The Edward Gehrke
Collection documents the military career of China Marine Edward Gehrke through photographs,
ephemera, publications, and his military duffel, coat, and fatigues. Gehrke entered the U.S.
Marine Corps in 1943 and served with Company 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Provisional Brigade at
Guadalcanal, "A" Battery, 1st Battalion, 15th Marines, 6th Division as a gunner, and served
as part of the Okinawa invasion landing on April 1, 1945. After he served in Okinawa, he was
stationed in Tsingtao, China, where he was a participant in accepting the Japanese Army
surrender in China.
Edward Gehrke entered the U.S. Marine Corps on November 22, 1943 at Chicago, Illinois. He
attended boot camp at the California Artillery School, Camp Pendleton before shipping out of
San Francisco in June 1944. He was briefly stationed at New Caledonia and New Hebrides
before joining Company 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Provisional Brigade at Guadalcanal. He was
transferred to "A" Battery, 1st Battalion, 15th Marines, 6th Division as a gunner before
sailing for Okinawa. He was part of the invasion landing on April 1, 1945. He was then
shipped to Guam, and later to Tsingtao, China, where he was a participant in accepting the
Japanese Army surrender in China. He returned to the U.S. in January 1946 and was discharged
February 10, 1946.
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