Ahern, Robert J, PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
746-Automatic Rifleman (BAR)
Last MOSGroup
WWI & WWII SSN/MOS
Primary Unit
1942-1943, 746, 1st Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (1/7)/A Co
Service Years
1942 - 1943

Private 1st Class

 
 

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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Springfield
Last Address
91 Abbe Avenue, Springfield, Massachusetts

Casualty Date
Jan 21, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Solomon Islands
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Saint Michael's Cemetery - Springfield, Massachusetts
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Lot 292, Grave 4

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World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
Start Year
1942
End Year
1943

Description
The Guadalcanal Campaign, also known as the Battle of Guadalcanal and codenamed Operation Watchtower by Allied forces, was a military campaign fought between 7 August 1942 and 9 February 1943 on and around the island of Guadalcanal in the Pacific theatre of World War II. It was the first major offensive by Allied forces against the Empire of Japan.

On 7 August 1942, Allied forces, predominantly American, landed on the islands of Guadalcanal, Tulagi, and Florida in the southern Solomon Islands with the objective of denying their use by the Japanese to threaten the supply and communication routes between the US, Australia, and New Zealand. The Allies also intended to use Guadalcanal and Tulagi as bases to support a campaign to eventually capture or neutralize the major Japanese base at Rabaul on New Britain. The Allies overwhelmed the outnumbered Japanese defenders, who had occupied the islands since May 1942, and captured Tulagi and Florida, as well as an airfield (later named Henderson Field) that was under construction on Guadalcanal. Powerful US naval forces supported the landings.

Surprised by the Allied offensive, the Japanese made several attempts between August and November 1942 to retake Henderson Field. Three major land battles, seven large naval battles (five nighttime surface actions and two carrier battles), and continual, almost daily aerial battles culminated in the decisive Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in early November 1942, in which the last Japanese attempt to bombard Henderson Field from the sea and land with enough troops to retake it was defeated. In December 1942, the Japanese abandoned further efforts to retake Guadalcanal and evacuated their remaining forces by 7 February 1943 in the face of an offensive by the US Army's XIV Corps, conceding the island to the Allies.

The Guadalcanal campaign was a significant strategic combined arms victory by Allied forces over the Japanese in the Pacific theatre. The Japanese had reached the high-water mark of their conquests in the Pacific, and Guadalcanal marked the transition by the Allies from defensive operations to the strategic offensive in that theatre and the beginning of offensive operations, including the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, and Central Pacific campaigns, that resulted in Japan's eventual surrender and the end of World War II.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1942
To Year
1942
 
Last Updated:
Dec 4, 2016
   
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Units Participated in Operation

7th Marine Regiment

3rd Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (3/8)

1st Marine Regiment

1st Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (2/1)

1st Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1)

2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)

VMGR-234

3rd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (3/6)

5th Marine Regiment

10th Marine Regiment

1st Combat Engineer Bn

VMA-121

3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)

2nd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (2/7)

MAG-23

2nd Marine Regiment/3rd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (3/2)

1st Bn, 11th Marine Regiment (1/11)

MAG-14

2nd Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2)

2nd Aviation Engineer Bn

USS PRESIDENT JACKSON (T-AP-18)

VMGR-152

2nd Marine Division

 
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