Woodbury County

 

Sgt. James Bookhart

 

 

IN UNIFORM

James Bookhart, 818 W. Fourth street, has been promoted to the rank of master technical sergeant. He is an aviation machinist’s mate with the Ninth marine aircraft wing now training at the marine corps air station at Cherry Point, N.C. He entered service on July 21, 1942.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, February 9, 1945

Sioux City Sergeant Home on Leave Has Never Killed Jap

Sgt. George Bookhart, 23-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Bookhart, 3114 Fifth Avenue, joined the marine corps three years ago with the idea of fighting the Japs and Nazis and eliminating as many of them as possible.

Now, despite the fact that he has just completed 15 months of service in the most hotly contested areas of the south Pacific and wears a presidential citation and stars denoting participation in two major battles, the sergeant insists that he has never been in combat and that he never killed a Jap.

“My unit was always behind the front lines,” he says. “Sometimes it wasn’t very far behind. Sometimes there were Jap snipers in trees and caves. Sometimes they sent a few bullets over to where we were working, but we weren’t there for the purpose of fighting. We were aviation machinists and our job was to set up shop and get ready to service American fighter planes. Other units of marines did all the fighting for us.”

Sgt. Bookhart’s unit followed the American advance, island by island, through the Marshalls, establishing fighter bases and servicing fighter planes for the next step in the conquest of Jap held islands. The presidential citation was awarded for “extraordinary service under great difficulties.”

One of three brothers who joined the marines at about the same time, George is the only one with overseas service. James Bookhart is stationed at Cherry Point, N.C. and Edward Bookhart is at a marine aviation base, Chicago.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, February 18, 1945