New, John Dury, PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Primary Unit
1942-1944, 0311, 2nd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (2/7)
Service Years
1941 - 1944

Private 1st Class


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Casualty Date
Sep 25, 1944
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Mobile National Cemetery - Mobile, Alabama
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 7 Site 2147

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World War II FallenMedal of Honor
  2013, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2015, Medal of Honor [Verified]

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 Unit Assignments
Marine BarracksUSMC (United States Marine Corps)2nd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (2/7)
  1942-1942, Marine Barracks Quantico, VA
  1942-1942, 4th Replacement Bn, Staging Regiment
  1942-1944, 0311, 2nd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (2/7)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Tulagi (including First Savo)
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Russel Islands Landings
  1943-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Cape Gloucester
  1944-1944 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Peleliu
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Last Known Activity
He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on 8 December 1941, the first Mobile man to enlist after Pearl Harbor
The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the

Medal of Honor



Rank and Organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 12 August 1924, Mobile, Ala. Accredited To: Alabama.

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Peleliu Island, Palau Group, 25 September 1944. When a Japanese soldier emerged from a cave in a cliff directly below an observation post and suddenly hurled a grenade into the position from which 2 of our men were directing mortar fire against enemy emplacements, Pfc. New instantly perceived the dire peril to the other marines and, with utter disregard for his own safety, unhesitatingly flung himself upon the grenade and absorbed the full impact of the explosion, thus saving the lives of the 2 observers. Pfc. New's great personal valor and selfless conduct 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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