Posted 07:26 PM | May 17, 2010
My Father and his cousin Sgt. Clayton Stubbs grew up together in a little town in Sherman Mills, Maine back in the 30's and 40s. During WWII they both went into the USMC. My Father became a mechanic working on F6F Hellcats and was trained in protecting the airfield using Browning .30 cal water cooled machine guns but never saw any combat. His Cousin Sgt. Clayton Stubbs went on to be a rifle instructor at Parris Island but in Sept of 1943 he decided that he wanted to go into combat and request duty overseas. After transferring to Camp Pendleton and on to Hawaii in the 22nd Replacement Draft he was assigned to the 5th marine division, 27th regiment, 3rd Battalion, G Company (27-3-G) on Christmas day 1944. He went on to Iwo Jima. I have spent the last 7 years researching what happen to Clayton Stubbs because our family never really knew. Here is a short part of what I have pieced together. He left the USS Sandoval in a Higgins boat at approximately 7AM and was held in reserve. Later that morning they were ordered in to support the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the 27th and hit the beach at 11AM on Red Beach 2. They dug in and supported the rear for the 1st and 2nd Battalion up front for the night. The following morning they pulled back the 1st and the 2nd and the 3rd Battalion along with a group from the 26th moved to the front line as they turned to the north to capture airfield #1. On Feb 21, 1945 sometime during that day Sgt. Clayton Stubbs received a gunshot wound to the head. He was reported as wounded in action but the records show that he died later that day. So he survived for 2 days on Iwo Jima. I have searched for someone that may have known him on Iwo but to this day I have yet to find anyone that was part of 27-3-G. Im not sure how many actually survived. If anyone knows of anyone that was part of 27-3-G I would love to have the chance to talk to them. My thanks go out to the group that put together "The Pacific" in reminding us what type of sacrifice those young men made for our freedom.