Lee, Wilson Raymond, Cpl

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

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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1912
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cherry Valley
Last Address
Cherry Valley, Illinois

Casualty Date
Nov 20, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Kiribati
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing-Buried at Sea

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
USMC (United States Marine Corps)1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2), 2nd Marine Regiment
  1942-1942, 0300, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA
  1942-1943, 0311, B Co, 1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Tulagi (including First Savo)
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation (1943)/Battle of Tarawa 1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Killed in Action, 20 Nov 1943, during operations against Imperial Japanese Forces on Betio Islet, Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands.
 
   
Comments/Citation
LEE, Wilson R., Cpl, 745 (Rifleman)              SN: 363259
Born: 03 Mar 1912 Illinois
Enlisted USMCR: 26 Jan 1942 DHS Chicago, IL (Home of Record: Cherry Valley, Illinois)
Killed in Action: 20 Nov 1943 (Betio Islet, Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands)
Interred: Buried at sea by US Naval authority from USS HEYWOOD. His name is inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing located at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI, A memorial stone was placed for him at the Cherry Valley Cemetery, Winnebago County, Illinois.
 
Headquarters, Central Recruiting Division, 206 US Court House Building, Chicago, IL
Jan 1942 Pvt, HQ, CRD, Chicago, IL “26Jan42, Jdenl at DHS, Chicago, Ill., 20, to RDep, MCB, San Diego, Calif.”
13th Recruit Battalion, Recruit Depot, Marine Corps Base, San Diego, CA
Jan 1942 Pvt, 13thRecBn, RD, MCB, San Diego, CA “26Jan42; 29, jdfr CRD, Chicago, Ill.”
Feb 1942 Pvt, 13thRecBn, RD, MCB, San Diego, CA
 
Company B, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division, FMF, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA
Apr 1942 Pvt, Co B, 1stBn, 2ndMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA
Company B, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines (Reinforced), FMF
Jul 1942 Pvt, Co B, 1stBn, 2ndMar (Rein), FMF, In the Field “1-17, enroute fr San Diego, Calif. to Tongatabu; 18-24, Anchored at Tongatabu, Tonga Is.; 25-31, at sea.”
Oct 1942 Pvt, Co B, 1stBn, 2ndMar (Rein), FMF, In the Field (Guadalcanal, B.S.I.) “In zone of active operations”
Jan 1943 PFC, Co B, 1stBn, 2ndMar (Rein), FMF, In the Field (Guadalcanal, B.S.I.) “In zone of active operations; 1, pro.; 31, emb aboard USS PRESIDENT JACKSON and sailed therefrom.”
Apr 1943 PFC, Co B, 1stBn, 2ndMar (Rein), FMF, In the Field “Camp McKay’s Crossing, Paekakariki, N.Z.; Msm.”
Company B, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, FMF, In the Field
Jul 1943 PFC, Co B, 1stBn, 2ndMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, N.Z.)
Oct 1943 Cpl, Co B, 1stBn, 2ndMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, In the Field(Wellington, N.Z.)”17, emb on board USS HARRY LEE at Wellington, N.Z.; 17-23, aboard USS HARRY LEE in conn w/ amph trng; 24-31, aboard USS HARRY LEE awaiting orders for trans to design place for d in conn w/ 2dMarDiv Opers.”
Nov 1943 Cpl, Co B, 1stBn, 2ndMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Tarawa Atoll, B.G.I.) “20, KIA; 21, Buried at Sea by USS HEYWOOD”
 
Based on this service record, I believe that we can confidently state that he rates the following awards for WWII:
Purple Heart Medal
Combat Action Ribbon
Navy Presidential Unit Citation w/ 1 star
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal-2 stars
World War II Victory Medal
 
   
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