Allen, Randolph, PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1943-1943, 0311, 2nd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (2/2)/F Co
Service Years
1942 - 1943

Private 1st Class

 
 

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 Personal Details 


Home State
Kentucky
Kentucky
Year of Birth
1924
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Rush
Last Address
Rush

Casualty Date
Nov 20, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Kiribati
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 60, Grave 10687

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenWW II Memorial National Registry
  1943, World War II Fallen
  2015, WW II Memorial National Registry

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 Ribbon Bar
Rifle Marksman (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 
 Unit Assignments
MCRD (Cadre) San Diego, CA2nd Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (2/2)
  1942-1942, 0311, MCRD (Cadre) San Diego, CA
  1942-1942, 2nd Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (2/2)
  1943-1943, 0311, 2nd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (2/2)/F Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation (1943)/Battle of Tarawa
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Pfc. Randolph Allen, 19, of Rush, Ky., will be buried July 29, 2014 in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington D.C. In November 1943, Allen was assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, which landed on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll, in an attempt to secure the island against stiff Japanese resistance. Over several days of intense fighting approximately 1,000 Marines were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded. As a result of these attacks, Allen was reported killed in action on Nov. 20, 1943. In the immediate aftermath of the fighting on Tarawa, U.S. service members who died were buried in a number of battlefield cemeteries. During World War II, U.S. Navy Combat Engineers, “SeaBees,” significantly restructured the landscape to convert the island for use by the military. In 1946 when U.S. Army Graves Registration Service personnel attempted to locate all of the battlefield interments, many of the burials could not be located. From Nov. 12-27, 2013 a private organization, known as History Flight, excavated what was believed to be a war time fighting position on the island of Betio. During this excavation History Flight recovered five sets of remains, personal effects and military equipment. Four sets of remains were determined to be Japanese service members and the fifth set was believed to be that of a U.S. Marine. Two sets of military identification tags which correlated to Allen were also found in the fighting position. In the identification of Allen’s remains, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools such as dental and skeletal comparison, which matched Allen’s records.

   
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