Adkins, Elbie, PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
Last MOSGroup
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 675, G Co, 2nd Bn, 25th Marine Regiment (2/25)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Iwo Jima Certificate

Private 1st Class


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 Personal Details 

Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Harts, WV
Last Address

Casualty Date
Mar 12, 1945
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War II
Location of Interment
Adkins-Fry Cemetery - Harts, West Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenWWII Memorial National Registry
  1945, World War II Fallen
  2015, WWII Memorial National Registry

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 Ribbon Bar
Rifle Sharpshooter (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
2nd Bn, 25th Marine Regiment (2/25)
  1944-1945, 675, G Co, 2nd Bn, 25th Marine Regiment (2/25)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Eastern Mandates Campaign (1944)/Operation Flintlock
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Battle for Saipan
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Battle of Tinian (1944)
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
In his short time in the Pacific Theater, Pfc. Adkins had seen action in the Marshall Islands, the Marianas Islands, Saipan, Tinian, the Volcano Islands, and Iwo Jima. Killed while on a volunteer mission on March 12, 1945, Elbie had been wounded three times in action between July 1944 and February 1945.

 Silver Star
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Private First Class Elbie Adkins (MCSN: 425392), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Runner of Company G, Second Battalion, Twenty-Fifth Marines, FOURTH Marine Division, during action on enemy Japanese-held Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 12 March 1945. When an enemy bunker disrupted the advance of his company and all attempts to destroy it had failed, Private First Class Adkins volunteered to go forward alone to attack with rifle grenades, although fully aware that he would be under heavy hostile fire at every point of observation he might choose. Advancing to a ridge in front of his own lines and only thirty yards from the Japanese bunker, he took steady aim, fired and scored two direct hits before he fell, mortally wounded by rifle fire. By his daring action, he had forced the enemy within the bunker to cease firing and seek cover, thereby enabling his company to advance and destroy the fortification. His outstanding courage and unwavering devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Action Date: March 12, 1945
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