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Looking for info on any Raiders from 1943-1944 USMC. My father was a Raider in the 40s. He was shot in Bougainville in 1944. He is still living in Colorado. I know there are a few Raiders still living from that time, and I am trying to seek them out for my Pop. He was my main reason for going into the USMC. I myself was in the 3rd MAW 1965-1972. Anyone know of any Raiders, or someone who does let me know. Here is a picture of my Pop in 1943 in Bougainville, 2nd from the left carring his BAR.
Thanks For Looking, Jess
I would have put in touch with my grandfather but he passed away last month. We spent a lot of time with the Raiders.
I'm sorry to here about your loss. I would just bet he was a great Man.
I thank you for your kind words.
My roommate's dad was with 4th Raiders. Russell Farmer. Don't know if he's still alive. Been about 20 years since I saw him.
There might be something in these websites that could be of some help:
...I had some orthopedic work done, several years ago, @ the Ft Lewis, WA hopsital.
My room mate, for about a week while I recovered, was a gentlemen who was a "raider" or so professed to be. He had some "heart" work done.
..though I have forgotten his name, suspect he is still in the Tacoma/Seattle area.
He was a tough old bird. He got up to go to the head, and accidently pulled out one of the IVs he had in him. Being on blood thinners, he was shooting blood all over the room.
...I couldn't get out of bed to help him (ie I still had some anti-shock trousers on and a couple cathiders in me also)..rang the nurse, no response..so talked him through sitting down and putting direct pressure on the bleeder w/a bed sheet.
..an X-ray tech, coming down the hall to take pictures of my chest, heard us both yelling for help..and fetched the staff.
..they came several minutes later.
The staff had to move me out of the room, to take the x-rays...as there was so much blood on the walls and the floor, they couldn't get the mobile x-ray machine in the room w/out causing more of a mess.
He made it through,..as I checked on him several days later. They had moved him down the hall..closer to the chief nurse station.
...would like to talk to him myself, if you run him down.
Best of luck in your search,
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