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John Harlan Willis
Birth: Jun. 10, 1921
Columbia
Maury County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Feb. 28, 1945, Japan

WW II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Served as Platoon Corpsman with the 3rd Battalion, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division during operations against Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands. In action at Hill 362 on February 28, 1945 he administered first aid to the many wounded marines until he himself was struck by shrapnel and was ordered back to the aid station. With no medical release he quickly returned to his company to help wounded. During a savage hand-to-hand enemy counterattack, he administered blood plasma to a marine lying wounded in a shell hole. He continued to give aid to his wounded comrades under constant fire, throwing back eight enemy hand grenades until the ninth exploded killing him instantly.  (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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  Winfrey Alberta Morel Willis (1921 - 2013)*
 
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Burial:
Rose Hill Cemetery
Columbia
Maury County
Tennessee, USA
Plot: Block S
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Sep 04, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7834341
John Harlan Willis
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John Harlan Willis
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John Harlan Willis
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RIP and Thank You Sir
- Jo Gilbert Parker
 Added: Jun. 10, 2014

- Lazer
 Added: Jun. 10, 2014
The corpsman were all so heroic on Iwo Jima! Happy Heavenly Birthday, dear sir, and rest in everlasting peace. Thank you for serving our country!
- sjm
 Added: Jun. 10, 2014
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