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THE RARE BREED
Recognizing Area Veterans Of World War II

Marcelo Morales A Teenage Marine In Capture Of Iwo Jima


MARCELO MORALES, 1944 Marine

Marcelo was born Jan. 12, 1926 at Olivia, in Calhoun County, to Juan and Mercedes Morales. He was a teen-ager, working for Annie Lee Peterson in Palacios when the Japanese sneak-attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Marcelo, still a teen-ager, went to San Antonio and was inducted into the U.S. Marine Corps on April 24, 1944 as an 18-year-old. Before the year was over, he was in the Central Pacific area, where he served with the Marines for 14 months from Nov. 12, 1944 until Jan. 4, 1946.

He participated in the assault and capture of Iwo Jima and the volcano islands from Feb. 22, 1945 to April 5, 1945.

Marcelo was discharged from the Marines, with the rank of Corporal, on May 16, 1946, at the Marine Barracks at McAlester, Okla. He earned the Good Conduct medal, with no offenses.

A resident of Palacios, Marcelo has never married. He continues to serve his country as an active member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2467 and helps out with military funerals when needed. He is a member of St. Anthony of Paduca Catholic Church.


MARCELO MORALES, 2002


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