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A number of local men were active in the fierce battle for Midway island where a Mason City marine, Pvt. William BURKE, lost his life. Stephen SMITH, a veteran navy pilot, flew a torpedo plane which was struck by 68 navy bullet during the battle. Malvin O. PERKINS, master mechanic 1st class, who was injured at Pearl Harbor, also took part in the battle. Other local men there were P.F.C. LaVerne HILL of the marines, Edward P. HAND, boatswain's mate 1st class, and John JACOBS, aviation machinist's mate 3rd class.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, April of 2012
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