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"They were the stupidest bunch of people I ever saw." (Referring to Japanese soldiers warning before charging at the prepared Marines) (Video Interview, 22:29, Part I)

   James C. Justice
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James Justice, 2003
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Marine Corps
Service Location: San Francisco, California; Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands); Australia; New Guinea; Peleliu Island (Palau)
Rank: First Sergeant
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Having grown up on a farm without electricity or water in the house one would have thought that boot camp would have been a cakewalk for James Justice. In fact, because he was somewhat of a troublemaker not only in boot camp but for all four years of his service, Justice never rose above the rank of PFC (Private First Class), despite being promoted to it three times. After proving his marksmanship in battle Justice joined the National Guard following his discharge from the Marines and became a member of the National Guard's Rifle and Pistol team.

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