Marine Corps News From World War Two: One Grenade Nets Three Jap Swords

Carl | July 29, 2014 


Four Jap officers peered out of the mangrove brush here for the last time, and Sgt. Howard C. Dickey, a section leader of a Marine unit, thereby became the owner of three Samurai swords. Dickey, who hails from Enhaut, Pa., spotted the four hiding in the thick brush during the fierce fighting. When they saw the advancing Marines, they started to run away. The sergeant quickly threw a grenade, instantly killing three of the Japs. The fourth, slightly wounded, escaped.

As Dickey was removing the swords from the dead officers’ bodies, a bullet whizzed past his head. The wounded Jap sprang from a nearby “spider trap” foxhole and attempted to fire his pistol a second time. A well-aimed bullet from the rifle of PFC. H. J. Speake of South Gate, Calif., killed the fourth Jap officer, thus saving Sgt. Dickey’s life.

Sgt. Jack A. Gertz.

From the 25March1944 issue of the Marine Corps Chevron

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