Clark, Wallace J, Jr., PltSgt

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Last Rank
Platoon Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0369-Infantry Unit Leader
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1943-1943, 0369, 2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)/Echo Co
Service Years
1937 - 1943

Platoon Sergeant

 
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Home State
Maryland
Maryland
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Nov 27, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Kiribati
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec 12, Site 2821

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1937, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
 Unit Assignments
5th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5)5th Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)1st Raider Bn2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)
2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)/Echo Co
  1937-1940, 0311, 5th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5)
  1941-1941, 0311, 1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)/A Co
  1941-1942, 0311, 1st Raider Bn
  1943-1943, 0369, 2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)
  1943-1943, 0369, 2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)/Echo Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 World War II
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Tulagi (including First Savo)
  1942-1942 Battle of Tulagi (including First Savo) /Tulagi Island landing
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation (1943)/Battle of Tarawa
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Last Known Activity

KIA, 27 Nov 1943, Buariki, Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands. The 2nd Bn, 6th Marines were the last of the 2nd MarDiv reserve and were committed late to Betio during the three day battle of 20-23 Nov 1943. As a result, they were tasked with the mopping up operation of the remaining islets of the Tarawa Atoll. After clearing Biariki (the next islet east of Betio) on D+3 they prepared to initiate the clean-up of the remaining islets on D+4. On 24 Nov 1943 the battalion cleared Buota, the most SE islet of the atoll and for the next three days, they cleared each successive islet moving relentlessly north. On 26 Nov, 1943, they encountered resistance as they conducted the initial reconnaissance of the crossing to the last islet, Buariki. On 27 Nov 1943, LtCol Raymond L Murray directed his battalion in an all-out assault in which they overwhelmed and killed 175 members of the Imperial Japanese Navy's, "Special Naval Landing Force", ending all organized resistance on the atoll. PltSgt Clark was one of the 2d Bn, 6th Marine's, 35 KIA and 61 WIA in the battle.


   
Comments/Citation
CLARK, Wallace J., Jr, PltSgt, 812                 SN: 261509
Born: 28 Feb 1919 Maryland
Enlisted USMC: 04 Oct 1937
Died of Wounds: 27 Nov 1943 (Buariki, Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands)
Interred: Arlington National Cemetery, Section 12, Site 2821
 
Recruit Bn, Recruit Depot, MB, Parris Island, SC
Oct 1937 Pvt, RecDet, RD, MB, Parris Island, SC “5, Jdenl fr DHS, Baltimore, MD, 5-31 RI”
 
G Co, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Brigade, FMF, MB, Quantico, VA
Dec 1937 Pvt, 521, G Co, 2nd Bn, 5th Mar, 1st MarBrig, FMF, FMF, MB, Quantico, VA “1, jd fr Recruit Depot Det, MB, Parris Island, SC”
Mar 1937 Pvt, 745, G Co, 2nd Bn, 5th Mar, 1st MarBrig, FMF, FMF, MB, Quantico, VA
May 1938 Pvt, 745, G Co, 2nd Bn, 5th Mar, 1st MarBrig, FMF, FMF, MB, Quantico, VA
Jan 1939 Pvt, 745, G Co, 2nd Bn, 5th Mar, 1st MarBrig, FMF, FMF, MB, Quantico, VA
Mar 1939 Pvt, 745, G Co, 2nd Bn, 5th Mar, 1st MarBrig, FMF, FMF, MB, Quantico, VA
May 1939 PFC, 745, G Co, 2nd Bn, 5th Mar, 1st MarBrig, FMF, FMF, MB, Quantico, VA
 
Barracks Detachment, MB, NOB, Norfolk, VA
Jan 1941 Cpl, Bks Det, MB, NOB, Norfolk, VA
 
A Co, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, FMF, MB, Quantico, VA
Jan 1941 Cpl, 745, A Co, 1st Bn, 5th Mar, 1st Marine Division, FMF
Apr 1941 Cpl, 745, A Co, 1st Bn, 5th Mar, 1st Marine Division, FMF
Oct 1941 Cpl, 745, A Co, 1st Bn, 5th Mar, 1st Marine Division, FMF
 
D Co, 1st Marine Raider Battalion, 1st Marine Division, FMF, MB, New River, NC
Oct 1941 Sgt, 745, D Co, 1st RaiderBn, 1st MarDiv, FMF, In the Field
Jan 1942 Sgt, 745, D Co, 1st RaiderBn, 1st MarDiv, FMF, In the Field
Mar 1942 Sgt, 745, D Co, 1st RaiderBn, 1st MarDiv, FMF, In the Field
D Co, 1st Marine Raider Battalion, 1st Marine Division, FMF, In the Field
Apr 1942 Sgt, 745, D Co, 1st RaiderBn, 1st MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Tutuila, Samoa)
Jul 1942 Sgt, 745, D Co, 1st RaiderBn, 1st MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Tutuila, Samoa)
Aug 1942 Sgt, 745, D Co, 1st RaiderBn, 1st Mariv, FMF, In the Field (Tulagi, Solomon Islands) " 7, Wounded in Action"
Oct 1942 Sgt, 745, D Co, 1st RaiderBn, 1st MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands)
 
1st Guard Company, Guard Battalion, MCB, San Diego, CA
Oct 1942 Sgt, 745, Cas Co, Guard Bn, MCB, San Diego, CA “14, jd fr Co “D”, 1st RaiderBn”
Jan 1943 PltSgt, 812, 1st Guard Co, Guard Bn, MCB, San Diego, CA “23, jd fr Cas Co,
Mar 1943 PltSgt, 812, 1st Guard Co, Guard Bn, MCB, San Diego, CA
 
16th Replacement Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, FMF, In the Field
Apr 1943 PltSgt, 812, 16th ReplBn, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, New Zealand)
 
E Co, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, FMF, In the Field
Jul 1943 PltSgt, 812, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Mar, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, New Zealand)
Oct 1943 PltSgt, 812, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Mar, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, New Zealand)
Nov 1943 PltSgt, 812, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Mar, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands)
 
Based on this service record, I believe that we can confidently state that he rates the following awards for WWII:
Purple Heart Medal-1 star
Combat Action Ribbon
Navy Presidential Unit Citation-1 star
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal-2 stars
World War II Victory Medal
 
   
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