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Robert Allen Owens
Birth: Sep. 13, 1920
Greenville
Greenville County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Nov. 1, 1943
Bougainville
Bougainville (North Solomons), Papua New Guinea

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Born at Greenville, South Carolina and enlisted in the Marine Corps on February 10, 1942. He served as a Sergeant in Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division, at Bougainville, Solomon Islands. During the beach landing at Cape Torokina, November 1, 1943, a strategically placed Japanese 75 millimeter regimental gun seriously threatening the success of the operation. No boats could approach the beach because the emplacement could only be attacked from the front and in a position whereby rifle fire and grenades could not reach the gun crew. Sergeant Owens decided that the only way to neutralize the gun was to charge it directly from the front and called for volunteers to cover him. Charging the rapidly firing cannon and entering the emplacement through a fire port, he chased the Japanese out the back where they were cut down by his rifleman. Pursuing them, he in turn was instantly killed. Major General Allen H. Turnage, Commanding General of the 3rd Marine Division, said, "Among many brave acts on the beachhead of Bougainville, no other single act saved the lives of more of his comrades or served to contribute so much to the success of the landings." He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on August 12,1945. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Burial:
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Manila
Metro Manila
National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot: N-12-200
 
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Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Dec 19, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 8194478
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