Bellat, Joseph Steve, PltSgt

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Last Rank
Platoon Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
651-Platoon Sergeant
Last MOSGroup
WWI & WWII SSN/MOS
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 651, 2nd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (2/7)/G Co
Service Years
1940 - 1944

Platoon Sergeant

 
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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cleveland
Last Address
Cleveland

Casualty Date
Oct 14, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Palau
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Fort William McKinley Cemetery - Taguig City, Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Block D Row 5 Grave 213

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1940, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC), B
 Unit Assignments
2nd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (2/7)
  1943-1944, 651, 2nd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (2/7)/G Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 World War II/American Theater
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
  1942-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Peleliu
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Last Known Activity
The Navy Department notified Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bellat that their 25-year-old son, Sgt. Joseph S. Bellat, of 284 E. 200th Street, Euclid, was killed October 14, 1944 at Peleliu in the Palau Islands. He was in the Marine Corps. A graduate of Collinwood High School, Sgt. Bellat enlisted on July 30, 1940 and was trained at Parris Island, South Carolina and Quantico, Virginia. He had served in the Pacific area for 27 months was awarded the Purple Heart and the Navy Cross. In addition to his parents, Sgt. Bellat was survived by a brother, Leo, who was in a tank corps in France. Platoon Sgt. Bellat is interred in the American Cemetery at Manila. (Manila Cemetery is located about 6 miles southeast of the center of the city of Manila, Republic of the Philippines, within the limits of the former U.S. Army reservation of Fort William McKinley, now Fort Bonifacio). Information as gathered from the Cleveland Press & Plain Dealer, December 4 & 5 1944 and the American Battle Monuments Commission web site.

Svc# 289942

31 Jul 1940
Enlisted - (Pvt) Central Recruiting Division, 706 U S Court House Bldg , Chicago, Ill
Aug 1940
(Pvt) Hq and Hq Company, Recruit Depot, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, SC
Sep 1940
(Pvt) Hq and Hq Company, Recruit Depot, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, SC
5 Oct 1940
(Pvt) Hq and Hq Company, Recruit Depot, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, SC
15 Oct 1940
(Pvt) Third Reserve Officers' Course, Marine Corps Schools, Mb, Quantico, Virginia
Nov 1940
(Pvt) Third Reserve Officers' Course, Marine Corps Schools, Mb, Quantico, Virginia
Dec 1940
(Pvt) Candidates' Class, Marine Corps Schools, Mb, Quantico, Virginia
Jan 1941
(Pvt) Guard Company, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia. (Assigned Military Police)
Apr 1941
(Pvt) Guard Company, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia. (Assigned Military Police)
Jul 1941
(Pvt) Guard Company, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia. (Assigned Military Police)
Oct 1941
(Cpl) Guard Company, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia. (Assigned Military Police)
Jan 1942
(Cpl) Guard Company, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia. (Assigned Military Police)
Apr 1942
(Cpl) Guard Company, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia. (Assigned Military Police)
Jul 1942
(Cpl) First Guard Company Guard Battalion Marine Barracks Quantico Virginia
Oct 1942
(Cpl) Fourth Repalcement Battalion, Fleet Marine Force, Aboard (USS Tryon)
Jan 1943
(Cpl) Comapny H, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Divison, Fleet Marine Force, In The Field
Apr 1943
(Cpl) Comapny H, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Divison, Fleet Marine Force, In The Field
Jul 1943
(Cpl) Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division, Fmf, In The Field (Company H)
Oct 1943
(Sgt) Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, Combat Team "C", First Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, In The Field (Company G)
Jan 1944
(Sgt) Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, C/O Fleet Post Office, San Francisco, California. (Company G)
Apr 1944
(Sgt)(870) Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, C/O Fleet Post Office, San Francisco, California. (Company G)
Jul 1944
(Sgt)(651) 2Dbn, 7Thmar, 1Stmardiv, Fmf, C/O Fpo, San Francisco, Calif  (Company G)
14 Oct 1944
(PltSgt) 2Dbn, 7Thmar, 1St Mardiv, Fmf, C/O Fpo San Francisco, Calif (KIA at Peleiu, Palaui Island))


 
   
Comments/Citation
Citation: The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Joseph S. Bellat (289942), Platoon Sergeant, 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 Island in the Palau Group, on 18 September 1944. Penetrating with his unit to the mouth of a draw between a vital ridge and a group of pinnacles during a furious assault against Japanese forces entrenched in the hills north of the airport on Peleliu, Platoon Sergeant Bellat promptly assumed command when his platoon was struck at point-blank range by merciless fire from a concealed enemy gun and, with half the unit killed or wounded, his leader a casualty and the remainder of the force disorganized, worked tirelessly to restore the situation. Subsequently locating the powerful hostile gun, he directed three tanks into firing position and destroyed the weapon despite the loss of two tanks; then, obtaining litter-bearers from the rear, he defied the terrific machine-gun and antitank fire to lead stretcher teams to each squad, personally assisting in extricating the wounded from exposed positions until all the casualties had been treated. Undaunted by the tremendous odds, he reorganized the remnants of his platoon and went forward with the one remaining tank, reconnoitering the draw in a daring attempt to locate enemy pillboxes delivering their converging fire on his force but, ordered to retire under overwhelming field artillery and mortar barrages, coolly and skillfully effected a successful withdrawal, evacuating all wounded in the face of shattering machine-gun fire. An aggressive leader, Platoon Sergeant Bellat, by his resolute initiative, decisive action and great personal valor in a critical situation, removed a serious threat to all our forces in this area and saved his unit from certain disaster. His unwavering devotion to duty throughout reflects the highest credit upon Platoon Sergeant Bellat, his gallant comrades and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. Commander in Chief, Pacific Forces: Serial 0937 (SofN Approved March 1, 1945) Born: at Cleveland, Ohio Home Town: Cleveland, Ohio
   
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