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The Silver Star Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the Navy of the United States, distinguishes himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity in action, such gallantry and service not being sufficient to justify the award of the Medal Of Honor or the Navy Cross

Lee Warren Arndt

Place of Birth: Ohio, Cincinnati
Home of record: Cincinnati Ohio
Status: KIA

     

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Lee Warren Arndt (MCSN: 459435), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving with a Demolition Squad in Company H, Third Battalion, Twenty-Ninth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima in the Ryukyu Chain, 16 April 1945. When a number of Japanese took refuge in four caves on the forward slope following the attack and seizure by his company of a heavily-fortified enemy-held ridge, Corporal Arndt voluntarily risked his life in a valiant attempt to wipe out the remaining defenders. With each emplacement covered by enemy fire from the surrounding area, he fearlessly led his demolition team down the steep incline under a shattering barrage of hostile fire and, placing his men in position to cover his advance, proceeded alone from one opening to the other, placing his demolition charges and sealing the mouth of each cave to render the Japanese ineffective and increase the strength of his company's hard-won position. By his daring initiative, inspiring leadership and dauntless perseverance in the face of tremendous odds, Corporal Arndt contributed materially to the success of the bitterly fought Okinawa Campaign and his heroic conduct and courageous devotion to duty throughout reflect great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force Pacific: Serial 52825 (January 22, 1946)

Action Date: April 16, 1945

Corporal

 Company H, 3rd Battalion, 29th Marines


Elbert Cornelius Black , Jr.

Place of Birth: Alabama, Townley
Home of record: Jasper Alabama
Status: KIA

     

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Platoon Sergeant Elbert Cornelius Black, Jr. (MCSN: 259871), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Acting Rifle Platoon Leader, serving with Company F, Second Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Sugar Loaf Hill, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 14 May 1945. Instantly assuming command when his platoon leader was killed during the initial assault against Sugar Loaf Hill, Platoon Sergeant Black promptly reorganized the unit and continued to press the assault despite heavy casualties among his men. Upon reaching the objective, he discovered an advance element of Marines under heavy counterattack and, skillfully deploying his small force, waged furious battle to aid substantially in repelling the enemy with resultant heavy casualties inflicted upon the Japanese. When his position subsequently became untenable, Platoon Sergeant Black effectively withdrew his men to friendly lines where he immediately organized a carrying party and made his way back into the fire-swept area, evacuating several stricken comrades under an overwhelming volume of hostile fire. Returning later under cover of darkness, he again ran the gauntlet of deadly fire and succeeded in rescuing the remainder of the wounded men. His indomitable leadership and aggressive determination were important factors in saving the lives of many Marines who otherwise might have perished, and his heroic conduct in the face of tremendous odds reflects the highest credit upon Platoon Sergeant Black and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 1464 (February 25, 1946)

Action Date: May 14, 1945

Rank: Platoon Sergeant

 Company F, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Marines

James F. Brown, Jr.

Date of death: May 20, 1945
Place of Birth: Louisiana, Bossier City
Home of record: Bossier City Louisiana
Status: KIA

     

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant James F. Brown, Jr. (MCSN: 434143), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Platoon Sergeant, serving with Company F, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 20 May 1945. When his platoon became pinned down by heavy Japanese machine-gun fire from the flank, Sergeant Brown boldly led fifteen men across two hundred yards of open terrain to attack and destroy the hostile emplacement. Upon reaching the reverse slope of an adjacent hill and repulsing a vicious enemy, counter-attacking under the cover of shattering mortar barrages, he valiantly proceeded alone to the crest of the ridge to hurl hand grenades at the enemy forces below and disrupt their attempts to reorganize for counter action. Inspired by his heroic actions, the remainder of his unit joined him at his hazardous post end, fighting with unquenchable spirit, repulsed numerous Japanese onslaughts until reinforcements arrived. Although killed shortly before his besieged forces were relieved, Sergeant Brown, by his daring initiative and unswerving devotion to duty, had materially contributed to his platoon's success during the day, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 52751 (January 31, 1946)

Action Date: May 20, 1945

Sergeant

Company F, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines



John Cary Brown

Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, Washington
Home of record: Washington Pennsylvania
Status: KIA

          

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal John Cary Brown (MCSN: 551351), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Squad Leader in a platoon of Company G, Second Battalion, Twenty-second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, during action on enemy Japanese-held Okinawa Island, Ryukyu Group, 18 May 1945. When his platoon was pinned down and received heavy casualties by vicious enemy fire from an undetermined source, Corporal Brown observed a companion deliberately expose himself to hostile fire to cause the Japanese to reveal their position. Seeing the Marine seriously wounded before accomplishing his mission, he voluntarily arose from his covered position and drew the fire to himself, causing gun emplacement to be detected and destroyed. His courageous action was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 36972 (October 16, 1945)

Action Date: May 12, 1945

Corporal
Company G, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Marines


Daniel Torrey Buckingham

Date of death: June 18, 1945
Place of Birth: Washington, Seattle
Home of record: Milford Connecticut
Status: KIA

     

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class Daniel Torrey Buckingham (MCSN: 396726), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as Scout and Observer with Headquarters and Service Company, Twenty-Second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima in the Ryukyu Chain, from 1 April to 18 June 1945. Taken under a slashing fusillade of Japanese rifle and artillery fire while stationed in the Regimental Observation Post on Hill 69, near the town of Mezado, Private First Class Buckingham, accompanied by two other Marines, located the position of three hostile snipers and, skillfully directing accurate rifle fire on the position, destroyed the enemy. Undaunted as the Japanese concentrated their merciless fire from concealed emplacements, he joined a fire-team and boldly defied the hidden enemy, proceeding shortly thereafter in search of still another Japanese sniper who was pouring a deadly stream of bullets into the Observation Post. Suddenly his fire-team leader was struck and seriously wounded. Instantly exposing himself to the merciless rifle volleys, Private First Class Buckingham made a determined effort to evacuate his comrade despite the unabating fury of hostile fire. Mortally wounded as he persevered in his heroic attempt, he staunchly refused all assistance until his suffering fellow Marine had been evacuated. Stouthearted and loyal in the face of fanatic opposition, Private First Class Buckingham, by his cool courage, indomitable fighting spirit and self-sacrificing devotion to duty, rendered valiant service and his conduct throughout reflects the highest credit upon himself and upon the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 36970 (October 14, 1946)

Action Date: April 1 - June 18, 1945

Private First Class
Headquarters & Service Company, 22nd Marines


Ernest Lloyd Buckley , Jr.

