USMC--But Which Unit?
I hope there is someone out there who can help me with this question.
My father enlisted in the Marines in Feb. 1942 at Phoenix.He was discharged in Dec. 1944.I know very little of his war-time experience because he talked very little about it.Here is what I do know:
He crossed the Pacific to Hawaii aboard the converted luxury liner "Lurline".He mentioned that he spent time on Samoa, Eniwetok, and Guadalcanal.When asked if he was involved in the battles there, he replied he was in "mop up".He "drove a truck", but my mother said he was also responisble for mail distribution.
There is a story that he and another Marine were sent by a superior officer to either an Army base or Navy base (where I don't know) to request some supplies, and that CO told his enlisted man to "give these Marines some food so they don't die on us."
My dad was given a medical discharge and returned to Hawaii on an Australian ship.He recuperated at Sun Valley, Idaho where he was given his discharge.
I am in possession of a photostat copy of his discharge papers, and the only thing I got from the National Archives/St. Louis was a certificate of military service.
I would like to find out exactly what Unit/Company/Battalion etc. my father served in, the different locations where he was stationed and at what time.Is there any way to get this information?
(PS: He used to joke that my mother would cook enough to feed the 92nd Marines, but I don't know if that was his unit or not.)