Akers, Charles Junior, Cpl

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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 0311, 1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1)/A Co
Service Years
1942 - 1945

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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Fletcher, North Carolina

Casualty Date
May 04, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Okinawa
Conflict
World War II/World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Ryukyus Campaign (1945)/Battle for Okinawa
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
SECTION M SITE 1068

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 Unit Assignments
MCB Camp Lejeune, NCI Marine Amphibious Corps (I MAC)1st Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment  (1/1)
  1942-1942, MCB Camp Lejeune, NC/Basic Cooks School
  1943-1944, I Marine Amphibious Corps (I MAC)
  1944-1945, 0311, 1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1)/A Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 Ryukyus Campaign (1945)/Battle for Okinawa
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Silver Star

AWARDED FOR ACTIONS DURING World War II

Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Private First Class
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Division: 1st Marine Division

GENERAL ORDERS: CITATION:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Private First Class Charles J. Akers , United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Rocket Grenadier of Company A, First Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Peleliu, Palau Islands, 17 September 1944.

When his company was pinned down by heavy fire from a mountain gun emplaced in a cave, Private First Class Akers voluntarily and courageously advanced through intense hostile mortar, artillery and small arms fire to a position forward of our lines and close to the enemy guns. Boldly occupying this exposed position, he deliberately fired six rockets into the enemy emplacement and succeeded in annihilating the crew and silencing the hostile weapon.

By his heroic action, Private First Class Akers prevented his company from sustaining further heavy casualties. His bravery, daring initiative and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
   
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