| Days of Infamy |
POD: March, 1941;
Relevant POD: December 7, 1941
|Type of Appearance:||Direct POV|
|Date of Birth:||c. 1900|
|Military Branch:|| United States Marine Corps|
(World War I, World War II)
Lester A. "Les" Dillon (b. c. 1900) was veteran platoon sergeant in the US Marines. He first saw action in World War I, and later in several small US interventions in the Caribbean during the interwar period.
In 1942, after Japan had conquered Hawaii, Dillon was offered a promotion to gunnery sergeant. Dillon declined, believing that the United States would soon retake Hawaii, an action he wanted to be part of. In June 1942, Dillon was aboard a troopship that was part of a U.S. fleet bound for Hawaii. Two of the three aircraft carriers, Saratoga and Yorktown were sunk by the Japanese, and the Hornet was badly injured. The attack was called off, and Dillon and his men returned to California.
Dillon spent the remainder of 1942 and early 1943 training for a much larger invasion. He was among the first Marines to hit the northern beaches of Oahu. He saw fierce combat from both Japanese troops and soldiers in the Royal Hawaiian Army. Dillon was among the U.S. forces to raid Iolani Palace, and discovered the puppet monarchs dead.
Throughout his military career, Dillon was friends with fellow Marine sergeant Dutch Wenzel.
Dillon expected to be shipped to Midway after Hawaii was secure.