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SMN Marvelle William Mershon
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Birth: Aug. 21, 1925
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Death: Feb. 24, 1945, Japan


Aviation Radioman 3rd class, US Navy, captured on Chichi Jima Island (in the Bonin Islands Group) when his SB2C Helldiver airplane was shot down during World War II. On February 24, 1945, Marve was executed by beheading on orders of Japanese Major Sueo Matoba, Commander of the 308th Infantry Battalion. He was taken to the Chichi Jima Cemetery, where a grave had been dug for him, and beheaded by Lieutenant Hironobu Morishita. Parts of his body were removed and later served as food to high ranking Japanese officers, as part of the spirit warrior indoctrination (the Japanese Army on Chichi Jima had plenty of food). After the war, his remains were recovered by American soldiers, and returned to New Mexico. Major Matoba, the Japanese officer who ordered his death and dissection, was tried for War Crimes in 1947, executed by hanging, and buried in an unmarked grave on the island of Guam (where the trial was held); Lieutenant Morishita, who actually beheaded him, spent several years in prison for his role. Marve was friendly and outgoing, and well liked by his fellow sailors. His life and death are described in the book, "Flyboys" by James Bradley. He was 19 years old when he died, and his death had great impact upon his parents and older brother.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Hoyt Deloss Mershon (1897 - 1951)
  Clarinda K. Slaughton Mershon (1896 - 1955)
 
 Sibling:
  Hoyt Deloss Mershon (1919 - 1958)*
  Marvelle William Mershon (1925 - 1945)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Santa Fe National Cemetery
Santa Fe
Santa Fe County
New Mexico, USA
Plot: Section N, Grave 275
 
Created by: Kit and Morgan Benson
Record added: Jul 31, 2004
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SMN Marvelle William Mershon
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It was an honor to visit this your grave Smn Mershon. As a fellow Naval Aircrewman I appreciate your bravery and ultimate sacrifice.
- Robert Levin
 Added: Mar. 27, 2016
You are courageous and a true American Patriot. Rest in Peace/
- Tony B
 Added: Jan. 18, 2016

- JB BERRY
 Added: Jan. 12, 2016
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