A picture of Marion “Bussy” Stokes in uniform

stokes-marionjrMarion “Bussy” Stokes. This web page says “Stokes, Marion, Jr., Phar. M. 1/c. Entered service Jan ’41. Stationed in the Pacific. Son of Mr. & Mrs. Marion Stokes, Sr.”
http://www.kykinfolk.com/hopkins/towns/earlington/ww2vets/index-nz.html

1st Marine Division (United States)

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The 1st Marine Division is a marine infantry division of the United States Marine Corps headquartered at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. It is a subordinate unit of the I Marine Expeditionary Force.

It is the oldest and largest active duty division in the United States Marine Corps, representing a combat-ready force of more than 19,000 men and women. It is one of three active duty divisions in the Marine Corps today and is a multi-role, expeditionary ground combat force. Nicknamed “The Old Breed,” it provides the ground combat element of the I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st_Marine_Division_%28United_States%29

Marion “Bussy” Stokes in Peleliu, 1944

Marion “Bussy” Stokes was a Navy Medic with the Marines in World War II. Here he is on Peleliu in 1944 (H&S 1st. Eng. Bn. 1st. Mar. Div.).

Here’s some history of The Battle of Peleliu: The Battle of Peleliu, codenamed Operation Stalemate II, was fought between the United States and the Empire of Japan in the Pacific Theater of World War II, from September to November 1944 on the island of Peleliu present-day Palau. U.S. forces (originally consisting of only the 1st Marine Division, but later relieved by the Army’s 81st Infantry Division), fought to capture an airstrip on the small coral island Major General William Rupertus, commander of 1st Marine Division, predicted the island would be secured within four days. However due to Japan’s well-crafted fortifications and stiff resistance, the battle lasted over two months. It remains one of the war’s most controversial because of the island’s questionable strategic value and the very high death toll. Considering the number of men involved, Peleliu had the highest casualty rate of any battle in the Pacific War. The National Museum of the Marine Corps called it “the bitterest battle of the war for the Marines”.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Peleliu

Peleliu 1944

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