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Well how about the Navy? Here is a group to

 

Lieutenant Commander. Francis Lewis Bailey, Jr, US Navy Lighter Than Air (LTA) Blimp Pilot, and Aft Gunnery Officer on the USS Helena (Pearl Harbor survivor) and 3 of the earlier Guadalcanal Served (1940-1946). Naval Reserves (1946-1959).

 

Naval actions: Campaigns:

#1 PEARL HARBOR - MIDWAY: 7 December 1941 USS Helena torpedoed, saved from sinking by water tight doors and counter flooding.

#2 CAPE ESPERANCE: 11 - 12 October 1942 (Second Savo)

#3 CAPTURE AND DEFENSE OF GUADACANAL: 4 - 12 November 1942, 5 January 1943

#4 GUADALCANAL (Third Savo): 12 -15 November 1942

#5 ANTI -SUBMARINE ASSESSMENT:11 February 1943

 

Francis Lewis Bailey, Jr. was born 30 September 1915 in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to the War Bailey worked for Coca-Cola Bottling Company, 1334 Central Ave., Los Angeles.

 

From a short history by his son Steve Bailey: Francis Lewis Bailey, Jr. after attending the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for 2 1/2 years and spending 1 1/2 years at U.C.L.A., enrolled in the first Officer Candidate School for the U. S. Navy in 1940. He graduated with top honors and was assigned to duty on the newly commissioned Light Cruiser U. S. S. Helena (CL-50). Note: Report of separation dated 1946 – lists him as enlisting in the Navy 9 July 1940 and was an Able bodied Seaman (AS), and being commissioned on 14 Nov. 1940. He came aboard just after her shake down cruise to South America where her crew (unofficially) investigated the derelict German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee in Montevideo harbor after her scuttling(see photos). Bailey would be part of 4 of the most hard fought Naval battles of the early part of WW2. Bailey was assigned to the USS Helena in 1940. He served in the above campaigns, and was selected for pilot training in 1943. Served out of the U. S. Naval Base at Recife, Brazil (ZP-42) to escort the Allied convoys going across the Atlantic from Brazil to North Africa to support the war in Europe. The German U Boats were still active but they had great respect for blimps as the slow moving dirigibles could track a submarine at their own speed and rain down depth charges on them. They had a few “kills” but the deterrent factor was enormous. Released in 1946, and joined the Naval Reserves until 1959. This is a large group: medals, medal boxes, wings, etc. Many original photos and original paperwork including DD-214.

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Ike jacket of Kenneth R. Turner of the 182nd Inf. Regiment of the Americal Division. He must have got sent back to the states then went to the ETO. Haven't been able to find out what he did though. Has the rare unofficial 2nd USMC Div. cuff striker. My personal opinion is that he switched the SSI after the war for reunions, but this could very well be how he wore it home. His Navy PUC has one of the harder to find blue painted stars.

 

 

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Looking for any WWII 104th "Timberwolf" Division items.

Including items from the 413th, 414th, and 415th Infantry Regiments 104th Recon Troop, 329th Engineer Battalion, 329th Medical Battalion

385th, 386th, 387th, and 929th Field Artillery Battalions 804th Ordnance Company 104th Quartermaster Company 104th Signal Company

555th Anti-Aircraft Battalion, 750th Tank Battalion 692nd Tank Destroyer Battalion 817th Tank Destroyer Battalion

 

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Not Operation Wachtower, but these photos are from Guadalcanal circa 1943/1944. The 40th Infantry "Sunshine" Division (California National Guard) moved from Hawaii to Guadalcanal in late 1943. From the Divisional History:

 

During December, the division moved to Guadalcanal for further training and limited combat patrolling. While on the "canal", the division didn't battle the Japanese. They instead fought the island's muddy conditions, its swamps, and mosquito-borne malaria. The division, now part of the 1st Marine Amphibious Corps, then moved to Cape Gloucester on New Britain Island and relieved the 1st Marine Division on 23 April 1944. The 40th conducted combat operations until 27 November 1944, when it was relieved by the 5th Australian Division. The 40th then assembled at Borgen Bay the next day and departed New Britain on 9 December 1944 for the their next objective, The Philippines.

 

40th DIVISION DEBARKING AT GUADALCANAL

 

DEBARKING AT GUADALCANAL GIS ON THE BARGE

 

KUKUM DOCK GUADALCANAL

 

TRANSPORTS THAT BROUGHT TROOPS FROM OAHU TO GUADALCANAL

 

US ARMY 40th DIVISION, GI's HANGING OUT ABOARD SHIP

 

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....and a few more. Most of the photo collection I have documents the 40th Division activities in Hawaii, on New Britain, Luzon and elsewhere in the Philippines

 

COCONUTS GUADALCANAL

 

WRECKED JAPANESE SHIP BEACHED GUADALCANAL

 

40TH DIVISION PARAKEETS GUADALCANAL

 

GIS IN CHOW LINE GUADALCANAL

 

COMPANY STREET GUADALCANAL

 

I resized these photos so if you want to see any detail, let me know and I'll post the larger version.

 

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Everyone, Very nice contributions! Look forward to seeing more!

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Here is Harold Hayes Dress Blues. He was one of the first wave to hit the beach at Guadacanal with the 2nd Division. Two days later he assaulted Gavutu where he earned a Silver Star for wiping out a cave of 35 Japanese Snipers. He later was wounded on Saipan and was in the 3rd Wave to hit Iwo with the 5th Division.

 

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Very nice posts guys. Love it, Keep it coming. I have posted a few guad groups in other sections a while ago.

 

Nick

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Collecting Marine Raider Groups

On the battlefield, Pfc Edward Ahrens, an Able Company BAR man, lay dying, soaked in his own blood.

