Earl Mason Harwood
Class of 1942
Private First Class, U.S. Marines
1st Marines, 1st Marine Divn
Entered the Service from: Maryland
Died: 5/11/1945 KIA Okinawa
Buried at: Mt Olivet Cemetery
News, June 1, 1945
PFC. EARL M. HARWOOD of Marines is Killed
The parents of Marine Private First Class Earl M. Harwood, 20,
Burkittsville, were notified by an official telegram Tuesday evening
that their son was killed in action on Okinawa, May 11
Military units fought bravely on Okinawa. The Tenth Army consisted of five Army Divisions, the 77th, the 96th, the 27th, the 81st, and the 7th. Three Marine Divisions fought on Okinawa, the 6th, the 2nd and the 1st. These divisions were all supported by naval, amphibious, and tactical air forces.
He was the youngest of six sons, five of whom have served in the
Armed Forces, George T., Jeptha E., and James N. being discharged,
and another, Staff Sgt. Clark W. Harwood, U. S. Army, in a hospital
somewhere in German. He is also survived by his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Lee C. Harwood, a sister, Mrs. Roger Bane, Charles Town, W.
Va., and another brother, Ford L., in Gapland.
Pfc. Harwood was graduated from Brunswick High School in 1942. There
he was an outstanding athlete. He was employed in Baltimore prior to
enlisting in the Marines in May 1943. He trained at Parris Island,
S. C., and Yorktown, Va., being sent to the Pacific area in
December, and landing on Okinawa on Easter Sunday.
The last letter received from him was dated May 9. He had a host of
friends and was one of the most popular young men in the Brunswick
Pfc. Harwood was particularly outstanding in baseball and while
playing with the Marine team at Yorktown was picked by the New York
Yankees for one of their farm teams after the war.
He is reported to be the seventh member of his high school
graduating class to be killed in action.
The News, June 26, 1945
5 of 6 Sons Have Been In Service; One Killed
In its list of personnel killed in action, the Navy on Monday
announced the name of Pfc. Earl M. Harwood, Marine Corps, who died
in action on Okinawa, May 11. The story of the death of Pfc.
Harwood, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee C. Harwood of Burkittsville,
appeared in The News June 1.
Three of the brothers had already been discharged from service,
Jeptha because of a spinal injury, George because of wounds
sustained in Algiers, and James to reenter agricultural work. S/Sgt.
Clark Harwood was one of the first volunteer draftees to go out of
Frederick county. He is now seriously ill in Germany, where he was
wounded last November and suffered a relapse in April after
returning to duty in February. The three brothers who have been
discharged were called to service within a 30day period in May and
June, 1942. Pfc. Earl Harwood, the youngest of the six sons,
enlisted in the Marines in May 1943.
The News, January13, 1945
The remains of Pfc. Earl M. Harwood, of Burkittsville, a member of
the U. S. Marine Corps, who was killed in action on Okinawa, have
been returned to the United States for reinterment from the Pacific
area aboard the army transport Sergeant Jack J. Pendleton, the
Department of the Army announced today.
Pfc. Harwood, and outstanding athlete while at Brunswick High
School, was killed in action on Okinawa May 11, 1945.
Pfc. Harwood, the youngest of six sons, graduated from Brunswick
High School in 1942 and was one of the most popular young men in
that section. Particularly outstanding in baseball, he had been
picked by the New York Yankees for one of their farm teams after the
war, it was reported.
He enlisted in the Marines in May, 1943, after being employed in
Baltimore, and trained at Parris Island, S. C., and Yorktown, Va.,
being sent to the Pacific area in December of 1944 and landing in
Okinawa on Easter Sunday, 1945. His last letter home was dated two
days before he was killed.