Holmes, Robert Duncan, 2ndLt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
1803-Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) Officer
Last MOSGroup
Tank / Amphibious Tractor
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 1803, 1st Bn, 27th Marine Regiment (1/27), 27th Marine Regiment
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Golden Dragon Certificate
Officer Collar Insignia

Second Lieutenant


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Troy, MO

Casualty Date
Feb 22, 1945
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Order of the Golden Dragon

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World War II Fallen
  1945, World War II Fallen

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
  1944, The Basic School (Quantico, VA), L
 Unit Assignments
USMC (United States Marine Corps)MCB Quantico, VA27th Marine Regiment
  1943-1944, 1100, Navy V-12 Unit, University of Michigan
  1944-1944, 0301, Field Officers School, Quantico, VA
  1944-1945, 1803, 1st Bn, 27th Marine Regiment (1/27), 27th Marine Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
 Colleges Attended
University of Miami
  1943-1944, University of Miami
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
The 27th Marine Regiment (27th Marines)  activated on January 10, 1944, as a result of the massive increase in the Marine Corps during World War II. The regiment first saw action during the Battle of Iwo Jima. During the course of the battle they suffered 566 killed, 1,706 wounded and had 4 Marines receive the Medal of Honor. After the surrender of Japan the regiment was inactivated on January 10, 1946.
The Battle of Iwo Jima (19 February - 26 March 1945) was a major battle in which the United States Armed Forces landed and eventually captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. This five-week battle comprised some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting of the War in the Pacific of World War II. The Imperial Japanese Army positions on the island were heavily fortified, with a dense network of bunkers, hidden artillery positions, and 11 miles of underground tunnels. The Americans on the ground were supported by extensive naval artillery and complete air supremacy over Iwo Jima from the beginning of the battle by U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviators. Iwo Jima was also the only battle by the U.S. Marine Corps in which the American casualties exceeded the Japanese, although Japanese combat deaths numbered three times the number of American deaths. Of the 22,000 Japanese soldiers on Iwo Jima at the beginning of the battle, only 216 were taken prisoner, some of whom were captured because they had been knocked unconscious or otherwise disabled. The majority of the remainder were killed in action, although it has been estimated that as many as 3,000 continued to resist within the various cave systems for many days after wards, eventually succumbing to their injuries or surrendering weeks later. The 36-day assault resulted in more than 26,000 American casualties, including 6,821 dead. Iwo Jima was also the only U.S. Marine battle where the American casualties exceeded the Japanese, although Japanese combat deaths numbered three times as many American deaths. Two US Marines were captured as POWs during the battle; neither of them would survive their captivity.

HOLMES, Robert Duncan, Second Lieutenant, O-041891, USMC, from North Carolina, Honolulu Memorial + HOLMES, Robert D., 2d Lieutenant, USMCR. Father, Mr. Henry R. Holmes, Troy, Mo + HOLMES, Robert Duncan, Second Lieutenant, O-041891, USMC, February 22, 1945, died of wounds, buried at sea

Lt Holmes was a major league baseball player who joined the Marines as an enlisted man, but was sent to college under the Navy V-12 program to become an officer. He also played baseball for the USMC.

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