Leman, Craig Billings, 2ndLt

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Second Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
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1944-1946, 5th Marine Division
Service Years
1942 - 1946

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Corvallis, Oregon

Date of Passing
Jul 13, 2014
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On  23 July 1942, Lt. Leman enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve while a student at the University of Chicago.  He became part of the Marine Detachment V-12 program at Northeastern University in Evanston. He was assigned to the Platoon Leaders' Unit.

In January 1944, as a Marine private, he received notice to report to Parris Island for recruit training with the 12th Recruit Battalion. 

Following Boot, as a PFC, he attended  Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Camp Lejeune in May 1944 where he received his commission as a 2nd Lt.. He then received additional training at Camp Pendleton, and he was then assigned to the 5th Division on Hawaii. 

In December 1944, assigned to 1/27,  the Division joined a large convoy at Pearl Harbor for the 6 week voyage to Iwo Jima abaord the USS Hanford (APA-106).  They landed on the beach on 19 February 1945 at H+2 on Red Beach as part of the shore party.

On 3 March, he fought as a rifle platoon leader during the Battle Iwo Jima with H Company, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division.  He received a serious head wound by rifle fire, but refused to be evacuated from the beach until he had been relieved by a new platoon commander.  He had earlier rallied the remants of three platoons to advance under heavy fire.  For these actions, he was awarded the Silver Star.

After he recovered from his wounds on Guam and then Hawaii, he rejoined his unit for the occupation of Japan, landing at Sasebo on 22 September 1945. Then to Palau where his unit supervised the repatriation of Japanese troops.

He left active duty in March 1946, and went on in-active reserve status. He became a physician.

Dr. Craig Leman practiced medicine at The Corvallis Clinic, Corvallis, Oregon from 1957 to 1999.  He passed away of heart failure on 13 July 2014 in Corvallis, Oregon.  He was 91.

Other Comments:

"Early Clinic Surgeon Dr. Craig Leman Dies," Clinic Connection, The Corvallis Clinic, Corvallis, Oregon, Volume 12,  page 10., Fall 2010.   also at:   https://www.corvallisclinic.com/news/leman-early-clinic-surgeon-dies-at-91



Cpl. Jessica Ito, "One Man's Battle," Continental Marines, Quarter 4, 2012, pp. 22-25

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1944, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
 Unit Assignments
MCRD Parris Island, SCOfficer Candidate School (OCS) Support Bn3rd Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (3/26)5th Marine Division
  1944-1944, 0300, MCRD Parris Island, SC
  1944-1944, 0301, Officer Candidate School (OCS) Support Bn
  1944-1945, 0301, 3rd Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (3/26)
  1944-1946, 5th Marine Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
 Colleges Attended
University of ChicagoHarvard University
  1946-1948, University of Chicago
  1948-1952, Harvard University
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