Benson, William Wallace, Maj

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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary MOS
0702-Air Defense Officer
Last MOSGroup
Air Defense
Primary Unit
1942-1942, 0702, 6th Defense Bn
Service Years
1918 - 1942

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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1901
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Springfield
Last Address
Springfield

Casualty Date
Jun 04, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Midway Islands
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
MIA

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Rank
Major
MOS
0702-Air Defense Officer
Location
Midway Island
Country/State
United States
 
 
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 6th Defense Bn Details

6th Defense Bn

6th Defense Battalion
(March 1941-February 1946)

Lieutenant Colonel Charles I. Murray formed the battalion at San Diego, California, but turned it over to Colonel Raphael Griffin, who took it to Hawaii in July 1941. It relieved the 3d Defense Battalion at Midway in September. In June 1942, the 6th, now commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Harold D. Shannon, helped fight off a Japanese air attack and repair bomb damage, thus earning a Navy Unit Commendation. The battalion remained at Midway until redesignated Marine Barracks, Naval Base, Midway, on 1 February 1946. The wartime commanders who succeeded Shannon were Lieutenant Colonels Lewis A. Hohn, Rupert R. Deese, John H. Griebel, Charles T. Tingle, Frank P Hager, Jr., Robert L. McKee, Herbert R. Nusbaum, and Wilfred Weaver, and Major Robert E. Hommel.

Hawaii
Midway Island

Type
Ground Unit
Existing/Disbanded
Disbanded
Parent Unit
Air Defense Units
Strength
Not Specified
Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

Last Updated: May 2, 2019
   
   
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Maj William Wallace Benson
3 Members Also There at Same Time
6th Defense Bn

Cathcart, William Clovis, PFC, (1942-1945) OF 652 Corporal
Dawson, J. D., Sgt, (1941-1945) 3 Private 1st Class
Hopping, Herbert E, Sgt, (1941-1944) 3 0331 Private 1st Class
Hopping, Herbert E, Sgt, (1941-1944) 3 0335 Private 1st Class

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