Website (and webmaster) Update

Hello readers, researchers, family, friends, followers, Marines, and those who have reached this page entirely by accident.

In a somewhat unexpected but entirely welcome turn of events, I will be starting graduate school very shortly, pursuing a master’s degree in military history. While this is great news for my own professionalism and credibility (and how well I can relate the stories of these Marines), it also means that I won’t have very much time to update the site. My job keeps me busy from 50-60 hours per week, and school work on top of that will be – well, let’s call it “interesting” and see where that goes.

The names of the currently missing Marines have been added to the site under the Browse By Name tab. If you see a name you recognize and have anything at all to contribute – a photo, a story, a correction, a question, anything at all – please don’t hesitate to email me ( or just leave a comment and I’ll do what I can to be of service.

Thank you all for your support, and for your continuing help in telling the stories and preserving the memories of these brave men.



7 Replies to “Website (and webmaster) Update”

  1. Hello Geoffrey,

    Congrats on your continuing education decision. I too, am giving strong consideration to pursuing an additional Masters, also in military history, probably from Norwich University.

    I wrote to you a couple months back about using your website information on some of the bio work I am doing on Find-A-Grave…but never heard back. I write bio’s and memorials for Marines who died in the war (I also do some for other services but mainly Marines). I am currently working on the men killed on the Goettge Patrol, of which you have done considerable work. At the end of each one of these, I make a note that a large part of the info I used was based on info on your website. While the info on what happened is well documented, some of the individual things are not so easily found.
    I have stopped adding anything to the memorials pending hearing from you. Please let me know.

    Semper Fi,

    Rick Lawrence, MSgt., USMC/USAFR (RET)

    1. MSgt Lawrence – mea maxima culpa for not replying to your earlier message. I’ve sent you an email.


  2. Best of luck to you, sir. This blog is a wonderful effort on your part. Have you heard about the three Marines they found on Guadalcanal recently?

  3. 6 USMC lost in in a non combat situation
    The VMF-422 pilots lost were
    Pilot Lt. Col. John S. MacLaughlin 0-005801 {MIA/KIA} NJ
    Pilot Major John Francis Rogers, O-007466 (MIA / KIA) CA
    Pilot 1st Lt. William A. Aycrigg, II, O-024020 (MIA / KIA) CT
    Pilot 1st Lt Christian F. Lauesen, O-024052 (MIA / KIA) IL
    Pilot 1st Lt. Robert “Bob” Moran {KIA}
    Pilot 1st Lt Earl C. Thompson, O-024066 (MIA / KIA) CA

    Story at

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