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The Final Duty Station This forum is presented by Retired GySgt Bill Conroy. It is a listing of those that have received orders for their final duty station. These Marines have given their all. We now give our honor.

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Old 04-13-2010, 14:35
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Dr Eugene Curnow, 85, Portland, OR (Corpsman)

Dr. Eugene Curnow was born Feb. 8, 1925, in Lake City, Minn. He grew up in Northern California on a gold mining claim in the small settlement called Poverty Flat, population 12. Gene graduated from Shasta Union High School in Redding, Calif., in 1942. He moved to Seattle where he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Gene attended Seattle College as a pre-med student before the Navy sent him to the University of New Mexico, where he continued his pre-med studies. In December 1943, he was assigned to the Hospital Corps School in San Diego. He was sent to Mare Island Navy Hospital at Imola, Calif., where he cared for returning combat veterans who were suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Gene transferred in October 1944 to Astoria, then was assigned to the attack transport USS Sanborne, APA 193. His first overseas assignment was a medical corpsman with the 4th Marine Division. Gene was sent to Iwo Jima. On Feb. 19, 1945, he was part of a contingent of 36 medical corpsmen and 2,500 combat Marines. Their objective was Blue Beach Number 2. Out of that group, only six corpsmen and 88 Marines were still alive when they left the island 10 days later. He witnessed the famous American flag raising at Iwo Jima. Gene was honorably discharged in 1946. He attended Seattle University and worked at Western Gear as a head machinist. Gene made gears from the smallest to the largest used in the world. One of the largest gears he made is in a dam on China's Yangtze River. Gene married Glenora M. Murray Jan. 9, 1948, in Seattle. He went back to college and earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Seattle University in 1950, a master's degree in biological sciences in 1952 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1955 from Washington State University. He attended Mt. Hood Community College from the spring of 1988 to the fall of 1999, auditing an advanced writing class. During this time, Gene wrote his autobiography, "Life the Hard Way: Up from Poverty Flat." He began veterinary practice in 1955 in Portland. He left hospital practice in 1973 to pursue the needs of the elderly, disabled and people who had no transportation to get their animals care and thus the Mobile Pet Clinic was born. This innovative idea earned him an article in National Geographic World magazine in January 1985. He retired from veterinary practice after more than 50 years. During his retirement he volunteered his time with the Veterans Helping Veterans program. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Glenora; daughters, Berniece Anderson and Yvonne Curnow; and grandsons, Bryan (Aimie) and Robert (Lori) Anderson. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2010, in Greater Portland Baptist Church, 17800 S.E. Main St. Portland. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. the same day in Willamette National Cemetery. In lieu of sending flowers, please make contributions to the Guide Dogs for the Blind, 32901 S.E. Kelso Road, Boring, OR 97009, 503-668-2100 in honor of Dr. Eugene Curnow.
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