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Paying Tribute to Vets

November 12, 2013
Times Leader
Martins Ferry High School hosted an assembly Monday to honor the brave men and women who have served our great nation on Veterans Day. Members of the National Honor Society, choir, band and two guest speakers --?State Rep. Jack Cera and State Sen. Lou Gentile -- joined students in saluting a group of veterans in attendance, including active duty military and members of the Martins Ferry police and fire departments. NHS Director Paul Matuska, along with the Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce, organized the event. Dull explained that on April 1, 1945, his 7th Infantry Division landed south on Okinawa along with the 96th Infantry Division, and the 1st, and 6th Marine Divisions. The Okinawa Campaign eventually had 250,000 troops on the island. The Japanese had removed their armor and artillery off the beach and set up defenses in the hills of Shuri. The XXIV Corps destroyed these forces after 51 days of battle over harsh terrain and in inconsiderate weather. After 39 more days of combat, the 7th Infantry Division was moved into reserve after having suffered heavy casualties. The Hourglass Division was soon moved back into the line and fought until the end of the Battle of Okinawa on June 21, 1945. The 7th ID had experienced 89 days of combat on Okinawa and lost 1,116 killed in action and approximately 6,000 wounded. Dull, a member of American Legion Post 38, was one of the wounded in that battle.


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