Gerald T. Larsen could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on April 11, 1917 in Utah. His parents were also both born in Utah. His father was a farmer. Gerald had an older brother and sister and one younger sister and three younger brothers. By 1940 Gerald had completed four years of high school and was working as a farm laborer while still living with his parents. He married his wife Doris on February 9, 1941.
Gerald was inducted into the military on March 6, 1943. He became a private in Company I, 3rd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division.
Pvt Larsen first saw action on Namur Island in February 1944. He was involved in the Battle of Saipan from the first day on June 15, 1944 and fought for over three weeks in a bloody battle that resulted in 30,000 Japanese dead soldiers and 3,426 dead or missing Americans. The island was deemed secure on July 9, 1944, but the Marines still suffered casualties. Pvt. Larsen died on July 12, 1944.
His remains were returned to be buried at Richfield City Cemetery. His wife remarried after the war and died in 2009.
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