 

As his company commander, Lew Walt cradled him in his arms, he surveyed the scene around them. Nearby lay a Japanese officer, a sergeant, and thirteen enlisted men, all dead. Ahrens had been shot twice in the chest and bayoneted three times. He whispered to Walt, "Captain, they tried to come over me last night, but I don't think they made it." Choking back tears, Walt replied softly, "They didn't, Eddy. They didn't."

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Here is a Dress Blue jacket that I am restoring the ribbons on. I am still missing a couple. But he was a Sgt for Weapons Company 1st Marine Regiment on Guadalcanal. The first Marines were the unit that was shown in the series the Pacific, and there is a good chance he would have known John Basilone and maybe even Robert Leckie. Being weapons company I imagine he would have most likely been a heavy machine gunner. But I guess he could have been mortars as well. I will have to get his records to find out for sure. After Guadalcanal he returned stateside to train new Marines for the rest of the war.

 

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Flew support missions off Guadalcanal with the 67th FS starting sept of 42.

 

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My contributions:

 

1st Division USMC Guadalcanal Hero:

 

http://ww2militarymemoirs.blogspot.com.br/2012/05/1st-division-usmc-guadalcanal-hero.html

 

USMC "Cactus Air Force" VMSB-234, IV MAW veteran:

 

http://ww2militarymemoirs.blogspot.com.br/2012/09/usmc-vmsb-234-iv-maw-veteran.html

 

873rd Airborne Engineer Aviation Battalion veteran:

 

http://ww2militarymemoirs.blogspot.com.br/2012/05/veterano-do-873rd-airborne-engineer.html

 

Ricardo.

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I have a marked helmet to Ph.M. 1st class Gordon Heafield. He joined the Navy in 1939 and was soon with the 2nd Marine Division in California. He landed with Company B, 2nd Tanks, 8th Marines (Reinforced) on Guadalcanal on NOv. 4th, 1942 and left with the 2nd Division on January 31 for Wellington, New Zealand for rest and training for the landings at Tarawa. He was in New Zealand from Feb. until late August, 1943. He was sent state-side with a bad case of Malaria and was eventually medically discharged.

 

Cheers,

 

Mike

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Just a teaser for now...part of a group to a Marine with Iceland service and Guadalcanal with 2/6, whatever his wound was (still researching) on the 'canal was enough to send him stateside for the remainder of the war

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"FOR OUR TOMORROWS, THEY GAVE THEIR TODAYS"
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Sgt Jesse 'Jeff Nasty' Balthaser
Sgt John P Huling
Cpl Carlos 'Gilo Monster' Gilorozco
Cpl Stephen C 'Socks' Sockalosky
LCpl Joshua A 'Scottie' Scott
LCpl Jason Lee 'Birdman' Frye
LCpl Nicolas B Morrison
LCpl Jon T Hicks
LCpl Osbrany 'Oz' Montes De Oca
Pvt Lewis T D Calapini
'The SOI 5'

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All the photos have been added back in to this one as requested. Nice thread.

 

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1st marine division uniform named to Leon Dillon who served with I co. 3rd battalion 5th marines as a motor crewman made the aug7 1942 landing on Guadalcanal and later wia in New Brittian

 

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Hi everyone, here is my contribution :

Horace Leslie " Les '' Ferrell was born on small farm in Grady Country, Georgia in 1920. He joined the USN in March 1940 and trained as s Pharmacist's Mate. Ferrell volunteered for the new Marine Parachute program and went throught jump school at the Naval Air Statrion, Lakehurst, New Jersey. He joined the 1st Marine Parachute Battalion, which underwent further training at New River, North Carolina. The battalion them shipped out to the Pacific and took part in the invasion of the Solomon Islands on 7August 1942.

The 1st Parachute Battalion assaulted Gavutu, and although it was an amphibious attack,it marked the first time that American Paratroopers fought in combat. Ferrell helped to treat the commanding officer, Major Robert Williams, when he was hit by enemy gunfire. Ferrell was in action again on Guadalcanal in the Battle of Bloody Ridge,during 12 - 14 September. He was wounded in action there and later received the Purple Heart medal. Ferrell stayed with the Paratroopers until those units were deactivated in 1944, he returned to the Navy and served until the war ended. After WWII, he lived in Florida. He died in 2010.

Semper Fi. Tom

 

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In memory of 798 Marine Raiders who were killed in action in World War II.

In memory of four U.S. Army Servicemans from 328th regiment , 26th infantry division.

THOMAS BOWMAN KIA 10/30 1944

WILLIAM Bereza KIA 12/24 1944

CHESTER MUNDELIUS KIA 3/14 1945

ALAN Milne KIA 4/8 1945

 

And when he gets to Heaven, Saint Peter he will tell: "Another Marine reporting, sir — I've served my time in Hell!"

 

 

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Just saw this thread again so here is one of mine. Uniform of Major General Paul J. Fontana who as a major took his VMF-112 into Henderson Field on Nov. 2, 1942 to become part of the Cactus Air Force. Awarded his Navy Cross for action there.

 

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RIP Molly...Oct. 2000 - July 2013 For 13 years you have been my best friend and companion, giving love and asking only for love in return. May you rest now, free from your pain. I will miss you girl, and will keep you in my heart forever....the sweetest dog and best friend ever! I'll see you again one day.


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RIP Molly...Oct. 2000 - July 2013 For 13 years you have been my best friend and companion, giving love and asking only for love in return. May you rest now, free from your pain. I will miss you girl, and will keep you in my heart forever....the sweetest dog and best friend ever! I'll see you again one day.


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