The Passing of Fred Schmidt

posted Jun 24, 2017, 1:15 PM by Webmaster

Fred John Schmidt, 94, Minot and Fessenden, died Monday, April 17, 2017, in a CHI Care Center in Turtle Lake.

Click here to read his obituary.

The Passing of Delmer Gibson

posted Jun 24, 2017, 1:14 PM by Webmaster   [ updated Jun 24, 2017, 1:16 PM ]

Delmer Paul Gibson Sr., 90, of Masontown, passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at Pine Ridge Nursing Home in Kingwood. Project Completed

posted Feb 13, 2017, 6:39 PM by Webmaster

Since Aug 2015 I have been working on a genealogy project for C123rd on

I have put the names of the 862 Marines and 161 Navy Corpsman who came and went in C Company during WWII into a tree at

If I could find their parents I added them and same for their spouses. About half of the men I could not find out more about. As I went along what struck me was how many were 1st generation Americans. 7 were even immigrants themselves of which 5 were born in Canada and 2 in Italy.

Of the ones whose parents I could find out more about, 120 of the Marines and Corpsmen were first generation Americans with their parents having been born in the following 33 countries.




















New Zealand














If you have an membership you can see the tree at .

Thank you!

posted Sep 2, 2016, 7:24 PM by Webmaster

On Aug 1, 2015 we posted an announcement about a wooden box.

In an effort to find out which C123rd Marine it had belonged to, a tree at was started to look for records and clues. It was the only way to try to figure out where they enlisted, find them in census records or phone directories, etc., and other databases that would give us a clue as to where they were from when they enlisted.

Sadly, a year later after all 862 Marines had been entered and researched, we still don’t know which one the box was made by.

We would like to thank the person who now has the box for being the inspiration for research project that led to the tree on We believe that it will be a helpful repository for anyone researching, some of whom may not even know that their relative was a Marine in WWII.

If you’re an member you can find the tree at this link -

C123rd Master Roster has been updated

posted Aug 29, 2016, 5:58 PM by Webmaster

We've updated the C123rd Master Roster with the information as we know it. You can view the Master Roster at here: Master Roster

The Passing of Russell Leroy Dahl

posted Aug 29, 2016, 5:30 PM by Webmaster

Russell L. Dahl, 89, of Duluth passed away in his home unexpectedly Thursday, May 28, 2015. Russ was born on May 19, 1926, to Charles and Marie (Bergen) Dahl in Duluth.

The 4th Marine Division Association Final Muster

posted Apr 26, 2016, 11:55 AM by Webmaster

4th  Marine Division Association Final Muster
was held on August 3rd thru 7th, 2015 at  
Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, North Carolina

The DVD of the Final Muster has been completed and available for sale by Jay Julian of Veterans Video Biography.
To purchase a copy, email Jay at or phone (610) 547-6032
The DVD is broadcast quality and covers the entire weeks events.

A Tribute to the WWII Marine
click the above link to find out about a special
program honoring World War II Marines


A new publication, "D-Day in the Pacific" by Harold J. Goldberg, Professor of History, University of the South, is now available. The book covers the battle for Saipan and is available from Indiana University Press for $29.95. Click here to order

A Tribute to the World War II Marine

The Marine Corps University Research Archives extends a special invitation to members of the Fighting Fourth.

Many Marines attended the World War II Memorial dedication the weekend of May 28-31, 2004. In conjunction with this important event, the Research Archives honored World War II Marine Corps veterans with an exciting program and would like to invite you to participate

The below link will enable you to click and receive the invitation, register for the exciting programs and RSVP. Click here for their website. The program will consist of audiovisual presentations of Marine Corps battles in the Pacific to include combat motion picture footage, still photography, oral histories, map and personal papers from the conflict

In addition, we will be conducting tours of the Research Archives as well as Oral Histories for those veterans who would like their story told. The program is free of charge and open to all Marine veterans and their families.

The Research Archives looks forward to working with you on this upcoming program for our Marines.

