Marshall, Robert Woodson, Capt

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7598-Basic Fixed-Wing Pilot
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Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
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1944-Present, 7598, Missing In Action
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1941 - 1944
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  1944, World War II Fallen

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VMF-321 was established February 1, 1943 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, as a unit of Marine Aircraft Group 31, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. After a crash course in tactics and maneuvers, the squadron was off to the war in the South Pacific. They arrived on 20 Nov 1943 and initially stationed at Barakoma Airfield on Vella Lavella, a recently captured island base in the Solomon Islands. While in the Solomon's, the "Hell's Angels" amassed a record of 39 kills of Japanese aircraft and an additional 11 probables, with only eight aircraft lost.

Excerpt from Henry Sakaida, The Siege of Rabaul, 1996.
"After taking off from Torokina Airfield, Bougainville Island, on January 20, 1944, 11 F4U Corsairs were flying a B -25 escort mission targeting the Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul. A division of four F4Us flown by Lieutenant Robert See, Captain Marion R. McCown Jr., 1st Lieutenant Robert Hugh Brindos, and 1st Lieutenant Robert Woodson Marshall were "flying top cover over the bombers. Just south of Cape St. George they ran into the entire 204th Air Group (42 Zeroes). The Japanese were soon crawling over them. Lt. See managed to claim two Zeroes and returned safely to base, but the other three disappeared. After his F4U went down, 1st Lieutenant Robert W. Marshall was captured by the Japanese and sent to the prisoner of war camp on Rabaul where he died the same day of massive bleeding."

MARSHALL, Robert W, 1STLT, O-020355, USMC, from Louisiana, location New Britain Island, date of loss January 20, 1944 + MARSHALL, Robert W, Captain, O-020355, USMC, from Louisiana, Manila American Cemetery + MARSHALL, Robert Woodson, 20355, POW & MPDet, HQ USMC, Washington DC, January 20, 1944, missing in action-POW + MARSHALL, Robert W., 1st Lieutenant, USMCR. Mother, Mrs. Hazel E. Marshall, Box 514, Amite, La

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Prisoner of War Medal
First Lieutenant Robert W. Marshall (MCSN: 0-20355), United States Marine Corps, was captured by the Japanese after his F4U-1 Corsair was shot down over New Britain on 20 January 1944, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his death in captivity on or about 20 January 1944.
Action Date: January 20, 1944 - January 20, 1944
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Rifle Expert (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, The Basic School (Quantico, VA)
 Unit Assignments
MarForResAviation UnitsVMFA-321Prisoner of War
Missing In Action
  1941-1942, 0100, MARTD New Orleans LA
  1942-1943, 0100, Marine Aviation Detachment (MAD) Pensacola, FL
  1943-1944, 7598, VMFA-321
  1944-1944, 7598, Prisoner of War - Japan
  1944-Present, 7598, Missing In Action
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
 Colleges Attended
Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge
  1939-1942, Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge
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