Join us at the Carnegie Branch!
Saturday, October 7 at 10:30 a.m.
Listen as RV tells about the awful battles he fought in at New Brittain, Peleliu and Okinawa.
RV was in the 1st Marine Division as a 60 mm mortar man who was just yards behind the Marine Rifleman in these battles.
On New Brittain in the Solomon Islands, it rained so hard, it is estimated that more than a dozen Marines were killed by falling trees caused by monsoon rains that went on for weeks at a time. The jungle was so dense that a Marine or the Japanese could be five feet from you and you could not see him.
On Peleliu, it was 115 degrees and the Marines could not dig a fox hole since the island is all coral rock.
His last battle was at Okinawa where over 200,000 people died on both sides including Okinawan civilians.
This was the last battle of WW II before the Atomic bombs were dropped on Japan on Aug. 6th and 9th.