They went through hell together for a time in the Pacific theater during World War II and this weekend in Houston they reunited to reminisce and recount their tales of bravery and resolve.
On Saturday morning in The Woodlands, the surviving members of what has become known as the Forgotten Battalion gathered for a memorial service for the men who couldn't be with them. They were joined by Houston-area Veterans of Foreign Wars members, current members of the United States Marine Corps, and other local dignitaries.
There are six known survivors of the 3rd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Division spread out across the United States but only four attended the reunion event. They travel from their respective cities once a year to a host city to meet and mingle. Each reunion there are prayers for the fallen, both those who died in combat and those who died since their time together.
On Saturday Pat Patrick, James Lieberknecht, Earl Lance, and Arnie Meads sat in the banquet room as well-wishers took pictures with them and asked them about their time in the Japanese theater in front of a homemade banner featuring all of their "tour stops" they made in the Corps...