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1 DELBERT THOMAS 1943 - 1944 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF NINE MANUSCRIPT LETTERS FROM BASIC TRAINING TO GUAM AND IWO JIMA
GUAM IWO JIMA PACIFIC THEATER 1943 Good+ Manuscript 
On offer is a super grouping of nine [9] original WWII United States Marine Corps manuscript letters handwritten by Delbert Thomas. Between 1943 and 1945 Delbert saw action in two critical campaigns of the Pacific: Guam in the summer of 1944 and Iwo Jima in February/March 1945. He served in the campaign on Guam in July and August 1944 in the 3rd Marine Divsion, III Amphibious Corps, and later participated in the campaign on Iwo Jima in February and March of 1945 with the V Amphibious Corps. On Guam he was a radioman assigned to a rifle squad. At Iwo Jima he was in the 1st Separate Radio Intelligence Platoon of the V Amphibious Corps Signal Battalion. The 1st Separate Radio Intelligence Platoon received the Navy Unit Commendation "For outstanding heroism during the support of Military Operations during the seizure of enemy Japanese-held Iwo Jima..." Four of the letters were written during this period. The five other letters were written during his training in the United States in 1943. Delbert does a great job detailing his routines and activities in the Marine Corps; training, duties, combat training, on liberty etc. These letters provide a good 1943 glimpse into the life of a marine preparing for Pacific service. Most of these stateside letters are written on various Marine Corps letterhead stationery. These letters are almost entirely about his Marine Corps activities and experiences. In one of these letters Corporal Thomas advises his parents to be careful about what they write in the future, because he is scheduled for shipment overseas and his letters are now subject to censorship. The overseas letters begin in late 1943, shortly after his arrival overseas, and end in late 1944, a few months before the Iwo Jima battle, and a few months after the conclusion of the campaign on Guam. There is a variety of content in these letters about some of this marine's duties and activities. One long letter was written on Christmas Day 1945, and has some pretty good content about how his unit celebrated Christmas. There is also a brief segment about a shell bag that he had sent home from Guam, and some Japanese cigarettes that he had sent home to a friend, who had taken them to his Kiwanis Club meeting and; "they all sat around and smoked J_p cigarettes." There is also a segment about a friend from home, an infantry officer, who had been killed in action in France: "I was sure sorry to hear about Ralph Baxter. He was a very nice fellow." Overall VG. 
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