Ackerman, Henry R, PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
745-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
WWI & WWII SSN/MOS
Primary Unit
1942-1943, 745, 2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)/Echo Co
Service Years
1942 - 1943

Private 1st Class

 
 

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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bicknell, IN
Last Address
823 A. Main St
Bicknell, IN

Casualty Date
Nov 27, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Kiribati
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Fairview Cemetery - Vincennes, Indiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
USMC (United States Marine Corps)/Formal Schools2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)/Echo Co
  1942-1942, 521, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA
  1942-1943, 745, 2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)
  1942-1943, 745, 2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)/Echo Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation (1943)/Battle of Tarawa
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Sep 15, 2014, General Photos3
 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. PFC Ackerman was one of the 2d Bn, 6th Marine's, 35 KIA and 61 WIA in the battle.


   
Comments/Citation
ACKERMAN, Henry R, PFC 745                     SN: 422830
Born:  18 Feb 1922 IN
Enlisted: 03 Jul 1942 (Home of Record: 740 S. Mount Street, Indianapolis, Indiana)
Died: 27 Nov 1943 (KIA, Buariki Islet, Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands)
Interred: Fairview Cemetery, Vincennes, IN
 
6th Recruit Battalion, Recruit Depot, MCB, San Diego, CA
Jul 1942 Pvt (Rec), 6th Recruit Bn, RD, MCB, San Diego, CA “6, jd fr CRD; 3, enl. DHS, Indianapolis, IN”
 
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) "20, WIA"
Apr 1943 Pvt 745, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, New Zealand)
Jul 1943 Pvt 745, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, New Zealand)
Oct 1943 PFC 745, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, New Zealand)
Nov 1943 PFC 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 w/ Gold Star
Combat Action Ribbon
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal-2 stars
World War II Victory Medal
 
   
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