Dave Engler, USMC WWII, 1942-1946 Born in 1922 in a small town (Palmerton)
in upstate Pennsylvania. Reported to Parris Island, S.C. in June, 1942,
and followed Boot Camp (Platoon #437) with Radio School at Quantico,
Joined the newly formed 2nd Bn., 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Division,
at New River, N.C. in fall of 1942, and stayed with that unit for 2-1/2
years which included 27 months in the Pacific Area of Operations.
was involved, as a radio operator (artillery fire direction center and
forward observer), in the Consolidation of the Northern Solomons, and
the landings and invasions on the islands of Bougainville, Guam and Iwo Jima. It
was during this time that I finally reached the "exalted"
rank of Corporal.
to the states for R&R, I and many others were saved from more combat
(possible invasion of Japan) by the a-bomb events of August, 1945. I
finished the balance of my 4-year cruise between the Philadelphia Navy
Yard and the Artillery Training Battalion at Quantico, Virginia.
home, got married, got a job and raised 3 children while attending college
at nights for 9 years in order to obtain a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.
I now have 11 grandchildren, have been retired since 1987, and spend
much of my time with veterans' organizations. I am still one of my neighborhood's
biggest flag wavers and can't hear the National Anthem, see Old Glory,
or watch a military parade (with some good, old, Sousa marches) without
the tears running down my cheeks.
I credit my time in OUR CORPS, with its discipline and Esprit de Corps,
for most of what has occurred in my life. I cringe when I hear people
refer to "retired Marines", "former Marines" or
"ex-Marines". To me, we are all the same - MARINES....!
have all had the same or similar experiences and have been made better
for having gone through it. I don't believe that any other branch of
service or group of people, men or women, can say the same. I wasn't
there with you all in Vietnam - not in person - but I was there in spirit.
Here's wishing all of you the very best.
a Marine, Always a Marine - SEMPER FI, - Dave
Dave's service ribbons in order of precedence
Action Ribbon (USMC & Navy equivalent of Army's Combat Infantryman's
Badge - Just recently (within the last year) authorized for W.W. II
actions, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon with Star for second award
(One for Bougainville and Guam and one for Iwo Jima),
USMC Good Conduct Medal, American Theater of Operations
Medal, Asiatic - Pacific Theater of Operations Medal with 4 Stars
representing 4 major combat actions: Consolidation of the Northern
Solomons and the invasions of Bougainville, Guam and Iwo Jima, W.W.
II Victory Medal.
Dave and Doreen Engler
Nov. 10, 1945
Doreen Engler passed away Feb. 7, 1998 due to a bout of pneumonia. She
is dearly missed by her family and friends. Please visit Doreen's Memorial
Page in the Combat Wives section.
In Loving Memory
of Doreen Engler
Thank you so much Dave for sharing your USMC tour with us, and for your
encouraging words to Marines young and older. We are proud to stand
shoulder to shoulder with you, Brother Marine. Semper fidelis~Brad and
Dave with Brad and Deb in Philly
11 Nov. 2002
Engler's Family Photo Page
and by Redeye)