Karl J. Leitz Jr.
Branch: Marine Corps
Rank: Lance Corporal (E-3)
War or Conflict: World War II
Years of Service: 5
Karl J. Leitz Jr. served in the Marine Corps during World War II. He enlisted in December 1941. He was in boot camp on Paris Island, South Carolina for twelve weeks in the beginning of 1942. From boot camp, he was transferred to New River, North Carolina to the First Marine Division. From there, he was shipped out to San Francisco, California and continued from California to New Zealand in June 1942. From New Zealand the 1st, 5th and 11th Marine Divisions landed on Guadalcanal, one of the Japanese occupied Solomon Islands, to take the airfield on August 7, 1942. Karl returned to American soil in July 1944 to serve at the Brooklyn & Ionia Island-Hudson Naval Yards. He then served as a drill sergeant at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The war ended in August 1945 and Karl became part of the voluntary services. He was officially honorably discharged in January 1946. During his service, Karl received many medals including a purple heart, good conduct, Pacific Area, Victory, Sharpshooter on rifle and pistol and an American Defense Service medal. He received five Presidential Citations for making First Marine Division landings.
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