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First Name: Billy

Last Name: Divine

Birthplace: Texas City, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Marines (present)

Home of Record: Galveston, TX
Middle Name: E.

Date of Birth: 28 April 1922

Date of Death: 09 July 2003

Rank: Sergeant

Years Served:
Billy Edward Divine

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Billy Edward Divine

Sergeant, U. S. Marine Corps

Silver Star

Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force Pacific: Serial 41646
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Platoon Sergeant Billy Divine (MCSN: 288011), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving with Company B, First Battalion, Twenty-fifth Marines, FOURTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 21 February 1945.
When his company had been pinned down by machine-gun fire from a concealed position, Platoon Sergeant Divine skillfully deployed his squad in a flanking forward attack and, with only ten yards remaining between himself and the objective, rushed the emplacement in the face of intense enemy fire.
Using automatic rifle fire and hand grenades, he led his comrades in pressing an attack to neutralize the strong point and destroy all occupants. His courage, leadership and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Texas WWII Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 316267   Created by: drjones46




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