Place of Birth: Rhode Island, Warwick
Home of record: Providence Rhode Island
Status: KIA

     

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class Ernest Lloyd Buckley, Jr. (MCSN: 556483), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Rifleman serving with Company G, Third Battalion, Twenty-Ninth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 16 April 1945. Fearlessly leading his platoon up a precipitous and strongly held hostile ridge, Private First Class Buckley advanced rapidly from point to point and, taking very little cover, accurately fired on the Japanese and hurled hand grenades into their groups, inflicting heavy casualties. Recognizing the danger to friendly troops and wounded ahead of the lines when a superior officer ordered hand grenades to be thrown into a nest of snipers, he insisted on personally leading the charge against these snipers and, by successfully overrunning the enemy position, enabled his men to reach the wounded and also continue the advance. His courageous tactics and indomitable fighting spirit assisted materially in the success of the assault and reflected great credit upon Private First Class Buckley and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 52023 (January 17, 1946)

Action Date: April 16, 1945
Private First Class
Company G, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines


John Joseph Clampitt

Date of death: June 18, 1945
Place of Birth: Missouri, Kansas City
Home of record: Kansas City Missouri
Status: KIA

     

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class John Joseph Clampitt (MCSN: 523298), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Member of the Observation Post of the Twenty-second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 18 June 1945. Returning to the observation post after accomplishing a mission to the rear, Private First Class Clampitt spotted a group of approximately twenty-five Japanese soldiers hidden in caves from which they were directing extremely heavy short range rifle fire into the rear of the post. Alert to the grave danger threatening the Regimental Commander and other officers and men he unhesitatingly engaged the enemy in a fierce fire fight killing three Japanese riflemen and driving the remainder from their stronghold into a clearing before he, himself, fell mortally wounded by hostile fire. By this heroic act, he insured the safety of the personnel at the post enabling them to annihilate the fleeing Japanese riflemen. Private First Class Clampitt's courageous devotion to duty, indomitable fighting spirit and self-sacrificing efforts on behalf of his fellow Marines were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United Sates Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 52719 (January 29, 1946)

Action Date: June 18, 1945
Private First Class
22d Marines




Philip Dunwoodie Doyle

Place of Birth: New York, Croton Falls
Home of record: Croton Falls New York
Status: KIA

     

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant Philip Dunwoodie Doyle (MCSN: 450993), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Platoon Guide of Company L, Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, during operations against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 2 April 1945. When his platoon was pinned down by the merciless fire of a numerically superior enemy, and reduced in strength by many Marine casualties, Sergeant Doyle unhesitatingly rushed across open terrain under intense small-arms fire and swam a deep irrigation ditch to inform his company commander of the desperate plight of his men. Then, leading a relief unit in a successful flanking movement, he rejoined his platoon and directed the evacuation of the many wounded. By his utter disregard for personal safety, his cool courage and initiative, he was responsible for saving the lives of several of his comrades who otherwise would have perished. His heroic conduct throughout the engagement reflects the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 52956 (February 14, 1946)

Action Date: April 2, 1945
Sergeant
Company L, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines
 
 

 

Lee Curtis Eck

Date of death: May 16, 1945
Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, Shamrock Station
Home of record: Shamrock Station Pennsylvania
Status: KIA

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private Lee Curtis Eck (MCSN: 966989), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Rifleman, serving with a platoon of Company G, Third Battalion, Twenty-ninth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division during action against enemy Japanese forces at Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, on 16 May 1945. With his platoon pinned down and suffering heavy casualties under a shattering barrage laid down by the enemy while maintaining a defensive position on the reverse slope of a strategic hill, Private Eck unhesitatingly volunteered to dig a trench across the topographical crest to the forward slope where he could observe the Japanese. Fiercely aggressive, he worked for more than an hour under the blistering shellfire, digging in the hard soil with his entrenching tool until he had cut a shallow pass leading to the area. Concerned only for the safety if his comrades, he dauntlessly remained in the exposed fire-swept outpost alone, constantly keeping his platoon informed as to the enemy movements and protecting it from surprise counter-attacks until he was mortally wounded by a bursting shell more than two hours later. By his daring initiative, great personal valor and cool courage in the face of tremendous odds, Private Eck contributed to the saving of many lives and to the success of the bitterly fought Okinawa Campaign. His heroic conduct throughout reflects the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 52120 (January 10, 1946)

Action Date: May 16, 1945
Private

Company G, 3rd Battalion, 29th Marines



Robert Evers

Place of Birth: New York, New York
Home of record: Whitestone, Long Island New York
Status: KIA

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Robert Evers (MCSN: 517442), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving with the First Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 6 June 1945. When his position became pinned down by intense enemy machine-gun fire from concealed positions, Corporal Evers and another Marine voluntarily moves out into the open to a vantage point from which the hostile emplacements were visible. Returning to his platoon leader and informing him of the location of the stronghold, he again volunteered to adjust tank fire upon the positions and, heroically exposing himself, directed devastating fire which destroyed the hostile forces. By his initiative, courage and unswerving devotion to duty, Corporal Evers contributed immeasurably to the successful advance of his platoon, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 38893

Action Date: June 8, 1945
Corporal
1st Battalion, 4th Marines




Lionel Everett Filmer

Date of death: June 12, 1945
Place of Birth: Iowa, Manson
Home of record: Lanesboro Iowa
Status: KIA

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Lionel Everett Filmer (MCSN: 492833), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Demolitions Sergeant, serving with Company E, Second Battalion, Twenty-ninth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Okinawa in the Ryukyu Chain, 12 June 1945. With his company pinned down by shattering machine-gun fire during an advance against a fiercely defending enemy, Corporal Filmer unhesitatingly volunteered to attempt the destruction of a pillbox to the front which was delivering steady shellfire against his position. Fiercely aggressive, he succeeded in reaching the area against the devastating barrage and, remaining steadfast in his exposed position, destroyed the weapon and its crew with his well-placed demolitions. Continuing his daring tactics when another weapon opened up and retarded his company's advance, he again voluntarily risked his life to wipe out the emplacement and, by his exceptional skill and dauntless perseverance, accounted for the second gun and enabled his company to resume its advance. By his courageous initiative, outstanding fortitude and great personal valor in the face of grave danger, Corporal Filmer contributed to the saving of many men and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 37664 (January 31, 1946)

Action Date: June 12, 1945
Corporal

Company E, 2nd Battalion, 29th Marines


Reginald Fincke , Jr.

