Wednesday, June 24, 2015

"I guess they didn’t know I was a Marine"...PFC Edward Henry Ahrens, 1st Marine Raider Battalion...MUST READ!

Photo, Citation and Story via WarHistoryOnline...
Navy Cross CitationAwarded for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Private First Class Edward Henry Ahrens, United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with Company A, FIRST Marine Raider Battalion, during the landing assault and seizure of enemy Japanese-held Tulagi Island, British Solomon Islands, on the night of 7 – 8 August 1942.While a member of a security detachment protecting the right flank of his battalion, Private First Class Ahrens, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, single-handed engaged in hand-to-hand combat a group of the enemy attempting to infiltrate the rear of the battalion.Although mortally wounded, he succeeded in killing the officer in command of the hostile unit and two other Japanese, thereby breaking up the attack. His great personal valor and indomitable fighting spirit were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the defense of his country.General Orders: Commander South Pacific: Serial 804 (March 13, 1943)Action Date: August 7 – 8, 1942Service: Marine CorpsRank: Private First ClassCompany: Company ABattalion: 1st Marine Raider BattalionDivision: 1st Marine Division
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