|Birth: ||Nov. 23, 1921|
|Death: ||Mar. 7, 1945|
Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
Cecil Hendershot was the oldest son of James and Bessie Rena "Beck" Hendershot of Stringtown, Oklahoma. They were a hard-working farm family; Cecil left school after the sixth grade to help out, and when his father died in 1940 much of the responsibility for supporting the family fell to Cecil and his mother.
Cecil received his draft notice in 1943; his family was in Utah at the time, so he traveled to Salt Lake City to enlist in the Marine Corps in May. He was trained to MCRD San Diego and Camp Elliott - receiving decorations as a sharpshooter and an expert in the bayonet - before being assigned to Company A, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division as a rifleman. He made PFC on New Year's Day 1944, and within two weeks was on his way to his first battle.
Although wounded in the arm and shoulder during the invasion of Namur on February 1, PFC Hendershot stayed with his company for 24 hours until the island was secured. After a brief stay in the hospital, he returned to duty and was awarded the Purple Heart. He went on to fight in the battles of Saipan and Tinian as a BAR gunner, was wounded a second time, and was promoted to corporal.
Cecil was wounded for a third time on March 6, 1945, while fighting on Iwo Jima. Sadly, this last wound was fatal, and he died the following day - less than ten days before his company was pulled out of combat for the last time. He was temporarily buried on Iwo Jima, and his remains were returned to Oklahoma several years after the war.
Plot: Sect 3, GR-1885c
Fort Gibson National Cemetery
Plot: Sec 3 Gr. 1885-C
Maintained by: Dale Holley
Originally Created by: Geoffrey Roecker
Record added: Oct 19, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30690556
NARA records list his Next of Kin's Home of Record as Richmond, California...Re-interred on 12/20/1948...Your service and sacrifice must never be forgotten.|
Added: Mar. 9, 2017
To my Great Uncle Cpl. Cecil Hendershotfrom one Trooper to another Grunt.Hooah, and God Bless, Carry On!!!|
Added: Jan. 13, 2013
Uncle Cecil,Just a note to let u know ur memory is strong in our family. You are a hero to us all and we will never forget your sacrifice. Thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice for my freedom and that of my children. Most of all thank you for the ro...(Read more)|
Added: Sep. 20, 2012
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