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Hulen D. Buchanan

Lest We Forget



Life

Date of Birth: July 31, 1923
Place of Birth: Campo, Colorado
Date of Death: November 23, 1943
Burial Site: In the Pacific Ocean “with appropriate military honors”
Address of Record: Route 2, Box 182, DeRidder, LA
Spouse: None
Children: None
Parents: Charles Hunt and Annie Buchanan
Siblings: Leona Copenhaver, Lois Geneva (Deans) Byrd, Jess, Frank (served in the Army during the same period as Hulen served in the Marines), John, Henry "Hank" Buchanan (served in the Air Force during the same period as Hulen served in the Marines)
School(s): Campo, Colorado
DeRidder High School, where he was given the nickname “Curley”
Interests:Fishing

Military Career - World War II

Branch: U. S. Marine Corps
Rank: Corporal
Serial Number: 509 914
Decorations: Purple Heart
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Unit: 2nd Marine Division
Battle or Circumstance: Marine landing on Tarawa, November 20, 1943
Circumstances of Death: Died of wounds aboard ship coming back to the United States
Comments: “it was only after three days of the bloodiest fighting in the Pacific area that the island was won” – 939 Marines and Navy men died or were missing – 2,085 were wounded

Sources

  • Geneva Byrd
    303 Nolen St.
    DeRidder, LA 70634
  • News articles and various official correspondence
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