Hudspeth, Daniel W, Sgt

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1942-1942, 0311, Co C, 1st Raider Bn
Service Years
1940 - 1942



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Casualty Date
Sep 14, 1942
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Solomon Islands
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Rifle Marksman (Pre 1959)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1940, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC), B
 Unit Assignments
1st Recruit Training Bn (Cadre), RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris IslandUSMC (United States Marine Corps)1st Raider Bn
  1940-1940, 521, 1st Recruit Training Bn (Cadre), RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island
  1942-1942, USMC (United States Marine Corps)
  1942-1942, 0311, Co C, 1st Raider Bn
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Eastern Solomons (Stewart Island)
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Tulagi (including First Savo)
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*HUDSPETH, DANIEL W. Citation: The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Daniel W. Hudspeth (294194), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with Company C, FIRST Marine Raider Battalion, during the enemy Japanese attack on Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on the night of 13 and 14 September 1942. Repeatedly leading his unit against hostile positions on a ridge about one thousand yards south of the Guadalcanal airfield, Sergeant Hudspeth, by his inspiring courage in the face of devastating fire, contributed to the relentless fighting spirit which aided greatly in the defeat of the Japanese forces. He gallantly gave up his life in the service of his country. SPOT AWARD, Serial 19 (SofN Signed April 6, 1943) Born: at Ashland, Mississippi
The Marine Raiders were elite units established by the United States Marine Corps during World War II to conduct amphibious light infantry warfare, particularly in landing in rubber boats and operating behind the lines. This elite unit was considered by the Marine Corps to be its first US Special Operations force. However most combat operations saw the Raiders employed as regular infantry, and combined with the resentment within the Marines that the Raiders were an "elite force within an elite force", led to the abandonment of the experiment. Four battalions served operationally but all were disbanded in February 1944 when the Corps made the doctrinal decision that standard Marine infantry battalions would be trained to perform their missions. The personnel from the Raider battalions were then used to reform the 4th Marine Regiment, which had been lost in the Philippines early in the war.
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