Allnutt, Leonard Jerry, PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
521-Other duty (PFC/Private)
Last MOSGroup
WWI & WWII SSN/MOS
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 521, 1st Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (1/28)
Service Years
1943 - 1945

Private 1st Class

 
 

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Home State
Washington
Washington
Year of Birth
1925
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Kelso
Last Address
Kelso, Washington

Casualty Date
Mar 10, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Japan
Conflict
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
Location of Interment
Cowlitz View Memorial Gardens - Kelso, Washington
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: SD-18-2-3

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 Unit Assignments
28th Marine Regiment
  1944-1945, 521, 1st Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (1/28)
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  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
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Last Known Activity
The 28th Marines took up position on the cliffs overlooking 'The Gorge' while the remainder of the division attacked in the centre and from the east. In brutal fighting, the Marines gradually forced the Japanese back into a smaller and smaller pocket of resistance. The cost was staggering though, with the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the 27th Marines badly mauled (the 2nd was in fact withdrawn) in the struggle. A huge blockhouse barred the way for quite a time despite repeated pounding by tanks and demolition reams and it finally took an explosive charge of some 8,500lbs to destroy it. Pfc Leonard Allnutt was Killed in action during the Battle.
   
Comments/Citation

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the World War II
 

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class Leonard J. Allnutt (MCSN: 533950), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action as Mortar Ammunition Carrier, serving with Company C, First Battalion, Twenty-Eighth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, on 19 February 1945. Armed with hand grenades and demolition charges, Private First Class Allnutt voluntarily crawled forward several hundred feet to the left flank of a Japanese blockhouse from which terrific automatic small arms fire and a barrage of hand grenades were holding up the advance of his platoon. Facing the enemy's heavy fire with cool daring and resolute fighting spirit, he destroyed the blockhouse and its occupants, thereby facilitating his platoon's offensive. By his aggressive initiative and unwavering devotion to duty, Private First Class Allnutt upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 35590 (September 12, 1945)

Action Date: February 19, 1945

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Private First Class

Company: Company C

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 28th Marines

Division: 5th Marine Division
   
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