Achord, William M, Sr., Pvt

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Last Rank
Private
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 0311, 1st Bn, 25th Marine Regiment (1/25)
Service Years
1944 - 1945
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Golden Dragon Certificate
Iwo Jima Certificate

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 Personal Details 


Home State
Georgia
Georgia
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Savannah
Last Address
Savannah

Casualty Date
Mar 10, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Japan
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Bonaventure Cemetery - Savannah, Georgia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Golden Dragon


 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial WW II Memorial National Registry
  1945, World War II Fallen
  2014, United States Navy Memorial
  2014, WW II Memorial National Registry

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 Ribbon Bar
Rifle Marksman (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Bn, 25th Marine Regiment (1/25)
  1944-1945, 0311, 1st Bn, 25th Marine Regiment (1/25)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
The Battle of Iwo Jima (19 February ?? 26 March 1945), or Operation Detachment, was a major battle in which the United States Armed Forces fought for and captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Empire. The American invasion had the goal of capturing the entire island, including its three airfields (including South Field and Central Field), to provide a staging area for attacks on the Japanese main islands. This five-week battle comprised some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting of the War in the Pacific of World War II. Iwo Jima was the only battle by the U.S. Marine Corps in which the overall American casualties (killed and wounded) exceeded those of the Japanese, although Japanese combat deaths were thrice those of the Americans throughout the battle. Of the 22,000 Japanese soldiers on Iwo Jima at the beginning of the battle, only 216 were taken prisoner, some of whom were captured because they had been knocked unconscious or otherwise disabled. The majority of the remainder were killed in action, although it has been estimated that as many as 3,000 continued to resist within the various cave systems for many days afterwards, eventually succumbing to their injuries or surrendering weeks later. Despite the bloody fighting and severe casualties on both sides, the Japanese defeat was assured from the start. Overwhelming American superiority in arms and numbers as well as complete control of air power ?? coupled with the impossibility of Japanese retreat or reinforcement ?? permitted no plausible circumstance in which the Americans could have lost the battle.

   
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