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Tarawa vet passed.
« on: June 20, 2021, 11:56:14 am »
in the obits of todays newspaper I saw listed, LtCol. Richard M. Doezema, 97, from Grand Rapids, Mi. He was remembered as a veteran of Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian and Okinawa in WWII. Also, combat in Korea. Navy Cross, Silver Star and two Purple hearts.
Just wondering if anyone has any info on this Marine.

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Re: Tarawa vet passed.
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2021, 12:57:27 pm »
Just went thru the officer list in the book Bloody Tarawa by Eric Hammel and John Lane and he is not listed. 

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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2021, 01:13:34 pm »
Gunny, I checked that book myself and did not see him listed. Also checked 2/8 roster and he's not there. The obit mentioned Okinawa so I assumed he was with the 8th as they were called in near the end of that campaign. So, he may have been in one of the many units attached to that group. (FYI, my uncle was with 2/10 arty on Okie.)  For some reason I think I've seen his name in print but not sure where as I have MANY Tarawa books.
He was probably not an officer in 1943 as he would have been 19 years old.

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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2021, 09:38:15 am »
Right Rick. At 19 he would not have been commissioned. So, at Tarawa, he could have been anywhere really. Even still aboard ship.

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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2021, 07:09:41 pm »
Doezema Richard M First Lieutenant Korean war 1950-1953 Navy cross .

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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2021, 01:58:47 pm »
Here is PFC Richard M. Doezema in the 10th in October 1943. Onboard the La Salle in November 43 muster headed to Tarawa.

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« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2021, 01:30:43 pm »
Thanks for the info. I have found a book called, " Pa's Story, a Marine reflects on war and his life." Written by Col. Doezema it tells his story. found on Amazon.
Thanks again for the investigative efforts from all of you.

 

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