Mears, Dwayne E, Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1945-1945, 0302, 1st Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (1/28)/B Co
Service Years
1941 - 1945

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Home State
Missouri
Missouri
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Bakersfield, California

Casualty Date
Feb 20, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Japan
Conflict
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Pacific Ocean
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Ribbon Bar
Rifle Expert (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Officer Candidate School (Quantico, VA), G
 Unit Assignments
22nd Marine Regiment3rd Raider Bn2nd Bn, 27th Marine Regiment (2/27)28th Marine Regiment
  1942-1942, 0302, 2nd Bn, 22nd Marine Regiment (2/22)
  1942-1943, 0302, 3rd Raider Bn
  1944-1944, 0302, 2nd Bn, 27th Marine Regiment (2/27)/H Co
  1944-1944, 0302, 1st Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (1/28)/B Co
  1944-1945, 0302, 1st Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (1/28)/B Co
  1945-1945, 0302, 1st Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (1/28)/B Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Russel Islands Landings
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
 Colleges Attended
  1938-1942, University of the Pacific
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Died aboard USS Cecil - Buried at sea.

Mentioned in the book Strong Men Armed, pgs 440-441.

At 0902 on February 19, 1945 Bobo's Bastards (B Company, 28th Marines) landed near the base of Suribachi on Iwo Jima. Lt. Frank Wright and his First Platoon planted the American Flag and quickly struck out for Iwo's west coast. At 1030 elements of this platoon reached their objective, and Suribachi was severed from the rest of the island.

The four day struggle for Suribachi was underway. Twenty-one men from Baker Company died this day and another fourty-four men were wounded.

We pay tribute to those men of B Company sacrificing their life this day and during the rest of the battle. The dead included:
Cpl. Buford L. Aten
Pvt. James K. Hope
Pvt. Lucien A. Rogers
Pfc. Robert R. Bilstein
Pfc James J. Hummel
Pfc Elwin I. Alcock
Pfc Edward L. Brashear
Cpl Robert C. Jacobson
Cpl. Mariano R. Delise
Cpl Arlyn G. Brown
Sgt. Warren H. Jones
Pfc Desmond G. Kurch
Sgt Gerald L. Cox
Pvt. Gene B. Kimball
Pfc Elmer Lawlis, Jr.
Sgt. John Csicsko
Pfc. Willie J. Luchak
Capt. Dwayne E. (Bobo) Mears
Pfc. Iva L. Gray, Jr.
Cpl Harry W. Ours
Lt. Nion R. Tucker, Jr.

A corpsman crawled to the aid of Captain Dwayne E. "Bobo" Mears, who had been shot through the neck and was in shock from the loss of blood. He buried the lower part of the Captain's body in the sand so that he would offer a smaller target for the Jap riflemen. It helped, but the captain died later aboard a hospital ship.
   
Comments/Citation
Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Captain Dwayne E. Mears), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of an Assault Company attached to the First Battalion, Twenty-Eighth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima, in the Volcano Islands, on 19 February 1945.

Confronted by the enemy's solid, coordinated system of defenses shortly after hitting the beach in the initial landing wave, Captain Mears boldly led his units forward despite intense small-arms fire from the front and left flank to crash through an area covered by concentrated mortar and artillery fire for an early gain of 300 yards.

Disregarding serious wounds received during the subsequent bombardment from a series of almost impregnable blockhouses which halted his advance at this point, he rallied his two assault platoons and, armed only with a pistol, fearlessly charged the enemy fortifications, destroying the four stubborn installations with indomitable aggressiveness. In the forefront of the action at all times, he fought on without respite, driving his broadening wedge through the fanatic Japanese resistance for more than 700 yards to cut sharply across the narrow neck of the island and secure a line from the east to the west coast within ninety minutes of landing.

Struck by enemy fire for the second time during the last phase of the break-through to the west beach, he resolutely refused medical aid or evacuation, directing the movements of his men by arm and hand signals when his mortal wounds deprived him of speech and, otherwise persisting in his valiant efforts until, with the strong enemy garrison on Mount Suribachi isolated and his company's objective won, he was ordered to the rear by his battalion commander.

Although he succumbed on the following day, Captain Mears, by his dauntless valor, relentless fighting spirit and decisive tactics in the face of savage opposition, had contributed materially to the success of his division's operations against this important outpost of the Japanese Empire and his inspiring leadership throughout the bitter hostilities upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific Forces: Serial 34220 (August 14, 1945)
Action Date: February 19, 1945
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Captain
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 28th Marines
Division: 5th Marine Division
   
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