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The Van Stockum Military Papers of the Filson Historical Society archives
Navy Dispatch, dated February 23, 1945, I received aboard U.S.S. Funston.

Captain C. C. “Chipping Charlie” Anderson

In February 1945, as a 28-year-old lieutenant colonel, commanding an infantry battalion, the 1ST Battalion of the 3RD Marines, I embarked with my troops aboard USS Frederick Funston for the Iwo Jima invasion. My battalion, reinforced by attached units, including an engineering platoon, a pioneer platoon, a medical collecting section, was designated BLT 1-3 (Battalion Landing Team 1 of the 3rd Marine Regiment.)

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