Local vets celebrate Marine Corps birthday

  • Thu Nov 16th, 2017 8:43am
  • Life
Contributed photo/ Bill Waxman
                                One of the island’s youngest Marines, Josh Boudreau and oldest Marines Dave Woodall cut the cake.

Contributed photo/ Bill Waxman One of the island’s youngest Marines, Josh Boudreau and oldest Marines Dave Woodall cut the cake.

Submitted by Bill Waxman

The U.S. Marine Corps birthday party was at the local American Legion Post 163, on Friday, Nov. 10. The military branch was formed in 1775. Dave Woodall served in WWII and Korea as a First Lieutenant in the Second Marine Division. Woodwall was steaming to Japan for the invasion when the bombs were dropped that ended the war. Upon arrival, he was assigned the task of destroying Japanese military explosives as part of the E.O.D. (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Unit. Not exactly a job people were standing in line to do since it involved great danger.

After being released from active duty Woodwall, like many, retained his commission in the reserves and was then called up for the Korean “Police Action” for another few years. Now 95 years old, he lives on San Juan full time after years of going back and forth to Alaska for the fishing and part-time residence.