This commendation was given to a WWII member of the 4th Marine Division for his brave service as a stretcher bearer during the battle of Iwo Jima. He was a member of the Headquarters Battalion, Fourth Marine Division from April 1944 to the end of the war. He was a member of the Division Band. Members of the band were often used as stretcher bearers in the Marines, once the unit went into combat. Please note that his name has been blurred out for privacy.
Being a USMC stretcher bearer was extremely dangerous work in the Pacific Theater during World War Two. The Japanese did not follow the Geneva Convention protective rules regarding wounded troops and the people attending to them. Instead, Japanese soldiers during WWII were taught that stretcher bearers were one of the first priority targets to eliminate.
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