Cox, Nalbro Bentley, PltSgt

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Last Rank
Platoon Sergeant
Primary Unit
1942-1943, 645, 9th Defense Bn
Service Years
1938 - 1943

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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hanks, Carroll County
Last Address
Heppner, Morrow County, Oregon

Casualty Date
Jul 01, 1943
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Solomon Islands
Conflict
World War II/World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/New Georgia Group Operation
Location of Interment
Golden Gate National Cemetery - San Bruno, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section B Site 120

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1938, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
USMC (United States Marine Corps)
  1942-1943, 645, 9th Defense Bn
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/New Georgia Group Operation
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Last Known Activity
PltSgt Nalbro B. Cox enlisted from Seattle, Washington on 15 August 1938 with Recruit Depot at San Diego, California. He was then sent to Oahu, and various duties at sea.  By July 1942, as a SSgt, he was serving with the 5 Inch Artillery Group, 6th Defense Battalion, FMF, "beyond the seas" at Midway Island (with home base of Marine Barracks, Pearl Harbor).

On Oahu with HQ and S Battery, 10th Defense Battalion, FMF in 1943. Injured by a car in January 1943. Rank of Plt. Sgt.  He was Chief of Gun Serction on Rendova.

He was killed accidentally on 1 July1943, during offensive operations on Rendova Island, New Georgia Island Group, British Solomon Islands.

He servede with the 9th Defense Battalion's 155 MM Artillery Group.  His unit and the  90 MM Anti-Aircraft Artillery Group landed on Rendova Island in order to occupy and establish firing positions to support the subsequent Marine landings on Zanana Beach, New Georgia Island.

Initially he was interred on Rendova, then moved to the British Guinea USAF Cemetery, Finschaffen #5 New Guinea.  Death listed as accidental at approximately 2130 hrs, "character would have been excellent had he been discharged."
 
He was interred in Golden Gate National Cemetery San Bruno, San Mateo County, California, Plot Section B Site 120.
   
Comments/Citation
Note: His brother, 1st Lt. Lemoin Cox was serving in the Marine Corps; his brother Sgt. Lyle Cox in the Army.  His sister, Genevieve Cox was living in Heppner, Oregon at the time of his funeral in San Francisco in 1949..
His father had served in WWI with Company A, 135th Machine Gun Battalion, 37th Division.



Tombstone photo by Diana Reich. Ms Reich is a volunteer with Find A Grave.com: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/3564213/nalbro-bentley-cox
   
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