Seventy years ago this week

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 01:31 PM.

Pfc Wilton E. Brackin, USMCR, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mancil Brackin of Campbleton , Fla. was wounded in action on March 24 on Okinawa , according to information received by his parents. He sustained a shrapnel wound of the head and was admitted to a hospital. At the same time, his parents received a news story from Marine headquarters of a narrow escape he had several days before. It read: While driving along a road near Naha , a Jap artillery shell landed near Brackin with all four tires of his machine punctured by fragments. The Marine sought cover in a ditch and another Jap shell scored a direct hit and demolished the jeep. Next day, Brackin was given another jeep and an hour later enemy machine gun bullets riddled the vehicle’s windshield, top and body. That afternoon, another artillery shell scored a direct hit and completely demolished the second jeep. “I’m trying to get in a rifle company,” said Brackin. “I’m getting a little tired of driving.”

Overseas 20 months, he is a veteran of Guam and the Marshall operations. Brackin is a nephew of Mrs. J. G. Bruce of this city and has visited Apalachicola several times and is well-known.





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