Battle of Sugar Loaf Hill Okinawa

Eye witness account from Okinawa….

Together We Served Voices

By Scott Sumner USMC 1978 – 1984

My uncle James M. Barrett was a World War II Marine. He was born in Nov. 1923 in Minnesota. He had a promising career as a welterweight boxer, 1until his country’s call became too loud. On January 18, 1943 he reported for duty with the United States Marine Corps. He went through recruit training in San Diego, Calif. and on the first of May was sent to Sitka, Alaska and in October to Attu, Alaska. The Army had finished cleaning the Japanese off the island, and he drew guard duty for the winter.

The battles in the Pacific had taken their toll and the Marine Corps needed more men for the fighting. My uncle was sent to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. for additional infantry training in May 1944. On December 27, he, and many others, embarked on a troop ship for Guadalcanal…

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on July 21, 2018, in First-hand Accounts, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. Excellent re post gp.
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    An excellent look into the history of your Uncle and his contributions as a great Marine.
    This story has immense value as a record of your Uncles military past as well as a record of moments in war.
    I commend you for recording it and sharing it.

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  2. Readinghere is knowing more of life

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  3. I loved the action photo!

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  4. Appreciated reading the post you shared. I wrote this on the original post: “Grateful for your uncle’s service!”

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  5. Staggering loss of life, I had to read it twice to let it sink in, words elude.

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  6. I’m on the Together We Served website.
    I was driving from Mare Island to my ship in San Diego and stopped at Camp Pendelton and had lunch with my grade school friend who was a marine there.
    I notice the dates on this post. Was this your uncle, or the uncle of who originally posted it?

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  7. Thanks for following my blog; and for all of the wonderful work that you do with your blog. you are very kind.

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  8. My father served with the 6th Marine Division. He was a forward artillery observer with the 15th Marines. 50+ years after the war, a Marine who served under him contacted him to tell him he was a good officer.

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  9. What amazes me is that I feel so emotional and full of anxiety when I think of the mothers and Fathers waiting for their son’s and daughters to come home with stories to tell and the capacity to tell them. I am learning so much that I did not know about war!
    Thank you for the names and the opportunity to do my own personal Fare Well Salute.
    > Sheila

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  10. Okinawa was one long and hellacious battle. I highly recommend E.B. Sledge’s memoir, With the Old Breed. Never forget.

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  11. Thanks for the interesting reblog, GP. I enjoyed that personal account of the events.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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