Agnew, Robert H, PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
5593-Musician, Percussion (Drum and Bugle Corps)
Last MOSGroup
Band
Primary Unit
1943-1943, 0311, HQ Bn, 2nd Marine Division/HQ Co
Service Years
1938 - 1943

Private 1st Class

 
 

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
San Francisco
Last Address
San Francisco

Casualty Date
Nov 21, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Kiribati
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Golden Gate National Cemetery - San Bruno, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section H Site 1448

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 Unit Assignments
2nd Marine Regiment2nd Marine Division/HQ Bn, 2nd Marine Division
  1942-1943, 5593, 2nd Marine Regiment/HQ Co
  1943-1943, 0311, HQ Bn, 2nd Marine Division/HQ Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation (1943)/Battle of Tarawa
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Killed in Action 21 Nov 1943 during operations against Imperial Japanese Forces on Betio, Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands,
 
 The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class Robert H. Agnew (MCSN: 264583), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving with Headquarters Company, Headquarters Battalion, Second Marine Division during action against enemy Japanese forces at Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, 20 and 21 November 1943. Acting as stretcher bearer on a section of the beach where heavy casualties among hospital corpsmen made the lack of trained first aid men acute, Private First Class Agnew voluntarily advanced under intense enemy machinegun and rifle fire to front line positions in order to render first aid to his wounded comrades. Returning repeatedly to the line of action to minister to the injured and evacuate several of them to safety, Private First Class Agnew carried on his heroic mission until fatally wounded on the second day of the attack. His great personal valor and exceptional spirit of self-sacrifice on behalf of his comrades were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
 General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 2013 (May 2, 1944)  Action Date: November 20 - 21, 1943
 
   
Comments/Citation
AGNEW, Robert H,  PFC
Born: 19 Mar 1922 San Francisco, California
Enlisted: 13 Apr 1938; 13 Apr 1942 San Francisco, California
Killed in Action 21 Nov 1943 (Tarawa)
Interred: Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, San Mateo County, CA; Section H, Site 1448
 
Headquarters Company, 12th Battalion, Marine Corps Reserve, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Mare Island, CA
1 Jul-30 Sep 1938 Pvt, HqCo, 12th Bn, USMCR, MB, NYd, Mare Island, CA
1 Oct-31 Dec 1938 Pvt, HqCo, 12th Bn, USMCR, MB, NYd, Mare Island, CA
1 Jan-31 Mar 1939 Pvt, HqCo, 12th Bn, USMCR, MB, NYd, Mare Island, CA
1 Apr-30 Jun 1939 Pvt, HqCo, 12th Bn, USMCR, MB, NYd, Mare Island, CA
1 Jul-30 Sep 1939 Pvt, HqCo, 12th Bn, USMCR, MB, NYd, Mare Island, CA
1 Oct-31 Dec 1939 Pvt, HqCo, 12th Bn, USMCR, MB, NYd, Mare Island, CA
1 Jan-31 Mar 1940 Pvt, HqCo, 12th Bn, USMCR, MB, NYd, Mare Island, CA
1 Apr-30 Jun 1940 Pvt, HqCo, 12th Bn, USMCR, MB, NYd, Mare Island, CA
1 Jul-30 Sep 1940 Pvt, HqCo, 12th Bn, USMCR, MB, NYd, Mare Island, CA
1 Oct-6 Nov 1940 Pvt, HqCo, 12th Bn, USMCR, MB, NYd, Mare Island, CA “Bandsman”
7-30 Nov 1940 Pvt, HqCo, 12th Bn, USMCR, MB, NYd, Mare Island, CA “7-30, Bandsman”
1-31 Dec 1940 Pvt, HqCo, 12th Bn, USMCR, MB, NYd, Mare Island, CA “msm.”
Jan 1941 Pvt, HqCo, 12th Bn, USMCR, MB, NYd, Mare Island, CA “Bandsman”
 
Base Headquarters Company, Base Troops, Marine Corps Base, San Diego, CA
Apr 1941 Pvt, HqCo, BTrs, MCB, San Diego, CA “Base Band”
Jul 1941 Pvt, HqCo, BTrs, MCB, San Diego, CA “Base Band”
Oct 1941 Pvt, HqCo, BTrs, MCB, San Diego, CA “Base Band”
Jan 1942 Pvt, HqCo, BTrs, MCB, San Diego, CA “Spl 6cl band”
Apr 1942 Pvt, HqCo, BTrs, MCB, San Diego, CA “Discharged 13Apr38, 1-11, Spl 6cl band, 12 exp enl, char Exc; 13, Jd by Reenl, Post; 13-15, fur; 16, by S/RS to 2ndMarDiv, FMF, Post”
 
Headquarters Company, 2nd Marine Division, FMF, Camp Elliott, MCB, San Diego, CA
Apr 1942 Pvt, HqCo, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, Camp Elliott, MCB, San Diego, CA “16, Jd by S/RS, on fur fr HqCo., BTrs, MCB, San Diego, Calif. 16-26, on fur, 27, jd in person, 27-30, Div Band”
 
Headquarters & Service Company, 2nd Marines (Rein), FMF, In the Field
Jul 1942 Pvt, Hq&SerCo, 2ndMarines(Rein), FMF, In the Field “Band d.”
Oct 1942 Pvt, Hq&SerCo, 2ndMarines(Rein), FMF, In the Field “Band d.”
Jan 1943 PFC, Hq&SerCo, 2ndMarines(Rein), FMF, In the Field “Band d.”
 
Headquarters Company, Division HQ Battalion, Division Special Troops, 2nd Marine Division, FMF, In the Field
Apr 1943 PFC, HqCo, DivHQBn, DivSplTrs, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field “Div. Band”
Jul 1943 PFC, HqCo, DivHQBn, DivSplTrs, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field “Div. Band”
Oct 1943 PFC, HqCo, DivHQBn, DivSplTrs, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field “Div. Band”
Nov 1943 PFC, HqCo, DivHQBn, DivSplTrs, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field “Div. Band”
 
Based on this service record, I believe that we can confidently state that he rates the following awards for WWII:
Silver Star Medal
Purple Heart Medal
Combat Action Ribbon
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal-2 stars
World War II Victory Medal
 
   
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