Chronology of Michael's Story

December 28, 1922
Michael A. Lazaro born to Mr. & Mrs. Anton Lazaro in Chicago, Illinois.
September 1, 1939
Germany attacks Poland beginning World War II.
December 7, 1941
Japan attacks the United States at Pearl Harbor.
January 22, 1943
Michael receives notice of induction into the armed forces.
February 5, 1943
Michael inducted into the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve with service number 801445.
February 8, 1943
Michael joins the 1st Recruit Bn. at MCRD, San Diego, CA.
April 1, 1943
Michael qualifies with the rifle as a marksman by shooting a 289.
April 7, 1943
Michael qualified with the bayonet with a score of 58.
April 10, 1943
Michael graduates from Platoon 135 and joins Casual Company at MCRD.
April 24, 1943
Michael joins Co. E, Infantry Training Bn., Training Center at Camp Elliott, CA.
June 19, 1943
Michael is absent without leave from Training Center. Goes home to Chicago for visit.
July 16, 1943
Michael returns on his own to Training Center.
August 2, 1943
Michael joins Casual Company at U. S. Naval Hospital MCRD hospitalized with appendicitis.
August 21, 1943
Michael re-joins Co. E, Infantry Training Bn., Training Center at Camp Elliott, CA.
September 7, 1943
Michael tried by Summary Court Martial for being AWOL.
September 16, 1943
Summary Court Martial approved but punishment is unknown.
September 25, 1943
Michael joins the 27th Replacement Bn. Fleet Marine Force.
October 23, 1943
Michael departs aboard SS Mormachawk from San Diego, CA. for the Pacific.
November 10, 1943
Michael arrives at Noumea, New Caledonia and disembarks ship the next day.
November 26, 1943
Michael embarks aboard USAT Maui and commences sailing on Nov. 28, 1943.
December 4, 1943
Michael arrives at Goodenough Island and joins Company C, 1st Bn,, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division.
December 5, 1943
Michael experiences Japanese aerial attack at Sambogo staging area. Cape Sudest, N. Papua.
December 11, 1943
Michael experiences Japanese aerial attack at Sambogo staging area. Cape Sudest, N. Papua.
December 19, 1943
Michael experiences Japanese aerial attack at Sambogo staging area. Cape Sudest, N. Papua.
December 24, 1943
Michael departs aboard USS Sands (APD#13) from Cape Sudest, N. Papua, New Guinea.
December 26, 1943
Michael lands at Cape Gloucester, New Britain and defended the beachhead until Jan. 1, 1944.
January 2, 1944
Michael participates in an attack on Silimati Point and capture of Hill 660 until Jan. 8, 1944.
January 17, 1944
Michael participates in the defense of the Cape Gloucester airfield until April 29, 1944.
January 22, 1943
Michael participates on the Gilnit patrol, Itni River area, western New Britain until Feb. 17, 1944.
April 30, 1944
Michael boards the USS Fayette and departs May 1, 1944.
May 3, 1944
Michael arrives at Pavuvu Island, Russell Island Group, British Solomon Islands.
August 1, 1944
Michael joins H&S Company, 1st Pioneer Bn., 1st Marine Division.
August 25, 1944
Michael embarks aboard USS Fayette and sails the same day.
August 27, 1944
The USS Fayette anchors at Guadalcanal, British Solomon Islands to conduct pre-invasion training.
September 8, 1944
Michael departs Guadalcanal aboard the USS Fayette for Peleliu.
September 15, 1944
Michael participates in the landing on Peleliu, Palau Group, Caroline Islands.
October 14, 1944
Michael is killed in action at Bloody Nose Ridge in Peleliu while on patrol. Records indicate that his body is not recovered.
November 29, 1944
The Marine Corps notifies family of Michael's death.
December 16, 1944
The War Finace Committee sends their condolences and dedicates a new bomber to Michael.
December 20, 1944
US Senator from Illinois, Honorable Scott Lucas sends his condolences to family.
January 25, 1945
Family notified by Marine Corps that engraved purple heart will be sent.
September 2, 1945
Japan surrenders, ending World War II.
June 3, 1947
Final search of Area 63 on Peleliu completed with no remains found of Michael.
February 5, 1948
Michael's personal belongings returned home.
August 16, 1948
Remainder of campaign ribbons, including Presidential Unit Citation, are sent to family.
July 13, 1949
US Army declares that Michael's remains are unrecoverable and closes the case.
September 6, 1949
Marine Corps sends family KIA certificate stating honorable service record.
May 7, 2001
Niece Connie learns that Uncle Mike is memorialized by a tablet at the Manila Amer. Cemetery.
February 7, 2002
Nephew George requests a memorial marker for Uncle Mike from the Dept. of Veteren Affairs.
April 26, 2002
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery notifies the family that the marker is in place.
September 11, 2004
Nephew George travels to Peleliu to see the island where Michael died.