About Pearl Harbour one more lie????? Page 3
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I got a PM. Arguing that the ref. To the Spainish ventures in the New World were different. However I'm not going turn this into a cultural flame war. Suffice to say my ancestors saw it from a different perspective.
In regards to the Para-Marines. Try looking under Parachute Bn. The Marine Corps had I believe 4 Parachute Bn's from roughly 41-44. They never deployed in an Airborne role but as amphibious troops due to lack of heavy lift aircraft and suitable DZ's. They were used extensively in the Solomon Islands. GuadalCanal, Gavutu, Cape Gloucester, New Britian and Bouginville.
They were trained at the USMC/USN Parachute School NAS Lakehurst NJ as opposed to Ft Benning Ga. There were also plans for a Marine Air Infantry formation AKA Glider Troops that never happened.
The Parachute Bn's and the Raider Bn's were stood down in early 1944 Late 43 and desprised throughout the 4th and 5th Marine Divisions as cadre when these divisions stood up. Quite a few of the communicaters from the Parachute Bn's were assigned to the Joint Assault Signals Companies (JASOC) the same type units in the Movie "Windtalkers" and the forerunners of todays ANGLICO.
Marine Parachutists on Iwo were many due to their assignments to 4th and 5th MARDIV's. They include Sgt. Mike Strank,PFC Harlon Block , PFC Ira Hayes among the flag raisers. Cpl. Tony Stein lead an Assault Squad and was awarded a posthoumus Medal of Honor for his actions on Iwo was also a former member of the Para Bn's.
Edit to add: 1st Para Bn. moved to Guadalcanal after Gavutau. They were generally paired with 1st (Edsons) Raiders and fought on Edsons Ridge and Bloody Ridge.
Sgt. Rafael Peralta ,United States Marine Corps
Company A, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regt, 3rd Marine Divison
We will never forget your valor and sacrifice.
Semper Fi !
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Paramarines were widely admired, as were Raiders.
My dad says 2Lt Robert L Manning was killed while leading an assault into a gorge. Several Marines were wounded attempting to recover his body. They didn't want him lying out there, and it took a few days to clear the gorge and get him out.
There was another "canal" Marine in his unit named Boone. Dad went to the brig and got him out just before they loaded up to go to Iwo Jima. Boone was known to have little respect for authority, but was a fearless fighter. He went well ahead of the lines and took out around 6 pillboxes by himself before being killed in action. I have a picture of the bunker where his body was found. He was awarded the Navy Cross for his action on Iwo Jima.
As a group, they accumulated a lot of jewelry.
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And most of them had little wish to wear them at least that was my dad's feeling about the medals he had earned. He said once he'd have traded them all for a good meal when he was out there. His highest decoration none of us ever knew about until he was dead. My brother and I were going through his things and there at the bottom of his dresser we found it. In respect to his wishes of humility and privacy I won't state here which award it was. I will say that though not the Medal of Honor it was damn close. The citation said that he had repeatedly exposed himself to fire in order to ensure that the most effective damage could be inflicted upon the Japanese. And even after having been seriously wounded continued to do the same. I won't elaborate any more on that - that says enough.
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|March 1st, 2005||#30|
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It may be difficult but would WW2 Veterans organisations have information on decorated individual Marines like 2nd Lt Robert L. Manning?
Where can you go to get info like this