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Lieut Harry Mortimer “Tiger” Tully

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Lieut Harry Mortimer “Tiger” Tully

Birth
Hastings, Adams County, Nebraska, USA
Death 9 Dec 1943 (aged 32)
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Burial Hastings, Adams County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 113571756 View Source
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Reinterment Rites Here For Marine Hero Tully

The body of Hastings most famous Marine hero of World War II, Lieutenant Harry M. Tully, arrived here Tuesday. Reinterment service will be conducted Thursday 10:30 a.m. at the Volland Funeral home. Full military honors will be paid by Marines from the Hastings Naval Ammunition Depot under the direction of the Marine Corp League.
Lieutenant Tully was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Percy B. Tully of Hastings. He was awarded the Silver Star by Admiral William F. Halsey for "conspicuous gallantry and intredidity in action against the enemy" in the battle for Gavutu in the Soloman Islands. He was a sergeant at the time. He died of wounds suffered in a later action in January 1944.
Born and reared in Hastings, Tully graduated from Hastings High School and Hastings College. He was a rough and ready college football player for three years and played end for the Broncos from 1932 to 1934.
Tully attended Wentworth Military Academy for two years and enlisted in the Marines in 1936. He received preliminary training at San Diego, Calif. Later he went to San Pedro and took training as a parachutist and was graduated from the Lakehurst, N.J. school. After some time at Quantico, Va., he spent 1941 at the Marine base at New River, N.C. before being sent overseas in 1942.
Known as "Hurry Up" Harry during his college days, he didn't live up to his nickname during the Soloman campaign, but became a hero nevertheless. Most famous story to come out of the war experiences was the time he waited motionless 18 minutes to kill one Japanese soldier who was hiding behind a log on Gavutu beach.
Survivors include an uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. William Clay of New Boston, Tex., an uncle, Horton Tully of Spalding and two aunts Mrs. Bernice Hovey of Long Beach, Calif, and Mrs. Dan Dungan of Seattle, Wash.

Hastings Daily Tribune March 16, 1949

2nd Lt. Harry M. Tully, USMC - Awarded: Silver Star - World War II

Excerpt from book
"Silk Chutes and Hard Fighting - U.S. Marine Corps Parachute Units"
Platoon Sergeant Harry M. Tully used his markmanship skill and Johnson rifle to pick off a number of Japanese snipers .


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In Memorium
Lt. Harry M. Tully
1911-1943
3rd Paratroop Battalion U.S.M.C.
Killed In Action, Bougainville Island


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