Fardy, John Peter, CPL

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1945-1945, 745, 1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1)/C Co
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1943 - 1945



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Casualty Date
May 07, 1945
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
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Location of Interment
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery - Alsip, Illinois
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  1945, World War II Fallen

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1st Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment  (1/1)
  1943-1944, 0311, 1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1)/C Co
  1945-1945, 745, 1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1)/C Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1945-1945 Ryukyus Campaign (1945)/Battle for Okinawa
 Colleges Attended
Illinois Institute of Technology
  1941-1941, Illinois Institute of Technology
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Medal of Honor

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a squad leader, serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima in the Ryukyu Islands, 7 May 1945.

When his squad was suddenly assailed by extremely heavy small arms fire from the front during a determined advance against strongly fortified, fiercely defended Japanese positions, Cpl. Fardy temporarily deployed his men along a nearby drainage ditch. Shortly thereafter, an enemy grenade fell among the marines in the ditch. Instantly throwing himself upon the deadly missile, Cpl. Fardy absorbed the exploding blast in his own body, thereby protecting his comrades from certain and perhaps fatal injuries.

Concerned solely for the welfare of his men, he willingly relinquished his own hope of survival that his fellow marines might live to carry on the fight against a fanatic enemy. A stouthearted leader and indomitable fighter, Cpl. Fardy, by his prompt decision and resolute spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of certain death, had rendered valiant service, and his conduct throughout reflects the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
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