th 1966 (Left leg), and again a couple Months Later.

Retuned Home to CONUS Oct, 1966, Shortly after Operation Hastings, and was again with Wpns Plt H-2-27 5th Mar Div. Emmett stayed in the Corps until Nov, 1969 when Discharged, as a Sgt, having served in the Corps for 5 years. Emmett Queen

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