1 Reply Latest reply on May 15, 2020 12:58 PM by Rebecca Collier

    Seeking Military Records of Ernest B. Schwoebel, Marine


      Hello, My father served as a Marine in WWII.  His rank was Private First Class; his number was 304942.  He began with G Company, 2nd Bn, 7th Marine First Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force.  He had to return to states for Hernia surgery.  It appears he transfers several times, but I have a HqCo Transient Center, 5th Amphibious Corps on 2/26/44. Then on 3/14/44 it appears (handwritten and hard to understand) CoCo, Hg Bn, 2nd Marines, then on 4/3/44 it appears he joined Co. D, 2nd Bn, 18th Marines.  On 4/5/44,  he joined Co. "K", 3rd Bn, 6th Marines and is defined as semi-annual.  My sister and I have some materials.  He was initiated  into the Son of Neptune on 4/23/42; Participated in the Operation of Saipan, MI from 6/5/44 to 6/15/44 and his discharge papers state, 'Recommend for GC Medal, Presidential Citation for action at Tarawa.  He also arrived at Okinawa Island, Ryukyu Islands on 4/1/45 to 4/14/45.  So we have information, but there are missing times in the sequences, names of ships, etc., so any additional information you could provide would surely help. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

        • Re: Seeking Military Records of Ernest B. Schwoebel, Marine
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Ms. Jessup,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We suggest that you request copies of the Muster Rolls for the various units he served in. We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Muster Rolls, 1/1941 - 12/1945 in the Records of the U.S. Marine Corps (Record Group 127) that include the units you seek. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


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          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!