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Merle Roy Barrows enlisted in the Marine Corps 13 May, 1941 from Waterloo, Iowa. Completed recruit training in the 3rd Recruit Battalion, MCB San Diego, CA. Assigned to E Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division at MCB Camp Elliott, CA. Promoted to Private First Class. 1 July, 1942 embarked USS President Hayes (APA-20) at San Diego for movement overseas. 25 July, 1942 landing rehearsals at Koro, Fiji. 7 August, 1942 participated in combat operations D-Day Tulagi, Solomon Islands attached to the 1st Marine Division. 9 August-28 October, 1942 occupied Tulagi Island. 29 October, 1942 landed on Guadalcanal and participated in combat operations until 12 January, 1943. 31 January, 1943 embarked USS Monticello (AP-61). 6 February, 1943 arrived at Wellington, New Zealand based at Camp Russell as part of the 2nd Marine Division. 6 April, 1943 promoted to Corporal. 30 October, 1943 embarked USS Zeilin (APA-3) at Wellington. 7-14 November, 1943 landing rehearsals at Efate, New Hebrides. Killed in Action Red Beach Two Tarawa D-Day 20 November, 1943.
BARROWS, Merle R., Cpl., USMC. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe A. Barrows, 632 Wyoming Street, Waterloo, Iowa + BARROWS, Merle Roy, 308551, CoE, WndBn, 2ndMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, Gilbert Islands, November 20, 1943, killed in action