End of the war in the Pacific - 1945

End of the war in the Pacific - 1945

Randy
Randy

October 19th, 2005, 4:09 am #1

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
rcpainter@juno.com
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February 6th, 2006, 2:11 am #2

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.

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October 10th, 2006, 6:00 pm #3

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
rcpainter@juno.com
"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."

This quote from your post covers the time that my father was an aircraft mechanic. He was assigned to VMO 151, later named VMSB 151, MAG 13, 1st AW, 1st MARDIV. He left for the Pacific out of Norfolk on 4/8/42, traveling thru the Panama Canal on 4/17-42, arriving in Samoa on 5/8/42. He was in theater until Jan 1944.

My father, Richard Lewis Grimes, never talked much of his time over there, but was extemely proud of being a Marine. So much so, it influenced me to enlist in 1977. I now have a son that is serving in the Corps and just returned from his 3rd tour in Iraq.

Any info you could provide on this time frame for 151 would be greatly appreciated. My father passed in 1993, and I miss him dearly.

Semper fi,
Deanna Long
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April 6th, 2008, 8:27 pm #4

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.
I was assigned to VMSB 151 when I got out of boot camp i San Diego in December 1942. We left San Diego on the SS Matsonia which was converted from a Cruise Ship to a Troop Carrier. We left the ship at Tutuila, American Samoa where VMSB 151 was located. From there the squadron was sent to Wallis Island. We were there until March of 1944. Then we went to Engibe Island by way of Kwajalien and Eniwetok. I left the unit in June of 1944 when I was rotated home. When I returned to the Soth Pacific I was in VMR 353 on Saipan.

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April 6th, 2008, 8:39 pm #5

"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."

This quote from your post covers the time that my father was an aircraft mechanic. He was assigned to VMO 151, later named VMSB 151, MAG 13, 1st AW, 1st MARDIV. He left for the Pacific out of Norfolk on 4/8/42, traveling thru the Panama Canal on 4/17-42, arriving in Samoa on 5/8/42. He was in theater until Jan 1944.

My father, Richard Lewis Grimes, never talked much of his time over there, but was extemely proud of being a Marine. So much so, it influenced me to enlist in 1977. I now have a son that is serving in the Corps and just returned from his 3rd tour in Iraq.

Any info you could provide on this time frame for 151 would be greatly appreciated. My father passed in 1993, and I miss him dearly.

Semper fi,
Deanna Long
I was assigned to VMSB 151 when I got out of boot camp at San Diego in December 1942. We left San Diego in January on the SS Matsonia which was a Cruise Ship that was converted to carry troops. We disembarked at Tutuila, American Samoa where VMSB 151 was located. The squadron was moved to Wallis Island, where we stayed until March of 1944. Then we were moved to Engebi Island by way of Kwajalien and Enewetok. I left the squadron in June of 1944. I was rotated home. When I returned to the South Pacific, I was assigned to VMR 353 on Saipan.

Jim Collins
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