Pvt. James P. Craven


Pvt. James P. Craven was the grandson of my paternal great-grandfather’s brother.

During World War II, James was a member of the 4th Marine Division and fought at Iwo Jima. He was killed there on February 19, 1945, the first day of battle. He was 24 years old.

Each Marine Division was given an area of ground on the island to bury their dead. The cemetery for the 4th Division was near their assault beach.

This photo of the 4th Marine Division cemetery on Iwo Jima is from the United States National Archives:


The Iwo Jima cemeteries were closed in 1947. Those who were buried there were moved to either a military or private cemetery, according to the wishes of the family.

James was reinterred February 24, 1949, at the National Memorial Cemetery of The Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. The photo of his headstone is from their online database.

James was born in Philadelphia on January 29, 1921. His service with the Marines began on May 30, 1944. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

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