"J" H. Magee

"The snipers were always trying to pick off the machine gunner..."


Video Interview

Name:  J Magee
Date of Birth: 11/11/23
Branch of Service:  Marine Corps
Dates of Service:  December 1941 to January 1946
Location of Military Service:  South Pacific

Mr. Magee was in the 1st Marine Division, D Company of the 1st Battalion.  He enlisted the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed.  He was sent to V12 school for officer training and to basic training at Paris Island and then to Camp LeJeune.  He was given the assignment of machine gunner and shipped overseas.  He was in the first company to land on Guadalcanal.  They had only the supplies that they carried because the ships had been sunk by the Japanese.  He was on Guadalcanal for 5 months.  The machine gunners were on the front lines.  No one was between them and the enemy.  Mr. Magee also fought at New Britain in the campaign there.  He achieved the rank of Corporal.  He received 5 Battle Stars and a Good Conduct Medal.