Woodbury County


Cpl. Eugene E. Reilly




Sergeant Eugene E. Reilly of the marines has cabled his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.P. Reilly, 3332 Nebraska Street, Christmas greetings. The cable is from somewhere in the south Pacific. Sergeant Reilly enlisted here January 2. His parents previously had heard from him in October from somewhere in the Pacific after his arrival. The cable stated he was “safe but lonesome.” He is a graduate of Trinity High School.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, December 19, 1942

Marine Corporal Reilly Spending Long Furlough Here

Corporal Eugene E. Reilly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Reilly, 3332 Nebraska Street, is spending a furlough in the home of his parents while recovering from injuries suffered while serving with the marines on Guadalcanal.

Corporal Reilly enlisted in the Marine Corps here two years ago and was assigned to the quarter-master supply department. He was overseas 10 months and took part in marine actions in the Coral Sea area and on Tulagi Island.

While unloading and transporting supplies on Guadalcanal, March 12, 1943, he and several companions were caught by a Japanese bomb. Corporal Reilly was thrown 30 feet into the air and suffered a broken bone in his right thigh. He was returned to this country last July and was confined to a marine Corps hospital at Oakland, California, until his furlough was granted.

Corporal Reilly arrived home Christmas morning, on crutches, but in high spirits. He will return to the hospital, January 19 for further treatment.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, December 31, 1943