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#1 4thraiders

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 01:16 PM

William Murl Beatty enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on January, 13th, 1942 in Marysville, Idaho.

William Beatty would join Company D, 22nd Marines on June 11th, 1942 and continue to train with them until July, 14th of the same year when he would enter Para training school.

With the MOS of infantry assault demolitions as his primary MOS and rifleman as his second, Private First Class Beatty would enter the field with the 2nd Parachute Battalion.

From October, 27 to November 5th of 1943 Beatty and the 2nd Marine Parachute Battalion would participate in the Choiseul Island Raid. The purpose of the raid was to convince the Japanese that this was the main Amphibious assault and divert forces away from the landing at Empress Augusta Bay. Although it may not have worked as a diversion, the operation was highly successful as a raid. The Marines took 24 casualties of which 9 were killed, while the Japanese lost 143 dead, two barges, 180 tons of supplies and a sizable amount of fuel. PFC Beatty and the rest of his battalion would join Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Imagein the fight on Bougainville after their raid.

On February 4th, 1944 Beatty returned to San Diego as the Paramarines were dissolved. In March of 1944 William would join Co A, 1st Bn, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division and began training with Engineers. He would still have the designation of an infantry assault demolitions specialist.

On the 19th of February, 1945, with his new rank of Corporal, William Beatty would land on Iwo Jima’s beaches in an area designated as Red Beach 2.
He would fight on with Co. A until March 7th by wound fragments to the left side of his body. He would return to his unit in late April as a rifle NCO and receive an honorable discharge in 1946.

His awards:
Purple Heart medal
Asiatic-Pacific w/ 3 bronze stars
1 Navy unit commendation for the Choiseul Island Raid.
American Campaign
Victory ribbon
Occupation of Japan
Presidential Unit Citation
Good Conduct Medal

Qualified with :

Flamethrower with an 87% grade
Pistol and Rifle qualifications


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Posted 15 April 2019 - 04:56 PM

Very nice!



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Posted 15 April 2019 - 05:44 PM

Very nice!

thanks! And my apologies that the photos got attached in the middle of the text


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Posted 16 April 2019 - 04:54 AM

Great uniform and history. As you probably know there is a book on the Choiseul raid titled "Mission Raise Hell". I have a group to a marine killed on Choiseul I posted a few years ago

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 05:05 AM

Great uniform and history. As you probably know there is a book on the Choiseul raid titled "Mission Raise Hell". I have a group to a marine killed on Choiseul I posted a few years ago
Mark


I didn’t but I’d be very interested in giving it a read! Did you post the grouping here recently?


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Posted 16 April 2019 - 07:16 AM

It's been a few years since I posted it so I'll probably need to repost.

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 07:21 AM

How many USMC para jackets do you have?

 

Another nice one.



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Posted 16 April 2019 - 08:11 AM

It's been a few years since I posted it so I'll probably need to repost.
Mark

would definitely like that!


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Posted 16 April 2019 - 08:13 AM

How many USMC para jackets do you have?
 
Another nice one.



4 ... I sold 2 away. Both nice uniforms and great stories but other things came up


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Posted 16 April 2019 - 09:05 AM

I'd kill for that!   :lol: Beauty!  Seriously, very interested in Choiseul raid - yeah, read MISSION RAISE HELL - great book and great story!!  

 

MES, love to see your grouping!

 

Thanks for posting!

 

Best,

 

Bill K.



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Posted 16 April 2019 - 01:57 PM

Another great uniform. You are finding them. Thanks for sharing. Para uniform's are tough to find . I think I only have 6

 

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 05:26 PM

I'd kill for that!   :lol: Beauty!  Seriously, very interested in Choiseul raid - yeah, read MISSION RAISE HELL - great book and great story!!  
 
MES, love to see your grouping!
 
Thanks for posting!
 
Best,
 
Bill K.


Thank you and I’m going to give it a read!


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Posted 16 April 2019 - 05:26 PM

Another great uniform. You are finding them. Thanks for sharing. Para uniform's are tough to find . I think I only have 6
 
Nick


Thank nick! I’d love to see them!


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Posted 16 April 2019 - 06:39 PM

F76B4520-4C23-4712-875C-C6C49F38F331.jpeg F30190D3-67E5-4A0D-8743-7F4007EE8D6D.jpeg DB59327B-2649-4563-9E50-636DD90931D9.jpeg CFD37ADA-BA62-46B3-97A9-2BF178978BF1.jpeg B7E13386-0123-4C09-876F-AEBCC55FA396.jpeg . Frank Augustine KIA Choiseul Island 10-30- 1943 while on the point. I also have service files and photos of all the kias on Choiseul

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 08:19 PM

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/public/style_images/master/attachicon.gif F76B4520-4C23-4712-875C-C6C49F38F331.jpeghttp://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/public/style_images/master/attachicon.gif F30190D3-67E5-4A0D-8743-7F4007EE8D6D.jpeghttp://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/public/style_images/master/attachicon.gif DB59327B-2649-4563-9E50-636DD90931D9.jpeghttp://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/public/style_images/master/attachicon.gif CFD37ADA-BA62-46B3-97A9-2BF178978BF1.jpeghttp://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/public/style_images/master/attachicon.gif B7E13386-0123-4C09-876F-AEBCC55FA396.jpeg. Frank Augustine KIA Choiseul Island 10-30- 1943 while on the point. I also have service files and photos of all the kias on Choiseul


RIP Marine. Incredible .. that’s probably the only one I’ll ever see


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Posted 18 April 2019 - 06:35 AM

There is more out there. Just give it time to someone esle list,s one. I have never owned one of those groups myself. 

 

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 06:48 AM

 

MES -

 

Thank you so much for posting!  Sounds like you are as obsessed with the Choiseul raid as I am!  Little known event but a fascinating story and a really ferocious battle.  

 

Best,

 

Bill




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