JACK M. PERRY
Pharmacist Mate First Class Jack M. Perry went in the 21st Replacement Draft and boarded the USS George F. Elliott for service in the Pacific Theater. On 14 October the ship crossed the equator with him on board.
He disembarked at Noumea, Guadalcanal and was then assigned to the aid station of Company E, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division in the early part of 1944. His unit was training and refitting for the upcoming invasion. He participated in a full scale division landing exercise at Camp Esperance, Guadalcanal.
He then boarded the USS President Jackson and disembarked on Guam on D-Day, 21 July, landing with the initial assault waves. His unit had faced harsh fighting against the Japanese and the battle ended 10 August.
During the Battle of Iwo Jima, the 9th Marines were part of the floating reserve off the island. After heavy casualties in the first few days, they were ordered to come ashore 5 days after the initial assault to join the fight. His unit faced bitter fighting once again that would last a month.
Sometime at Guam or Iwo Jima, he was wounded in action.
He was discharged late in 1945.
HAROLD H. CONNELLEY
Captain Harold H. Connelley enlisted in the US Navy in the 1930's.
During part of the war he was the skipper of the USS Argus (PY-14) when it was commissioned in 1941 and the USS General TH Bliss from 8 August 1945 - 28 June 1946