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Obituaries > STATES, GEORGE W., JR.

George William States, aged 19, a Marine Raider of the United States Marine Corps, son of Mr. and Mrs. George States, Sr., of 513 Gesser Avenue, Lakemont, in a letter to his parents, dated July 2, 1943, and mailed somewhere in the South Pacific, expressed a desire to get into action against the Japs.

Yesterday the mother received a telegram from the War Department at Washington, informing the parents that their son was killed in action [July 20, 1943] in the South Pacific war Theater.

George William States was born at Brooklyn, N.Y., Oct. 19, 1924. He was a student in the John Adams High School at Ozone Park, L.I., and would have been graduated with the class this year, but in October, 1941, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the Marines and trained at Parris Island, S.C. He sailed for the Pacific area on Dec. 2, 1942, as a Marine Raider.

Since the son entered the Marines, the parents moved to Lakemont, coming here six months ago to take up their residence at 513 Gesser Avenue, near the home of Mrs. States’ brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. John Strobaugh, where the young Marine was well known. He had frequently spent his summer vacation at the Strobaugh home. However, he never was at home since the parents moved to Lakemont.

After taking his training at Parris Island, the young Marine served on the military police force at Quantico, Va., for one year prior to being sent overseas with the Raiders. He was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. States.

The letter received by the parents just three weeks ago stated that he was well and that his group was anxiously waiting the opportunity to get into action against the common enemy.

The parents were informed by telegram that more specific information would be forthcoming as soon as available.