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The "Kids"
Thu Aug 3, 2017 09:25

It is truly wonderful to see so many of these Marines coming home now. Most were so young at the time. I am researching Easy Co. 2/2 and so far the average age is 21 . That said, I found the following young Marine who was in Easy with my dad and also from the same state. He died of wounds and was buried at sea I believe.

COLLINS, Sidney E., Pfc., USMC. Mother, Mrs. Jewel M. Collins, Gen. Del., Fayette, Miss (na) + COLLINS, Sidney Earl, 390677, CoE, 2ndBn, 2ndMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, Gilbert Is, November 24, 1943, died of wounds (mc) + COLLINS, Sidney Earl, Private First Class, 390677, USMC, from Mississippi, Honolulu Memorial (bm)

I guess I could have it wrong but I have his birth date as 09/13/27. Hard to believe he would have turned 16 just two months before Tarawa?? Wondering if anybody has ever heard of someone in combat this young during that time? Date is from three separate sources.

    • Underage enlistmentEd Gilbert and Romain Cansiere, Thu Aug 3 15:59
      was always a problem for all services. Through the mid-20th century men were smaller, with less difference in stature between teenagers and grown men. (A huge problem in filming 'Memphis Belle' was... more
      • Underage enlistmentgodwintr, Thu Aug 3 19:44
        Certainly statistically probable given over 15 million persons donned the uniform between 41 and 45. Nonetheless, still humbling to consider. They may have been small in stature but obviously large... more
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