Veterans' Memorial Project

Carl Edward Conron Jr.

Danville, IL

World War II

College: Liberal Arts & Sciences

Graduation Year: 1940

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: Major

Date of Birth: 01/04/1919

Date of Death: 05/20/1945

Affiliations: Delta Tau Delta

Major Conron was in World War II for virtually the entire war. He had been awarded the Navy Cross for his outstanding leadership in the fighting around Gloucester Airport on New Britain, when he inspired his men by singing “Hail to the Orange.” He enlisted in the Marines in March, 1941, and after his first tour of duty, served as an instructor at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, before volunteering for further overseas service. Major Conron served with the 4th Marines, 6th Marine Division. He was killed by a Japanese sniper on Okinawa just 10 days before the war ended. Major Conron is buried at Woodside Cemetery, Cohasset, Massachusetts.

-submitted by Michael Conron; and information taken from Illinois Alumni News, July, 1945; Web site above and public records

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