Gibbins, Walter W, PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
745-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
WWI & WWII SSN/MOS
Primary Unit
1943-1943, 745, 4th Raider Bn/Q Company
Service Years
1942 - 1943

Private 1st Class

 
 

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Home State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Sallisaw
Last Address
Sallisaw, Oklahoma

Casualty Date
Jul 20, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Solomon Islands
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Sallisaw City Cemetery - Sallisaw, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Rifle Sharpshooter (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA), 000
 Unit Assignments
1st Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (1/9)4th Raider Bn
  1942-1942, 521, 1st Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (1/9)/C Co
  1942-1943, 745, 4th Raider Bn/Q Company
  1943-1943, 745, 4th Raider Bn/Q Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/New Georgia Group Operation
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Killed in Action, 20 Jul 1943, during operations against Imperial Japanese Forces in the vicinity of Bairoko Harbor on New Georgia Island, British Solomon Islands.
   
Comments/Citation
GIBBINS, Walter W., PFC 521/745(Rifleman)                      SN: 360966
Born:  17 Aug 1921 Sallisaw, Sequoyah County, Oklahoma
Enlisted USMC: 22 May 1942 (Home of Record: Sallisaw, Oklahoma)
Died: 20 Jul 1943 (KIA, Bairoko Harbor, New Georgia Island, British Solomon Islands)
Interred:  Sallisaw City Cemetery, Sallisaw, Sequoyah County, OK (Section , Grave )
 
5th Recruit Battalion, Recruit Depot, Marine Corps Base, San Diego, CA
May 1942 Pvt, 5thRecBn, RDep, MCB, San Diego, CA "22May42; 25, jdfr SRD, Oklahoma City, Okla."  
Jul 1942 Pvt, 5thRecBn, RDep, MCB, San Diego, CA "10, qual SS; 18, to 2dMarDiv, FMF, Post"
 
H&S Company, 9th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, FMF, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA
Jul 1942 Pvt, H&S Co, 9thMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA "22May42; 18, jdfr 5thRecBn, RDep, MCB, San Diego, Calif.; 18-31, R Trng Center"
Company C, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, ACPF, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA
Oct 1942 Pvt, Co C, 1stBn, 9thMar, 3rdMarDiv, ACPF, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA
 
Company D, 4th Raider Battalion, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA
Jan 1943 Pvt, Co D, 4thRdrBn, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA "20-24, Temp det d on bd naval vessel for amph trng"
Company Q, 4th Raider Battalion, 1st Marine Raider Regiment, FMF, In the Field
Apr 1943 PFC, Co Q, 4thRdrBn, 1stMarRdrRegt, FMF, In the Field (Espiritu Santo, N.H.)
Jun 1943 PFC, Co Q, 4thRdrBn, 1stMarRdrRegt, FMF, In the Field (New Georgia, B.S.I.) "28, emb abd USS MC KEAN (APD-5) at Tetere, Guadalcanal, B.S.I. and sailed therefrom; 30, arr at Wickham Anchorage, Oloana Bay, Vangunu Island, New Georgia, B.S.I.;  30, participated in the seizure and occupation of Wickham Anchorage, Oloana Bay, Vangunu Island, New Georgia, B.S.I."
Jul 1943 PFC, Co Q, 4thRdrBn, 1stMarRdrRegt, FMF, In the Field (New Georgia, B.S.I.) "18Jul42; 1-10, participated in the seizure and occupation of Wickham Anchorage, Vangunu Island, New Georgia, B.S.I.; 12, emb and sailed abd LCI#331 at Oloana Bay, Vangunu Island, B.S.I.; 13, arr & disemb at Tetere Point, Guadalcanal, B.S.I.; 17, emb & sailed abd USS WATERS at Tetere Point, Guadalcanal, B.S.I.; 18, arr & disemb at Enogai, New Georgia, B.S.I.; 18-20, participated in the occupation of Enogai; 20, KIA while participating in the attack against the enemy at Bairoko Harbor, New Georgia, B.S.I.; GO#20 does not apply, Char Exc.; Remains interred at Enogai Harbor Cemetery, Row 2, Grave 8, New Georgia, B.S.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 Campaign Medal
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal-1 star
World War II Victory Medal
Rifle Sharpshooter Badge
   
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