World War II
COPELAND, BILTJY GENE
Private, First Class, U. S. Marine Corps. Home address: Avant, Osage County. Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Copeland, Parents, 405 Quapaw Ave., Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Born September 21, 1926. Enlisted November 5, 1943. Decoration: Order of the Purple Heart. Attended Avant High School. Served with First Battalion, Third Marines. His commanding officer stated that he was an expert rifleman and fine marine who died bravely in the performance of his duties. Died July 21, 1944, in action on Guam, Marianas Islands, Central Pacific.
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