Brindley, Warren B, PFC

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Private 1st Class
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1943-1943, 504, 2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)/Golf Co
Service Years
1942 - 1943

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Rt. 3, Hartselle, Alabama

Casualty Date
Nov 27, 1943
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War II
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section A Site 508

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  1942, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
RTR, MCRD SDUSMC (United States Marine Corps)/Formal Schools2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)
  1942-1942, 521, 9th Recruit Training Bn
  1943-1943, 521, Parachute Riggers School (WWII) San Diego, CA
  1943-1943, 504, 2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)/Golf Co
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  1941-1943 World War II
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation (1943)/Battle of Tarawa
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Last Known Activity

KIA, 27 Nov 1943, Buariki, Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands. The 2nd Bn, 6th Marines were the last of the 2nd MarDiv reserve and were committed late to Betio during the three day battle of 20-23 Nov 1943. As a result, they were tasked with the mopping up operation of the remaining islets of the Tarawa Atoll. After clearing Biariki (the next islet east of Betio) on D+3 they prepared to initiate the clean-up of the remaining islets on D+4. On 24 Nov 1943 the battalion cleared Buota, the most SE islet of the atoll and for the next three days, they cleared each successive islet moving relentlessly north. On 26 Nov, 1943, they encountered resistance as they conducted the initial reconnaissance of the crossing to the last islet, Buariki. On 27 Nov 1943, LtCol Raymond L Murray directed his battalion in an all-out assault in which they overwhelmed and killed 175 members of the Imperial Japanese Navy's, "Special Naval Landing Force", ending all organized resistance on the atoll. PFC Brindley was one of the 2d Bn, 6th Marine's, 35 KIA and 61 WIA in the battle.

BRINDLEY, Warren B, PFC 521/504                      SN: 458106
Born:  15 Jan 1925 Hartselle, AL
Enlisted USMC: 14 Oct 1942 (Home of Record: Rt. 3, Hartselle, Alabama)
Died: 27 Nov 1943 (KIA, Buariki Island, Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands)
Interred: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI (Section A, Row 0, Grave 508)
9th Recruit Battalion, Recruit Depot, MCB, San Diego, CA
Oct 1942 Pvt (Rec), 9th Recruit Bn, RD, MCB, San Diego, CA “18, jd fr SRD; 14, enl. DHS, Birmingham, AL”
Dec 1942 Pvt 521, 9th Recruit Bn, RD, MCB, San Diego, CA
Parachute Training School, Camp Gillespie, MCB, San Diego, CA
Jan 1943 Pvt 521, B Co, Parachute Training School “1, to HQ Co., ParaTrngs, Post”
Jan 1943 Pvt 521, H&S Co, Parachute Training School “1, jd fr Co B., ParaTrngs, Post, 1-31, msm”
Apr 1943 Pvt 521, H&S Co, Parachute Training School “Msm”
Jul 1943 PFC 745, 24th Replacement Draft, FMF, In the Field
H Co, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, FMF, In the Field
Oct 1943 PFC 504, H Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, New Zealand)
Nov 1943 PFC 504, H Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands)
Based on this service record, I believe that we can confidently state that he rates the following awards for WWII:
Purple Heart Medal
Combat Action Ribbon
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal-1 star
World War II Victory Medal
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