Harris, Walter E, Pvt

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1943-1943, 0311, A Co, 1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2)
Service Years
1942 - 1943



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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
10121 Beecher Road, Flushing, Michigan

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

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  2016, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar
Rifle Sharpshooter (Pre 1959)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
RTR, MCRD SD1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2), 2nd Marine Regiment
  1942-1943, 521, 4th Recruit Training Bn
  1943-1943, 0311, 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
Killed in Action, 20 Nov 1943, during operations against Imperial Japanese Forces on Betio Islet, Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands.
HARRIS, Walter E., PFC 521/736/745       SN: 521470
Born: 01 Mar 1920
Enlisted USMCR: 01 Dec 1942 (Home of Record: 10121 Beecher Road, Flushing, Michigan)
Died: 20 Nov 1943 (KIA, Betio, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands)
Interred: Buried at sea by US Naval authority from the USS MONROVIA. His name is inscribed on the memorial located at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI (Tablets of the Missing).
4th Recruit Battalion, Recruit Depot, Marine Corps Base, San Diego, CA
Dec 1942 Pvt, 4th RecBn, RD, MCB, San Diego, CA
Jan 1943 Pvt, 4thRecBn, RD, MCB, San Diego, CA “28, qual SS”
Tank Battalion, Training Center, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA
Apr 1943 Pvt, TnkBn, TC, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA “5, to 16thReplBn, Camp Elliott, San Diego, Calif.”
16th Replacement Battalion, FMF
Apr 1943 Pvt, 16th Repl Bn, FMF “5, jdfr TnkBn, TC, Camp Elliott, San Diego, Calif.; 5-16, at TC, Camp Elliott, San Diego, Calif.; 17, emb aboard SS LURLINE at San Diego, Calif.; 18-26, enroute to Tutuila, Samoa; 27, at Tutuila, Samoa; 28-30, enroute fr Tutuila, Samoa to Noumea, New Caledonia.”
Company A, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, FMF, In the Field
Jul 1943 Pvt, Co A, 1stBn, 2ndMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, N.Z.)
Oct 1943 Pvt, Co A, 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 Pvt, Co A, 1stBn, 2ndMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Tarawa Atoll, B.G.I.) “20, KIA”
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
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal-1 star
World War II Victory Medal
Rifle Sharpshooter Badge
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