Photograph: James Robert Carrick’s tombstone, Old Concord Cemetery, Washington County, Illinois, 1927-2004

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John Allen Logan’s World War II service, USS President Jackson, Pacific Theater of Operations, 1944-1946

John Logan, son of Allen Logan and DeIna Buhrman Logan, enlisted in the U.S. Navy immediately after graduating from high school in Washington, Iowa (21 May 1944). After training, he boarded the USS President Jackson, an attack transport, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii,  in  January of 1945. Among the many wartime activities of the President Jackson, receiving and transporting over 500 casualties from the Battle of Iwo Jima certainly stands out.

The form below — “Places I Have Been” — was distributed to service men and women so they could record their service and ports of call. Most Americans had never heard of these Pacific islands before the Second World War. Here is John Logan’s World War II record.

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Contributed by Tom Logan