Graves, Willie Ray, PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
504-Ammunition Carrier
Last MOSGroup
WWI & WWII SSN/MOS
Primary Unit
1943-1943, 504, D Co, 1st Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (1/8)
Service Years
1942 - 1943

Private 1st Class

 
 

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 Personal Details 


Home State
Mississippi
Mississippi
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Sharon
Last Address
RFD 1, Box 44
Sharon, Mississippi

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

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World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

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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
RTR, MCRD SDFleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)1st Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (1/8)
  1942-1942, 521, RTR, MCRD SD
  1942-1943, 521, 8th Replacement Draft
  1943-1943, 504, D Co, 1st Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (1/8)
 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
GRAVES, Willie R., PFC, 521/504 (Ammo Carrier)                        SN: 436897
Born: XX Xxx 192X
Enlisted USMCR: 31 Aug 1942 (Home of Record: RFD 1, Box 44, Sharon, Mississippi)
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 D, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, FMF, In the Field
Apr 1943 Pvt, Co D, 1stBn, 8thMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, NZ) "1, sk Fld Hosp"
Jul 1943 Pvt, Co D, 1stBn, 8thMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, NZ)
Oct 1943 PFC, Co D, 1stBn, 8thMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, N.Z.) "28, emb aboard USS SHERIDAN at Wellington, N.Z."
Nov 1943 PFC, Co D, 1stBn, 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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