Abbe, Rufus Lee, PFC

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Private 1st Class
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1944-1944, 0331, A Co, 1st Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (1/8)
Service Years
1941 - 1944

Private 1st Class


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cotton, OK
Last Address
Walters, OK

Casualty Date
Jun 30, 1944
Hostile, Died
Unknown, Not Reported
World War II
Location of Interment
Lakeview Cemetery - Marietta, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Rifle Sharpshooter (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
 Unit Assignments
1st Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (1/8)
  1941-1943, D Co, 1st Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (1/8)
  1943-1943, B Co, 1st Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (1/8)
  1943-1943, H&S Co, 1st Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (1/8)
  1944-1944, 0331, A Co, 1st Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (1/8)
 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
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Battle for Saipan
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Saipan - 1944
1st Battalion 8th Marines landed with the 8th Marine regiment on Green Beach on 15 June 1944. Confusion on the beaches, particularly in the 2d Marine Division area, was compounded by the strength of a northerly current flow which caused the assault battalions of the 6th and 8th Marines to land about 400 yards too far north. This caused a gap to widen between the 2d and 4th Marine Divisions. On D+1 8th Marines moved east into the swamps around Lake Susupe. On 20 June the 8th Marines wheeled from facing east to attack northward into the foot hills leading to Mount Tapotchau. The following day saw the Marines attack all along the line. The 8th Marines worked its painful way into the maze of ridges and gullies that formed the foothills of Mount Tapotchau. On the west side of Saipan, the 2d Marine Division had a memorable day on 25 June. In a series of brilliant tactical maneuvers, with a battalion of the 8th Marines clawing up the eastern slope, a battalion of the 29th Marines (then attached to the 8th Marines) was able to infiltrate around the right flank in single file behind a screen of smoke and gain the dominating peak without the loss of a single man. Over the next several days the 8th Marines encountered four small hills strongly defended by the enemy. Because of their size in comparison with Mount Tapotchau, they were called "pimples." Each was named after a battalion commander. Painfully, one by one, they were assaulted and taken over the next few days. Bypassing the town, the 2d Marine Division drove towards Flores Point, halfway to Tanapag. Along the way, with filthy uniforms, stiff with sweat and dirt after over two weeks of fierce fighting, the Marines joyfully dipped their heads and hands into the cool ocean waters. By 4 July 1/8 and the 2nd Division were moved into the reserve force in order to prepare for the attack on Tinian.
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