Ernie Karkula

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    Ernie Karkula grew up herding cattle.  In 1943, when he was 18, he enlisted in the Marine Corps.  After basic training he was sent to Guadalcanal, where he prepared for future island invasions and learned to use a BAR rifle.  Karkula landed in the first wave of invasions at Guam and Okinawa, surviving both historic battles.  Karkula returned to Chandler and later became an officer in the Chandler Police Department.

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