Date of death: May 15, 1945
Place of Birth: New York, New York
Home of record: Long Island New York
Status: KIA

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Reginald Fincke, Jr. (MCSN: 0-28382), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Commanding Officer of a Rifle Company in the Third Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands, on 15 May 1945. Assigned the mission of reinforcing and holding perilous front line position on strategic Sugar Loaf Hill, Firs Lieutenant Fincke promptly appraised the situation and then gallantly led his men forward through enemy infested, unfamiliar terrain to the base of the hill. When an overwhelming force of Japanese troops launched a vicious counterattack immediately thereafter, he skillfully deployed his men for maximum strength in a valiant attempt to repel the vicious onslaught and, bravely facing a shattering barrage of machine-gun, rifle and mortar fire laid down by the enemy, directed his men in a bitterly fought battle to hold the vital terrain until he was fatally struck down by a bursting hostile shell. Inspired by his brilliant leadership, indomitable fighting spirit and courage, First Lieutenant Fincke's intrepid company continued to hold its position despite the severe casualties sustained during the fierce action, finally driving forward and seizing one of the most important strong points on this heavily fortified island. His thorough knowledge of combat tactics, untiring zeal and valiant devotion to duty maintained in the face of tremendous odds, were contributing factors in the outstanding success achieved by his company and reflect the highest credit upon himself, his command and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 37662

Action Date: May 15, 1945

First Lieutenant
3d Battalion, 22nd Marines


Peter Waldo Finamore

Date of death: April 16, 1945
Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Home of record: Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Status: KIA

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class Peter Waldo Finamore (MCSN: 531195), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as an Automatic Rifleman, serving with Company G, Third Battalion, Twenty-Ninth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, during operations against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 16 April 1945. Seeing that his company was being held up by savage enemy fire from caves on the slope of a ridge, Private First Class Finamore unhesitatingly pushed forward in the face of the withering barrage to deliver extremely effective fire on the enemy, neutralizing three cave positions and killing at least ten Japanese soldiers. Despite wounds sustained during this action, he nevertheless continued to push forward and, when he could no longer stand, resolutely fired his rifle from a sitting position until he finally collapsed. His valiant action enabled the entire line to resume is advance and seize its objective, and his indomitable fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Private First Class Finamore and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 52126 (January 17, 1946)

Action Date: April 16, 1945
Private First Class
Company G, 3rd Battalion, 29th Marines


Rodney Edwin Gaumnitz

Date of death: May 15, 1945
Place of Birth: Minnesota, St. Paul
Home of record: Evanston Illinois
Status: KIA

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant Rodney Edwin Gaumnitz (MCSN: 0-36198), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a platoon leader, attached to Company F, Twenty-second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 15 May 1945. Determined to carry out the vital but hazardous mission of establishing a strong point on Sugar Loaf Hill, Second Lieutenant Gaumnitz led his men in a day-long assault against the fierce and continuous resistance of strongly fortified Japanese positions. Fighting valiantly against the enemy's renewed attacks after attaining his objective, he unhesitatingly exposed himself to intense hostile fire to direct defense operations by which his platoon maintained the hill for about two hours. Remaining behind to cover the withdrawal of his troops, he was mortally wounded as he attempted to reach a place of safety. His courageous leadership, indomitable fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty were inspiring to his men and reflect the highest credit upon Second Lieutenant Gaumnitz and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 37660 (November 21, 1945)

Action Date: May 15, 1945
Lieutenant
Company F, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Marines
 

 

David Jefferson Green

Date of death: April 15, 1945
Place of Birth: Florida, Tampa
Home of record: Tampa Florida

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class David Jefferson Green (MCSN: 554511), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a member of a 60-mm. Mortar Squad of Company G, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 15 April 1945. Observing a wounded comrade lying helpless on a dangerous hillcrest exposed to the enemy's incessant fire, Private First Class Green unhesitatingly climbed the precipitous trail to evacuate the stricken man and, while assisting him to safety through the hazardous terrain, was mortally wounded. By his daring initiative, outstanding fortitude and unselfish concern in the face of grave peril, Private First Class Green served as an inspiration to the men of his company and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 52021 (January 10, 1946)

Action Date: April 15, 1945

Private First Class
Company G, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines


Alfred Wilfred Guichard

Date of death: May 30, 1945
Place of Birth: New Hampshire, Nashua
Home of record: Nashua New Hampshire

 

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Alfred Wilfred Guichard (MCSN: 432203), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Mortar Observer serving with Company E, Second Battalion, Twenty-second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 30 May 1945. Seeking an observation post from which to direct the fire of our mortars to bear upon the enemy, Corporal Guichard moved to the only practicable point from which observation could be effected but was soon subjected to intense enemy sniper and knee mortar fire. Refusing to avail himself of protective cover near by, he remained in his exposed position and continued to call down the accurate fire of our own mortars until mortally wounded. His cool courage in the face of great danger, tenacious devotion to duty and indomitable fighting spirit, resulted in the silencing of one Japanese machine-gun emplacement and in lessening the general effectiveness of the enemy fire, and reflect the highest credit upon Corporal Guichard and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 52173 (January 10, 1946)
Action Date: May 30, 1945

Corporal
Company E, 2d Battalion, 22d Marines



Charles Joyne Harris

Date of death: June 4, 1945
Place of Birth: Texas, Winnsboro
Home of record: Winnsboro Texas

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Charles Joyne Harris (MCSN: 0-18009), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Platoon Leader of Company F, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division during action against enemy Japanese forces at Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands on 4 June 1945. Determined to relieve the pressure on flanking units pinned down on the beaches with enfilading fire from strongly entrenched enemy positions on a steep hill, First Lieutenant Harris courageously led his platoon in a frontal attack across the bullet swept terrain in an attempt to drive the fanatic Japanese from their commanding positions. Undeterred when the first onslaught was repulsed by the deadly fire of the desperate hostile defenders, he staunchly reorganized his remaining men and, calling for additional supporting fire which by this time was not available, relentlessly charged again at the head of his valiant group to rout the enemy force. Mortally wounded, he refused aid until the other casualties had first been treated; permitting his evacuation only after the position had been firmly secured. L By his indomitable fighting spirit and resolute devotion to duty in the face of extreme peril, First Lieutenant Harris upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 52820 (January 17, 1946)
Action Date: June 4, 1945

First Lieutenant
Company F, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines


Robert Allen Harris

Date of death: May 19, 1945
Place of Birth: Kansas, Kansas City
Home of record: Muncie Kansas

