Marion Innis Jenkins


Animal Husbandry

Cadet First Lieutenant, A & R Officer; First Battalion, First Regiment; Alpha Zeta; Rifle Team; President, Animal Husbandry Club; Episcopal Students Association; President, Block and Bridle Club; Sharpshooter, ROTC Camp, Fort McClellan, AL.

Yonges Island, South Carolina

Army, First Lieutenant

H Company, 307th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division

Purple Heart

Oct 22, 1918

Apr 19, 1945

Killed in action at Iwo Shima, Okinawa, Japan. Jenkins and classmate Walter Bennett were killed by the same mortar shell.

Saint Pauls Episcopal Church Cemetery, Younges Island, SC


Personal Remembrances

I knew Lt. Jenkins and Capt Bennett
I was only a few yards from them when they were killed.  We were in our mortar trench that night when it all happened, worst night of my life.  We were so close to the front lines we had our mortars pointing almost straight up.  We had to keep going back to the beach for more ammunition.  I think it was the same day Ernie Pyle was killed by a sniper.  When it was all over we had 46 men left in our company.  Both officers were very well liked by the whole platoon.

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A. J. Tiffany
Vacaville, Ca. 95688

The next combat assignment was Okinawa. In late March (26-29), the division made 15 landings, securing Kerama Retto and Keise Shima for the assault on Okinawa.  Riding at sea, 1–15 April 1945, it suffered casualties from enemy suicide attacks, and prepared for the assault landing on Iwo Shima.  On 16 April 1945, the 77th landed on Ie Shima, captured the airfield, and engaged in a bitter fight for "Government House Hill" and "Bloody Ridge."  It was in this operation that Ernie Pyle was killed.  On 25 April, it left Iwo Shima for Okinawa, relieving the 96th Division, 28 April 1945.

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