Strank, Michael, Sgt

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1942-1943, 3rd Raider Bn
Service Years
1939 - 1945


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Home Country
Czech Republic
Czech Republic
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Conemaugh, PA

He grew up in Frankiln Borough, near the city of Johnstown, PA

Casualty Date
Mar 01, 1945
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
World War II
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of the Purple HeartWorld War II Fallen
  1945, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified]
  1945, World War II Fallen

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Rifle Expert (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1939, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC), A/125
 Unit Assignments
Marine Barracks3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)3rd Raider Bn
  1939-1941, Marine Barracks Parris Island, SC
  1941-1941, 3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)
  1941-1941, Marine Barracks New River, NC
  1942-1943, 3rd Raider Bn
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Eastern Solomons (Stewart Island)
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Russel Islands Landings
  1943-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Bougainville
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Michael Strank, participant in the famous flag raising on Iwo Jima, was born at Jarabenia, Czechoslovakia on 10 November 1919 and moved to Conemaugh, Pennsylvania, in 1922 at the age of 3, the son of Vasil and Martha Strank, natives of Czechoslovakia (his father was also known as Charles Strank). He attended the schools of Franklin Borough, Pennsylvania, and graduated from high school in 1937. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps where he remained for 18 months and then became a highway laborer for the state. Michael Strank enlisted in the regular Marine Corps for four years at Pittsburgh on 6 October 1939. He was assigned to the Recruit Depot at Parris Island where, after completing recruit training in December, Private Strank was transferred to Headquarters Company, Post Troops, at the same base. Transferred to Provisional Company W at Parris Island on 17 January 1941, Strank, now a private first class, sailed for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, arriving on the 23d. Strank was assigned to Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Brigade (on 1 February, the 1st Marine Brigade was redesignated the 1st Marine Division). On 8 April, now assigned to Company K, he returned to the States and proceeded to Parris Island. In September, Strank moved with the division to New River, North Carolina (now known as Camp Lejeune). He was promoted to corporal on 23 April 1941, and was advanced to sergeant on 26 January 1942. With the 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, early in April 1942, he journeyed cross-country to San Diego, California, from whence he sailed on the 12th. On 31 May, he landed on Uvea, largest of the Wallis Islands. In September, after a short tenure with the 22d Marines, he was transferred to the 3d Marine Raider Battalion, also at Uvea. With the raiders, he participated in the landing operations and occupation of Pavuvu Island in the Russell Islands from 21 February until 18 March, and in the seizure and occupation of the Empress Augusta Bay area on Bougainville from 1 November until 12 January 1944. On 14 February, he was returned to San Diego for rest and reassignment. On return from leave, Sergeant Strank was assigned to Company E, 2d Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division. After extensive training at Camp Pendleton and in Hawaii, Strank landed on Iwo Jima on 19 February 1945. After the fall of Mount Surbachi, he moved northward with his unit. On 1 March, while attacking Japanese positions in northern Iwo Jima, he was fatally wounded by enemy artillery fire. He was buried in the 5th Marine Division Cemetery with the last rites of the Catholic Church. On 13 January 1949, his remains were reinterred in Grave 7179, Section 12, Arlington National Cemetery. Sergeant Strank was entitled to the following decorations and medals: Purple Heart (awarded posthumously), Presidential Unit Citation with one star (for Iwo Jima), American Defense Service Medal with base clasp (for his service in Cuba before the war), American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with four stars (for Pavuvu, Bougainville, Consolidation of the Northern Solomons, and Iwo Jima), and the World War II Victory Medal.

I made this profile to honor a Famous Marine from my hometown of Johnstown, PA. USMC CASUALTY REPORT: Date: 1 March 1945 Card: No CAS NO: 024761 NAME: Strank, Michael Rank: Sgt Class: USMC IDENT: 275228 ORGANIZATON: Co E 2nd Bn 28 Mars Type of Casualty: KIA Area: Pac Date of Casualty: 1 Mar 45 DATE APPT/ENLIST: 6 Oct 39 Date of Birth: 10 Nov 19 Place of Birth: Conemaugh, Pa. Legal Residence: Johnstown, Pa. Prior Ser: No Misc. Sta: Marital: S Next of Kin: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Strank Relation: Parents Address: Beneficary: DGB: Mrs. Martha Strank Mother Rear Of Card: Burial Bulletin #9, fr HQ, 5th Mar Div (reinf) dtd 3 Mar 45 rec'd 17 Mar 45 (bm) Service Book Received: June 14, 1945 (MK) Father *Mr. Vasil Strank, req remain ret for burial in Arlington Nat Cem, Ft. Myer, Va. Appl dtd 5 Nov 47 (MEG) Premanently reburied 13 Jan 49 in Grave #7179, Sec. 12, Arlington Nat Cem, Ft. Myer, Va. (GEO)

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