|Birth: ||Sep. 12, 1921|
|Death: ||Feb. 28, 1945|
Iwo Jima, Japan
THE ABILENE REPORTER-NEWS, ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY MORNING, APRIL 3, 1945, PAGE THREE
MITCHELL COUNTY BOY DIES ON IWO
COLORADO CITY, April 2--Pfc. J.W. Hodges Jr. and Cpl. Clarence B. Jennings, Mitchell county Marines, have been killed on Iwo Jima, according to War department messages received by relatives.
J.W. Hodges Sr. of Clovis, N.M., formerly of Colorado City, was informed Private Hodges, 21, died of wounds received while fighting with the Fifth Marine Division Feb. 28. Private Hodges, a 1940 graduate of Colorado City high school, was the brother of Mrs. Charles F. Carter, the former Cassie Hodges of Colorado City.
Cpl. Clarence B. Jennings, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. M.D. Jennings of Westbrook, died Feb. 25 on Iwo Jima. He enlisted in the Marines May 10, 1941, training at Camp Pendleton and Camp Elliott, going overseas in Feb. 1942.
Known to his hometown as "Buddy," Corporal Jennings saw action with the Third Marine division on Bougainville and in the Battle of Guam. He was an ex-student of Conoway and Westbrook schools.
The following was published in the Big Spring Daily Herald on Tuesday, April 27, 1948:
Marine Is Buried
At Colorado City
COLORADO CITY, April 26 - The body of a Colorado City Marine, John W. (Dub) Hodges, who was killed on Iwo Jima, February 28, 1945, was buried Sunday afternoon beside the grave of his mother in Colorado City cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Earl Craig, minister of the Church of Christ here. He was the son of John W. Hodges, Sr., former Colorado Citian, now of Clovis, N.M.
"Dub" enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 1943.
He was a former football star of the Colorado Wolf team and is survived by four sisters, in addition to his father. His sisters are Mrs. Hugh Gaines of Lamesa; Mrs. Cecil Treadaway, Muskogee, Okla.; Mrs. Keith Oliver, Lynn, Mass.; and Mrs. Charles Carter of Colorado City.
John Ward Hodges (1889 - 1956)
Alice Maudie Hodges (1890 - 1941)
Colorado City Cemetery
Created by: Dennis Alan Deel
Record added: May 03, 2010
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The Battle of Iwo Jima (19 February – 26 March 1945), or Operation Detachment, was a major battle in which the United States Armed Forces fought for and captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Empire. The American invasion had the goal of captur...(Read more)|
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