. . Alex Yawor served with the US Marines in the Pacific during WWII. Painter Yawor produces portraits of killed military personnel Your Content Goes Here
. . Bob landed at Parris Island at a hard time for the Marines. The Corps was so short of manpower that the teenage Bob soon became a drill instructor, barking orders at recruits a dozen years older than he.By 1944, Bob had transferred to the new 24th Marine Regiment,
. . Regis Wessell of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania wanted to be a marine, like his uncle who served in WWI, but the recruiter didn’t think the young lad had the right stuff. “Go join the Boy Scouts,” the gruff Sgt. barked, belittling Regis for his small stature. Besides, he was only seventeen.
. . Perhaps it was in war when humans first encountered the failure of language to convey the enormity of experience. After 70 years, Marine Corps veteran Jack Watson still struggles with that gap between word and meaning. Jack Watson joined the Marines in 1942 because he liked the Marine Corps
. . Jack Snyder graduated at age 17 from Monessen High School in 1942, joined the Marines, and soon after became a machine gunner with the 4thMarine Division. He wouldn’t hesitate if you asked whom he thinks of on Memorial Day: Marine Sgt. George L. Barlow of Verbank, NY. Barlow was a
. . Roland “Jack” Rominger has lived in Pittsburgh for many years. But he grew up during the Great Depression in rural Lawrenceville, Indiana; it was a different experience than in urban, industrial Pittsburgh—then and during the war years. His family was in the retail shoe business, and Jack spent his
. . When Andy Nigut first saw his face after the wounding, he was horrified. A Vietnamese rocket propelled grenade had removed nearly 80% of his jaw and most of his teeth. He breathed through his neck, and his tongue was stitched down. He couldn’t scream, even if he wanted to.
. . Jack Naughton served with the US Marine Corps from July 3, 1944 until 1946. He fought as an infantryman at Marshall Island, Guam, and Iwo Jima as well as China and other locations throughout the Pacific.
. . Donald J. Myers was a recent graduate of John Carroll University in Cleveland when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He decided to enlist in the Marines — “I wanted to join the best,” he says — and entered officer training at Quantico. As his outbound ship passed under the
. . When Jack Morrow left Kittanning, Pennsylvania to fight in WWII, he was a seventeen year-old volunteer. “I wanted to go into the military,” he says, “and my parents gave me their permission.” This was 1943. After basic training, Jack was sent to radar school and then to the Pacific.
. . Ron McKeon of Ambridge, Pennsylvania served in the United States Marine Corps from 1972 to 1980. He was attached to the 3rd and 1st Marine Divisions, Twentynine Palms, California, and the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. Ron also attended the Armed Forces School of Music in
. . In 1942 Jack McGavern was a 34-year-old father of two girls, ages 10 and 5, when he told his wife he wanted to join the Marines. He had a good job and a good life living in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Pittsburgh. But he felt called to serve
. . T. J. McGarvey entered the Marine Corps in 1966 and served in Vietnam from March 1967-April 1968. He fought with the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division in Vietnam. During his time in Vietnam, his battalion earned the nickname “The Walking Dead” for the casualties they suffered, which were
. . Joel Laudenslager of Clinton, Pennsylvania has been in the Marine Corps Reserves for ten years, and he is a combat veteran of deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Joel grew up in Malaysia, mostly. He came to the Pittsburgh area during his school years and joined JROTC in high
. . George Haught George Haught of Monaca, Pennsylvania served with the US Marines during the Vietnam War. He was one of the few marines to endure the entire Battle of Huế City in 1968--one of the bloodiest and longest battles of the Vietnam War. George shares his story with
. . Sam Harper In June 1941, after his mother died and he graduated from high school, Sam Harper joined the Marine Corps. A recruiter told him he would get an education at the Marines’ engineer school. “It was the first time the Marines lied to me, but it wasn’t
. . Bob Harbula Robert Harbula joined the Marines in 1950 and volunteered for combat duty after watching John Wayne starring in The Sands of Iwo Jima. He wanted a war of his own. After basic training, he became a member of G Company from the Third Marine Battalion, First
. . Leonard Hammonds II Leonard Hammonds followed a long and proud family tradition of military service by serving in the Marine Corps from 1997 to 2005 in MP Co. B, HQ Service Bn., 4th Force Service Support Group. That experience infused Leonard with a deep commitment to service,
. . Bob Daley Bob Daley was sixteen years old when he learned that his brother had been taken prisoner by the Japanese on the Bataan Peninsula. Too young to enlist, Bob falsified his birth certificate and joined the Marines. At seventeen, he landed with the 4th Marine Division on Saipan.