Ruud, Reuben, 1stLt Fallen
 
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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Last Unit
1942-1943, 0302, 2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)/Echo Co
Service Years
- 1943

First Lieutenant

 
 

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Home State
North Dakota
North Dakota
Year of Birth
1920
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Nov 27, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Kiribati
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
*Plot: 1, 6199Plot: A 473

 Official Badges 

French Fourragere


 Unofficial Badges 


 Ribbon Bar


 
 Unit Assignments
6th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)
  1942-1943, 0302, 6th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)
  1942-1943, 0302, 2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)/Echo Co
 Combat and Operations History
  1939-1943 World War II
  1942-1943 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Capture and defense of Guadalcanal Campaign August 10, 1942 - February 8, 1943 WWII Streamer
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands operation November 13 - December 8, 1943 WWII Streamer/Battle of Tarawa
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

KIA, 27 Nov 1943, Buariki, Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands. The 2nd Bn, 6th Marines were the last of the 2nd MarDiv reserve and were not committed to Betio during the three day battle of 20-23 Nov 1943. As a result, they were tasked with the mopping up operation of the remaining islets of the Tarawa Atoll. After clearing Biariki (the next islet east of Betio) on D+3 they prepared to initiate the clean-up of the remaining islets on D+4. On 24 Nov 1943 the battalion cleared Buota, the most SE islet of the atoll and for the next three days, they cleared each successive islet moving relentlessly north. On 26 Nov, 1943, they encountered resistance as they conducted the initial reconnaissance of the crossing to the last islet, Buariki. On 27 Nov 1943, LtCol Raymond L Murray directed his battalion in an all-out assault in which they overwhelmed and killed 175 members of the Imperial Japanese Navy's, "Special Naval Landing Force", ending all organized resistance on the atoll. 1st Lt Ruud was one of 2d Bn, 6th Marines, 32 KIA and 59 WIA in the battle.


   
Comments/Citation
RUUD, Reuben P., 1st Lt, 1542                       SN: 11619
Born: 07 Jan 1920 North Dakota
Enlisted: 03 Mar 1942
Died: 27 Nov 1943 (KIA, Buariki, Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands)
Interred: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Grave A473
 
Officers Training, Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks, Quantico, VA
Apr 1942 PFC, Attached, Platoon Leaders Unit, 9th Reserve District “14, jd by S/RS for RS, Fargo, ND”
Jul 1942 PFC, Co D, Candidates Class, MCS, MB, Quantico, VA “17, SOCMC to accept comm as 2nd Lt, USMCR, Char Exc, Auth CMC ltr 1965-90-10, AU-256-fb, dated 27Jun42”
Jul 1942 2nd Lt, 1542, Reserve Officers Class, MCS, MB, Quantico, VA
 
E Co, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, FMF, In the Field
Oct 1942 2nd Lt, 1542, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field “10 jd fr MCS, MB, Quantico, VA”
Jan 1943 2nd Lt, 1542, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Guadalcanal)
Apr 1943 2nd Lt, 1542, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, New Zealand)
Jul 1943 1st Lt, 1542, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, New Zealand)
Oct 1943 1st Lt, 1542, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, New Zealand)
Nov 1943 1st Lt, 1542, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands)
 
Based on this service record, I believe that we can confidently state that he rates the following awards for WWII:
Purple Heart Medal
Combat Action Ribbon
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal-2 stars
World War II Victory Medal
 
 
   
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