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McFarland, Pvt. James P. Jr.

McFarland

Pvt. James Patrick McFarland Jr. 
Born: 16 July 1918 – Chicago, Illinois 
– his family moved to Maywood in 1925 
Parents: James P. McFarland Sr. & Wilhelmina M. Dupke-McFarland 
– father passed away during the 1930s 
Siblings: 1 sister 
Hometown: 
– 212 South Fifth Avenue, Maywood, Illinois 
Education: 
– Saint James Catholic School 
– Fenwick High School 
– Proviso Township High School 
– Class of 1937 
Married: Anna Marie Brophy 
– 11 April 1941 – Cook County, Illinois 
Residence: 4940 West 23rd Place – Cicero, Illinois 
Occupation: 
– Western Electric Company – Cicero, Illinois 
Selective Service Registration: 16 October 1940
Contact Person: Mary Marie-McFarland – mother
Enlisted: 
– U.S. Marine Corps Reserve 
– 16 June 1944 
Inducted: 
– 20 June 1944 
– U.S. Marine Corps 
– 27th Replacement Draft 
Serial Number: 984788 
Training: 
– Camp Pendleton – California 
– 9th Training Battalion, 4th Infantry Training Regiment 
Transport: 
U.S.S. Rochambeau 
– Sailed: 14 November 1944 – San Diego 
– Arrived: San Francisco – same day 
– formed convoy 
– Sailed: 16 November 1944 
– Arrived: 23 November 1944 – Honolulu, Hawaii 
– Sailed: 26 November 1944 
– Arrived: 4 December 1944 – Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands 
– Sailed: 23 December 1944 
– Arrived: 27 December 1944 – Island of Guam 
– Unknown Transport 
– Sailed: 17 February 1945 – Guam 
– two days before the invasion of Iwo Jima 
– Arrived: Iwo Jima 
Assigned: 3rd Marine Division 
– spent 6½ weeks training 
– trained in landing crafts 
– did not know they were training for Iwo Jima 
– lived in tents near Village of Yona 
– 8 February 1945 – marched 7 miles in full backpacks to Apra Harbor – boarded ship 
Engagements: 
– Battle of Iwo Jima 
– Island invaded 19 February 1945 
– 3rd Marines were reserve troops 
– casualties so severe that reserves brought in 
– 3rd Marines landed along the coast of the center area of the island – 24 February 1945 
Killed in Action: 
– 16 March 1945 – Iwo Jima 
Buried: 
– 17 June 1948 – All Saints Cemetery – Des Plaines, Illinois 
– Block: 6 Section: 6 Grave: 3 

 

 

McFarland Grave

 

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