Belko, Max, 1stLt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 0302, 1st Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (1/4)/A Co
Service Years
1941 - 1944

First Lieutenant

 
 

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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1913
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Gary
Last Address
Gary, Indiana

Casualty Date
Jul 21, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Guam
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Calumet Park Cemetery - Merrillville, Indiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
n/a

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Rifle Expert (Pre 1959)Pistol Expert

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1939, Officer Candidate School (Quantico, VA), A/1
 Unit Assignments
1st Raider Bn4th Marine Regiment4th Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (1/4)
  1941-1943, 0302, 1st Raider Bn
  1943-1944, 0302, 4th Marine Regiment
  1943-1944, 0302, 1st Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (1/4)/A Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Bougainville
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Battle of Guam (1944)
 Colleges Attended
University of Southern California
  1935-1939, University of Southern California
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
HE WAS AN ALL-AMERICAN FOOTBALL PLAYER FOR USC.

HE WAS SHOT IN THE STOMACH AND KILLED THE FIRST DAY OF THE LANDING ON GUAM.
   
Comments/Citation
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Max Belko (MCSN: 0-19960), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while attached to the First Battalion, Fourth Marines (Reinforced), First Provisional Marine Brigade, during the assault on enemy Japanese-held Guam, in the Marianas Islands, on 21 July 1944. Quickly organizing his platoon upon landing, First Lieutenant Belko personally led a determined attack across an open fire-swept area and, cautioning his men to make use of all available cover although continually exposing himself to the terrific barrage, relentlessly pushed on and captured the hill to his immediate front which was the limited objective of his company. Struck down by an enemy fusillade while disposing his unit against a desperate counterattack, he placed his platoon sergeant in charge of defensive measures pending orders from the company commander and dispatched information regarding his tactical situation and strength to his commanding officer before succumbing to his wound. By his aggressive leadership and personal valor, First Lieutenant Belko inspired his men with an indomitable fighting spirit which carried them through a bitterly fought battle to the achievement of their objective in a minimum of time, and his unwavering devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
   
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