Benson, William Wallace, Maj

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0702-Air Defense Officer
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Air Defense
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1942-1942, 0702, 6th Defense Bn
Service Years
1918 - 1942



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Jun 04, 1942
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Midway Islands
World War II
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Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
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  1941-1942, 0702, 2nd Defense Bn

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2nd Defense Bn

2d Defense Battalion
(March 1940-April 1944)

The battalion was formed at San Diego, California, under Lieutenant Colonel Bert A. Bone. By the time the unit deployed to Hawaii in December 1941, five officers had exercised command; Major Lewis A. Hohn took over from Colonel Bone in July 1940, followed in August of that year by Colonel Thomas E. Bourke, in November 1940 by Lieutenant Colonel Charles I. Murray, and in February 1941 by Lieutenant Colonel Raymond E. Knapp. Under Knapp, who received a promotion to colonel, the battalion deployed in January 1942 from Hawaii to Tutuila, Samoa. Lieutenant Colonel Norman E. True briefly took over, and Knapp succeeded him from October 1942 to May 1943, but True again commanded the battalion when it deployed in November 1943 to Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands. True remained in command when the unit was redesignated the 2d Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion on 16 April 1944. The organization subsequently served in Hawaii and Guam before landing on Okinawa in April 1945. It returned to the United States in 1946 and was deactivated.

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2nd Defense Bn

Nickerson Jr, Herman, LtGen, (1935-1970) 7 0702 Captain
Young, Eldon Cobern, PltSgt, (1941-1945) 7 0761 Sergeant
Stillman, Charles J, Pvt, (1941-1945) 7 0756 Private
Tate, Johnnie Earl, Cpl, (1941-1945) 7 0756 Private
Thrash, Marzine, PltSgt, (1940-1946) 7 0756 Private
Weede, Richard Garfield, LtGen 3 0302 Major
Rose, Robert Woodman, Capt, (1941-1943) 8 0802 Captain
Nickerson Jr, Herman, LtGen, (1935-1970) 3 0302 First Lieutenant
Cannon, George Ham, 1stLt, (1938-1941) 3 0306 Second Lieutenant
Dzura, Edward Stephen, LtCol, (1941-1961) OF Second Lieutenant
Blackney, Lloyd Charles, GySgt, (1938-1944) 0 4915 Platoon Sergeant
See, Robert H, 1stLt, (1937-1954) OF Sergeant
Sefcik, George Joseph, Sgt, (1942-1945) 6 0612 Sergeant
Anderson, Philip A, Cpl, (1941-1944) 3 0311 Corporal
Pounder, Jerome Luther, SgtMaj, (1938-1968) 3 0311 Corporal
Skebba, Robert L, SSgt, (1942-1943) OF 600 Corporal
Adams, Herman Chester, MSgt, (1937-1958) OF 521 Private 1st Class
Anderson, Samuel W, Cpl, (1942-1943) OF 600 Private 1st Class
Dyer, Ralph William, Sgt, (1936-1945) OF 060 Private 1st Class
Himelrick, John Robert, PFC, (1938-1944) 25 2512 Private 1st Class
Murphy, Frank, Capt, (1941-1961) OF Private 1st Class
Roberson, Felix Matthew, Sgt, (1940-1944) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Roberts, Larry Ronald, PFC, (1942-1943) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Burns, Robert Bruce, MSgt, (1941-1958) OF 521 Private
Cassaday, William Richard, Pvt, (1940-1942) 3 0331 Private
Dennis, Leonard L, Cpl, (1942-1943) OF 521 Private
Jellema, John B, Sgt, (1940-1943) OF 521 Private
Medicis, Harvey J, Pvt, (1942-1943) OF 600 Private
Phillips, Robert G, PFC, (1942-1944) OF 521 Private
Trimble, Willis W, PFC, (1942-1943) OF 504 Private
Trimble, Willis W, PFC, (1942-1943) OF 604 Private
Wabschall, Daniel A, Pvt, (1942-1943) OF 600 Private
Nolan, Michael Earl, Maj, (1941-1963) 521 Private 1st Class
Jones, Paul B, PltSgt, (1940-1944) 0 Platoon Sergeant
Agar, Paul Raymond, 1stSgt, (1917-1944) First Sergeant
Mulrennan, Timothy, Capt, (1948-1959) Staff Sergeant
Higgins, Francis, Sgt, (1940-1942) Sergeant
Currie, Osa, Cpl, (1939-1942) Corporal
Gaffney, Gerald, Capt, (1938-1959) Private 1st Class
Green, George J., CWO4, (1939-1965) Private 1st Class

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