Harrell, Edgar A, Cpl

Personnel, Administration and Retention
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Current Service Status
USMC Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Current/Last Primary MOS
0100-Basic MOS
Current/Last MOSGroup
Personnel, Administration and Retention
Previously Held MOS
Primary Unit
1945-1945, 0311, USS Cecil J Doyle (DD-368)
Service Years
1943 - 1946
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 Military Association Memberships
United States Seagoing Marine Association
  2002, United States Seagoing Marine Association [Verified]

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
I'm traveling all over the USA selling my book "Out of the Depths" and telling my story and experience of God's Providence in my life as it relates to my surviving the largest casualty at sea in the history of the US Navy, in the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, July 30, 1945-- I have been in 27 states since my book came out in 2005.
Other Comments:
Edgar Harrell owned and operated the Pella Window Company, Inc., Rock Island, Illinois for thirty-five years until his retirement in 1985. During the years 1970 to 1985, he served on the board of trustees of the Moody Bible Institute, in Chicago, Illinois, and has been a popular Bible teacher and lay minister throughout his adult life. He has enjoyed many years of fishing and big game hunting in the Rocky Mountains from Alaska to New Mexico, and currently resides in Paris, Tennessee with his wife Ola, together enjoying their two children, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. As a survivor of the USS Indianapolis (www.indysurvivor.com), Mr. Harrell speaks extensively around the United States about his experience at sea.
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA), 156
  1943, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA), 56
 Unit Assignments
Sea School MarBks NNSY Portsmouth VAMarine Corps Security Force Regiment (MCSFR) MARDET (Afloat)USS Cecil J Doyle (DD-368)
  1944-1944, 0311, Sea School MarBks NNSY Portsmouth VA
  1944-1944, MCSF Bn, Mare Island Naval Shipyard
  1944-1945, 0311, MARDET USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
  1945-1945, 0311, USS Cecil J Doyle (DD-368)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II1
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Battle for Saipan 1
  1944-1944 Operation Flintlock/Battle of Eniwetok Atoll
  1944-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Marianas Operation
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Operation Flintlock
  1944-1944 Operation Flintlock/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
  1945-1945 Ryukyus Campaign (1945)/Battle for Okinawa 1
 Reflections on Service
Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Marine Corps?
Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
If you participated in any military operations, including combat, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, please describe those which were the most significant to you and, if life-changing, in what way.
Was there a particular incident during your service when you believed you were in a situation you might not survive? Please describe what happened and what was the outcome.
Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which one was your least favorite?
From your entire service, including combat, describe the personal memories which have impacted you most?
What achievement(s) are you most proud of from your military career? If you received any medals, awards, formal presentations or qualification badges for significant achievement or valor, please describe how these were earned.
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or any other memorabilia, please describe those which are the most meaningful to you and why?
Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
Please recount the names of friends you served with, at which location, and what you remember most about them. Indicate those you are already in touch with and those you would like to make contact with.
Can you recount a particular incident from your service which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?
In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career?
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Marine Corps?
In what ways has TogetherWeServed.com helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
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