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Chester Walter Axel Collection

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Chester Walter Axel Collection

Biographical Information

Name:
Chester Walter Axel
State of Birth:
IA
Home State:
IA
Gender
Male
Race
White

War or Conflict
World War, 1939-1945
Military Status
Veteran
Dates of Service
1944-1946
Entrance into Service
Drafted
Branch of Service
Marine Corps
Unit of Service
Replacement Battalion, 4th Marine Division
Location of Service
Camp Pendleton, California; South Pacific; Iwo Jima; Maui, Hawaii
Battles/Campaigns
Iwo Jima
Highest Rank
Private First Class
Prisoner of War
No
Service History Note
Axel served from the spring of 1944 to the spring of 1946. Trained in demolition, he landed on Iwo Jima in February 1945, as part of the first Marines on the island. During the battle, he suffered shrapnel wounds to his back, head, and legs. He also lost his hearing.

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Type of Resource:
Video: DVD [1 item] -- Oral history interview
Manuscript: Clippings [1 item] -- Typewritten document
Photograph: Photographic print [13 items] -- Photographs
Interviewer:
Mary Evans
Contributor:
Mary Evans
Contributor Affiliation/Organization:
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library
Collection #:
AFC/2001/001/65314
Subjects:
Axel, Chester Walter
World War, 1939-1945--Personal Narratives
United States. Marine Corps.
Cite as:
Chester Walter Axel Collection
(AFC/2001/001/65314), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
 
 

 

Last Edit: 2019-11-06
 

 

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