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Warren Musch - World War II

Following his graduation from college in 1943, Warren Musch joined the Marines. By early 1945 he was an Intelligence officer with the 3rd Battalion, 28th Marine Regiment of the 5th Marine Division, which stormed the beach at Iwo Jima, then fought its way up Mount Suribachi. He survived the brutal combat on Iwo Jima, then helped plan the invasion of Japan before the war ended with the dropping of the atomic bomb. Following the war, he served as part of the occupation force in Japan.

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Feature Excerpt

Landing on Iwo Jima

Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Growing up on an Illinois farm, and Marine training

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Combat on Iwo Jima and Japanese occupation

Transcript

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Haroldine Husted as a young girl in the late 1920s. She grew up in Virginia, Illinois.

Where:

Virginia, Illinois

When:

Late 1920s

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Warren Musch as a young boy growing up on a farm near in the late 1920s. He and Haroldine were roughly the same age in these photos.

Where:

Virginia, Illinois

When:

Late 1920s

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Newly minted Lieutenant Warren Musch in his graduation photo from the Reserve Officers Class for the Officer Candidate School (OCS) at in September of 1943.

Where:

Quantico Virginia

When:

September of 1943

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Newlyweds Haroldine and Warren Musch on June 23rd, 1944. Lieutenant Musch was stationed at Camp Pendleton, near Oceanside, California at the time.

Where:

Oceanside, California

When:

June 23rd, 1944

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John and Doris Newbery, who stood up with Warren and Haroldine at their wedding at the Santa Margarita Chapel on Camp Pendleton in June, 1944.

Where:

Santa Margarita Chapel on Camp Pendleton

When:

June, 1944

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May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.



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The Marine Corps used Warren for a publicity photo while he was stationed at Quantico, Virginia in the fall of 1943. He’s shown preparing mortar rounds, and was attending the Reserve Officer Class following his commissioning at the time.

Where:

Quantico, Virginia

When:

Fall of 1943

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Warren Musch on the steps of the OCS barracks at Quantico, Virginia in the summer of 1943. He attended Marine Corps OCS from July through September of 1943.

Where:

Quantico, Virginia

When:

Summer of 1943

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Narrator’s photo

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Warren Musch gave a public program on his World War II experiences to an audience of roughly 350 people in a lecture hall at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois. He could still fit into the service uniform he wore while in combat on Iwo Jima.

Where:

Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois

When:

Veterans Day, 2009

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Narrator’s photo

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Warren Musch at the Marine Corps Birthday Ball November 10th, 2010 at the VFW in Jacksonville, Illinois.

Where:

Jacksonville, Illinois

When:

November 10th, 2010

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Narrator’s photo

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Warren at the Marine Corps Birthday Ball on November 10th, 2008, at the VFW in Jacksonville, Illinois.

Where:

Jacksonville, Illinois

When:

November 10th, 2008

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Narrator’s photo



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