Barrows, Merle Roy, Cpl

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1941-1943, 745, 2nd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (2/2)/E Co
Service Years
1941 - 1943



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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
632 Wyoming Street
Waterloo, Iowa

Casualty Date
Nov 20, 1943
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War II
Location of Interment
Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery - Waterloo, Iowa
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World War II FallenWW II Memorial National Registry
  1943, World War II Fallen
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Rifle Sharpshooter (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
2nd Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (2/2)
  1941-1943, 745, 2nd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (2/2)/E Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater
  1942-1942 Battle of Tulagi (including First Savo) /Tulagi Island landing
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation (1943)/Battle of Tarawa
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  1930-1932, Others/Not Listed
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Last Known Activity
Merle Roy Barrows enlisted in the Marine Corps 13 May, 1941 from Waterloo, Iowa. Completed recruit training in the 3rd Recruit Battalion, MCB San Diego, CA. Assigned to E Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division at MCB Camp Elliott, CA. Promoted to Private First Class. 1 July, 1942 embarked USS President Hayes (APA-20) at San Diego for movement overseas. 25 July, 1942 landing rehearsals at Koro, Fiji. 7 August, 1942 participated in combat operations D-Day Tulagi, Solomon Islands attached to the 1st Marine Division. 9 August-28 October, 1942 occupied Tulagi Island. 29 October, 1942 landed on Guadalcanal and participated in combat operations until 12 January, 1943. 31 January, 1943 embarked USS Monticello (AP-61). 6 February, 1943 arrived at Wellington, New Zealand based at Camp Russell as part of the 2nd Marine Division. 6 April, 1943 promoted to Corporal. 30 October, 1943 embarked USS Zeilin (APA-3) at Wellington. 7-14 November, 1943 landing rehearsals at Efate, New Hebrides. Killed in Action Red Beach Two Tarawa D-Day 20 November, 1943.

BARROWS, Merle R., Cpl., USMC. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe A. Barrows, 632 Wyoming Street, Waterloo, Iowa + BARROWS, Merle Roy, 308551, CoE, WndBn, 2ndMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, Gilbert Islands, November 20, 1943, killed in action
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