Virginia Heroes

Jesse Wooton Booker, III

Second Lieutenant, Marine Corps

Born: January 23, 1919
Hometown: Martinsville, VA
Casualty Date: July 30, 1944

Second Lieutenant Booker served with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division.

Before the war, he graduated from Martinsville High School and attended Columbia Preparatory School, Washington, DC for one year.  He graduated from the Citadel in 1943 with a degree in Business Administration.

After college, he joined the Marine Reserves and trained at Quantico, Virginia where he was commissioned as an officer.  He served in the invasion of Saipan; he was on Tinian Island of the Northern Mariana Islands.  While he was moving his platoon across an open field, a Japanese machine gun opened fire and Lt. Booker was wounded; he was taken to a field hospital where he died several hours later.

He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Martinsville, Virginia.

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