Branning, James Robert, Jr., QM3c

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Quartermaster 3rd Class
Last Primary NEC
QM-0000-Quartermaster
Last Rating/NEC Group
Quartermaster
Primary Unit
1945-1946, QM-0000, USS Massachusetts (BB-59)
Service Years
1943 - 1946
QM-Quartermaster

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Home State
Mississippi
Mississippi
Year of Birth
1924
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Meridian, MS
Last Address
Cherrylog, GA

Date of Passing
Feb 02, 2000
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


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Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Eniwetok Atoll (Operation Catchpole)
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February / 1944
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February / 1944

Description
The Battle of Eniwetok was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought between 17 February 1944 and 23 February 1944, on Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
Naval bombardment of Eniwetok began on 17 February, and the 22nd Marine Regiment, commanded by Col John T. Walker, landed on Engebi Island, on 18 February at 08:43 the next day. Resistance was light, and the island was declared secure by 1450, though mopping-up continued through the next day. US losses included 85 dead and missing plus 166 wounded.

Intelligence suggested that the defenses on Eniwetok Island would be heavier than planned, though there was a comparatively preparatory bombardment before the 1st and 3rd Battalions of the 106th Infantry Regiment went ashore at 0916 on 19 Feb., followed by the 3/22 at 1425. However, the Japanese soldiers had strong spider-hole positions, plus the Japanese concentrated their forces to the southwest, counterattacking the American flank, which forced the Americans to attack through the night. The island was not secured until 21 February. Americans were killed or missing and 94 wounded.

The mistake was not repeated at Parry Island. The battleships USS Tennessee and USS Pennsylvania and other ships delivered more than 900 tons of explosive onto the island. The 104th Field Artillery on eniwetok and the 2nd Separate Pack Howitzer Battalions on Japtan provided additional fire support. The 1/22 and 2/22 Marines landed at 0900 on 22 Feb. At 1930, the regimental commander radioed "I present you with the island of Parry", though operations continued through the next day. US casualties included 73 dead and missing plus 261 wounded.
 

 
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
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February / 1944
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February / 1944
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
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  60 Also There at This Battle:
 
  • Beckwith, John Edward, S1c, (1942-1945)
  • Coggins, Royal Joseph, S1c, (1942-1946)
  • Dawson, William L., PO2, (1942-1945)
  • De Noma, George Robert, PO2, (1942-1945)
  • Garrett, Earl, PO2, (1941-1953)
  • Greer, Howard E., VADM, (1941-1978)
  • Rush, Melvin L, PO3, (1943-1947)
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