Pope, Everett, Maj

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1950-1951, 3rd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (3/2), 2nd Marine Regiment
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The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
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Medal of Honor



Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. Place and date: Peleliu Island, Palau group, 19-20 September 1944. Entered service at: Massachusetts. Born: 16 July 1919, Milton, Mass.


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as commanding officer of Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Peleliu Island, Palau group, on 19-20 September 1944. Subjected to pointblank cannon fire which caused heavy casualties and badly disorganized his company while assaulting a steep coral hill, Capt. Pope rallied his men and gallantly led them to the summit in the face of machinegun, mortar, and sniper fire. Forced by widespread hostile attack to deploy the remnants of his company thinly in order to hold the ground won, and with his machineguns out of order and insufficient water and ammunition, he remained on the exposed hill with 12 men and 1 wounded officer determined to hold through the night. Attacked continuously with grenades, machineguns, and rifles from 3 sides, he and his valiant men fiercely beat back or destroyed the enemy, resorting to hand-to-hand combat as the supply of ammunition dwindled, and still maintaining his lines with his 8 remaining riflemen when daylight brought more deadly fire and he was ordered to withdraw. His valiant leadership against devastating odds while protecting the units below from heavy Japanese attack reflects the highest credit upon Capt. Pope and the U.S. Naval Service.

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Maj. Pope and his wife Eleanor lived on Amelia Island in Florida and on Great Pond in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, before failing health spurred them to return to the midcoast area of Maine to be nearer their sons. The couple entered the Hill House assisted-living facility in Bath in September 2008. His wife died there in January 2009, and Pope himself died six months later, on the morning of his 90th birthday. Everett and Eleanor Pope will be buried together in Arlington National Cemetery.

The Battle of Peleliu, like other bloody World War II island campaigns before it, was a fight to capture an airstrip on a small coral island in the Western Pacific. And, as with previous island battles, the Americans prevailed, but at a higher cost than anticipated, against the determined resistance of the Japanese forces.

By the summer of 1944, victories in the Southwest and Central Pacific had brought the war even closer to Japan, with American bombers able to strike at the Japanese homeland. But there was disagreement by the U.S. Joint Chiefs over two proposed strategies to crush the Japanese Empire. One strategy proposed by General Douglas MacArthur called for the recapture of the Philippines, followed by the capture of Okinawa for an attack at the Japanese mainland. From there, the eventual invasion of Japan would come. Admiral Chester Nimitz, on the other hand, favored a more direct strategy of bypassing the Philippines, but seizing Okinawa and Formosa as staging areas an attack on the Chinese mainland as well as the future invasion of Japan's southernmost islands.

As for Peleliu, both commanders' strategies included the invasion of this island, but for different reasons, and the 1st Marine Division had already been chosen to make the assault. To settle this dispute, President Franklin D. Roosevelt traveled to Pearl Harbor to personally meet both commanders and hear their respective arguments. After a review of both positions, MacArthur's strategy was chosen. However, before MacArthur could retake the Philippines, the Palau Islands, Peleliu and Anguar specifically, were thought to be necessary for neutralization and building an airfield to protect his right flank. This turned out not to be necessary at all. What followed was a ferocious battle lasting more than two months and costing over 12,000 lives on both sides. Engaging on Peleliu was the 1st Marine Division, and also the U.S. Army 81st Infantry Division that had already overrun the smaller island of Anguar.

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  1950-1951, 3rd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (3/2), 2nd Marine Regiment

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3rd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (3/2), 2nd Marine Regiment
3rd Battalion 2nd Marines (3/2) is an infantry battalion in the United States Marine Corps based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina consisting of approximately 1000 Marines and Sailors. Nicknamed the "Betio Bastards," they fall under the command of the 2nd Marine Regiment of the 2nd Marine Division.

World War II

Activated 18 January 1941 at San Diego, California. They were assigned to the 2nd Marine Brigade during February 1941. Deployed to Koro Island with the 2nd Marine Division in June 1942. The battalion participated in the following World War II campaigns:

  • Guadalcanal
  • Tarawa
  • Saipan
  • Tinian
  • Okinawa

During the Battle of Tarawa, the battalion participated in the amphibious assault on and capture of the small island of Betio in the Tarawa atoll, earning them the nickname "the Betio Bastards."

Following the war the battalion stood occupation duty in Kagoshima, Japan until February 1946 when they redeployed to Camp Pendleton, California. The battalion was deactivated on 27 March 1946.

Post World War II history

3/2 was reactivated on 28 December 1950 at Camp Pendleton, and were again assigned to the 2nd Marine Division. They deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962

The battalion deployed to Saudi Arabia in August 1990 and participated in Operation Desert Storm in early 1991. In 1994 they participated in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia and Operation Deny Flight and Operation Provide Promise.

Global War on Terror

In 2003, 3/2 deployed to Kuwait as part of Task Force Tarawa and beginning in March supported Operation Iraqi Freedom. The battalion participated in the battle of Nasiriyah .During this deployment 3/2 had 1 Marine, Sgt. Nicholas M. Hodson, of Springfield, MO killed in action.

During 2004, 3/2 was designated as the AT (anti-terrorism) battalion and was assigned to different areas around the globe. The battalion was spread between Afghanistan, Djibouti, and Cuba.

The battalion again deployed to Iraq in February 2005. The battalion launched major combat operations Operation Matador, Operation Spear, and Operation Quick Strike. They conducted security and stabilization operations in Al Anbar Province until September 2005. During this deployment 3/2 had 3 Marines killed in action.

The battalion again deployed to Iraq in the July 2006. They conducted security and stabilization operations in the Al Anbar Province in the city of Habbaniyah until mid February 2007. During this deployment the battalion had 14 Marines killed in action.

