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Thomas Ellis Underwood
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Thomas Ellis Underwood enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in fall of 1942. He served in Company B, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines of the 4th Marine Division. Underwood's first battle was at Roi-Namur in Feb., 1944, and second was at Saipan and Tinian in summer of that year. He was promoted to corporal on July 18 and was commended for his bravery and skillful leadership while commanding a squad on Saipan. Then a seasoned combat veteran, Cpl. Underwood landed at Iwo Jima in Feb., 1945. He was wounded on February 25 and evacuated to the USS Lenawee; however, Underwood was soon back on the front line, probably by his own choice. On March 4, Underwood and his platoon found themselves pinned down under heavy enemy fire. Cpl. Underwood led his squad forward to attack the Japanese position; in the words of an officer, Underwood "valiantly led a spirited attack against the fiercely defended hostile emplacement." While leading his fellow Marines from the front, Cpl. Underwood was hit by shrapnel in his back, dying of his wounds shortly thereafter. Cpl. Thomas E. Underwood was only 21 years old. He was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart (with gold star for both wounds) and a Bronze Star with V device for his actions on Iwo Jima. Thank you Cpl. Thomas E. Underwood for your sacrifices. I know that you now rest in peace with your loved ones and fellow Marines. Semper Fi
- Wyatt
 Added: Nov. 20, 2015
 
Bless you on your angel day. Remembering a brave Marine today.
- luvshistory
 Added: Mar. 4, 2012
 
Today 67 years ago you lost your life on Iwo Jima. You volunteered to go back after you had been wounded. You are a hero to me and I admire you. Rest well T.E., Semper Fi.
- luvshistory
 Added: Mar. 4, 2012
 
In memory of a brave Marine who gave his life for our country.
- luvshistory
 Added: Dec. 30, 2011
 

- luvshistory
 Added: Dec. 30, 2011
 
In loving memory.
- luvshistory
 Added: Dec. 30, 2011
 
I saw your picture in a WW2 book I have and your picture captivated me. I had to draw you, I am an artist. Then I wanted to find out who you were and to my grief found out that you were killed on Iwo Jima. I am so grateful for men like you. Thank you doesn't seem enough. Bless you and rest well.
- luvshistory
 Added: Dec. 30, 2011
 
A true hero in every sense of the word! God bless all service men and women!
- Nancy Buckley Ferguson
 Added: May. 30, 2010
 
May you and your loved ones know your service and the ultimate sacrifice to our country shall never be forgotten.
Thank You Veteran for all you did.
- Bless you and may heavenly peace be yours, Jamalbi
 Added: Dec. 12, 2005
 

- AMR
 Added: Sep. 3, 2005
 

- AMR
 Added: Sep. 3, 2005
 
 
 
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