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    World war two memories

    From joining the Marines, through Boot Camp, New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, Efate, Espirto Santo, Bougainville (invasion), Emirau (invasion), Guam (invasion), Okinawa (invasion), Japan (occupation),...
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    gkmoz, Congratulations on 44 years of being a...

    gkmoz, Congratulations on 44 years of being a great Marine!

    Gung Ho,

    Ray
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    Pearl harbor to tokyo bay

    What provided America with the margin of victory? Japan's early sweeping victories in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, the Dutch East Indies, Burma and China, and the capture of Wake and Guam,...
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    Guam liberators

    We got aboard the U.S. ATS Pennat August 28, 1944. The first night out a lot of us slept topside in the cool. The next morning the shoes of Milton Bankhead from Oakland, California were found.
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    m14ed, I'm sure the Japanese were glad the war...

    m14ed, I'm sure the Japanese were glad the war was over also. They were friendly and willing to help anyway they could. I got aquainted with a very nice Japanese man, Y. Masuda, he invited and...
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    In three days we were close to Japan, but we...

    In three days we were close to Japan, but we sailed back and forth just out of the harbor. We anchored in the bay for two days then landed the morning of the 31st. It seemed funny to be in Japan...
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    They had guts back then,

    Or Had They Just Gone Insane

    Shortly after WWII a guy named Art Lacey went to Kansas to buy a surplus B-17. His idea was to fly it back to Oregon, jack it up in the air and make a gas station out...
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    Thank you Rhode Island...we need more states like...

    Thank you Rhode Island...we need more states like that.
    Our paper (KC Star) this morning didn't even mention V-J Day, maybe tomorrow.
    And thank YOU Rocky for your service to our great country.
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    Japan surrenderes august 14, 1945

    Japan Surrendered August 14, 1945 Ending WWII.

    From Guam we got aboard ship The U.S.S. Grimes and headed for Japan. The ship's horns or whistles were blowing in celebration. A GREAT day!

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    WWII book, written from diary entries, letters...

    WWII book, written from diary entries, letters home, my memories. About Marine buddies, friends back home, family, girl friend, daily duties, four invasions and the Occupation of Japan.
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    August 1944

    from letter written:

    I guess you know by now that I am participating in the action on Guam. I'm feeling as good as could be expected. I'm pretty well worn out and tired. I'm getting a little...
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    Welcome Aboard Mike Enjoy your stay! Gung...

    Welcome Aboard Mike

    Enjoy your stay!

    Gung Ho,

    Ray
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    After the battle

    After the Piva Trail Road Block Battle.
    Bougainville 1943.

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  16. The Meaning of the 6th Marine Division Insignia

    22628The word MELANESIA Is a collective name for the islands in the Pacific Ocean northeast of Australia. It was selected to commemorate the fighting in the Solomons of the Raider Battalions, which...
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    Oh me!

    A page in a new book I will be working on:


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    November 1st we made the beachhead at Empress...

    November 1st we made the beachhead at Empress Augusta Bay, Bougainville. We hit the beach at 7a.m. The next day we pushed in 500 more yards. We held the beachhead the next four day, then went to...
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    On the Piva Trail

    On the Piva Trail November 1943.

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    from "THE RAIDER PATCH"

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    "My Three Years in the Marine Corps" Order...

    "My Three Years in the Marine Corps"

    Order today:

    $15.00 each, 2 for $25.00, 3 for $35.00...personally autographed.
    Order from:
    Ray Merrell
    827 Dixie
    Liberty, Mo. 64068
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    Mail call already...Congratulations to your son...

    Mail call already...Congratulations to your son SFChimes.

    Gung Ho,

    Ray
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    Angels on Earth

    "May God grant you always...
    A sunbeam to warm you, a moonbeam to charm you, a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you.
    Laughter to cheer you.
    Faithful friends near you. And whenever you pray,...
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    Angels on Earth: May God grant you always......

    Angels on Earth:

    May God grant you always...
    A sunbeam to warm you, a moonbeam to charm you
    a sheltering, Angel so nothing can harm you.
    Laughter to cheer you. Faithful friends near you. ...
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    Congratulations SFCHimes to you and your...

    Congratulations SFCHimes to you and your son...thank you both for your service to our country.

    Gung Ho,

    Ray
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