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Thursday, April 12, 2012
WWII USMCR SGT 4th Marine Division
This WWII USMC 4th Marine Division service coat has two names IDed in the coat both whom are listed on the Wounded In Action list. One Marine has been identified as being wounded on the first day of the invasion and battle of Iwo Jima on February 19th 1945. Of what I have read of the other marine, he was also in the Battle of Iwo Jima but not sure that is where he was wounded at. One jacket with the incredible story of two marines.Update 5/12: More info on these two Marines names in this jacket. Marine "B" was wounded in March 1945 during the closing days of the Battle Of Iwo Jima. He was a BAR rifleman.Update 5/12 PartII: Received the records for Marine A and it turns out he received a Bronze Star with "V" device for Valor during the first day of action on Iwo Jima, the day he was wounded. He was awarded the BS in 1948 and he participated in all four battles of the 4th Marine Division: Roi Namur, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima.