Name: James Bazil Downey Rank: Corporal Service Number: 467772Service: 31st Replenishment Draft, 5th Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, United States Marine CorpsDate of Birth: May 24, 1921Place of Birth: Halifax, Nova ScotiaDate of Enlistment: October 9, 1942Place of Enlistment:MassachusettsAddress at Enlistment:Roslindale, Suffolk Co., MassachusettsAge at Enlistment:21Height:5 feet, 10 inchesComplexion:LightHair Color:BrownEye Color:BlueOccupation: UnknownMarital Status: UnknownReligion:ProtestantDate of Death:March 8, 1945Age:23Cemetery: National Memorial Cemetery of the PacificGrave: Section O, Site 238James Bazil Downey was the son of James Thomas Downey (1891-1971) and Martha Isabelle ‘Daisy’ (Yeadon) Downey (1890-1953). His father was born in Halifax, NS and his mother in Spryfield, Halifax County, NS. James was the brother of Constance B Downey, Lloyd J Downey, Geraldine V Downey, William J Downey, John B Downey, and Marilyn J Downey.The family immigrated to the United States, travelling by ferry from Yarmouth, NS, to Boston, Mass. in May of 1923. In 1940, the family was living at 608 Beech St in Roslindale, Boston. An uncle, Amos Yeadon (his mother’s brother) lived with them. James registered for the US Draft on February 26, 1942, and was working at the California Fruit Growers Exchange, at 131 State St, in, Boston, Mass. at the time.After enlistment on Oct 9, 1942, Corporal Downey assignments with the United States Marine Corps, before deployment to the Pacific, were as follows: Oct 1942 - Private, 13th Recruit Battalion, Recruit Depot, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, South CarolinaApr – July 1943 – Private 1st Class, HQ & HQ Company, Recruit Depot, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, SCOct 1943 - Corporal, HQ & HQ Company, Recruit Depot, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, SCJan – July 1944 - Corporal, HQ & HQ Company, Recruit Depot, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, SCOct 1944 – Corporal, 8th Training Battalion, Infantry Training Regt, Training Command, Fleet Marine Force, Camp Lejeune, North CarolinaCorporal James Bazil Downey served with the 5th Marine Division in the Pacific Theatre. He took part in the landings and hard fought capture of Iwo Jima (Iō Tō), in the Japanese Volcano Islands. Iwo Jima was of great strategic importance. It’s capture meant US B-29 bombers would then be in range of the island of Japan. Although the iconic picture of the second flag raising occurred on Feb 23, 1945, the fighting on Iwo Jima continued until March 26, 1945.James Bazil Downey and was killed in action March 8, 1945, at Iwo Jima.He was initially interred at the Iwo Jima 5th Marine Division Cemetery, and re-interred February 24, 1949, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.