Tag Archives: Saipan

Sergeant Grant F. Timmerman, USMC (July 8, 1944)

Grant Frederick Timmerman was born in Americus, Kansas on February 19, 1919. In the summer of 1937, he moved from his native Kansas to California, where he found employment as a welder.

Welding didn’t hold his fancy though, and on October 28, 1937 Timmerman enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After recruit training and a brief stint serving on the west coast, he was assigned for duty in China, where he would spend nearly three years from May 1938 until April 1941. After his discharge from his four-year enlistment on October 27, 1941, he returned to work as a welder.

Five weeks later, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, and the United States was plunged into World War II.

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Private First Class Harold C. Agerholm, USMCR (July 7, 1944)

Harold Crist Agerholm was born in Racine, Wisconsin on January 29, 1925. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve at age 17 on July 16, 1942. After recruit training, he was posted as an artilleryman in the active United States Marine Corps with the Headquarters & Service Battery, 4th Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division.

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The 27th’s Three: Baker, O’Brien, and Salomon (June 19-July 7, 1944)

The United States Army‘s 27th Infantry Division was known as “O’Ryan’s Roughnecks” for its World War I commander, Major General John F. O’Ryan. For service in World War II, the New York National Guard’s 105th Infantry Regiment was federalized on October 15, 1940 into the active Army.

The division’s soldiers earned three Medals of Honor during the war. All three were awarded to men of the 105th Infantry during the Battle of Saipan in the Pacific.

The three recipients were Thomas A. Baker, William J. O’Brien, and Ben L. Salomon.

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Private First Class Harold Glenn Epperson, USMCR (June 25, 1944)

Harold Glenn Epperson was born in Akron, Ohio on July 14, 1923. He was employed by Goodyear in Akron when he volunteered for the United States Marine Corps Reserve on December 12, 1942. After training, he was placed with the active United States Marine Corps in the 1st Battalion 6th Marine Regiment, part of the 2nd Marine Division.

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Gunnery Sergeant Robert H. McCard, USMC (June 16, 1944)

BLOGGER’S NOTE: This post will be shorter than the normal celebration of a Medal of Honor recipient. I am in an area with even less connectivity than I anticipated, and had to keep this to the citation and not much else. The post will be enhanced upon my return to civilization sometime on Wednesday, June 19.

Robert Howard McCard was born on November 25, 1918 in Syracuse, New York. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps during 1939, and landed with the 4th Marine Division at the outset of the Battle of Saipan on June 15, 1944. The action for which he was decorated took place the following day on June 16th. Continue reading Gunnery Sergeant Robert H. McCard, USMC (June 16, 1944)

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TFH 9/13-14: Colonel Merritt A. Edson, USMC

Merritt Austin Edson was born in Rutland, Vermont on April 25, 1897 and grew up in nearby Chester, Vermont. He received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in October of 1917. He went to France with the 11th Marine Regiment in September 1918, but arrived too late to see any action in World War I.

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