The battalion again deployed to Iraq in October 2007 operating in the Al Qaim region of the Al Anbar Province with Iraqi Police and Iraqi Army. During this deployment the battalion suffered a few casualties, and had a widespread area of operation along the Syrian border and Euphrates river. The Battalion again deployed to the Persian Gulf in May-December 2009 as the Battalion Landing Team for the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. In January 2010 the battalion was dispatched as part of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit to take part in the relief effort following the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

In February 2011, 3/2 was deployed to the Musa Qal'eh and Now Zad districts of Helmand Province, Afghanistan to engage in combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 3/2 returned in September 2011.

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3rd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (3/2)

Berg, John Vernon, MGySgt, (1940-1968) Technical Sergeant
Hammond, James D, LtCol, (1942-1969) 3 0302 Major
Beebe, Hector, GySgt, (1943-1973) 3 0311 Sergeant
Marteness, Harold, Sgt, (1950-1953) 3 0300 Sergeant
Dier, Thomas G., Cpl, (1951-1952) 3 0311 Corporal
Lee, Lawrence, PFC, (1951-1952) 3 0300 Private 1st Class
Murray, Warren, Cpl, (1951-1953) 3 0362 Private 1st Class
1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2)

Hatch, Harold Arthur, LtGen Second Lieutenant
Haynie, John, GySgt, (1946-1974) OF 603 Gunnery Sergeant
Kane, James Joseph, Sgt, (1946-1951) 3 0300 Corporal
Blackwell, Louis (Sam), SSgt, (1950-1971) 3 Private 1st Class
Cisco, Dominic Anthony, Sgt, (1943-1952) 3 0300 Private 1st Class
Colson, Harry, Cpl, (1948-1950) 3 0300 Private 1st Class
Fruchti, Richard M, Cpl, (1950-1952) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
McNeilley, James, PFC, (1949-1951) 2 0294 Private 1st Class
2nd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (2/2)

Uffelman, Paul Roland, LtCol, (1944-1973) 3 0306 First Lieutenant
Adair, Hugh Donald, 2ndLt, (1948-1950) 3 0301 Second Lieutenant
Hatch, Harold Arthur, LtGen 3 0302 Second Lieutenant
Smith, Elmore Charles, 2ndLt, (1945-1951) 3 0301 Second Lieutenant
Ritter III, Joseph, GySgt, (1941-1979) 11 1121 Staff Sergeant
Beam, Harry Raymond, Sgt, (1945-1950) 3 0311 Sergeant
Head, Joe, Capt, (1946-1970) 3 0335 Sergeant
Henneman, Harold Earl, SSgt, (1945-1953) 11 1166 Sergeant
Hertensteiner, Richard, SSgt 3 0369 Sergeant
Berger, Norbert, Cpl, (1949-1952) 3 0341 Corporal
Roberts, Donald L., Cpl, (1945-1951) 3 0341 Corporal
Abrell, Charles Gene, Cpl, (1948-1951) 3 0300 Private 1st Class
Ahearn, William M, PFC, (1951-1953) 3 0300 Private 1st Class
Albert, Dewillis L, PFC, (1949-1950) 3 0300 Private 1st Class
Allen, Alex, PFC, (1950-1952) 3 0300 Private 1st Class
Dalton, Robert, LtCol, (1948-1984) 3 0300 Private 1st Class
Erickson, Lawrence K, PFC, (1947-1950) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Holloway, Bobby, Sgt, (1948-1954) 3 0333 Private 1st Class
Long, James D, Pvt, (1948-1952) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Murphy, Robert, MSgt, (1949-1970) 13 1300 Private 1st Class
Poulliott, John, Sgt, (1951-1954) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Pullins, Glen Kenneth, Cpl, (1948-1951) 25 2511 Private 1st Class
Reasor, Kyle, PFC, (1945-1951) 3 0300 Private 1st Class
Scanlon, Herbert Leo, PFC, (1951-1952) 3 0300 Private 1st Class
Shore, George A, PFC, (1948-1950) 3 0300 Private 1st Class
Barbeau, Arthur Private 1st Class
2nd Marine Regiment

Tief, Francis W, BGen, (1948-1978) 3 0302 First Lieutenant
Lee, Otis, Cpl, (1948-1952) 3 0341 Corporal
Abbott, William Franklin, Sgt, (1949-1951) OF Private 1st Class
Irby, Red, Pvt 3 0300 Private
4.2 Mortar Co

Willis, Perry Walon, PFC, (1948-1950) 3 0300 Private 1st Class
A Co

Barrow, Robert, Gen, (1942-1983) 3 0302 Captain
Barrow, Robert H, Gen, (1942-1983) 3 0302 Captain
Stephens, Dan, Sgt, (1943-1950) 3 0311 Sergeant
Cappucci, Anthony M, Sgt, (1942-1951) 3 0311 Corporal
Clayton, Donald, Cpl, (1950-1953) 3 0311 Corporal
Carter, Harold, Cpl, (1948-1951) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Cisco, Dominic Anthony, Sgt, (1943-1952) 3 0300 Private 1st Class
Gunter, David, PFC, (1945-1951) 3 0300 Private 1st Class
Miller, Charles R, Cpl, (1951-1953) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Olenick, Paul Eugene, Cpl, (1948-1951) 3 0331 Private 1st Class
Sanders, Raymond Ernest, PFC, (1941-1942) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Williams, George Murphy, Cpl, (1947-1951) 3 0300 Private 1st Class
B Co

Anderson, Homer V H, Sgt, (1950-1953) 3 0311 Corporal

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