Colonel Justice M. Chambers - MCRD - San Diego, CA
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N 32° 44.564 W 117° 11.679
11S E 481764 N 3622783
Quick Description: At the MCRD Museum, access open to the public every day.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 1/12/2019 9:16:34 AM
Waymark Code: WMZW5A
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member jhuoni
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Long Description:

County of painting: San Diego County
Location of memorial: Hochmuth Ave, James L. Day Hall Museum, MCRD
MCRD: Marine Corps Recruit Depot
Artist: Alvin B. Grant

Plaque Text:
Colonel Justice M. Chambers
Awarded the Medal of Honor for actions from 19 to 22 February 1945 on Iwo Jima. Then LtCol Chambers was serving as the Commanding Officer of the 3rd Assault Battalion Landing team, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division when he rejuvenated his unit's momentum by reorganizing and leading them in the attack and capture of the high ground. LtCol Chambers lost nearly half of his officers and enlisted men accomplishing this very crucial mission. On 22 February LtCol Chambers was wounded by enemy machine gun fire while directing a rocket barrage.


His MOH Citation:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of the Third Assault Battalion Landing Team, Twenty-Fifth Marines, Fourth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands from 19 to 22 February 1945.
Under a furious barrage of enemy machine-gun and small-arms fire from the commanding cliffs on the right, Colonel Chambers, then Lieutenant Colonel, landed immediately after the initial assault waves of his Battalion on D-Day to find the momentum of the assault threatened by heavy casualties from withering Japanese artillery, mortar, rocket, machine-gun and rifle fire. Exposed to relentless hostile fire, he coolly reorganized his battle-weary men, inspiring them to heroic efforts by his own valor and leading them in an attack on the critical, impregnable high ground from which the enemy was pouring an increasing volume of fire directly onto troops ashore as well as amphibious craft in succeeding waves.
Constantly in the front lines encouraging his men to push forward against the enemy's savage resistance, Colonel Chambers led the 8-hour battle to carry the flanking ridge top and reduce the enemy's fields of aimed fire, thus protecting the vital foothold gained.
In constant defiance of hostile fire while reconnoitering the entire Regimental Combat Team zone of action, he maintained contact with adjacent units and forwarded vital information to the Regimental Commander. His zealous fighting spirit undiminished despite terrific casualties and the loss of most of his key officers, he again reorganized his troops for renewed attack against the enemy's main line of resistance and was directing the fire of the rocket platoon when he fell, critically wounded.
Evacuated under heavy Japanese fire, Colonel Chambers, by forceful leadership, courage and fortitude in the face of staggering odds, was directly instrumental in insuring the success of subsequent operations of the Fifth Amphibious Corps on Iwo Jima, thereby sustaining and enhancing the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

~ This citation and his history is readable in the link below

Website pertaining to the memorial: [Web Link]

List if there are any visiting hours:
4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday (until 4:30 on Thursdays). Admission is free, and military identification is not required, although admittance to the Depot requires a photo identification card, driver’s license, and proof of insurance if driving aboard base. Calling the James L. Day Hall Museum would also provide assistance. [(619) 524-6038]


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Type of memorial: Plaque

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