Hardin County

Pvt. Wallace W. Marsh





Marine Was Veteran of Pacific Battles

Iowa Falls -- Pvt. Wallace Marsh was killed in action on Iwo Jima Feb. 28, according to a message received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Marsh, this week.

He enlisted in the marines in the spring of 1941, and was stationed in Cuba for a number of months. He participated in the capture of the Marshall Islands and Saipan.

He was awarded the purple heart for wounds at Saipan. While he was asleep in a foxhole one night he was attacked by a Jap who inflicted knife wounds. The Jap was killed by other marines, and Pvt. Marsh spend several months convalescing in a rest camp in the Hawaiian Islands.

The last letter from Pvt. Marsh informed his parents that he was on his way to combat again.

Source: Unknown newspaper source & date


Officer Presented Silver Star to Iowa Falls Couple

Iowa Falls -- Pfc. Wallace Wesley Marsh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy H. Marsh, has been awarded the silver star posthumously "for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a rifleman while in service with A company, 1st battalion of the 25th marines, 4th division in action, against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano islands, Feb. 28.

The citation continues:

"During the assault on the high ground heavy Japanese fire had halted the advance of the marines and Pvt. Marsh spotted a Japanese machine gun about 75 years ahead of our forces. The machine gun seemed to be the center of the enemy's fire power, and Pvt. Marsh, disregarding a serious shrapnel wound in his right arm, advance single-handed on the enemy position.

"While advancing through enemy fire his gun jammed, but he continued his assault with hand grenades until he was fatally wounded."

Pvt. Marsh enlisted in the U.S. marines reserve in the spring of 1941. He was in Cuba 19 months before going to the Pacific. He served in 4 battles including the Marshall Islands, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. While on Saipan he was attacked by a Japanese while in his foxhole and he was awarded the purple heart for wounds received.

For wounds received while on Iwo Jima he was awarded posthumously a star in place of a 2nd purple heart medal. The silver star was presented to Mr. and Mrs. Marsh by Capt. Jack Munday of Des Moines.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, June 20, 1946 (photo included)