Sgt Russell Keen, Jr

Sgt Russell Keen, Jr

Death 25 Feb 1945 (aged 22)
Iwo Jima, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
Burial New Castle, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Plot Block 7
Memorial ID 135939732 · View Source
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Son of Russell Keen, Sr. and Clara M. Clough Keen.

Russell, who resided at 83 Washington Street, Wilmington, Delaware, served as a Gunnery Sergeant, 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.

He was "Killed In Action" on Iwo Jima during the war.

He had served in the Marines for two years and seven months at the time of his death and was decorated with a "Silver Star" and a Purple Heart.

Service # 434865

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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 Corporal Russell Keen, Jr. (MCSN: 434865), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Member of Company B, Fourth Tank Battalion, FOURTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll, on 1 February 1944.

When a group of Japanese soldiers attacked the exposed crew of a disabled tank, Corporal Keen, fearlessly exposing himself to a hail of hostile fire, maneuvered so that he could protect the tank crew and attract the attention of the enemy with rifle fire and hand grenades. During this action, he and another Marine annihilated twenty-eight Japanese and captured two prisoners. His courageous fighting spirit, exceptional skill and heroic devotion to duty reflected the highest credit upon Corporal Keen and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 2788

Action Date: February 1, 1944

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Corporal

Company: Company B

Battalion: 4th Tank Battalion

Division: 4th Marine Division

Bio by: Russ Pickett

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