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class Robert Allen Harris (MCSN: 864363), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as Member of a Communications Team of Headquarters and Service Company, Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands on 19 May 1945. Maintaining communication lines between the front lines platoons and the company command post under devastating artillery and mortar fire, Private First Class Harris repeatedly exposed himself to repair the breaks as they occurred and, although wounded, refused medical aid until he had fulfilled his perilous mission. L Dauntlessly returning to continue his hazardous task, he remained at this post throughout the day until fatally wounded by a bursting Japanese shell. His courageous actions and unswerving devotion to duty reflect great credit upon Private First Class Harris and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 52333 (February 28, 1946)
Action Date: May 19, 1945

Private First Class
Headquarters & Service Company,3d Battalion,4th Marines


Roderic Harrison Holfolter

Date of death: May 18, 1945
Place of Birth: New York, Rochester
Home of record: Rochester New York

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Roderic Harrison Holfolter (MCSN: 427582), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Signalman serving with Company H, Third Battalion, Twenty-ninth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands on 18 May 1945. When the telephone lines were cut between the company command post and the assault platoon during a fierce attack upon a strongly held position in the Naha-Shuri sector, Corporal Holfolter voluntarily left the comparative safety of his foxhole and braving the terrific artillery fire blanketing the area located and repaired the line, restoring vital communications. Returning to his company command post and finding phone exposed in an extremely dangerous position, he acted on his own initiative to move out into the intense small arms fire and succeeded in installing it in a location where it could be safely manned before he was fatally wounded. By his unselfish heroic actions and unswerving devotion to duty, Corporal Holfolter contributed materially to the success of his company's operation thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 52177 (January 10, 1946)
Action Date: May 18, 1945

Corporal
Company H, 3d Battalion, 29th Marines


Samuel Chester Howard

Date of death: May 11, 1945
Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, Forksville
Home of record: Williamsport Pennsylvania

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Platoon Sergeant Samuel Chester Howard (MCSN: 308412), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving with Company C, First Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division in operation against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands on 11 May 1945. Scouting a battle area with two other Marines to determine the number of casualties left behind when his company was forced to withdraw to positions of cover, Platoon Sergeant Howard Courageous rushed an enemy strong point drawing its fire toward himself and affording his two comrades opportunity to advance to good observation positions. Mortally wounded during this heroic action, Platoon Sergeant Howard, by his fearless initiative had enabled the two men to scout, return and report no living casualties in the area, thereby making possible the preparation for a second heavy artillery and naval gun fire attack. By his coolness, courage and inspiring devotion to duty he contributed greatly to neutralizing a position which had been holding up the advance of his battalion for two days. His heroic conduct reflects the highest credit upon Platoon Sergeant Howard and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 1805 (February 28, 1946)
Action Date: May 11, 1945

Platoon Sergeant
Company C, 1st Battalion, 22d Marines




Joseph August Jablonicky , Jr.

Date of death: May 21, 1945
Place of Birth: Illinois, Chicago
Home of record: Chicago Illinois

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Joseph August Jablonicky, Jr. (MCSN: 800985), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Acting Machine-Gun Squad Leader, serving with Company A, First Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Sugar Loaf Hill, Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands, on 21 May 1945. When the fury of fire from a Japanese position prevented the evacuation of a number of casualties during a hostile counterattack, Corporal Jablonicky quickly manned his gun and, from an exposed position, opened fire on the enemy emplacement, delivered covering fire for thirty minutes until the wounded men could be evacuated. Mortally wounded during this action, Corporal Jablonicky, by his outstanding courage and steadfast devotion to duty, unquestionably saved many lives and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 36932 (October 4, 1945)
Action Date: May 21, 1945
Corporal
Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines



Sterl Johnson

Place of Birth: Kentucky, Dew Drop
Home of record: Dew Drop Kentucky
Status: KIA

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Sterl Johnson (MCSN: 896011), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Fire Team Leader in a platoon of Company K, Third Battalion, Twenty-second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 10 May 1945. Quick to act when his platoon was pinned down by shattering barrages of hostile fire with resultant heavy casualties, Corporal Johnson repeatedly braved the savage bursts to evacuate the wounded men to sheltered positions. Returning to his platoon, he courageously led his team in the determined assault that followed and, constantly exhorting his men to greater efforts, succeeded in seizing a difficult objective. By his outstanding leadership, valor and indomitable fighting spirit, Corporal Johnson was instrumental in saving the lives of his wounded comrades and in fulfilling a most hazardous mission, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 52254 (February 7, 1946)
Action Date: May 10, 1945

Corporal
Company K, 3d Battalion, 22d Marines
 

William Pearson Laughter

Date of death: June 20, 1945
Place of Birth: Texas, Edna
Home of record: Edna Texas

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal William Pearson Laughter (MCSN: 462095), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as Acting Squad Leader in a platoon of Company G, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 20 June 1945. With his platoon pinned down by fierce and concentrated fire from well-concealed enemy positions while advancing toward its objective, Corporal Laughter fearlessly exposed himself to the savage barrage to proceed alone to a more strategic position and pour a steady stream of deadly fire into one of the camouflaged hostile emplacements, completely destroying the strong point and killing the ten Japanese within. Carrying on his determined assault despite relentless opposition, he unhesitatingly pressed forward to the top of the ridge and continued to deliver his accurate, effective fire into other enemy positions until he fell, fatally wounded. By his expert marksmanship, indomitable fighting spirit and cool courage under fire, Corporal Laughter had contributed materially to the success of his platoon in accomplishing their assigned mission and to the ultimate capture of this vital Japanese stronghold. His inspiring conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 52809 (January 29, 1946)
Action Date: June 20, 1945

Corporal
Company C, 2d Battalion,  4th Marines



Hugo Anthony Maiorana

Date of death: April 23, 1945
Place of Birth: New York, New York
Home of record: Island Park New York

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant Hugo Anthony Maiorana (MCSN: 0-38437), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Platoon Leader, attached to Company A, First Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, during action against Japanese forces on Okinawa Gunto, Ruykyu Retto, 23 April 1945. When the leading platoon was attacked by strong hostile machine-gun and rifle fire, Second Lieutenant Maiorana gallantly led his platoon forward in an effort to annihilate the enemy and enable his company to continue its advance. Dauntless in the face of grave danger, he repeatedly exposed himself to withering hostile fire throughout successive engagements in order to direct a supporting machine-gun squad into position and, despite a severe wound received while carrying an injured man to safety, continued to direct the fire of his men until mortally wounded. By his daring initiative, indomitable fighting spirit and great personal valor, Second Lieutenant Maiorana contributed materially to the saving of many lives and to the success of his company in carrying out its mission. His self-sacrificing devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Navy. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 34308 (August 16, 1945)
Action Date: April 23, 1945

