Posts Tagged With: WWII Marine Corps

Three Postcards, Texas, 1942 & 1944

Color postcard folder. “Greetings From Mineral Wells and Camp Wolters Texas”

Addressed to:
Miss Rosa Lee Pietkoski
201 N. Broad St.
Middletown, Delaware

Camp Wolters, Texas
Oct 6

Color postcard folder. “Souvenir Folder of Texas, The Lone Star State”

Addressed to:
Miss Rosa Lee Pietkoski
309 N. Broad St.
Middletown, Delaware

Pvt. Bernard R. Pietkoski, U.S. Army
COD 55th Btn. 4th Plt.
Camp Wolters, Texas

Camp Wolters, Texas
Nov 24

Color postcard folder. “Views of Cadet Life at S.A.A.C.C.”

Addressed to:
Miss RosaLee Pietkaski
Singerly Village
Elkton, Maryland

A/C Robinson H.D. 33721681
GR.T, Sqdn. 276, Class[? – maybe 45-D]
San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas
Sep 6

Source: Property of Rosa Lee Pietkoski in possession of author.

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USMC Separation Report, Maryland, 1945

U.S. Marine Corps Report of Separation

1. Wykle (JR) James French
2. Rank: Sgt
3. Pay Grade: 4th
4. Serial Number: 425374
5. Permanent Address for Mailing Purposes: Minden, Fayette Co, W. Va.
6. Race: W
7. Sex: M
8. Citizen: X [yes]
9. Date of Birth: 29Dec21
10. Address From Which Person Will Seek Employment: Same as #5
11. Married: X [no]
12. No. of Dep: None
13. Place of Birth: Sanger, W. Va.

Record of Marine Corps Service

14. Registered [selective service]: X [no]
15. Address at Time of Entry into Service: Same as #5
16. Sel. Ser. Bd. No. : Unk
17. County & State: Unk
18. Means of Entry: Enlisted – 1
19. Place of Entry into Active Service: DHS, Charleston, W. Va.
20. Date of Entry: 3Aug42
21. Component: Res. 111b
22. Pension Claim Filed: No
23. Place of Separation from Active Service: MB, Bainbridge, Md.
24. Date of Separation: 20Nov45
25. Org at Separation: Sep Co.
26. Type of Discharge Cert. : Honorable
27. Length of Foreign and/or Sea Service: Years – 1, Mos – 9, Days – 18
28. Military Specialties: Demolition Spl. 533; Const Crew Chief 796
29. Service Schools Attended: None, Courses – None, Weeks – None
30. Principle Military Duty: Const. Crew Chief. 796

Employment and Non-Service Educational Data

31. Civilian Occupation – Title: Blaster, D.O.T. Number – 5-74, No. Yrs. – 2, Last Employed – Jun42. Job Summary – Was blaster for construction company and shot fire man in coal mine. Place and tamped charges of explosives. Fired them by electricity.
32. Secondary Occupation – Title: Machine Oper., D.O.T. Number – [blank], No. Yrs. – 1, Last Employed – [blank]
33. Last Employer Before Entry into Service: New River Co., Summerlee, W. Va. Date Left – Jun42
34. Job Aid Desired? X [yes]
35. Education in Years: Grammar – 8, High School – 2, College – [blank], Degree – [blank]
36. Major Courses: Academic
37. Trade Courses: None
38. Courses of Greatest Interest: None
39. Last School Attended: Oakhill High Sch., ” ” [ditto marks for Oakhill] W.Va. ’37


40. Preference for Additional Training: Apprenticeship training.
41. Job Preference: Undecided, Reason [blank]
42. Locality Preference: Will go where job demands., Reason [blank]
43. Signature of C.O. or Pers. O.: R.A. Nedwidek; Type in Name of Off. Rank – 2nd Lt. USMCR; Signature of Dischargee – James F. Wykle Jr.

Source: U.S. Marine Corps Report of Separation, original document in possession of author.

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Marine Autographs, California, 1943

In honor of Veteran’s Day, here are links to an interesting sheet of Marine autographs. These men all served with my father in the 4th Marine Division during WWII. His unit fought on Saipan and Iwo Jima in the Pacific Theater.

Almost all of the men who signed included at least a partial hometown address which may be helpful to families doing research, especially in light of the upcoming release of the 1940 U.S. Census.

Scan of Autographs:
Transcription of Autographs:
Scan of Photo:
(My father, Sgt. James F. Wykle stands on the right. The other two men are unidentified.)

Source: Photograph in possession of author, Debora Wykle Kerr.

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