Jim Hunter

– Charlotte, NC
1st Marines, Pacific Campaign

Hunter, 86 years old and a Charlotte native, began his Marine career with chemical warfare training and officer candidate school. He joined the 1st Marines as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Russell Islands in the Spring of 1944; then 5 months later, was in the first wave to attack Pelilu, east of the Philippines. He still recalls how shocked and unprepared the military was at combatng Japan’s new strategy of fighting from honeycombed caves embedded on rough coral ridges. There, after losing many men, he was wounded on the second day and evacuated under heavy mortar fire.