Ahern, Robert J, PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
746-Automatic Rifleman (BAR)
Last MOSGroup
WWI & WWII SSN/MOS
Primary Unit
1942-1943, 746, 1st Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (1/7)/A Co
Service Years
1942 - 1943

Private 1st Class

 
 

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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Springfield
Last Address
91 Abbe Avenue, Springfield, Massachusetts

Casualty Date
Jan 21, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Solomon Islands
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Saint Michael's Cemetery - Springfield, Massachusetts
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Lot 292, Grave 4

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USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC), 0000
 Unit Assignments
RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island7th Marine Regiment
  1942-1942, 521, RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island
  1942-1942, 521, 1st Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (1/7)/D Co
  1942-1942, 746, 1st Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (1/7)/D Co
  1942-1942, 746, 1st Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (1/7)/D Co
  1942-1943, 746, 1st Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (1/7)/A Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Died 21 Jan 1943, of wounds received in action on during operations against Imperial Japanese Forces on Guadalcanal, British Solomon Islands.
   
Comments/Citation
AHERN, Robert J., PFC 521/746(Automatic Rifleman)   SN: 337069
Born: 02 Dec 1922 Millville, Massachusetts
Enlisted USMC: 06 Jan 1942 DHS Springfield, MA (Home of Record: 91 Abbe Avenue, Springfield, Massachusetts)
Died: 21 Jan 1943 (DOW received on Guadalcanal, British Solomon Islands)
Interred: St. Michael’s Cemetery, Springfield, MA (Lot 292, Grave 4)
 
Headquarters, Eastern Recruiting Division, 1700 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA
Jan 1942 Pvt, Hq, ERD, Phila., PA “6Jan42; 6, Jdenl DHS Springfield, Mass. Tr to MB, PI, SC, same date”
9th Recruit Battalion, Recruit Depot, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, SC
Jan 1942 Pvt, 9thRecBn, RD, MB, Parris Island, SC “6Jan42; 7, Jdenl DHS Springfield, Mass.”
 
Company D, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 3rd Marine Brigade, Marine Barracks, New River, NC
Apr 1942 PFC, Co A, 1stBn, 7thMar, 3rdMarBrig, FMF, Abd USS FULLER, At Sea “1-4, at MB, New River, NC; 5, entrained and departed fr MB, New River, NC; 6, arr at Norfolk, Va., detrained and emb abd USS FULLER; 7-9, at Norfolk, Va.; 10, sailed fr Norfolk, Va.; 10, pro PFC; 10, rated spl 6cl BAR man; 11-17, at sea enroute to C.Z., R.P.; 18, arr C.Z., R.P., transit canal,  and arr Balboa, C.Z.; 19, sailed; 20-30, at sea, enroute to Western Samoan Islands”
Company D, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 3rd Marine Brigade, FMF, In the Field
Jul 1942 PFC, Co D, 1stBn, 7thMar, 3rdMarBrig, FMF, In the Field (Apia, Upolu, Samoa) “1-31, in camp at Fale’olo Air Base Res, Upolu, Western Samoa”
Oct 1942 PFC, Co D, 1stBn, 7thMar, 1stMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Guadalcanal, B.S.I.) “6Jan42; 7-9, Participated in a battle against the enemy; 13, to A-1-7, 1stMarDiv, FMF”
Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, FMF, In the Field
Oct 1942 PFC, Co A, 1stBn, 7thMar, 1stMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Guadalcanal, B.S.I.) “6Jan42; 13, jdfr Co D, 1stBn, 7thMar, 1stMarDiv, FMF; Under enemy naval bombardment fr about midnight, 13-14, to 1:30am 16 Oct42. Bombardment commenced nightly about midnight and contd for one to one and a half hours on Guadalcanal, B.S.I.; 24-25, participated in defense of Sector #3, Lunga Area, Guadalcanal, B.S.I.”
Nov-Dec 1942 PFC, Co A, 1stBn, 7thMar, 1stMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Guadalcanal, B.S.I.) “Wounded in Action (GSW, Head) by enemy fire, Guadalcanal, B.S.I.
 
Casual Company, Headquarters, Department of the Pacific, San Frncisco, CA
Jan 1943 PFC, CasCo, Hq, Dept of the Pacific, San Francisco, CA “6Jan42; 4, jdfr d beyond the seas (CasDet, 1st MAC). 4, arr & disemb at San Francisco, Calif. via USS KENMORE; 4-21, sk USNH, Oakland, Calif.; 21, died at 4:00pm of “Hemorrhage subarchnoid traumatic”. GO#20 does not apply. Char: EXC; 23, Remains forwarded to NOK; 29, remains interred in Grave #4, Lot #292, St. Michael’s Cemetery, Springfield, Mass.”
 
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 Unit Commendation
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal-1 star
World War II Victory Medal
 
   
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