Posts Tagged With: World War 2

Paul Torian and The Old Breed

“I was K Company, Third Battalion, Third Marine Regiment, and Third Marine Division.  So we’re K-3-3-3… which I’ve ordered for my license plate.” — Paul Torian, 2002

One of the initial impetuses for this project was my former commanding officer, Captain Nicholas ‘Nick’ Nuzzo, who suggested in early 2007 that I make a presentation for Kilo Company on the history of the unit.  I obviously couldn’t — it’s been hard enough doing research on the battalion, let alone a single company, but one of the side-effects was that I discovered Paul Torian (1920-2004). Read more »

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The Lost Boys of Bougainville

A little background on this project: last fall I made several visits to the National Archives in Washington DC on behalf of the 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines Memorial Fund.  My mission was two-fold: acquire a list of the battalion’s casualties during World War 2 for the planned memorial, and see what kind of reference material was available on 3/3 from World War 2.  Our Corpsman emeritus “Doc” Hoppy also thought we might be able to find a few living veterans as well. Read more »

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22 May 2008: Punchbowl Event for W.C. Patrick Bates

2008 05 22 - Punchbowl Service (1)Eight Marines from 3/3 Kilo Company conducted a remembrance ceremony at the grave of W.C. Patrick Bates, a World War II Marine from the same company who was killed on 14 December 1945 and was the last American to die in World War II. — Source: Honolulu Advertiser

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