Tanner, Karl, 1stLt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
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1945-1945, 0302, 1st Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (1/28)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
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First Lieutenant


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Mexico City
Last Address
Mascot, Tennessee
Abilene, Texas

Casualty Date
Mar 09, 1945
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
B 448

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World War II Fallen
  1945, World War II Fallen

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
2nd Raider BnHQ Co28th Marine Regiment
  1942-1943, 0311, 2nd Raider Bn
  1943-1944, 0302, 2nd Raider Bn
  1944-1945, 0302, HQ Co
  1945-1945, 0302, 1st Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (1/28)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Pacific Specified Raids Campaign (1942)/Makin Island Raid
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Bougainville
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
 Colleges Attended
University of Texas at Austin
  1929-1933, University of Texas at Austin
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Last Known Activity
1st Lt. Karl Tanner served with Company C, 1st Battalion, 28th Marines.  He had landed on Iwo Jima on 19 February, serving as Battalion S-1.  He became the commanding officer of Charlie Company on 1 March 1945.  He was killed south of "Bloody Gorge" on 9 March 1945.

Navy Cross

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Karl Tanner, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while attached to the First Battalion, Twenty-Eighth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, from 1 to 9 March 1945.

Unhesitatingly assuming command of a company pinned down by shattering hostile machine-gun, mortar and sniper fire emanating from a series of mutually supporting caves and pillboxes, First Lieutenant Tanner fearlessly exposed himself to the withering barrage to continue the attack. Constantly inspiring his men to greater effort despite fierce resistance, he boldly led them forward and, waging furious battle against the fanatic Japanese, maintained his aggressive, determined tactics to drive the enemy 200 yards inland.

Fatally struck down by the enemy while conducting a subsequent perilous action on 9 March, First Lieutenant Tanner, by his brilliant and forceful leadership, indomitable fighting spirit and dauntless perseverance in the face of tremendous odds, had contributed essentially to the success of our sustained drive against this vital hostile stronghold and his self-sacrificing devotion to duty throughout upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Commander in Chief, Pacific Forces: Serial 32434 (July 12, 1945)
Born: at Mexico City, Mexico Home Town: Mascot, Tennessee

Graduated from Eastland High School, 1928, Easland, Texas.

Garduated from the University of Texas, Austin, 1933

He enlisted in the Army on 14 January 1941, enlisted rank. Apparently, transferred to U.S. Marine Corps with Boot Camp in San Diego, January 1942. Commissioned in the field.
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