Corp Raymond Harry Holwig

Corp Raymond Harry Holwig

Wiconisco, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 7 Jul 1944 (aged 23)
Burial Wiconisco, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 112903257 · View Source
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Raymond Harry Holwig was born on
03 March 1921, in Wiconisco, Dauphin
County, Pennsylvania, the son of Harry
F. and Annie M. (nee Witmer) Holwig.

On 25 Jul 1942, He enlisted in the United
States Marine Corps, was assigned to
Company "M", of the Third Battalion,
Twenty Third Marines. and became an
Assistant Cook.

The 25th Marine Regiment (25th Marines)
is one of three infantry regiments in the
4th Marine Division of the United States
Marine Corps.

The 25th Marines was activated on 1 May
1943, at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune,
North Carolina and was initially manned
by Marines from throughout the Northeast.
The regiment was subsequently assigned to
the 4th Marine Division for service in
World War II.

Initially located at Marine Corps Base
Camp Pendleton, California, the regiment
was ordered to the Pacific Theater in January
1944 and participated in the Battle of Kwajalein,
Saipan, Battle of Tinian and the Battle of Iwo Jima.

The Battle of Saipan was a battle of the Pacific
campaign of World War II, fought on the island
of Saipan in the Mariana Islands from
15 June – 9 July 1944.

By 7 July, 1944, the Japanese had nowhere
to retreat. Saito made plans for a final suicidal
banzai charge. On the fate of the remaining
civilians on the island, Saito said, "There
is no longer any distinction between civilians
and troops. It would be better for them to
join in the attack with bamboo spears than
be captured."

At dawn, with a group of 12 men carrying a
great red flag in the lead, the remaining
able-bodied troops — about 3,000 men —
charged forward in the final attack. Amazingly,
behind them came the wounded, with bandaged
heads, crutches, and barely armed. The
Japanese surged over the American front lines,
engaging both army and marine units. The 1st
and 2nd Battalions of the 105th Infantry
Regiment was almost destroyed, losing
650 killed and wounded.

However, the fierce resistance of these
two battalions, as well as that of Headquarters
Company, 105th Infantry, and supply elements
of 3rd Battalion, 10th Marine Artillery
Regiment resulted in over 4,300 Japanese

For their actions during the 15-hour
Japanese attack, three men of the 105th
Infantry were awarded the Medal of Honor —
all posthumously. Numerous others fought
the Japanese until they were overwhelmed
by the largest Japanese Banzai attack in
the Pacific War.

Raymond Harry Holwig was among the
Brave Marines Killed In Action on 07
July 1944, on the Island of Saipan.

Originally buried in the 4th Division Marine
Cemetery, in the Marianas Islands, his
remains were relocated to the National
Memorial Cemetery Of The Pacific, in Honolulu,
Hawaii on 11 March 1949. Raymond Harry
Holwig is Buried in Section M; Site 1391.

He was survived by his wife, Mrs. Raymond
H. Holwig; his parents, Harry F. and Annie
M. Holwig; his brothers, William G. and
Edward H. Holwig; and by his sister,
Margaret L. Holwig.

Raymond Harry Holwig is memorialized at
the Calvary United Methodist Cemetery in
his Hometown of Wiconisco, Dauphin County,
Pennsylvania, USA.

NEVER FORGET His Service & Sacrifice.


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  • Originally Created by: Robert Viguers
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 112903257
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Corp Raymond Harry Holwig (3 Mar 1921–7 Jul 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 112903257, citing Calvary United Methodist Cemetery, Wiconisco, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave (contributor 8) .