Second Lieutenant

Company A, 1st Battalion, 22d Marines


William J. Meyer

Place of Birth: Minnesota, St. Paul
Home of record: St. Paul Minnesota
Status: KIA

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class William J. Meyer (MCSN: 852139), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Rifle Platoon Runner of Company A, First Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, during operations against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands, on 17 May 1945. During an assault against strong enemy positions situated on a hill, Private Meyer unhesitatingly risked his own life to proceed to the area under devastating hostile fire and, rendering aid to many casualties, succeeded in evacuating one of the more critically wounded men. His personal bravery, initiative and untiring efforts reflect the highest credit upon Private Meyer and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 36899 (October 4, 1945)
Action Date: May 17, 1945

Private First Class
Company A, 1st Battalion, 22d Marines



Ira Donald Miller

Date of death: May 21, 1945
Place of Birth: Utah, Goshen
Home of record: Dividend Utah

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant Ira Donald Miller (MCSN: 0-39611), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Platoon Leader in Company I, Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 21 May 1945. Leading his platoon in a bitter assault against a strong enemy position deeply entrenched on a ridge near Sugar Loaf Hill, Second Lieutenant Miller repeatedly exposed himself to the shattering artillery, mortar and small-arms barrages to locate targets and direct the accurate rifle fire of his men and, by maintaining steady control over his troops, inspired them to seize their objective in the face of heavy odds. Although killed while reorganizing his platoon on the crest of the hill, Second Lieutenant Miller, by his courageous leadership, marked tactical ability and unselfish devotion to duty, had aided materially in substantially furthering the advance of his battalion, thereby reflecting the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 52940 (January 17, 1946)
Action Date: May 21, 1945

Second Lieutenant
Company I, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines


Loren LeRoy Mitchell

Place of Birth: Idaho, Winchester
Home of record: Spokane Washington
Status: KIA

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant Loren LeRoy Mitchell (MCSN: 405170), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity, while serving as Acting Commander of Company G, Third Battalion, Twenty-ninth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 15 May 1945. Unhesitatingly assuming command of his company when all officers had become casualties as a result of unusually heavy mortar and machine-gun fire from a besieged Japanese stronghold, Sergeant Mitchell boldly moved to the front of the lines, rallied his disorganized men and, skillfully directing them in the assault, seized the bitterly defended objective. After organizing a defensive position and directing the evacuation of the wounded, he directed effective mortar and machine-gun fire against hostile emplacements holding up the advance of adjacent friendly units. By his inspiring leadership, indomitable fighting spirit and devotion to duty, Sergeant Mitchell contributed materially to the successful accomplishment of the Battalion's mission, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 52014
Action Date: May 15, 1945

Sergeant
Company G, 3d Battalion, 29th Marines


Ira Joseph Morgan

Date of death: May 21, 1945
Place of Birth: Kentucky, Harlan
Home of record: Winter Haven Florida

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class Ira Joseph Morgan (MCSN: 860479), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as member of a Fire Team of the First Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, on 21 May 1945. Gaining the safety of a shellhole after sustaining wounds when the enemy opened fire during an attack by his fire team against a heavily fortified cave on Sugar Loaf Hill, Private First Class Morgan detected a comrade lying wounded in an exposed fire-swept area forward of his position. Although suffering acute pain, he braved the blistering shellfire to go to the aid of the helpless man and, after a desperate struggle, succeeded in dragging him to the safety of the shellhole. Realizing his companion's immediate need of medical attention, he again risked his life to seek assistance and, while moving through the hostile fire, was fatally struck down by the enemy. His daring initiative, outstanding fortitude and grave concern for the safety of another in the face of tremendous odds reflect the highest credit upon Private First Class Morgan and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 36966 (January 10, 1946)
Action Date: May 21, 1945

Private First Class
1st Battalion, 4th Marines

Robert Leo Nealon

Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, Scranton
Home of record: Scranton Pennsylvania
Status: KIA

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant Robert Leo Nealon (MCSN: 0-36782), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Platoon Leader, attached to Company C, Second Battalion, Twenty-second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 14 May 1945. Courageously leading his platoon in a successful night assault upon the fiercely fighting Japanese entrenched on Sugar Loaf Hill, Second Lieutenant Nealon attained his objective and, fearlessly directed the fire of his men against an enemy platoon forming for counterattack, succeeded in repelling the abortive attempt to recapture the strategic ground. Ignoring multiple wounds, he immediately set up a defensive line on the forward slope of the hill, continually exposing himself to re-deploy his men who, inspired by his heroic efforts, stopped numerous fanatic attempts to penetrate our lines during the night. Second Lieutenant Nealon's aggressive leadership and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 1456 (February 21, 1946)
Action Date: May 14, 1945

Second Lieutenant
Company C, 2d Battalion, 22nd Marines

John Anthony O'Leary , Jr.

Date of death: May 16, 1945
Place of Birth: Massachusetts, Lawrence
Home of record: Lawrence Massachusetts

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private John Anthony O'Leary, Jr. (MCSN: 564843), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a runner in a platoon of Company I, Third Battalion, Twenty-ninth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 16 May 1945. With the organization of his platoon weakened when the leader and all non-commissioned officers were struck down and additional heavy casualties sustained during the attack on heavily defended enemy positions, Private O'Leary assumed command and, boldly moving among his comrades despite the tremendous volume of hostile fire, reinvigorated the unit as an effective fighting force. Determined to smash all resistance, he led his fellow Marines with skill and courage in the seizure and occupation of the objective, effecting the annihilation of approximately ninety Japanese and the capture of enemy machine and anti-tank guns. Holding indomitably against two hostile counterattacks which followed, Private O'Leary continued to direct and encourage his men, and to evacuate the wounded from the field of combat as he waged a furious battle which resulted in the final repulsion of the counterattacks with heavy casualties inflicted upon the enemy. Struck down during the last stages of the action, Private O'Leary, by his unfaltering leadership and bold combat tactics in the face of savage opposition, had contributed essentially to the success of the company's operations against this vital outpost of the Japanese Empire, and his sustained fighting spirit throughout a critical situation upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 1460 (March 4, 1946)
Action Date: May 16, 1945

