Agerholm, Harold Christ, PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
0300-Basic Infantryman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1942-1944, 0311, 4th Bn, 10th Marine Regiment (4/10)/HQ Btry
Service Years
1942 - 1944

Private 1st Class

 
 

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 Personal Details 


Home State
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Year of Birth
1925
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Racine
Last Address
Racine, Wisconsin

Casualty Date
Jul 07, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Northern Mariana Islands
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Mound Cemetery - Downing, Wisconsin
Wall/Plot Coordinates
n/a

 Official Badges 


 Unofficial Badges 


 Military Association Memberships
Congressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of HonorWW II Memorial National RegistryWorld War II Fallen
  1944, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  2015, Medal of Honor [Verified]
  2015, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2015, World War II Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar
Rifle Expert (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA), O
 Unit Assignments
4th Bn, 10th Marine Regiment (4/10)
  1942-1944, 0311, 4th Bn, 10th Marine Regiment (4/10)/HQ Btry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation (1943)/Battle of Tarawa
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Battle for Saipan
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve during World War II as a Private First Class in the 4th Battalion, 10th Marines, 2nd Marine Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery on Saipan in the Marianas Islands on July 7, 1944. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. When the enemy launched a fierce, determined counterattack against our positions and overran a neighboring artillery battalion, Pfc. Agerholm immediately volunteered to assist in the efforts to check the hostile attack and evacuate our wounded. Locating and appropriating an abandoned ambulance jeep, he repeatedly made extremely perilous trips under heavy rifle and mortar fire and single-handedly loaded and evacuated approximately 45 casualties,working tirelessly and with utter disregard for his own safety during a grueling period of more than 3 hours. Despite intense, persistent enemy fire, he ran out to aid 2 men whom he believed to be wounded marines but was himself mortally wounded by a Japanese sniper while carrying out his hazardous mission. Pfc. Agerholm's brilliant initiative, great personal valor and self-sacrificing efforts in the face of almost certain death reflect the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country". Private Agerholm was only 19 years of age. In September 1945 the United States Navy launched the "USS Agerholm" (DD-826), a Destroyer named in his honor. The warship would serve in the Korean War, garnering 4 Battle Stars, and in the Vietnam War, where it received 8 Battle Stars. It was decommissioned in 1978.

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Comments/Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 4th Battalion, 10th Marines, 2d Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, 7 July 1944. When the enemy launched a fierce, determined counterattack against our positions and overran a neighboring artillery battalion, Pfc. Agerholm immediately volunteered to assist in the efforts to check the hostile attack and evacuate our wounded. Locating and appropriating an abandoned ambulance jeep, he repeatedly made extremely perilous trips under heavy rifle and mortar fire and single-handedly loaded and evacuated approximately 45 casualties, working tirelessly and with utter disregard for his own safety during a grueling period of more than 3 hours. Despite intense, persistent enemy fire, he ran out to aid 2 men whom he believed to be wounded marines but was himself mortally wounded by a Japanese sniper while carrying out his hazardous mission. Pfc. Agerholm's brilliant initiative, great personal valor and self-sacrificing efforts in the face of almost certain death reflect the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

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