Kreiner, James E, PltSgt

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Platoon Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0369-Infantry Unit Leader
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1945-1945, 0369, 2nd Bn, 29th Marine Regiment (2/29)
Service Years
1929 - 1945

Platoon Sergeant

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Home Town
Brown City
Last Address
2913 6th Avenue South, Billings, Montana

Casualty Date
May 19, 1945
Hostile, Died
Unknown, Not Reported
World War II
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section D Grave 12

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Basic Parachutist
Rifle Marksman (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1929, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA), 0000
 Unit Assignments
Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)Other Service Branches2nd Marine Division1st Parachute Regiment
28th Marine Regiment29th Marine Regiment, 6th Marine Division
  1929-1933, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1933-1942, Broken Time
  1942-1942, 0335, 2nd Pioneer Bn, 2nd Marine Division
  1942-1943, 0369, 2nd Pioneer Bn, 2nd Marine Division
  1943-1944, 9962, 3rd Parachute Bn, 1st Parachute Regiment
  1944-1944, 0369, 1st Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (1/28)
  1944-1944, 0369, 2nd Bn, 29th Marine Regiment (2/29)
  1945-1945, 0369, 2nd Bn, 29th Marine Regiment (2/29)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Bougainville
  1945-1945 Ryukyus Campaign (1945)/Battle for Okinawa
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Last Known Activity
Killed in Action, 19 May 1945, during operations against Imperial Japanese Forces on Okinawa Island, Ryukyu Islands.

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Platoon Sergeant James E. Kreiner (MCSN: 224426), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Platoon Sergeant, serving with Company E, Second Battalion, Twenty-ninth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Okinawa in the Ryukyu Group, on 12 April 1945. When a group of the enemy suddenly fired upon his squad during a dangerous reconnaissance mission, Platoon Sergeant Kreiner fought gallantly throughout the ensuing engagement until he was cut off from his men in the blistering shellfire. Proceeding alone, he boldly engaged the outnumbering enemy in a bitter fire fight, killing the leader and four more of the Japanese before his own weapon jammed. Determined to disperse the remainder, he dauntlessly continued his advance and, hurling grenades with deadly effect, silenced the fire and enabled his squad to resume its patrol. By his inspiring leadership, outstanding fortitude and daring aggressiveness in the face of tremendous odds, Platoon Sergeant Kreiner contributed materially to the success of the bitterly fought Okinawa Campaign and his valiant devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 37681 (January 19, 1946)
Action Date: April 12, 1945
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Platoon Sergeant
Company: Company E
Battalion: 2d Battalion
Regiment: 29th Marines
Division: 6th Marine Division
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