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WWII USMC 6th Div WIA Okinawa Hervey Sharp


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This is a nice group that belonged to Hervey Sharp from Adrian, MI. Sharp joined the Corps on February 17 1942. He did guard duty stateside for the better part of two years before attending scout sniper school in early 1944, earning him the secondary mos-761. By September 1944, Sharp had been assigned to Co. I, 3rd Battalion, 29th Marines and was on his way to Guadalcanal to meet other elements of the division. When the division assaulted Okinawa April 1, 1945 they met little resistance. It wasn't until the 6th division assaulted the Motobu Peninsula that they would get their first real test. On April 12th, the 29th Marines were probing the outer perimeter of Colonel Udo's Mt. Yae-Take defenses. The mountain erupted in machinegun, mortar and artillery fire. Sharp was hit multiple times, taking a gunshot wound to the right thigh and shrapnel in three fingers. He was pulled off the line and sent back to a hospital ship, which wound ultimately take him to Hawaii for recovery. Sharp wouldn't be deemed fit for duty until July 16, 1945. After the war he returned home and married in 1946. Sharp passed away at the young age off 55 in 1976.

 

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A special group indeed.

 

-Ski

In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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Very nice group, And pretty complete. Hard to uniform groups like yours.

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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Great grouping - Thanks for posting! The dog tags really complete the group - I find stuff with paperwork a lot but not usually with BOTH tags. Well done.

 

Best,

 

Bill K.

WTB USMC NAMED GROUPINGS, WWI, WWII (ESPECIALLY 4TH MARINE DIVISION ITEMS) AND UNIS MARKED ITEMS, NAMED INFANTRY DIVISION 4 POCKET CLASS A JACKETS, ESPECIALLY 34th ID AND NAMED GROUPINGS, FIRST SPECIAL SERVICE FORCE ITEMS



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I served in a National Guard unit out of Adrian for a while and one of my soldiers was named Sharp. Possibly a relation. Very nice grouping from a pretty neat town with a lot of history! Scott

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Outstanding! Semper Fi.......Bobgee

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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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Killer grouping!

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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Great write up! Glad his story is resurrected and honored.

Semper Fi

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Always looking for quality WWI and WWII USMC items. Particularly 4th Marine Brigade related items, medals, uniforms helmets ephemera, Also WWII USMC items including uniforms, medals, etc. to combat veterans especially Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Iwo Jima. Let me know what you have. Semper Fi


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