Veteran resident Duane Schroeder, then and now
Duane Schroeder enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and sent to Camp Farragut, Idaho, where he received his boot camp and further training as a combat medic. He was then assigned to the 3rd Marine Division as a combat corpsman and sent to the South Pacific. After spending some time on Guadalcanal, he participated in the landings on the Japanese-controlled islands of Bougainville, Guam and Iwo Jima. He received two Purple Heart medals for wounds received on Guam and Iwo Jima. On Guam, he was wounded by shrapnel when an exploding artillery shell drove pieces of steel into his back. (In 1991, during kidney replacement surgery, doctors found the cause of his problem was from some of these pieces of shrapnel fragments in his kidney). On the historic battle for Iwo Jima, the U.S. sustained the greatest casualty losses of WWII. Over 23,000 Americans were killed or wounded, trying to dig out an entrenched, fanatical enemy that fought to the last man and lost over 20,000 – killed. After recovering in the U.S. Naval Hospital on Guam in April 1945, he returned to the U.S. and was discharged as a Pharmacists Mate, 2nd Class, from the Navy, where he received his training at Camp Farragut.
by Kim Grogan
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