Alvin Leon Daily

BRANCH OF SERVICE
U.S. Marine Corps

HOMETOWN
Milburn, NE

HONORED BY
Daughters

ACTIVITY DURING WWII

ENLISTED AT DES MOINES, IOWA ON JULY 17, 1940. QUALIFIED AS A PARATROOPER, RADIO OPERATOR, RIFLE SHARPSHOOTER, PISTOL MARKSMAN AND THOMPSON SUBMACHINE GUN MARKSMAN. AS THE SENIOR NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICER, HE BECAME SUPERVISOR OF ALL COMMUNICATIONS PERSONNEL. SERVED WITH THE 2ND MARINE PARACHUTE BATTALION AT WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND, NEW CALEDONIA, GUADALCANAL, SOLOMON ISLANDS AND VELLA LE VELLA. RECEIVED A COMMENDATION FOR CONDUCTING VIGOROUS ATTACKS AGAINST JAPANESE FORCES FOR SEVEN DAYS; HIS BATTALION DESTROYED SEVERAL HUNDRED TONS OF JAPANESE SUPPLIES, CAPTURED VALUABLE JAPANESE DOCUMENTS AND DEVASTATED AN ENEMY BARGE AND STAGING AREA. MANY JAPANESE WERE KILLED AND MANY MORE WOUNDED, AND THERE WERE ONLY EIGHT AMERICAN CASUALTIES AND 13 WOUNDED. RE-ENLISTED AT CAMP PENDLETON AT OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA ON JULY 17, 1944 AND SERVED AS COMMUNICATIONS CHIEF WITH THE 5TH MARINE DIVISION DURING THE LANDING ON IWO JIMA AND WAS WOUNDED IN ACTION FEBRUARY 20, 1945, WHEN HIT BY A LARGE PIECE OF SHRAPNEL WHICH STRUCK HIS SHOULDER, BREAKING HIS COLLARBONE. WAS AWARDED A PURPLE HEART, WWII VICTORY MEDAL, ASIATIC-PACIFIC THEATER RIBBON AND A GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL.