Patterson, David, Cpl Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Last Unit
1943-1943, 0311, 2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)/Echo Co
Service Years
1942 - 1943

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
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Casualty Date
Nov 27, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Kiribati
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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French Fourragere


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World War II Fallen
  2014, World War II Fallen

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 Unit Assignments
6th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)
  1942-1943, 0311, 6th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)
  1943-1943, 0311, 2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)/Echo Co
 Combat and Operations History
  1942-1943 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 committed late 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. Cpl Patterson was one of 2d Bn, 6th Marines, 33 KIA and 60 WIA in the battle.


   
Comments/Citation
PATTERSON, David W. Jr, Cpl 745                SN: 4XXXXX
Born:  XX XXX 19XX
Enlisted: 06 Jul 1942
Died: 27 Nov 1943 (KIA)
Location: Buariki, Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands
Interred:
 
6th Recruit Battalion, Recruit Depot, MCB, San Diego, CA
Jul 1942 Pvt (Rec), 6th Recruit Bn, RD, MCB, San Diego, CA “6, jd fr WRD; 6, enl. DHS, Los Angeles, CA”
Oct 1942 Pvt 521, 6th Recruit Bn, RD, MCB, San Diego, CA
Oct 1942 Pvt 521, H&S Co, 6th Marine Reg, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field “17, jd fr Co E, 2nd Bn, 6th Mar, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA, 17-31, joined for transportation”
 
E Co, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, FMF, In the Field
Oct 1942 Pvt 521, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Noumea, New Caledonia)
Dec 1942 Pvt 745, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Noumea, New Caledonia)
Jan 1943 Pvt 745, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands)
Apr 1943 PFC 745, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, New Zealand)
Jul 1943 Cpl 745, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, New Zealand)
Oct 1943 Cpl 745, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, New Zealand)
Nov 1943 Cpl 745, 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
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal-2 stars
World War II Victory Medal
 
   
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