Slaughter, Orvan Samuel, 1stSgt

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First Sergeant
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9999-Sergeant Major/First Sergeant
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1943-Present, 0369, MIA - WWII
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1935 - 1943
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by CWO3 Manuel (Manny) Vizinho to remember Marine 1stSgt Orvan Samuel Slaughter.

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  1943, World War II Fallen

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Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial.  In these gardens are recorded the names of Americans who gave their lives in the service of their Country and whose final resting place is known only to God.

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Navy Cross
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to First Sergeant Orvan S. Slaughter (MCSN: 248692), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as First Sergeant of an assault company attached to the Second Battalion, Second Marines, SECOND Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, on 22 November 1943.  Voluntarily assuming command when the officers of his company became casualties, First Sergeant Slaughter courageously led his men forward under a constant barrage of enemy shellfire and successfully destroyed three Japanese pillboxes obstructing their advance before he himself was killed.  His prompt decision, daring aggressiveness and heroic self-sacrifice in the face of grave peril directly contributed to the success of our forces in that area and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.  He gallantly gave his life for his country.
General Orders: Authority: Board of Awards: Serial 917 (March 24, 1944)
Action Date: 22-Nov-43

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Rifle Sharpshooter (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1935, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA), 01
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Sea Duty Indoctrination CourseMARDET USS Indianapolis (CA-35)MARDET (Afloat)USMC (United States Marine Corps)
Marine Barracks1st Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (1/4), 4th Marine Regiment2nd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (2/2), 2nd Marine RegimentMissing In Action
  1935-1935, Sea Duty Indoctrination Course
  1935-1936, MARDET USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
  1936-1937, MarDet USS Houston CL-81
  1937-1938, MCB San Diego, CA
  1938-1939, Marine Barracks Cavite, PI
  1939-1939, 1st Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (1/4), 4th Marine Regiment
  1939-1940, MARDET USS Augusta (CA-31)
  1940-1943, 9999, 2nd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (2/2), 2nd Marine Regiment
  1943-Present, 0369, MIA - WWII
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Tulagi (including First Savo)
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation (1943)/Battle of Tarawa
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