June, 1942

ABOVE: 2Lt. James H. Marmande and PFC Edby M. Colvin take off from Midway, 4 June 1942.
Neither Marine will return from this strike.
Still from John Ford’s The Battle of Midway

4.
The Battle of Midway.

0615 – 0715: Pilots of VMF-221 engage force of Japanese fighters and dive bombers bound for Midway Island.

Major Floyd B.
Parks
Squadron CO
Capt. John R.
Alvord
1 Division
2Lt. John M.
Butler
1 Division
2Lt. Eugene P.
Madole
1 Division
2Lt. David W.
Pinkerton
1 Division
2Lt. Thomas W.
Benson
2 Division
Capt. Daniel J.
Hennessy
2 Division
2Lt. Ellwood Q.
Lindsay
2 Division
2Lt. John D.
Lucas
2 Division
2Lt. William B.
Sandoval
3 Division 
2Lt. Walter W.
Swanberger
3 Division
Capt. Robert E.
Curtin
4 Division
Capt. Francis P.
McCarthy
5 Divison

0755: The first group of dive bombers from VMSB-241 attack the Japanese main battle fleet.

Maj. Lofton R.
Henderson
Squadron CO
PFC Lee W.
Reininger
Gunner (Henderson)
2Lt. Thomas J.
Gratzek
(1:1 Section)
Sgt. Charles W.
Recke
Gunner (Gratzek)
2Lt. Maurice A.
Ward
(1:3 Section)
PFC Harry M.
Radford
Gunner (Ward)
2Lt. Albert W.
Tweedy, Jr.
(1:4 Section)
Sgt. Elza L.
Raymond
Gunner (Tweedy)
2Lt. Bruno P.
Hagedorn
(1:4 Section)
PFC Joseph T.
Piraneo
Gunner (Hagedorn)
2Lt. Bruce H.
Ek
(2:1 Section)
PFC Raymond R.
Brown
Gunner (Ek) 
PFC Edward O.
Smith
Gunner
(Schlendering)

0820: The second group of VMSB-241 aircraft attack the IJN battleship Haruna.

2Lt. Kenneth O.
Campion
Pvt. Anthony J.
Maday
Gunner
(Campion)
Pvt. Henry I.
Starks
Gunner
(Cummings)
2Lt. James H.
Marmande
PFC Edby M.
Colvin
Gunner
(Marmande)

1900: VMSB-241 evening search for the Japanese fleet comes up empty.

Maj. Benjamin W.
Norris
Squadron CO
PFC Arthur B.
Whittington
Gunner (Norris)

5.
The Battle of Midway.

0805: VMSB-241 squadron leader crash-dives his stricken plane into the  IJN cruiser Mikuma.

Capt. Richard E.
Fleming
Squadron CO
PFC George A.
Toms
Gunner (Fleming)

17.
Vicinity of Cabanatuan, Luzon, Philippines.

A Marine officer captured on Corregidor dies under uncertain circumstances.

Capt. Mason F.
Chronister
B/1/4th Marines

27.
Cabanatuan Camp #1, Luzon, Philippines.

A Marine captured on Corregidor dies in captivity.

Cpl. Benjamin G.
Baum
B/1/4th Marines

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