Ervin, Arthur B., Jr., Sgt

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0341-Mortar Man
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1944-Present, 0341, MIA - WWII
Service Years
1940 - 1944
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Golden Dragon Certificate
Shellback Certificate

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State of Birth
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Golden Dragon Shellback


 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Marine Raiders Association
  1944, World War II Fallen
  2013, United States Marine Raiders Association [Verified]


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
1st Battalion, 24th Marines from 1943 to 1945, nearly 3,000 Marines and Navy corpsmen served with this heroic battalion, from training as the 1st Separate Battalion (Reinforced) at New River; as part of the Fourth Marine Division at Camp Pendleton and Camp Maui; in combat at Roi-Namur, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima; and at their final mustering out in October, 1945.

ERVIN, Arthur B, Sergeant, 285038, USMC, from Texas, Honolulu Memorial + ERVIN, Arthur B, 285038, CoA, 1stBn, 24thMar, 4thMarDiv, FMF, Marshall Is, July 5, 1944, missing-killed in action + ERVIN, Arthur B., Sgt., USMC. Wife, Mrs. Arthur B. Ervin, 649 West Ave. 28, Los Angeles, Calif + ERVIN, Arthur B, SGT, 285038, USMC, from Oklahoma, location Marianas Islands, date of loss July 5, 1944

Arthur B. Ervin Junior was born to Arthur and Willie Ervin of McCurtain, Oklahoma.  His father was killed in a mining accident later that year.  Ervin attended grammar and two years of high school in Los Angeles, after which he worked for the Los Angeles Examiner.  Enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in June 1940, age 18.  He was stationed with the guard detachment at the Ford Island Naval Air Station in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked on December 7, 1941.  PFC Ervin was credited with participating in the defense of the base.  After transferring to California, he became a member of E/22nd Marines, and traveled to Samoa for training.  While there, he volunteered for the Third Raider Battalion, and with them participated in Operation Cleanslate (the invasion of Pavuvu).  After contracting malaria, dengue fever, and filariasis, was transferred back to California for medical treatment.  After release from the hospital, joined Company A, 24th Marines as a corporal commanding a machine gun squad.  Landed on Namur, Kwajalein Atoll on February 1, 1944, where he won the Navy Cross and received a Purple Heart for wounds sustained in action.  Returned to duty and promoted to sergeant in April, 1944.  Appointed section sergeant of company's mortar section.  Participated in the invasion of Saipan, where he was awarded the Bronze Star medal.  Sergeant Ervin was killed in action on July 5, 1944, while attempting to rescue his commanding officer and close friend, First Lieutenant Philip Wood.  For unknown reasons, he was buried as an Unknown in the Fourth Marine Division cemetery. After the war, Graves Registration personnel failed to identify his remains and officially listed as Missing In Action.
   
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Navy Cross
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Corporal Arthur B. Ervin (MCSN: 285038), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with Company A, First Battalion, Twenty-Fourth Marines, FOURTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the invasion of Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll, on 1 February 1944. Advancing with his company around the eastern perimeter of the Island, corporal Ervin skillfully located and led the attack upon each hostile strong point in this zone of action. Although wounded in a single-handed assault upon an enemy heavy machine-gun nest, he returned to initiate a raid into an occupied blockhouse and, after climbing to a dangerously exposed position on its top, immediately poured rifle fire into a near-by Japanese trench fortification and exhorted his comrades to press home their attack. When painfully wounded for the second time, he gallantly refused to let anyone endanger himself by coming forward to help and, after pulling himself to safety and having his wounds dressed, retired only on the orders of his Commanding Officer. His determined fighting spirit and inspiring performance of duty throughout these bitter engagements reflect the highest credit upon Corporal Ervin and the United States Naval Service. General Orders: SPOT AWARD, Commander in Chief Pacific Forces: Serial 2788
Action Date: February 1, 1944

There is also a grave for him in:
Shady Point Cemetery,
Shady Point, OK
   
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Rifle Sharpshooter (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1940, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
Marine BarracksUSMC (United States Marine Corps)3rd Raider Bn24th Marine Regiment
Missing In Action
  1940-1942, 522, Security Co., Marine Barracks Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI
  1942-1942, 0331, 2nd Bn, 22nd Marine Regiment (2/22)
  1942-1944, 0331, 3rd Raider Bn
  1944-1944, 0331, A Co, 1st Bn, 24th Marine Regiment (1/24)
  1944-Present, 0341, MIA - WWII
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Russel Islands Landings
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Battle for Saipan
  1944-1944 Operation Flintlock/Battle of Roi-Namur Island
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