Getson, Matthew, Jr., PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1943-1943, 0311, India Co, 3rd Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (3/8)
Service Years
1942 - 1943

Private 1st Class

 
 

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 Personal Details 


Home State
Kentucky
Kentucky
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Louisville
Last Address
116 N. Edison Avenue
Royal Oak, Michigan

Casualty Date
Nov 20, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Kiribati
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Remains declared "Non-recoverable"

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 Ribbon Bar
Rifle Marksman (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)8th Marine Regiment
  1942-1943, 521, 8th Replacement Draft
  1943-1943, 0311, India Co, 3rd Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (3/8)
 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, Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands.

   
Comments/Citation
GETSON, Matthew, Jr, PFC, 521/745 (Rifleman)     SN: 444664
Born: XX Xxx 1922 Kentucky
Enlisted USMCR: 31 Aug 1942 DHS Chicago, IL (Home of Record: 116 N. Edison Avenue, Royal Oak, Michigan)
Died: 20 Nov 1943 (KIA at Betio Islet, Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands)
Interred: Remains declared "non-recoverable" on Betio. His name is inscribed on the memorial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI (Tablets of the Missing).
 
6th Recruit Battalion, Recruit Depot, Marine Corps Base, San Diego, CA
Oct 1942 Pvt, 6thRecBn, RD, MCB, San Diego, CA "24, tr fr USMCR Cl III(c) to Cl III(b); to FMF TC, Camp Elliott, San Diego, Calif."
 
8th Replacement Battalion, FMF Training Center, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA
Oct 1942 Pvt, Co B, 8thReplBn, FMF TC, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA "31Aug42; 24, jdfr 6thRecBn, RD, MCB, San Diego, Calif."
Jan 1943 Pvt, Co B, 8thReplBn, FMF TC, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA "1-6, Camp Elliott, San Diego, Calif.; 7, emb on bd USS LURLINE at San Diego, Calif.; 8-22, underway, en-route to Noumea, New Caledonia; 23, disemb fr USS LURLINE and emb on bd USS ROCHAMBEAU; 23, to CasDet, 1st MAC; 24-31, en-route to Melbourne, Australia"

Casual Detachment, Casual & Replacement Battalion, IMAC, FMF, In the Field
Jan 1943 Pvt, CasDet, Cas&ReplBn, IMAC, FMF, In the Field "31Aug42; 23, jdfr 8thReplBn; emb on bd USS ROCHAMBEAU; 24-31, en-route to Melbourne, Australia"
 
Company I, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, FMF, In the Field
Apr 1943 Pvt, Co I, 3rdBn, 8thMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, NZ)
Jul 1943 Pvt, Co I, 3rdBn, 8thMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, NZ)
Oct 1943 PFC, Co I, 3rdBn, 8thMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (At Sea) "18, emb aboard the USS LA SALLE at Wellington, N.Z.; 18-31, aboard USS LA SALLE at Wellington, N.Z. awaiting orders."
Nov 1943 PFC, Co I, 3rdBn, 8thMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Tarawa Atoll, B.G.I.) "20, Killed in Action"
 
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
 
   
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