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Neal in the Marines

Veteran Neal E. Roberts, Atria Applewood


Posted on April 29, 2014 by Katy Miller


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In November 1941, Neal enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps (his father Tillman was also in the Marine Corps) and trained at Camp Pendleton in California. From January 12, 1944 to November 12, 1945, Neal served in the Pacific, where he participated in action against the Japanese in such places as Kwajalein Atoll, Saipan, the Mariana Islands, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. He received the Purple Heart for being wounded in action on June 16, 1944, and the Bronze Star medal for notable achievement against the enemy.

When his children were growing up, these medals were kept safely tucked away in a box in our parents’ bathroom. Neal was never one to brag about his war accomplishments and only many years later would he talk about some of his World War II experiences when asked.

Dad, we are so proud of you and for what you did for your country as a young man!

Thank you for doing this.

— Janeal Roberts Doctolero
(Daughter of veteran, Neal E. Roberts, Atria Applewood resident)


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