Sgt Julian Clayton Stinnett was born in 1909 in Tennessee to George Elbert Stinnett and Laura Belle Clemens. He entered the service in 1927. Married Gladys Gay Burns in November 1931.

Unit Assignments
– 1928 at Marine Barracks Quantico, Va
– 1928-1930 Marine Barracks St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, St. Thomas
– 1930-1933 Marine Barracks Newport, RI
– 1937-1943 12t Marine Corps Reserve District
– 1943 34th Replacement Draft
– 1944 1st Marine Regiment at Peleliu, Peleliu Island

He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines.

In September 1944, American forces launched Operation Stalemate II, the invasion on Peleliu, an island in Palau. On September 15, the 1st Marine Division invaded Peleliu Island. The following day, Marines secured the airfield despite taking heavy casualties. The battle for the island lasted another two months, however, as Marines were forced to clear heavily fortified pockets of Japanese resistance across the island. The 1st Marine Division, reinforced by the 81st Infantry Division, slowly advanced north and under nearly constant mortar and artillery fire. The invasion of Peleliu had the highest casualty rate of all the amphibious Pacific Island invasions of World War II . 

 

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of death: 16 September 1944
  • County: Blount
  • Hometown: Maryville
  • Service Branch: Marine Corps
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Peleliu
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VI, Middle Panel
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