Private
Company I, 3d Battalion, 29th Marines




Merrill Craig Rannells

Date of death: June 10, 1945
Place of Birth: California, Lower Lake
Home of record: Lower Lake California

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Merrill Craig Rannells (MCSN: 857270), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Squad Leader, serving with Company C, First Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 10 June 1945. Observing an extremely well camouflaged hostile position while leading his squad as the company point, Corporal Rannells instantly warned his men to take cover and, risking his life to advance within range of the enemy, hurled a hand grenade toward the emplacement at the same moment that a Japanese grenade was thrown at him. Although seriously wounded by the exploding missile, he succeeded in killing one enemy soldier and in wounding another and, steadfastly continuing to wage his one-man grenade attack, forced the remaining Japanese to expose themselves to our men who ultimately destroyed them. By his gallant initiative, steadfast determination and unfaltering devotion to duty, Corporal Rannells contributed materially to the success of the company's advance, and his valiant conduct throughout upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 36962 (November 21, 1945)
Action Date: June 10, 1945

Corporal
Company C, 1st Battalion,  4th Marines

James Zack Richards

Date of death: May 21, 1945
Place of Birth: Kentucky, Dalton
Home of record: Dalton Kentucky

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal James Zack Richards (MCSN: 449240), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Fire Group Leader in a platoon of Company G, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Okinawa, in the Ryukyu Chain, on 21 May 1945. When his own and an adjoining platoon were temporarily halted in an advance up the slope of a ridge by enemy mortar fire emanating from the reverse side, Corporal Richards voluntarily moved around the end of the ridge to reconnoiter the area and, finding the hostile force exposed, fired directly into their midst, killing twelve, wounding several others and routing the remainder to enable both units to press forward and capture their respective objectives. Sustaining fatal wounds in the furious action, Corporal Richards, by his dauntless perseverance, indomitable fighting spirit and courageous initiative in the face of tremendous odds, had contributed to the success of his company's mission and upheld the traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 52123 (January 17, 1948)
Action Date: May 21, 1945

Corporal
Company G, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines

Santos Domingo Rodriquez

Place of Birth: Texas, Forney
Home of record: Sterling Illinois
Status: KIA

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant Santos Domingo Rodriquez (MCSN: 480785), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving with a platoon of Company C, First Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 16 May 1945. Quick to act when his platoon was pinned down by an overwhelming volume of hostile mortar and machine-gun fire, Sergeant Rodriguez voluntarily reconnoitered the fire-swept area to locate strategic gun positions from which effective return fire could be brought to bear on the besieging enemy guns. Finding no cover for the crews and very little concealment for the weapons in available positions, he determined to establish counter-fire despite the difficulties and hazards involved and ordered the guns to be brought forward and set up. Maintaining close control of the unit as the battle raged, he unhesitatingly defied the increasing fury of Japanese gunfire when two of the gunners sustained serious wounds, dashing forward and pulling the dazed men out of the hostile lane of fire to a covered position, then returning to man a machine gun himself. Aggressive and indomitable, he directed a steady stream of deadly fire on the enemy positions until he had effected their complete destruction. By his fearless initiative, cool decision and dauntless fighting spirit, Sergeant Rodriguez contributed materially to the effectiveness of his Battalion's operations against this vital outpost of the Japanese Empire and his unfaltering leadership in the face of tremendous odds upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander In Chief Pacific: Serial 36950 (January 1, 1946)
Action Date: May 16, 1945

Sergeant
Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines


Sherman Barington Ruth

Date of death: May 17, 1945
Place of Birth: Massachusetts, Gloucester
Home of record: Gloucester Massachusetts

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: First Lieutenant Sherman Barington Ruth (MCSN: 0-24360), United States Marine Corps, was awarded the Silver Star (Posthumously) for gallantry in action while serving as Commanding Officer, Company G, Third Battalion, Twenty-Ninth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, at Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands on April 16, 1945.

Action Date: April 16, 1945
First Lieutenant
Company G, 3d Battalion, 29th Marines

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Sherman Barington Ruth (MCSN: 0-24360), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Acting Commanding Officer of Company G, Third Battalion, Twenty-ninth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 15 May 1945. Assuming command of his company when the commanding officer became a casualty during a furious daylight attack on heavily defended hostile position, First Lieutenant Ruth quickly reorganized his gallant men to launch a vicious assault on the assigned target, continuing to direct fire upon his stubborn opponents until the objective was captured with a minimum of losses to our troops. Despite the enemy's frequent attempts to regain this stronghold, he persisted in encouraging his men to maintain their defense, personally moving along the line in the face of grave hazards and thereby inspiring his company to repel all counterattacks and to annihilate a hundred of the Japanese. His gallant leadership, courage and unfaltering devotion to duty throughout reflect the highest credit upon First Lieutenant Ruth and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 52031 (January 10, 1946)
Action Date: May 15, 1945

 

Charles Ellis Sams

Date of death: April 23, 1945
Place of Birth: Iowa, Montezuma
Home of record: Montezuma Iowa

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant Charles Ellis Sams (MCSN: 0-39479), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Rifle Platoon leader, attached to Company B, First Battalion, Twenty-second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 23 April 1945. When his combat patrol was viciously attacked by a strategically-posted enemy machine gun supported by numerous riflemen, Second Lieutenant Sams fearlessly took a highly vulnerable stand from which he organized and directed his platoon and skillfully led them in an assault, completely annihilating the hostile force and enabling the patrol to continue its mission. Again surprised by attack later that day, but unable to determine the enemy's concealed position, he deliberately exposed himself to the slashing fire so his platoon might locate and destroy the hostile Japanese. Although mortally wounded in the fierce action, Second Lieutenant Sams , by his cool courage and unwavering devotion to duty, had contributed materially to the saving of many lives and his indomitable leadership in the face of extreme peril upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 35200 (September 20, 1945)
Action Date: April 23, 1945

Second Lieutenant
Company B, 1st Battalion,  22d Marines

 

George Skuban

Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, Star Junction
Home of record: New York New York
Status: KIA

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal George Skuban (MCSN: 517751), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Fire Team Leader in a platoon of Company A, First Battalion, Twenty-second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, on 12 May 1945. Locating a concealed hostile emplacement which had been retarding the advance of his company, Corporal Skuban promptly directed his fire team in a flanking movement despite the terrific barrage laid down by the enemy and, although the platoon was unable to provide supporting fire, voluntarily launched an aggressive assault against the position to account for the destruction of three mortars and the annihilation of eleven Japanese during the furious engagement. By his daring initiative, forceful leadership and dauntless perseverance in the face of grave peril, Corporal Skuban contributed materially to the success of his company's mission, and his courageous conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 52019 (January 10, 1946)
Action Date: May 12, 1945

