Erickson, Harry F, GySgt

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Last Rank
Gunnery Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0369-Infantry Unit Leader
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1943-1943, 0369, 1st Raider Bn/Co A
Service Years
1939 - 1943

Gunnery Sergeant

 
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Home State
Connecticut
Connecticut
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
New Haven
Last Address
New York, NY

Casualty Date
Jul 10, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Solomon Islands
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Unknown Cemetery

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Rifle Marksman (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1939, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC), 0000
 Unit Assignments
RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island5th Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)1st Raider Bn1st Raider Bn
  1939-1939, 521, RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island
  1939-1940, 0331, 1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)/D Co
  1940-1941, 0331, 1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)/D Co
  1941-1941, 0331, 1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)/D Co
  1942-1942, 0369, 1st Raider Bn/Co E
  1942-1942, 0369, 1st Raider Bn/Co E
  1942-1943, 0369, 1st Raider Bn/Co E
  1943-1943, 0369, 1st Raider Bn/Co A
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Battle of Tulagi (including First Savo) /Tulagi Island landing
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/New Georgia Group Operation
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Killed in Action, 10 Jul 1943, during operations against Imperial Japanese Forces in the vicinity of Enogai Point on New Georgia Island, British Solomon Islands.

 
   
Comments/Citation
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Army Award) (Posthumously) to Gunnery Sergeant Harry F. Erickson (MCSN: 270829), United States Marine Corps, for gallantry in action at New Georgia, Solomon Islands, on 10 July 1943. Personally manning a gun whose crew members had been pinned down by enemy fire Gunnery Sergeant Erickson aggressively maneuvered it into a position from which he disposed of an enemy machine gun and killed its entire crew. As a result of this courageous action he enabled friendly troops to continue their advance on the objective. In so doing Gunnery Sergeant Erickson sacrificed his life.

General Orders: Headquarters, United States Army Forces in the South Pacific Area 516 (1943)
Action Date: July 10, 1943
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Gunnery Sergeant
Company: A (“Able”)
Battalion: 1st Raider Battalion
Regiment: 1st Raider Regiment
 
   
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