Andersen, Wesley W, Sgt

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
653-Machine Gun Squad Leader
Last MOSGroup
WWI & WWII SSN/MOS
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 653, E Co, 2nd Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (2/8)
Service Years
1940 - 1944

Sergeant

 
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Home State
Nebraska
Nebraska
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Aurora
Last Address
Nebraska

Casualty Date
Aug 01, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Northern Mariana Islands
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Aurora Cemetery - Aurora, Nebraska
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 6

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World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen


 Ribbon Bar
Rifle Sharpshooter (Pre 1959)

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1940, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
Marine BarracksMCAS El Centro CA2nd Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (2/8)
  1940-1942, 522, Marine Barracks Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI
  1942-1943, 522, MCAS El Centro CA
  1944-1944, 653, H&S Co, 2nd Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (2/8)
  1944-1944, 653, E Co, 2nd Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (2/8)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Battle for Saipan
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Battle of Tinian (1944)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Killed in Action, 01 Aug 1944, during operations against Imperial Japanese Forces on Tinian Island, Northern Marianas Islands.
   
Comments/Citation
ANDERSEN, Wesley W., Sgt  521/522/653(Asst Sqd Ldr)                 SN: 284931
Born: 02 Dec 1921 Nebraska
Enlisted USMC:  05 Jun 1940 (Home of Record: Nebraska)
Died: 01 Aug 1944 (KIA, Tinian Island, Northern Marianas Islands)
Interred: Aurora Cemetery, Aurora, Hamilton County, NE (Section 6).
 
Headquarters, Central Recruiting Division, 706 US Court House Building, Chicago, IL
Jun 1940 Pvt, Hq, CRD, Chicago, IL “5Jun40, Jdenl at DHS CRD Des Moines, Ia.,5, to RD, MCB, San Diego, Calif.”
Recruit Depot Detachment, Recruit Depot, Marine Corps Base, San Diego, CA
Jun-Aug 1940 Pvt, RecDepDet, RecDepot, MCB, San Diego, CA “5Jun40, 7Jun, jdfr CRD Des Moines, Ia.; 26Jul, qual SS; Aug, Msm.; 31Aug, to MBNY, Pearl Harbor, T.H. via USS NITRO; 31, emb, 4Sep, sailed”
 
Marine Barracks, Naval Air Station, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
Oct-Dec 1940 Pvt, MB, NAS, Pearl Harbor, T.H. “5Jun40; 1Oct, jdfr Co B, MB, NYd, Pearl Harbor, T.H.”
Jan-Apr 1941 Pvt, MB, NAS, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
Jul-Dec 1941 PFC, MB, NAS, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
Jan-Oct 1942 PFC, MB, NAS, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
 
Guard Detachment, US Marine Corps Air Station, El Centro, CA
Jan-Oct 1943 Sgt, GdDet, MCAS, El Centro, CA “5Jun40; 20Oct, to Hq, FMF, SDA, Camp Elliott, San Diego, Calif.”
 
Candidates Detachment, Infantry Battalion, TC, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA
Oct 1943 Sgt, CandDet, InfBn, TC, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA “5Jun40; 21, jdfr GdDet, MCAS, El Centro, Calif.”
Company D, Infantry Battalion, TC, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA
Oct 1943 Sgt, Co D, InfBn, TC, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA “5Jun40; 26, jdfr CandDet, InfBn, TC, Post”
36th Replacement Battalion, FMF Training Center, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA
Oct 1943 Pvt, 36thReplBn, FMFTC, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA “5Jun40; 21, jdfr GdDet, MCAS, El Centro, Calif.”
Jan 1944 Pvt, 36thReplBn, TranC, VAC, FMF, In the Field “12, to ReplBn, TC”
Headquarters Company, Replacement Battalion, Transient Center, 5th Amphibious Corps
Jan 1944 PFC, HqCo, ReplBn, TranC, 5thAmphCorps “5Jun40; 12, jdfr 36thReplBn, TC, Post; 21, to 2dMarDiv”
 
Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, FMF, In the Field
Jan 1944 Sgt, HqCo, 2ndBn, 8thMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Camp Tarawa, Hilo, Hawaii) “5Jun40; 22, jdfr ReplBn, TranC, VAC”
Apr 1944 Sgt, HqCo, 2ndBn, 8thMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Camp Tarawa, Hilo, Hawaii) “7, to Co E”
Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, FMF, In the Field
Apr 1944 Sgt, Co E, 2ndBn, 8thMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Camp Tarawa, Hilo, Hawaii) “4-14, sk FldHosp; 7, jdfr HqCo”
Jul 1944 Sgt, Co E, 2ndBn, 8thMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Saipan & Tinian, Marianas Islands) “653; 5, ext of enl eff; 1-23, participated in assault operations against enemy Japanese forces at Saipan, M.I.; 24-31, participated in assault operations against enemy Japanese forces at Tinian, M.I.”
 
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
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal-2 stars
World War II Victory Medal
Rifle Sharpshooter Badge
   
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