John Harlan Willis

John Harlan Willis

Birth
Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee, USA
Death 28 Feb 1945 (aged 23)
Iwo Jima, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
Burial Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee, USA
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Memorial ID 7834341 · View Source
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World War 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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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 4 Sep 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7834341
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Harlan Willis (10 Jun 1921–28 Feb 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7834341, citing Rose Hill Cemetery, Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .