Oldham, Philip A, 2ndLt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1943-1943, 0302, 1st Raider Bn/Co C
Service Years
1942 - 1943

Second Lieutenant

 
 

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Home State
Connecticut
Connecticut
Year of Birth
1913
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
New Haven
Last Address
32 Meadow Place, Rye, New York

Casualty Date
Jul 09, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Solomon Islands
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Long Island National Cemetery - Farmingdale, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section J, Site 13593

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC), 0000
 Unit Assignments
Recruiting UnitsRTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island1st Raider Bn
  1942-1942, RS Philadelphia PA
  1942-1942, 521, RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island/6th Recruit Training Bn
  1942-1942, 0311, 1st Raider Bn/Co B
  1942-1942, 0369, 1st Raider Bn/Co B
  1942-1943, 0369, 1st Raider Bn/Co B
  1943-1943, 0302, 1st Raider Bn/Co C
 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
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Last Known Activity
Killed in Action, 09 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 Second Lieutenant Philip A. Oldham (MCSN: 0-21113), United States Marine Corps, for gallantry in action at Enogai, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, on 9 July 1943. Rather than call for volunteers to attack three machine guns that were blocking an advance on an enemy position with vicious cross-fire, he crawled forward alone and wiped out one of the guns and its crew. Lieutenant Oldham's bold act drew fire immediately and he was killed by a burst from another gun. His courage and self-sacrifice so infused his men with fierce determination that within half an hour after his death all of the guns retarding the advance had been put out of action.

General Orders: Headquarters, United States Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 521 (December 22, 1943)
Action Date: July 9, 1943
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Company: Company C
Battalion: 1st Marine Raider Battalion
Regiment: 1st Marine Raider Regiment
 
   
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