Ayres, Harris C, Jr., Sgt

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
505-Ammunition Technician
Last MOSGroup
WWI & WWII SSN/MOS
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 505, I Co, 3rd Bn, 23rd Marine Regiment (3/23)
Service Years
1942 - 1945

Sergeant

 
 

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
montrose
Last Address
Montrose

Casualty Date
Mar 08, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Japan
Conflict
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section M, Row 0, Grave 583

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

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Boot Camp (Camp Lejeune, NC), 0000
 Unit Assignments
MCB Camp Lejeune, NC23rd Marine Regiment
  1942-1942, 521, MCB Camp Lejeune, NC
  1942-1943, 504, Weapons Co, 3rd Bn, 23rd Marine Regiment (3/23)
  1943-1944, 653, Weapons Co, 3rd Bn, 23rd Marine Regiment (3/23)
  1944-1945, 505, I Co, 3rd Bn, 23rd Marine Regiment (3/23)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Operation Flintlock/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Battle for Saipan
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Battle of Tinian (1944)
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Killed in Action, 08 Mar 1945, during operations against Imperial Japanese Forces on Iwo Jima Island, Bonin (Volcano) Islands.
 
   
Comments/Citation
AYRES, Harris C., Jr, Sgt 521/504/653/505              SN: 428622
Born: 01 Sep 1923 Pennsylvania
Enlisted USMCR: 10 Aug 1942 (Home of Record: 9 Drinker Street, Montrose, Pennsylvania)
Died: 8 Mar 1945 (KIA, Iwo Jima Island, Bonin (Volcano) Islands)
Interred: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI (Section M, Row 0, Grave 583)
 
4th Separate Recruit Battalion, NRTC, Marine Barracks, New River, NC
Oct 1942 Pvt, 4thSepRecBn, NRTC, MB, New River, NC “4, tr fr USMCR Cl III(c) to Cl III(b); to CasCo, TC, Post”
Casual Company, 1st Training Center Battalion, NRTC, FMF, Marine Barracks, New River, NC
Oct 1942 Pvt, CasCo, 1stTrngCtrBn, NRTC, FMF, MB, New River, NC “10Aug42; 4, jdfr 4thSepRecBn, Post; 10, to 23rdMar(Reinf), Post”
 
Company M, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines, Reinforced, FMF, Marine Barracks, New River, NC
Oct 1942 Pvt, Co M, 3rdBn, 23rdMar, Reinf, FMF, MB, New River, NC “10Aug42; 10, jdfr CasCo, 1stTrng Center Bn, Post”
Jan 1943 Pvt, Co M, 3rdBn, 23rdMar, Reinf, FMF, MB, New River, NC
Apr 1943 PFC, Co M, 3rdBn, 23rdMar, Reinf, FMF, MB, New River, NC
Company M, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines, Reinforced, FMF, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA
Jul 1943 PFC, Co M, 3rdBn, 23rdMar, Reinf, FMF, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA
 
Company M, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division, FMF, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA
Oct 1943 PFC, Co M, 3rdBn, 23rdMar, 4thMarDiv, FMF, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA
Jan 1944 PFC, Co M, 3rdBn, 23rdMar, 4thMarDiv, FMF, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA “11, emb aboard USS CALVERT at Navy Destroyer Base, San Diego, Calif.; 11-12, berthed thereat; 13, sailed therefrom; 13-30, at sea enroute; 31, participated in battle of Roi-Namur, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands.”
Company I, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, FMF, In the Field
Apr 1944 Cpl, Co I, 3rdBn, 23rdMar, 4thMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Maui, Territory of Hawaii) “653”
Jul 1944 Cpl, Co I, 3rdBn, 23rdMar, 4thMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Saipan & Tinian, M.I.) “653; 31 only, sk RDisp;1-9, participated in the Battle of Saipan, M.I.; 24-31, participated in the Battle of Tinian, M.I.; 23, emb abd LST#487 at Saipan, M.I. and sailed; 24, arr and disemb at Tinian, M.I.
Oct 1944 Cpl, Co I, 3rdBn, 23rdMar, 4thMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Saipan & Tinian, M.I.)   “505”
Jan 1945 Sgt, Co I, 3rdBn, 23rdMar, 4thMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Saipan & Tinian, M.I.) “505; 8, killed in action”
 
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-1 star
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal-4 stars
World War II Victory Medal
 
   
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