My father, Don Painter passed away July 2003. He didn't talk much about his time in the Corps. This is some of what we found during our research:
* He enlisted the day after his 17th birthday. August 2nd 1943
* He was at Parris Island, SC. 13th Recruit Battalion.
* Transferred to the San Diego are - Camp Elliot & became a "Cobbler" by trade (repaired boots and tents etc.)
* Transferred to Miramar CA for additional training. Promoted to Sgt. (mighty young!)
* Became member of VMSB-151 (Scout Bombing Squadron) with MAG-22
* 9 March 1944 Departed for overseas via newly built Aircraft Carrier USS Hoggatt Bay to Pearl Harbor
* Transferred to the Liberty Ship SS Jane Adams to Majuro, Marshall Islands the government air to Engebi Island, Eniwetok Atoll - Marshall Islands. Arrived the middle to the end of March 1944.
* At some point He became trained as an Aircraft Mechanic
* Transferred to VMSB-151 / MAG-94 10 May 1945.
There was an active duty Marine Major who was extremely helpful and found the VMSB-151 unit roster and a copy of the 115-page Squadron history covering dates 10 September 1940 - 31 December 1944.
The trail grows cold... seems like a bad time for this to happen with the Marine Corps gearing up for Iwo Jima and Okinawa etc. If anyone knows what occurred with members of VMSB-151 / MAG-22 from 1 January 1945 to the end of the war in the Pacific, I would be most grateful to find out. I would be glad to share what information I have.
Was VMSB-151 / MAG-22 involved with the Iwo Jima and Okinawa operations?
Semper FI and God Bless,
Randy Painter - USMCR
We are looking for any information and the history you have.
My father-in-law, who was assigned to the VMSB151, March 43 to Apr 44.
He thinks that the VMSB151 went to Iwo Jima.