Corporal
Company A, 1st Battalion, 22d Marines


William Stanley Skura

Date of death: June 9, 1945
Place of Birth: Connecticut, Greenwich
Home of record: Stamford Connecticut

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal William Stanley Skura (MCSN: 460504), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Squad Leader, serving with Company D, First Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Okinawa, Ryukyu Island, on 9 June 1945. Observing that a friendly adjacent unit was halted by heavy fire from two caves mutually supported on both flanks, Corporal Skura unhesitatingly advanced alone and opened fire on the enemy emplacements in the face of heavy opposition, killing three of the Japanese by rifle fire before he was forced to withdraw in the face of superior fire power. Undaunted, he secured hand grenades and, again advanced alone, grimly pressed home his courageous single-handed attack against heavy odds until fatally wounded by hostile rifle fire from his flank. By his outstanding fortitude and determined aggressiveness, he made a singular contribution to the ultimate elimination of a bitterly defended enemy strong point, thereby enabling our forces to continue their advance. His valiant devotion to duty throughout reflects great credit upon Corporal Skura and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 36971 (January 10, 1946)
Action Date: June 9, 1945

Corporal
Company D,1st Battalion,4th Marines


Cleo Denver Slider

Place of Birth: West Virginia, Mount Zion
Home of record: Vienna West Virginia
Status: KIA

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant Cleo Denver Slider (MCSN: 497784), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Squad Leader, serving with Company A, First Battalion, Second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Gunto, Ryukyu Retto, 23 April 1945. Observing that his squad was isolated by machine-gun and rifle fire, Sergeant Slider dauntlessly moved beyond the forward elements of his squad in order to direct its fire. Moving directly into the hostile barrage when all but one man of a supporting machine-gun squad had been wounded, he dragged the weapon into position of temporary safety and courageously directed his men in an orderly withdrawal to the remainder of the platoon, inflicting heavy casualties upon the Japanese during this action. Assured of the safety of his unit, Sergeant Slider returned to the enemy-strafed area to recover the machine gun and this prevent it from falling into the hands of the enemy. His daring initiative and determined fighting spirit were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 34219 (August 16, 1945)
Action Date: April 23, 1945

Sergeant
Company A, 1st Battalion, 22d Marines


William Perry Sloan

Place of Birth: North Carolina, Holly Springs
Home of record: Cary North Carolina
Status: KIA

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Platoon Sergeant William Perry Sloan (MCSN: 409874), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as an Acting Machine Gun Platoon Leader, serving with Company E, Second Battalion, Twenty-ninth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 17 May 1945. When his assault platoon was cut off from the remainder of the company by devastating machine-gun and small-arms fire from the deeply entrenched Japanese on Sugar Loaf Hill, Sergeant Sloan immediately set up his guns, exposing himself to the intense fire to place them personally. Seeing that the entire crew of the right flank gun was hit by an exploding mortar shell, he boldly dashed to the gun and, while crawling forward to put it in action, was painfully wounded. Resolutely moving ahead, he reached an advantageous position to pour effective fire on the hostile defenders until he became too weak from the loss of blood to continue. Platoon Sergeant Sloan's outstanding courage and valiant devotion to duty were contributing factors in the successful reorganization of the hard-pressed platoon, thereby reflecting the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 52785 (January 17, 1946)
Action Date: May 17, 1945

Platoon Sergeant
Company E, 2d Battalion, 29th Marines


Chester Lincoln Smith

Date of death: April 16, 1945
Place of Birth: Ohio, Middletown
Home of record: Germantown Ohio

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Chester Lincoln Smith (MCSN: 500676), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Leader of a Fire Team, serving with Company A, First Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 16 April 1945. With his company pinned down by intense and devastating fire from Japanese gun emplacements during the final assault on Mount Yaetake, Corporal Smith disregarded the order to withdraw and, skillfully maneuvered his fire team forward to a vantage point, fearlessly exposed himself to the savage barrage and directed their accurate, powerful fire against the hostile positions, thereby neutralizing the enemy fire and enabling his company to continue the advance. Instantly killed while carrying out his hazardous mission, Corporal Smith, by his daring initiative, indomitable fighting spirit and great courage in the face of deadly opposition, had contributed directly to the ultimate conquest of this vital enemy stronghold, and his heroic conduct throughout upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: CINCPAD 53475 (February 13, 1946)
Action Date: April 16, 1945

Corporal
Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines


Stephen J. Spano

Date of death: April 12, 1945
Place of Birth: New Jersey, Jersey City
Home of record: Jersey City New Jersey

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class Stephen J. Spano (MCSN: 541448), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as an Assistant Machine Gunner, serving with Company I, Third Battalion, Twenty-ninth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 12 April 1945. Instantly taking the initiative when the advance of his company was retarded by a vicious enemy machine-gun and mortar barrage, Private First Class Spano, armed with a pistol and hand grenades, voluntarily exposed himself to move forward in the direction of the hostile weapon. Despite a painful wound, he fearlessly dashed forward and persisted in hurling his grenades at the enemy position until he had destroyed the gun and killed its crew of four men. By his indomitable fighting spirit, aggressive determination and unfaltering devotion to duty in the face of tremendous odds, Private First Class Spano contributed to the successful completion of his company's mission, and his heroic conduct throughout upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 52009 (January 10, 1946)
Action Date: April 12, 1945

Private First Class
Company I, 3d Battalion, 29th Marines


Bruce Edgar Wakeley

Date of death: May 15, 1945
Place of Birth: Nebraska, Tilden
Home of record: Madison Nebraska

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private Bruce Edgar Wakeley (MCSN: 988694), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Member of a Machine Gun Section of Company H, Third Battalion, Twenty-ninth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands on 15 May 1945. Ordered to cover a rifle platoon as it pressed its attack across a wooded draw during his company's furious assault in the Naha-Shuri sector, Private Wakeley instantly took the initiative when visual contact was lost with the advancing troops, unhesitatingly volunteering to go forward to locate the platoon whose exact position was unknown. Despite the grave hazards involved en route, he succeeded in locating the advancing troops and in obtaining the necessary information. Disregarding the warning that the return route was under heavy fire, Private Wakeley, stoutly determined to deliver the valuable message, started back to his section and although wounded in the arm after advancing only a few yards, persisted in his efforts until killed by enemy machine gun fire. His indomitable fighting spirit, daring initiative and unfaltering devotion to duty in the face of grave peril reflect the highest credit upon Private Wakeley and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 52122 (January 10, 1946)
Action Date: May 15, 1945

