Leo Champagne-Iwo Jima 5Leo Champagne-Marine Corps-Served in 1940’s Born Nov 27,1925 At Westbrook Maine -Completed High School June 1943 at age 17-Two weeks later enlisted in Marine Corps. -Very patriotic time – not unusual – After completing basic training at Parris Island South Carloina -sent too Camp Pendleton Oceanside CA. To join 5th Mar.Div.as it was just being formed – Later sent to Camp Tarawa on Big island of Hawaii for advanced training. 5th Div. became part of invasion force that eventually invaded IWO JIMA on FEB 19 , 1946. A detailed account of what took place at MT. SURIBACHI, will be given. After Island was declared secured, survivors sailed back to Hawaii and after major infusion of men from replacement  battalions – trained for invasion of Japan. When war ended – Was sent to Japan as part of occupation force -landing at SASEBO on southern Island of KYUSHU. Completed occupation duties and was vectored out of service at Bainbridge, MD. On May 6th, 1946.

A detailed account of what took place at MT. SURIBACHI, will be given. After Island was declared secured, survivors sailed back to Hawaii and after major infusion of men from replacement  battalions – trained for invasion of Japan. When war ended – Was sent to Japan as part of occupation force -landing at SASEBO on southern Island of KYUSHU. Completed occupation duties and was vectored out of service at Bainbridge, MD. On May 6th, 1946.

 

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