M/GySgt Leland "Lou" Diamond USMC:
It has been a long time in coming, but recently, I did meet a WW II Marine who both knew and served with Lou Diamond.
That Marine is Fred Hyden of the American Legion, Post #69 in Avon Park, Florida. Fred was a Pfc in the same battalion as Lou, at New River, N.C. in 1941, and at Guadalcanal in 1942, and Australia, etc. Lou Diamond was the mortar chief of H-2-5, and Fred was a mortarman in G-2-5.
Fred says that, in those days, the mortars (60mm and 81mm) were frequently employed together with the mortars from several, or all, companies within the battalion, under one command; thus, Fred was often in contact with Diamond on a daily basis, both in training and combat. Fred was present during the ocassion from which the legend arose regarding Diamond having lobbed a mortar down the smokestack of a Japanese ship off Guadalcanal.............................
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