The Passing of Ernest Dobronte

posted Apr 26, 2016, 11:54 AM by Webmaster

Ernest Dobronte HAMILTON - Ernest Dobronte, 88, of Hamilton, passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Compassionate Care Hospice, Trenton, NJ. Born in Trenton, Ernest was a lifelong Hamilton resident. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1942. Ernest proudly served his country during World War II as a pharmacist's mate second class with the 4th U.S. Marine Division. He served in Iwo Jima, Sai Pan, Tinian and Marshall Islands and Roi Namur. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Gold Star, Silver Star, Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal with three stars, and two Presidential Unit Citations. In 1993, Ernest was the recipient of the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal, honoring those who faithfully served our country. He was a member of the VFW Post 3525, the American Legion Post 31, 4th U.S. Marine Division Association, and the Marine Corps League. He was also co-owner of the Yardville Hotel and Restaurant from 1958 to 1975. Ernest retired in 1988, after 13 years with Hamilton Township Buildings and Grounds. Son of the late John and Rose Dobronte; husband of the late Audrey M. (Tilton) Dobronte; father of the late Steve Butcher, he was predeceased by nine siblings. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Ernest G. and Grace Dobronte of Mount Laurel, NJ; three daughters and sons-in-law, Marsha and David Pieretti of Yardville, NJ, Leslie and Roy Coderoni of Allentown, NJ, and Audrey and Jim Hartman of Hamilton, NJ; his sister, Ethel Mealy; his daughter-in-law, Darlene Butcher; his sister-in-law, Sylvia Dobronte; 12 grandchildren, Dawn, Nikki, Shane, Tara, Alicia, Kaya, Dana, Marcey, Craig, Stacy, Darryl and Duane; 16 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may call on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Huber-Moore Funeral Home, 517 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown, NJ, (609) 298-0330. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment with full military honors will be held at the Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ernest's memory to the Wounded Warriors Project, 1120 G St. N.W., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005.

WWII Iwo Jima veteran from Botetourt County to speak at Rescue Mission on May 19

posted Apr 26, 2016, 11:52 AM by Webmaster

Reposting from

Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 8:00 am

“The Japanese let us get ashore and we thought ‘this is going to be a cakewalk.’ We were on the beach two hours before all hell broke loose.”

As Memorial Day approaches, Carlos Showalter will share his experiences of Iwo Jima, one of the bloodiest South Pacific battles of World War II, during the Rescue Mission’s chapel services on Tuesday, May 19.

Showalter was an 18-year-old line sergeant with Marine Company C-1-23, which suffered a 94 percent casualty rate at Iwo Jima. When it was all over, “We only had 16 men who were non-casualties,” said Showalter. “By the grace of God, I was one of them.”

Feb. 19 marked the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Marine landing on the beach at Iwo Jima, a tiny volcanic island that the Japanese were using as an airbase. Seven thousand Marines lost their lives during the five weeks of fighting. Showalter said his Charlie Company lost 67 who were either wounded or killed on the first day.

Showalter spent four years in the military and has dedicated an entire room of his historic Botetourt County farmhouse to paying homage to the U.S. Marines, and especially Charlie Company. He recalls numbers of casualties and faces and names of fallen comrades as if the battles in which they fought had happened yesterday.

Now a retired salesman who will turn 90 years old Memorial Day weekend, Showalter has three children, five grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He has spent much of his life traveling on mission trips to more than 40 countries with his pastor at Roanoke’s Shenandoah Baptist Church.

“I always thought about the Gold Star families that sent a son off to war and that son didn’t come back. And that family doesn’t have grandchildren,” he said. “It’s important that we remember.”

Showalter and others from Shenandoah Baptist will be leading chapel services on the 19th. Women’s chapel begins at 6:30, and men’s chapel is at 7:45.

For more information about the Rescue Mission, visit, or call 343-7227.

Submitted by Tracy Altizer

The Passing of Harvie Franks

posted Apr 26, 2016, 11:49 AM by Webmaster

Harvey Hirschell Franks, 90, of Berryville, Virginia, died Saturday, May 23, 2015 in Winchester, Virginia.

Mr. Franks was born July 23, 1924 in Toms Creek, Virginia, the son of the late James Hardwick Franks and Ida Elizabeth Counts Franks.

He was a quality inspector for General Motors in Flint, Michigan. He retired in 1987.

He served in the U. S. Marine Corps during WWII.

He married Bonnie Vernell Call Franks on October 27, 1946 in Richlands, Virginia.

Surviving with his wife are a son, James H. Franks, of Herndon, VA; two daughters, Dolores Elaine McVety of Princeton, IL and Pamela Lynn Seifert of San Marino, CA; a brother, J. C. Franks, of Marion, VA; and nine grandchildren, Rachael Halter, Christina Rowe, Joshua Seifert, Amanda McVety, Jacob Franks, Jessica Seifert, Jason Franks, Megan Franks Plenge, and Caitlan Franks.

A son, Larry Wayne Franks, preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 A. M. Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at the Shenandoah Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, Frederick County with Rev. Bruce McVety officiating. Entombment will follow with military honors provided by the Clarke County Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 P. M. Monday evening at the Enders & Shirley Funeral Home, Berryville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA 22601.

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