Woods, William Wallace, Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary MOS
533-Demolition Specialist (Engr)
Last MOSGroup
Primary Unit
1945-1945, 745, 1st Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (1/28)
Service Years
1940 - 1945



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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
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Last Address
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Casualty Date
Mar 01, 1945
Hostile, Died
Unknown, Not Reported
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
Location of Interment
Woodlawn Cemetery - Independence, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec 8, Lot 33, Sp 10

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1945, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar
Basic Parachutist

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1940, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
MARDET (Afloat)1st Parachute Regiment28th Marine Regiment
  1940-1942, MARDET USS Idaho (BB-42)
  1943-1945, 533, 1st Parachute Regiment
  1945-1945, 745, 1st Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (1/28)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
In mid-1941, while serving with the USS Idaho (BB-42), he served with the Marine Detachment.  The Idaho served primarily with the Pacific Fleet, but on this occasion it joined other ships on Neutrality Patrols, protecting American shipping during the Battle of the Atlantic. When War broke out, the Idaho returned to the Pacific for amphicbious operations against the Japanese.

In 1945,  Sgt. Woods served with Company B, 1st Battalion 28th Marines.  He was killed in action on 1 March 1945 during the taking of Hill 362A and Nishi Ridge, Iwo Jima.
Prior, to Sea School in San Diego.
Then aboard the USS Idaho (BB-42) in November 1940, rank of PFC, on Oahu.
In July 1942 at Newport, Rhode Island. 
Then in October 1941 was at Hvalfjordur, Iceland with Marine Detachment, USS Idaho on Neutrality Patrols during the Battle of the Atlantic.
January 1942, aboard the Idaho in the Pacific. Rank of PFC.

October 1942 to parachute training. From the USS Idaho in the Pacific.
July 1943, South Pacific with 3rd Parachute Battalion. rank of Sgt.

Served on Guadalcanal and Vella La Vella, Solomon Islands with 3rd Parachute Battalion, 1st Marine Parachute Regiment, FMF Demolition Platoon, Hq. Company. 1943-4.

B Company, 1st Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division March-December 1944.
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