|Birth: ||Jan. 11, 1924|
|Death: ||Jul. 20, 1944|
Son of Hervey Ellis Rentz and Pearl Elizabeth Hamilton Rentz.
James, who resided at 2517 Washington Street, Wilmington, Delaware, served as a Private First Class, Company A, First Battalion, 20th Regiment, 4th Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.
He was "Killed In Action" at Saipan, Marianas Islands during the war.
He had served in the Marines for two years and six months at the time of his death and was decorated with a "Silver Star" and Purple Heart.
Awarded for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class James H. Rentz (MCSN: 802957), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Member of a Combat Patrol serving with the First Battalion, Twentieth Marines, FOURTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on the Island of Saipan in the Marianas, on 20 July 1944.
Contacting a large force of Japanese troops occupying well-concealed positions during the later stages of the fierce hostilities following our invasion of this strategic enemy base, Private First Class Rentz fearlessly risked his life to engage the Japanese, forcing his attack with determined aggressiveness and waging a bitter fight in an effort to crush the stubborn pocket of hostile resistance. Although twice wounded during the close encounter, he continued his valiant assault tactics until fatally struck down by the merciless enemy barrages. An indomitable fighter, Private First Class Rentz, by his bold initiative, relentless fighting spirit and resolute fortitude in the face of savage opposition, succeeded in releasing friendly troops pinned down by the deadly Japanese fire and in disrupting the deeply entrenched enemy strong point. His great personal courage and decisive conduct during a critical situation upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
General Orders: Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force Pacific: Serial 11742 (April 27, 1945)
Action Date: July 20, 1944
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Private First Class
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 20th Marines
Division: 4th Marine Division
Gracelawn Memorial Park
New Castle County
Plot: Block 6
Created by: Russ Pickett
Record added: Jun 20, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53890834