Pvt. Jack M. Redman
Jack training in California on the left and at Tarawa on the right.
Jack M. Redman was born on 17 November 1923 in Detroit. His family soon moved to Watseka, Illinois where he lived though high school. Jack excelled in all sports at Watseka High School along with his three brothers Hobe, Gene, and Merrill. He was All State as a fullback and earned a football scholarship to the University of Illinois. After one semester at U. of I. he joined the Marine Corps in January 1943. As a member of Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines Jack spent time in New Zealand under intense training with the rest of the Second Division. His first combat action was the Tarawa invasion. He was killed on November 23, one of 9 Marines killed at Tarawa on the last day of the battle. His remains were never returned to the United States. His brother Hobe was wounded at Saipan and Gene was in the 3rd Division.
Jack Redman, on the left with a bandage on his hand, advances inland toward the enemy.
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Created 18 December 2001