Bailey, John Bruce, S1c

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Seaman 1st Class
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 113X, USS Missouri (BB-63)
Service Years
1941 - 1945
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Spanish Main
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
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Seaman 1st Class

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
1927
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Madison County
Last Address
Marshall, North Carolia

Date of Passing
Oct 24, 2012
 
Location of Interment
Bowman-Rector Cemetery - Marshall, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon




 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Mr. John Bruce Bailey

Visitation 5-7pm Saturday, October 27, 2012 at Madison Funeral Home
Funeral 11am Sunday, October 28, 2012 in the Chapel of Madison Funeral Home
Interment Bowman-Rector Cemetery
Age 84

John Bruce Bailey, 84, of Marshall, passed away Wednesday, October 24, 2012.

Mr. Bailey was born December 27, 1927 in Madison County. He attended Mars Hill College until he enlisted in the Navy. John was stationed at Pearl Harbor on the USS Missouri and was present on the ship when the Armistice Treaty was signed by Japan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Willis and Alva Merrill Bailey; brother, Charles Bailey who died while serving his country as a Airborne Ranger in the US Army during the Korean conflict; and his sister, June Maccoli.

Surviving are his sisters, Hilda Frisby of Asheville and Sandra Sams of Marshall; four nieces and a nephew.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, October 28, 2012 in the chapel of Madison Funeral Home with Reverend Sam Adams officiating. Burial will follow in Bowman-Rector with Military Honors conducted by Mars Hill VFW Post 5483.

The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

   
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World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
Start Year
1945
End Year
1945

Description
The Battle of Iwo Jima (19 February – 26 March 1945), or Operation Detachment, was a major battle in which the United States Armed Forces fought for and captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Empire. The American invasion had the goal of capturing the entire island, including its three airfields (including South Field and Central Field), to provide a staging area for attacks on the Japanese main islands. This five-week battle comprised some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting of the War in the Pacific of World War II.

After the heavy losses incurred in the battle, the strategic value of the island became controversial. It was useless to the U.S. Army as a staging base and useless to the U.S. Navy as a fleet base. However, Navy SEABEES rebuilt the landing strips, which were used as emergency landing strips for USAAF B-29s. 

The Imperial Japanese Army positions on the island were heavily fortified, with a dense network of bunkers, hidden artillery positions, and 18 km (11 mi) of underground tunnels. The Americans on the ground were supported by extensive naval artillery and complete air supremacy over Iwo Jima from the beginning of the battle by U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviators.

Iwo Jima was the only battle by the U.S. Marine Corps in which the Japanese combat deaths were thrice those of the Americans throughout the battle. Of the 22,000 Japanese soldiers on Iwo Jima at the beginning of the battle, only 216 were taken prisoner, some of whom were captured because they had been knocked unconscious or otherwise disabled. The majority of the remainder were killed in action, although it has been estimated that as many as 3,000 continued to resist within the various cave systems for many days afterwards, eventually succumbing to their injuries or surrendering weeks later.

Despite the bloody fighting and severe casualties on both sides, the Japanese defeat was assured from the start. Overwhelming American superiority in arms and numbers as well as complete control of air power — coupled with the impossibility of Japanese retreat or reinforcement — permitted no plausible circumstance in which the Americans could have lost the battle.

The battle was immortalized by Joe Rosenthal's photograph of the raising of the U.S. flag on top of the 166 m (545 ft) Mount Suribachi by five U.S. Marines and one U.S. Navy battlefield Hospital Corpsman. The photograph records the second flag-raising on the mountain, both of which took place on the fifth day of the 35-day battle. Rosenthal's photograph promptly became an indelible icon — of that battle, of that war in the Pacific, and of the Marine Corps itself — and has been widely reproduced.
 
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1945
To Year
1945
 
Last Updated:
Nov 7, 2012
   
Personal Memories

People You Remember
USS Missouri (BB-63)


Memories
Missouri then steamed with the carriers to Iwo Jima where her main guns provided direct and continuous support to the invasion landings begun on 19 February.

   
Units Participated in Operation

VF-46 Men-O-War

USS Bismarck Sea (CVE-95)

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

  324 Also There at This Battle:
  • Alseike, Leslie, PO3, (1944-1946)
  • Arenberg, Julius (Ted), LTJG, (1943-1946)
  • Bagby, Henry Lawton, CAPT, (1941-1970)
  • Baker, Cecil, Cox, (1941-1946)
  • Barr, John Andrew, PO3, (1943-1946)
  • Baylor, Warner, LCDR, (1942-1963)
  • Bergin, Patrick
  • Block, Charles John, CPO, (1938-1945)
  • Brewster, Donald, PO3, (1943-1946)
  • Carter, Loyd, PO3, (1941-1945)
  • Crookshank, Irvin, PO2, (1942-1946)
  • Crowell, Marshall Medford, F1c, (1943-1945)
  • DeGeus, Robert, PO3, (1943-1946)
  • Deschenes, Roland Clarence, S1c, (1944-1946)
  • Dobratz, Arthur, PO3, (1943-1945)
  • Eamigh, Charles, SN, (1943-1945)
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