Photo courtesy of Van Stockum Military collection at the Filson Historical Society in Louisville
Second Lt. Jino D'Alessandro of Italian descent, became Battalion Mess Officer. He was very popular.


Following Britain’s entry into the war in September 1939, mobilization of our armed forces picked up momentum, even though the mood of the country favored neutrality.

At that time I was serving in Company D, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment (called 6th Marines) at the Marine Corps Base, San Diego. Company D was an infantry heavy weapons company consisting of three machine gun platoons and an 81mm mortar platoon.

Marine reserves measure up