Sailer, Joseph, Jr., Maj

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Last Rank
Last Primary MOS
7598-Basic Fixed-Wing Pilot
Last MOSGroup
Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1942-Present, 7598, Missing In Action
Service Years
1930 - 1942
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Golden Dragon Certificate
Shellback Certificate



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State of Birth
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
Year of Birth
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Order of the Golden Dragon Shellback

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World War II Fallen
  1942, World War II Fallen

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Last Known Activity
VMSB-132 left the United States on October 13, 1942 from San Diego aboard the USS Mumu. At the time of their departure the squadron consisted of 27 officers, 245 enlisted men and a few attached Navy personnel. They landed in Nouméa, New Caledonia on October 28. On October 30, 1942, VMSB-132, under the command of Major Louis Robertshaw, landed at Henderson Field, Guadalcanal. Upon arrival, they became part of the Cactus Air Force and fought during the Battle of Guadalcanal until December 1942 when they were relieved by VMSB-233.

Navy Cross
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Major Joseph Sailer, Jr. (MCSN: 0-4675), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving as a Pilot in Marine Scout-Bombing Squadron ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-TWO (VMSB-132), Marine Air Group FOURTEEN (MAG-14), FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing, in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Guadalcanal Area of the Solomons Islands from 10 to 15 November 1942. Zealously seeking out and engaging the enemy under extremely hazardous conditions, Major Sailer led six attacks in spite of intense aerial opposition and anti-aircraft fire, scoring direct hits on a Japanese battleship of the Kongo Class, a heavy cruiser, a destroyer and two transports. His determined fighting spirit and unyielding devotion to duty contributed decisively to our success in routing the Japanese forces. His actions at all times were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: November 10 - 15, 1942
Other Comments:
Body Not Recovered

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 Unit Assignments
MarForResAviation Units8th Flying Training Squadron (Cadre)VMF-132
Missing In Action
  1930-1931, 0100, MarForRes
  1931-1931, 7598, Marine Aviation Detachment (MAD) NTS San Diego
  1936-1936, 7598, 8th Flying Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1941-1942, 7598, VMF-132
  1942-Present, 7598, Missing In Action
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
 Colleges Attended
Princeton University
  1926-1930, Princeton University
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