Gilbert, Orra E, PltSgt

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Last Rank
Platoon Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0369-Infantry Unit Leader
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1943-1943, 0369, 4th Raider Bn
Service Years
- 1943

Platoon Sergeant

 
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Home State
Iowa
Iowa
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Bussey

Casualty Date
Jun 29, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Solomon Islands
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
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 Unit Assignments
4th Raider Bn
  1943-1943, 0369, 4th Raider Bn
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/New Georgia Group Operation
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*GILBERT, ORRA E. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Orra E. Gilbert (287343), Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy as a member of Company P, FOURTH Marine Raider Battalion in action against enemy Japanese forces at Viru Harbor, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, on 29 June 1943. Leading his platoon in an assault on an enemy machine- gun nest, Platoon Sergeant Gilbert fell seriously wounded close to the front lines. Refusing evacuation or removal to safety, he continued to direct the fire of his platoon under direct hostile observation until he was again hit and killed by heavy enemy fire. His courageous actions contributed much to the defeat of the enemy and in preventing many casualties in his platoon. The outstanding heroism and skill displayed by Platoon Sergeant Gilbert on this occasion reflect highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 517 (December 20, 1943)
Home Town: Bussey, Iowa
   
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