Ross, Armstead E, 1stLt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1943-1943, 0302, A Co, 1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2)
Service Years
1940 - 1943
Officer Collar Insignia

First Lieutenant

 
 

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Home State
Alabama
Alabama
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Sheffield
Last Address
Sheffield

Casualty Date
Nov 20, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Kiribati
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section A, Site 76

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 Ribbon Bar
Rifle Marksman (Pre 1959)

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1940, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
 Unit Assignments
RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris IslandOfficer Candidate School (Cadre)USMC (United States Marine Corps)1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2), 2nd Marine Regiment
  1940-1940, 521, RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island
  1940-1940, 8530, Wpns & Fld Trn Bn, PISC, RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island
  1940-1941, 0151, RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island
  1942-1942, 8211, Officer Candidate School (Cadre)
  1943-1943, 0302, 13th Replacement Bn
  1943-1943, 0302, A Co, 1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation (1943)/Battle of Tarawa
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Armstead E. Ross (MCSN: 0-18212), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action as leader of a rifle platoon attached to the First Battalion, Second Marines, SECOND Marine Division, during the attack against enemy Japanese forces on Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, 20 November 1943. Ordered to reinforce a flank of the line, First Lieutenant Ross daringly led his men through rifle and machine-gun fire until the advance in his sector was held up by intense opposition from a Japanese blockhouse which resulted in numerous casualties to our forces. With utter disregard for his own personal safety, he gathered up demolitions and single-handedly attacked the enemy position, sustaining fatal wounds during the action. First Lieutenant Ross's great personal valor and spirit of self-sacrifice 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 919
Action Date: November 20, 1943
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: First Lieutenant
Company: A (“Able”)
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 2d Marines
Division: 2d Marine Division
 
   
Comments/Citation
ROSS, Armstead E, 1stLt, 1542                      SN: O18212
Born: 13 Apr 1917 Sheffield, Alabama
Enlisted USMC: 28 May 1940 DHS Birmingham, AL (Home of Record: 801 Austin Avenue, Sheffield, Alabama)
Commissioned: Jan 1943
Died: 20 Nov 1943 (KIA, Betio Islet, Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands)
Interred: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI (Section A, Site 76)
 
Southern Recruiting Division, New Orleans, LA
May 1940 Pvt, SRD, New Orleans, LA”28May40; 28 Acc & Enl at DHS Birmingham, Ala.; to RD, MB, Parris Island.”
Recruit Depot Detachment, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, SC
May 1940 Pvt, RecDepDet, MB, Parris Island, SC “28May40; 29, Jdenl fr DHS Birmingham, Ala.; 29-31, RI”
Jun 1940 Pvt, RecDepDet, MB, Parris Island, SC “RI”
Jul 1940 Pvt, RecDepDet, MB, Parris Island, SC “RI; 12 qual MM”
Headquarters & Headquarters Company, Recruit Depot, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, SC
Aug-Oct 1940 Pvt, Hq&HqCo, RD, MB, Parris Island, SC “Coach RR”
Nov-Dec 1940 Pvt, Hq&HqCo, RD, MB, Parris Island, SC “Clk RR Office”
Jan 1941 Pvt, Hq&HqCo, RD, MB, Parris Island, SC “Clk RR Office”
Apr 1941 PFC, Hq&HqCo, RD, MB, Parris Island, SC “Clk RR Office; 25, pro, Temp Appt”
Jul 1941 PFC, Hq&HqCo, RD, MB, Parris Island, SC “Clk RR Office”
Oct 1941 PFC, Hq&HqCo, RD, MB, Parris Island, SC “1-17, Clk RR Office; 18, to MCI, MB, Washington, D.C.”
 
Marine Corps Institute Detachment, Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.
Oct 1941 PFC, MCI Det, MB, Washington, DC “28May40; 19, jdfr Hq&HqCo, RDep, MB, Parris Island, SC; 19-31, Instr”
Southern Recruiting Division, New Orleans, LA
Jan 1942 Sgt, SRD, New Orleans, LA (SDHS, Tuscaloosa, Alabama)
 
Rifle Range Detachment, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, SC
Apr 1942 Cpl, Rifle Range Detachment, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, SC “Clerk, Comdg O Office.”
Jul 1942 Cpl, Rifle Range Detachment, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, SC “Clerk, Comdg O Office.”
 
Company H, (13th Candidates Class), Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks, Quantico, VA
Oct 1942 Cpl, Co H, (13th Candidates Class), MCS, MB, Quantico, VA
Reserve Officers Class, Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks, Quantico, VA
Jan 1943 2ndLt, Res Off Cl, MCS, MB, Quantico, VA

Company B, 13th Replacement Battalion, 3rd Marine Brigade, FMF, In the Field
Apr 1943 2ndLt, Co B, 13thReplBn, 3rd MarBrig, FMF, In the Field “1-23, under instn OffTrngS; add d CoComdr; 24-30, CoO”
Jul 1943 2ndLt, Co B, 13thReplBn, FMF, In the Field “CoO; 10, to 2dMarDiv, FMF”
 
Company A, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, FMF, In the Field
Jul 1943 2ndLt, Co A, 1stBn, 2ndMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, NZ) “10, jdfr 13thReplBn, FMF; 10-31, PlLdr, 3d Plat.”
Oct 1943 2ndLt, Co A, 1stBn, 2ndMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, NZ) “17, emb abd USS HARRY LEE at Wellington, NZ; 17-23, abd USS HARRY LEE in Wellington-Hawkes Bay Area, North Island in conn w/ amph trng opers; 24-31, abd USS HARRY LEE, Wellington, NZ awtg orders for trans to desig place for d in conn w/ 2dMarDiv Opers.”
Nov 1943 1stLt, Co A, 1stBn, 2ndMar, 2ndMarDiv, 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:
Silver Star Medal
Purple Heart Medal
Combat Action Ribbon
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal-1 star
World War II Victory Medal
 
   
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