French, Neldon Theo, Cpl

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0321-Reconnaissance Man
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1942-1942, 0321, I MEF/1st Marine Division
Service Years
1940 - 1942



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Last Address
Benton County

Casualty Date
Oct 09, 1942
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Solomon Islands
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  1942, World War II Fallen

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  1940, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC), B
 Unit Assignments
USMC (United States Marine Corps)1st Raider BnI MEF/1st Marine Division
  1940-1941, 0311, USMC (United States Marine Corps)
  1941-1942, 0321, 1st Raider Bn
  1942-1942, 0321, I MEF/1st Marine Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Tulagi (including First Savo)
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USS French (DE-367) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort acquired by the U.S. Navy during World War II. The primary purpose of the destroyer escort was to escort and protect ships in convoy, in addition to other tasks as assigned, such as patrol or radar picket. USS French was named in honor of Neldon Theo French who was awarded the Navy Cross for his brave actions in Guadalcanal. She was launched 17 June 1944 by Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Texas; sponsored by Mrs. Alma M. French, mother of Corporal French; and commissioned 9 October 1944, Lieutenant Commander T. K. Dunstan, USNR, in command.
FRENCH, NELDON T. Citation: The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Neldon T. French (294607), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with Company A, FIRST Marine Raider Battalion in action against enemy Japanese forces near the Matanikau River on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on 8 - 9 October 8 - 9, 1942. When his battalion moved into a defensive position along the Matanikau River, Corporal French and other members of his platoon bore the brunt of the heavy enemy assault against their hastily prepared positions. Approximately 150 Japanese, stealing through the dense jungle growth under cover of smoke, fiercely attacked the small group of Marines with automatic weapons, hand grenades, and bayonets. Fighting desperately in hand-to-hand combat against the overwhelming hostile force, Corporal French refused to be dislodged from his position and, after exacting a tremendous toll of the enemy, heroically died at his post. His indomitable fighting spirit and unyielding devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. Board Serial: 01177 (July 30, 1943) Born: at Benton County, Tennessee Home Town: Camden, Tennessee
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