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COL Justice Marion “Jumping Joe” Chambers

COL Justice Marion “Jumping Joe” Chambers

Birth
Huntington, Cabell County, West Virginia, USA
Death 29 Jul 1982 (aged 74)
Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 6, Grave 5813-A-9, Map Grid X 21
Memorial ID 12798 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served during World War II in the United States Marine Corps as Colonel and commander of the 3rd Assault Battalion Landing Team, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery from 19 to 22 February 1945 in the Marine Corps assault on Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Under a furious barrage of enemy machinegun and small-arms fire from the commanding cliffs on the right, Col. Chambers (then Lt. Col.) landed immediately after the initial assault waves of his battalion on D-day to find the momentum of the assault threatened by heavy casualties from withering Japanese artillery, mortar rocket, machinegun, and rifle fire. Exposed to relentless hostile fire, he coolly reorganized his battle-weary men, inspiring them to heroic efforts by his own valor and leading them in an attack on the critical, impregnable high ground from which the enemy was pouring an increasing volume of fire directly onto troops ashore as well as amphibious craft in succeeding waves. Constantly in the front lines encouraging his men to push forward against the enemy's savage resistance, Col. Chambers led the 8-hour battle to carry the flanking ridge top and reduce the enemy's fields of aimed fire, thus protecting the vital foothold gained. In constant defiance of hostile fire while reconnoitering the entire regimental combat team zone of action, he maintained contact with adjacent units and forwarded vital information to the regimental commander. His zealous fighting spirit undiminished despite terrific casualties and the loss of most of his key officers, he again reorganized his troops for renewed attack against the enemy's main line of resistance and was directing the fire of the rocket platoon when he fell, critically wounded. Evacuated under heavy Japanese fire, Col. Chambers, by forceful leadership, courage, and fortitude in the face of staggering odds, was directly instrumental in insuring the success of subsequent operations of the 5th Amphibious Corps on Iwo Jima, thereby sustaining and enhancing the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service". He was one of 27 Marines to be awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery on Iwo Jima.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for COL Justice Marion “Jumping Joe” Chambers (2 Feb 1908–29 Jul 1982), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12798, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .