Barnes, William, GySgt

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Gunnery Sergeant
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0369-Infantry Unit Leader
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1945-1945, 0369, B Co, 1st Bn, 24th Marine Regiment (1/24)
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1941 - 1945

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Feb 23, 1945
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Unknown, Not Reported
World War II
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Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery - Boulder City, Nevada
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Burial at Sea

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1st Raider Bn5th Marine Division24th Marine Regiment
  1942-1944, 0341, 1st Raider Bn
  1944-1945, 5th Marine Division
  1945-1945, 0369, B Co, 1st Bn, 24th Marine Regiment (1/24)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Tulagi (including First Savo)
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
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GySgt Barnes served with the 1st Raider Bn from 1942-1944. During that time, PFC Barnes won the NAVY CROSS for his actions on guadalcanal during period of 13-14 Sept 1942 while serving as a mortar gunner-0341. He was wounded on 14 Sept by grenades.

Navy Cross
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Private First Class William Barnes (MCSN: 318200), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with the FIRST Marine Raider Battalion, during combat actions against enemy Japanese forces on Lunga Ridge, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on the night of September 13 and 14, 1942. While the battalion was being subjected to ferocious assaults by the enemy and in spite of a change in position, Private First Class Barnes, serving as gunner in a mortar section, kept up an accurate and almost continuous fire against the advancing Japanese. With utter disregard for his own personal safety, he courageously assisted in the evacuation of the wounded and the carrying of ammunition to the front line units. In the closing hours of the battle he voluntarily joined these units and ably assisted them in attempting the assaults until injured by enemy grenades. His cool courage, devotion to duty, and indomitable fighting spirit were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: SPOT AWARD: Serial 298 (SofN Signed June 23, 1943)

Action Date: September 13 - 14, 1942

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Private First Class

Company: Company C

Battalion: 1st Marine Raider Battalion
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