After forming at Davisville in December 1942, the 62nd was sent

to Hueneme for advanced training. The Battalion spent three

weeks at Camp Rousseau then went to San Francisco,

whence it shipped out on March 24 for Pearl Harbor. The 62nd

was on duty in Oahu for 19 months then went to Maui on Nov. 2

for the Iwo Jima staging. Embarkation for the invasion began on

Christmas Day, 1944, and by February 1, 1945, the last elements 

of the Battalion was aboard ship. The first landing party of the

62nd hit Iwo on Feb. 24, with the main body of the outfit coming

ashore during the next three days. On VJ Day, the 62nd

was still on Iwo Jima.