Private
Company H, 3d Battalion, 29th Marines



Clarence Fred Weiss

Date of death: June 20, 1945
Place of Birth: North Dakota, Elgin
Home of record: Elgin North Dakota

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private Clarence Fred Weiss (MCSN: 975035), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as an Armored Bulldoze Operator, serving with Headquarters and Service Company, Sixth Engineer Battalion, SIXTH Marine Division in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands on 20 June 1945. Highly vulnerable in the open cab of his bulldozer, Private Weiss courageously moved ahead of the infantry into shattering Japanese artillery, mortar and small arms fire to pioneer a road essential for a planned tank assault upon an enemy held ridge line and, pressing grimly forward in his cumbersome vehicle, successfully complete his mission. Mortally wounded, while working his way back to friendly lines, when a suicidal enemy soldier threw two satchel demolition charges into the open cab, Private Weiss, by his fortitude, determination and devotion to duty had enabled the tanks to achieve their objective, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 59156 (January 10, 1946)
Action Date: June 20, 1945

Private
Headquarters & Service Company, 6th Engineer Battalion


James White

Date of death: May 21, 1945
Burial location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Place of Birth: Texas, Wichita Falls
Home of record: Beaumont Texas

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class James White (MCSN: 887465), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a rifleman serving with Company G, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands on 21 May 1945. Disregarding his own personal safety to rescue a severely wounded comrade lying in the path of enemy machine gun fire, Private First Class White courageously ran forward and dragged the casualties to a partially concealed position. After administering first aid he advanced in an attempt to destroy the hostile machine gun or at least divert its fire from the wounded man and by his valiant fighting spirit and perseverance, effected his comrade's evacuation to safety. Fatally wounded during the exchange of fire, Private First Class White, by his extreme bravery and unselfish devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 53023 (January 10, 1946)
Action Date: May 21, 1945

Private First Class

Company C, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines


Horatio Cornick Woodhouse , Jr.

Date of death: May 30, 1945
Place of Birth: Virginia, Norfolk
Home of record: Norfolk Virginia

Horatio Woodhouse was a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Class of 1936)

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Colonel Horatio Cornick Woodhouse, Jr. (MCSN: 0-5451), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Commanding Officer of the Second Infantry Battalion, Twenty-second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division during action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands on 14 and 30 May 1945. With his battalion assigned the perilous task of launching the main assault on enemy held Sugar Loaf Hill, Lieutenant Colonel Woodhouse boldly led his men through savage Japanese fire against the strongly defended hostile positions on the hill and, engaging the enemy in furious and intense fighting succeeded in gaining the bitterly contested terrain. Later on 30 May when his battalion was reduced in strength by many Marine casualties, Lieutenant Colonel Woodhouse led his gallant men in a daring assault against heavily-fortified Radio Hill, pressing forward in the face of withering fire and capturing his objective before he himself fell, mortally wounded. By his fearless leadership, courage and unwavering devotion to duty during combat with a ferocious and desperate enemy, he contributed to the success of our forces on Okinawa. His heroic conduct throughout was constant source of inspiration to those with whom he served and reflects the highest credit upon Lieutenant Colonel Woodhouse and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 34882 (December 10, 1945)
Action Date: May 14 & 30, 1945

Lieutenant Colonel
Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion,  22d Marines



Billy R. Wright

Date of death: April 2, 1945
Place of Birth: Texas, Groesbeck
Home of record: Groesbeck Texas

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Billy R. Wright (MCSN: 520763), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as leader of a rifle squad in a platoon of Company L, Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands on 2 April 1945. Although greatly outnumbered by the fanatic Japanese when his platoon was pinned down by a heavy hostile barrage from a nearby hill, Corporal Wright voluntarily led his squad in an enveloping movement and courageously exposing himself to the enemy's fierce bombardment as he relentlessly delivered continuous rifle fire, succeeded in destroying the Japanese before he himself was struck down. By his gallant initiative, indomitable fighting spirit and devotion to duty, Corporal Wright enabled his platoon to complete its mission and his valiant conduct throughout upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 36952 (November 21, 1945)
Action Date: April 2, 1945

Corporal
Company L, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines



Mark Chapman Yoakum

Date of death: May 22, 1945
Place of Birth: Texas, Sweetwater
Home of record: Sweetwater Texas

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class Mark Chapman Yoakum (MCSN: 821093), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Rifleman in a platoon of Company L, Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Okinawa in the Ryukyu Chain on 22 May 1945. When a bursting artillery shell hit near by and blew two Marines from their foxholes onto the open ground, Private First Class Yoakum heard the cries of the wounded men above the terrific noise created by the furious shelling and, unhesitatingly leaving the comparative safety of his own foxhole, braved a deadly rain of bullets in a valiant effort to rescue his companions. Grasping one of the men in his arms, he carried him to a defiladed area where a corpsman could administer first aid and, without a moment's rest returned through the shattering barrage to bring back the other. Dazed and mortally wounded by a second shellburst, he struggled to his feet with his burden and, struggling desperately succeeded in returning his companion to safety before he himself collapsed. By his courageous initiative, outstanding fortitude and concern for the safety of others in the face of grave personal danger, Private First Class Yoakum contributed to the saving of two men who otherwise might have perished, and his heroic conduct and selfless efforts throughout reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 52145 (March 14, 1946)
Action Date: May 22, 1945

Private First Class
Company L, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines



Merritt James Zimmerman

Date of death: April 15, 1945
Place of Birth: Michigan, Bogne City
Home of record: Retosky Michigan

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private Merritt James Zimmerman (MCSN: 982468), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving with a Rifle Squad, of Company G, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 15 April 1945. Determined to locate the position of an enemy gun which was delivering devastating fire upon his advancing squad with resultant heavy casualties, Private Zimmerman unhesitatingly advanced in the face of the furious onslaught to locate the strategic hostile emplacement. Courageously drawing the enemy fire to himself, he made possible the escape of his wounded comrades and enabled his squad to continue the advance in safety. Although he, himself was struck down and instantly killed, Private Zimmerman, by his splendid initiative, cool courage and self sacrificing devotion to duty had contributed materially to the success of his company's mission and his conduct throughout reflects the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 36969 (November 15, 1945)
Action Date: April 15, 1945

Private
Company G, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines

 

 

 

 

 

 

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