Massaro, Russell J, PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
653-Machine Gun Squad Leader
Last MOSGroup
Primary Unit
1942-1944, 746, 2nd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (2/7)/E Co
Service Years
1942 - 1944

Private 1st Class


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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Astoria, Long Island

Casualty Date
Sep 19, 1944
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 12, Site 1786

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World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

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Rifle Marksman (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
 Unit Assignments
RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris IslandMarine Barracks2nd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (2/7)
  1942-1942, 521, RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island/10th Recruit Training Bn
  1942-1942, 522, Marine Barracks Portsmouth, NH
  1942-1944, 746, 2nd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (2/7)/E Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
  1944-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Cape Gloucester
  1944-1944 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Peleliu
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Killed in Action, 19 Sep 1944, during operations against Imperial Japanese Forces on Peleliu Island, Palau Islands.
Citation: The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Russell J. Massaro (350348), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with the Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Peleliu, Palau Islands, 19 September 1944. Realizing the urgency of continuing the advance when his platoon was pinned down by heavy machine-gun fire during an attack on a ridge north of the airfield, Private First Class Massaro voluntarily and without hesitation took up an automatic rifle and courageously made his way toward the concealed Japanese machine-gun nest. Upon locating the emplacement, he skillfully delivered intense, accurate fire into it, effectively silencing the enemy weapon and contributing materially to the destruction of its defenders before he was mortally wounded. Private First Class Massaro's splendid initiative, indomitable fighting spirit and self-sacrificing 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 0407 (August 1, 1945) Born: at Astoria, Long Island, New York Home Town: Astoria, Long Island, New York
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