Amundson, Maurice R, Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 0302, 2nd Bn, 22nd Marine Regiment (2/22)
Service Years
1941 - 1944

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Home State
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cameron
Last Address
Cameron, WI

Casualty Date
Jul 27, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Guam
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section B Site 1291

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Officer Candidate School (Quantico, VA), E/6
 Unit Assignments
22nd Marine Regiment
  1942-1943, 0302, 2nd Bn, 22nd Marine Regiment (2/22)
  1943-1943, 0302, 2nd Bn, 22nd Marine Regiment (2/22)
  1944-1944, 0302, 2nd Bn, 22nd Marine Regiment (2/22)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Battle of Guam (1944)
  1944-1944 Operation Flintlock/Battle of Eniwetok Atoll
 Colleges Attended
Saint Olaf College
  1937-1941, Saint Olaf College
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Citation: The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Maurice R. Amundson (0-9482), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of Company G, Second Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines, First Provisional Marine Brigade, Third Amphibious Corps, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Guam, Marianas Islands, 21 - 27 July 1944. A forceful and courageous leader, Captain Amundson directed his men aggressively and with expert tactical skill and, on 27 July, when his company was ordered to spearhead an attack down a narrow neck of land on Orote Peninsula through a particularly strong enemy defensive position, tenaciously kept the attack rolling by his own inspiring valor despite the heavy casualties inflicted on his company. Fearlessly exposing himself to intense hostile fire, he repeatedly moved in and out of the front lines, pointing out targets to his tanks and personally directing the placing of supporting weapons and evacuation of the wounded until he was killed while administering first aid to one of his men. Captain Amundson's indomitable fighting spirit, unselfish efforts and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of grave peril were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Commander in Chief, Pacific Forces:
Serial 004334 (November 9, 1944)
   
Comments/Citation
AMUNDSON, Maurice R., Capt 1542                        SN: O9482
Born:  17 Aug 1919 Wisconsin
Enlisted: 06 May 1941 DHS Milwaukee, WI (Home of Record: Box 318, Cameron, Wisconsin)
Died: 27 Jul 1944 (Killed in Action on Guam, Marianas Islands)
Interred: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI (Section B, Row 1, Site 291)
 
Attached to the Platoon Leader’s Unit, 9th Reserve District
May 1941 PFC, PLU, 9thResDist, MB, USNTS, Great Lakes, IL “6May41; 7, jdby S/RS fr DHS Milwaukee, Wis.”
Jun-Dec 1941 PFC, PLU, 9thResDist, MB, USNTS, Great Lakes, IL
Jan 1942 PFC, PLU, 9thResDist, MB, USNTS, Great Lakes, IL “31Jan42, assgd act d, w/ CC, MCS, MB, Quantico, VA”
 
Company E, (6th) Candidates Class, Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks, Quantico, VA
Apr 1942 PFC, Co E, Candidates Class, MCS, MB, Quantico, VA “6May41; 1-2, act d status, under instn; 3, SOCMC to acc comm. as 2dLt USMCR; Char:Exc Auth Ltr Comdt, USMC, 1500-30 AU-61-gef, dated 27Mar42”
Reserve Officers Class, Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks, Quantico, VA
Apr 1942 2dLt, ROC, MCS, MB, Quantico, VA “4, acc comm. as 2dLt, USMCR (V) w/ rank fr 4Apr42 and ass act d with ROC same date; 4-30, act d under instn”
 
Company G, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Marines, 3rd Marine Brigade, FMF, In the Field
Jul 1942 2ndLt, Co G, 2ndBn, 22ndMar(Rein), 3rdMarBrig, FMF, In the Field (Tutuila, Amer. Samoa) “Co O; 19, emb & sailed on board SS LURLINE fr San Diego, Calif.; 29, arr at Apia, Samoa”
Oct 1942 2ndLt, Co G, 2ndBn, 22ndMar(Rein), 3rdMarBrig, FMF, In the Field (Tutuila, Amer. Samoa) “Co O; Temp det d, Strawman Det”
Jan 1943 1stLt, Co G, 2ndBn, 22ndMar(Rein), 3rdMarBrig, FMF, In the Field (Tutuila, Amer. Samoa) “20, acc comm. as 1stLt (temp) to rank fr 31Dec42; Co O”
Apr 1943 1stLt, Co G, 2ndBn, 22ndMar(Rein), 3rdMarBrig, FMF, In the Field (Tutuila, Amer. Samoa)”CoExecO; Co Censor”
Company G, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Marine Regiment, Reinforced, FMF, In the Field
Jul 1943 1stLt, Co G, 2ndBn, 22ndMar, Rein, FMF, In the Field (Kahului, Maui, T.H.) “1-25,PlLdr 1st Plat; 26-31, CoExecO”
Oct 1943 1stLt, Co G, 2ndBn, 22ndMar, Rein, FMF, In the Field (Kahului, Maui, T.H.) “CoExecO”
Jan 1944 Capt, Co G, 2ndBn, 22ndMar, Rein, 5th AC, FMF, In the Field (Kahului, Maui, T.H.) “CoExecO; 7, emb and sailed on board USS HEYWOOD, Kahului, Maui, T.H.; 7-31, at sea, combat mission”
Feb 1944 Capt, Co G, 2ndBn, 22ndMar, Rein, 5th AC, FMF, In the Field (Engebi & Parry Islands, Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands) “CoExecO”
Company G, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Marines (Reinforced), 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, FMF, In the Field
Apr 1944 Capt, Co G, 2ndBn, 22ndMar (Rein), 1st ProvMarBrig, FMF, In the Field “CO; 1-6, at sea, combat mission in the Marshall Is.; 7, disemb fr on bd LST-23, emb & sailed on bd USS FAYETTE; 13, arr & disemb at Guadalcanal, B.S.I.”
Jul 1944 Capt, Co G, 2ndBn, 22ndMar (Rein), 1st ProvMarBrig, FMF, In the Field (Guam, Marianas Islands) “CO; 27, Killed in Action”
 
Based on this service record, I believe that we can confidently state that he rates the following awards for WWII:
Navy Cross
Purple Heart Medal
Combat Action Ribbon
Navy Unit Commendation-1 star
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal-2 stars
World War II Victory Medal
 
   
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