Richard W. Hood Second World War poetry
This collection contains four poems written by Sgt. Richard William Hood, USMC during the Second World War, as well as two copies of photographs and a biography. The poetry is rewritten in the hand of Hood's wife, with side notes written by Hood in reference to people and locations. The photographs include one of Hood in uniform and one of he, Richard K. Sorenson and Wilbur "Joe" Woltmon take at his daughter's wedding in June 1982 (the donor's sister). The donor also included a link to Sorenson's story: http://www.mohconvention.com/tn-recipient/398/richard-k-sorenson/.
The poems are entitled:
- "Liberty Goes," aboard a ship going into Pearl Harbor for the last liberty before Iwo Jima, December 1944-January 1945
- "Machine Guns Up," aboard a ship heading for Iwo Jima, January 1945
- "Dream Valley," aboard a ship heading for Iwo Jima, January 1945
- "A Marine Speaks," aboard a ship two days out of Pearl Harbor on the way to Iwo Jima, January 1945
The donor believes the poetry was rewritten sometime in the 1950s for legible copies to be sent to Leatherneck Magazine. The publication has no record of their publishing.
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Biographical / Historical
Sergeant Richard William Hood, United States Marine Corps (5/20/1925 - 2/1987) was born in Ridgewood, Queens, New York to J. William Hood and Frieda Nick Hood. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after dropping out of high school his junior year in July 1942. He trained at Parris Island, Camp Legeune and San Diego before being deployed to the South Pacific with Company M, 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines and first saw action at Namur, Kwajalein.
He served with Richard K. Sorenson, Wilbure "Joe" Woltmon, T.C. Gillespie and two others. Sorenson threw himself onto a grenade and saved the others' lives, earning him the Medal of Honor. The four named Marines reunited periodically over the years "to celebrate their good fortune and to occasionally tease Sorenson for being dumb enough to jump on a live grenade." (donor provided biography).
Hood was wounded in Saipan and sat out the invasion of Tinian but rejoined the unit before their landing on Iwo Jima where he was wounded again, carrying the shrapnel for the remainder of his life. He was discharged from the Marine Corps in November 1945 and returned to New York where he married Peggy Krug and raised four children. He later remarried to a woman named Ann Davis and had a fifth child. (more information about postwar life provided in bio).
Health issues caused Hood to retire early and travel, though he passed away in February 1987 at the age of only 61.
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This collection contains four poems written by Sgt. Richard William Hood, USMC during the Second World War, as well as two copies of photographs and a biography.
This collection is arranged by material type; biography, photographs, poetry.
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Gift of The family of Richard William Hood USMC, donated by Sharon Henn.
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