Parachute regiment work part of Klock’s service

Published 11:45 pm Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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RESERVE — A resident of Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home, Harry Klock, served his nation as a U.S. Marine during World War II

Klock, 92, grew up in Painted Post, N.Y., and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps when he was 19.

He was stationed at the New Orleans ammunition depot when he accepted a call for paratrooper volunteers.

He served with the 1st Marine parachute regiment.

From there he went to Guadalcanal in the South Pacific. From there he went to Vela La Vela. The heaviest fighting of the war was at these two locations as the United States was attempting to evacuate over 500 Marines.

Klock was involved in the battle at Iwo Jima, where he served 31 months. Harry was officially discharged in November of 1945.

He then joined the United States Marine Reserves in 1946, was called for service in the Korean War, but failed the physical. He was granted a medical discharge.

After his military service, Klock worked in the lumber industry for 12 years in Corning, N.Y.

Klock was married on Oct. 25, 1944, while he was stationed at Camp Pendleton. His bride was the former Leona Bally. They were married for 62 years before Leona’s death Oct. 16, 2006.

Daisey and Harry have one daughter, Ann Klock Phillips, and a son named Kevin.

The veterans home is always looking for volunteers to help in various roles from activities, room visits and talent shows.

Those interested in helping can call Sonya Hebert, resident activity director, at 985- 479-4080, ext., 1028, or email