Martin, Elmer Leon, Cpl

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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1943-1943, 0311, B Co, 1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2)
Service Years
1940 - 1943

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Home State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Enid
Last Address
Rt. 1
Webb City, Mo

Casualty Date
Nov 20, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Kiribati
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
MIA

 Official Badges 

Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion


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 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

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

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1940, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USMC (United States Marine Corps)Marine BarracksMCAS  Kaneohe, HI1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2), 2nd Marine Regiment
  1940-1940, 521, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA
  1940-1941, 528, A Company, Navy Yard, Marine Barracks Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI
  1941-1942, 528, MCAS Kaneohe, HI
  1943-1943, 0311, B Co, 1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater
  1941-1941 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation (1943)/Battle of Tarawa
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Killed in Action, 20 Nov 1943, during operations against Imperial Japanese Forces on Betio Islet, Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands.

MARTIN, Elmer L, CORP, 290561, USMC, from Oklahoma, location Gilbert Islands, date of loss November 20, 1943 + MARTIN, Elmer L., Cpl., USMC. Mother, Mrs. Nora Martin, Rt. 1, Webb City, Mo + MARTIN, Elmer Leon, 290561, Co B, 1st Bn, 2nd Mar, 2nd MarD iv, FMF, Gilbert Is, November 20, 1943, killed in action + MARTIN, Elmer Leon, Corporal, 290561, USMC, from Oklahoma, Honolulu Memorial

Body Not Recovered
   
Comments/Citation
MARTIN, Elmer L, Cpl, 745                SN: 290561
Born: XX Xxx 19XX
Enlisted USMC: 05 Aug 1940 (Home of Record: )
Killed in Action: 20 Nov 1943 (Betio, Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands)
Interred: Listed as "KIA" on 11/20/1943, his remains were deemed unrecoverable. His name is inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI
 
Southern Recruiting Division, New Orleans, LA
Aug 1940 Pvt, SRD, New Orleans, LA "5Aug40; 5, Acc & enl at DHS, Oklahoma City, Okla. & tr to RDep, MCB, San Diego, Calif."
Headquarters & Headquarters Company, Recruit Depot, Base Troops, Marine Corps Base, San Diego, CA
Aug 1940 Pvt, Hq&HqCo, RD, BTrs, MCB, San Diego, CA "5Aug40; 7, jdfr SRD, Oklahoma City, Okla."
Sep 1940 Pvt, Hq&HqCo, RD, BTrs, MCB, San Diego, CA "27, qual SS"
Oct 1940 Pvt, Hq&HqCo, RD, BTrs, MCB, San Diego, CA "7, to MBNY, Mare Island, Calif., FFT to MBNY, Pearl Harbor, T.H."
 
Company A, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii
Oct-Nov 1940 Pvt, Co A, MB, NYd, Pearl Harbor, T.H. "5Aug40; 18Oct, jdfr CasCo, MBNY Mare Island, Calif. via USS CHAUMONT; 20-31Oct, Msm."
Dec 1940 Pvt, Co A, MB, NYd, Pearl Harbor, T.H. "5Aug40; 3-31, Spl temp d at NAS, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, T.H., in conn with Gd duty."
Jan 1941 Pvt, Co A, MB, NYd, Pearl Harbor, T.H. "5Aug40; 1-31, Spl temp d at NAS, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, T.H."
Marine Barracks, Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii
Apr 1941 Pvt, MB, NAS, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, T.H.
Jul 1941 PFC, MB, NAS, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, T.H.
Oct 1941 PFC, MB, NAS, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, T.H. "Truck Driver"
Jan 1942 PFC, MB, NAS, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, T.H.
Apr 1942 Cpl, MB, NAS, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, T.H. "15Sep39; 3, to 1stGdCo, MB, NAD, Oahu, T.H."
Jul 1942 Cpl, MB, NAS, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, T.H. "5Aug40; 22, to AmphCorps, PacFlt, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA"
 
Headquarters Company, FMF Training Center, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA
Jul 1942 Cpl, HqCo, FMFTC, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA "5Aug40; 31, Jdfr MB, NAS Kaneohe, T.H."
Oct 1942 Cpl, HqCo, FMFTC, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA
Jan 1943 Cpl, HqCo, FMFTC, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA
Apr 1943 Cpl, HqCo, FMFTC, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA "1-9, temp d with Chem Warfare Sch. Edgewood Arsenal, Md.; 10, to SchBn, TC, Post."
 
H&S Company, School Battalion, Training Center, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA
Apr 1943 Cpl, H&S Co, SchBn, TC, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA "5Aug40; 9, jdfr HqCo, FMFTC, Post."
Corps Replacement Battalion, Transient Center, 1st Marine Amphibious Corps, FMF
Jul 1943 Cpl, Corps ReplBn, TranC, IMAC, FMF "5Aug40; 13, to 2ndMarDiv, FMF"
 
Company B, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division, FMF, In the Field
Jul 1943 Cpl, Co B, 1stBn, 2ndMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, N.Z.) "5Aug40; 13, jdfr ReplBn, IMAC, FMF"
Oct 1943 Cpl, Co B, 1stBn, 2ndMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, N.Z.) "17, emb on board USS HARRY LEE at Wellington, N.Z.; 17-23, aboard USS HARRY LEE in conn w/ amph trng; 24-31, aboard USS HARRY LEE awaiting orders for trans to design place for d in conn w/ 2dMarDiv Opers."
Nov 1943 Cpl, Co B, 1stBn, 2ndMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Tarawa Atoll, B.G.I.) "20, KIA"
 
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 Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal - 1 star
World War II Victory Medal
 
   
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