High School Wall of Honor
G. Kinsey Stewart
Class of June, 1943
|Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953.|
|G. Kinsey Stewart|
|G. Kinsey Stewart graduated from North High in the June, 1943 class. His next of kin was shown as Mrw. Gladys Stewart, 1420 24th Street, Des Moines, IA. Kinsey enlisted prior to his 18th birthday on February 25, 1943. His service number was 541653.|
Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Regiment, 2nd Marine Division
2nd Battalion, 6th Marines (2/6) is an infantry battalion in the United States Marine Corps based out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Also known as "The Ready Battalion" or "2/6 Spartans", it consists of approximately 800 Marines and Sailors and falls under the command of the 6th Marine Regiment and the 2nd Marine Division.
From May to July 1941 2/6 reassigned to the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade and deployed to garrison Reykjavík, Iceland against possible German invasion. In March 1942 the battalion returned to San Diego and was reassigned to the 2nd Marine Division.
In the fall of 1942 2/6 sailed to Wellington, New Zealand where it began advanced combat training. This was followed by movement to Guadalcanal on January 1, 1943. The 2/6 also took part in the Battle of Tarawa. That was on November 21, 1943, the second day of the Battle of Tarawa.
On June 15, 1944 the battalion landed on Saipan in the Marianas Islands to take part in the Battle of Saipan. Following the end of the war, 2/6 landed at Nagasaki to take part in the Occupation of Japan from September 1945 until July 1946. In August 1946 the battalion relocated to Camp Pendleton, California.
As part of the post war draw down of forces, 2/6 was deactivated on October 1, 1947.
The exploits of the 2/6 were immortalized in the WWII
classic novel, "Battle Cry", by Leon Uris. Although the
characters were fictional, the movements of the 2/6 were historically
accurate and were based on Uris' own experiences in the 2/6 during
WWII as a PFC.
The purpose of the V-12 program was to generate a large number of officers for both the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to meet the demands of World War II, far beyond that turned out annually by the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis and standing U.S. Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School to that point. Once enrollees completed their V-12 subsidized Bachelor's degree programs, their next step toward obtaining a commission depended on service branch:
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