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SGT Warren James Bedford

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SGT Warren James Bedford

Birth
Death 15 Jun 1944 (aged 31)
Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Burial Natick, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 143999890 View Source

Killed in Action WW2
Saipan

8th Marine Regiment
2nd Marine Division

Birth 31 MAY 1913
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Death 15 JUN 1944 Saipan County, Northern Mariana Islands

Service Record
WarWorld War II Battle(s)Tulagi Gavuter Tambogo Guadalcanal (7 Aug 1942)*Solomons Islands

Honors & Awards
Award(s)Purple HeartPresidential Citation

Exerpt from Natick Herald

August 31 1944 – Natick Mass

Exerpt from Natick Herald
August 31, 1944

IS AWARDED PURPLE HEART POSTHUMOUSLY

Marine Hero Warren Bedford Also Given The Presidential Citation.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J Bedford, 4 Dewey Street, bereaved parents of Marine Sergeant Warren J. Bedford, 31, who was killed in action as Saipan, have been notified that their hero son has been awarded the Purple Heart Posthumously, as well as a Presidential Citation. The cherished Purple Heart was sent to them by Colonel W. W. Orr, USMC.

The Presidential citation is to the First Marine Division Reinforced of which Sgt. Bedford was a member. It says, “for strongly defending against the assaults of the Japanese, positions on Tulagi, Gavuter, Tanambogo, Florida, Guadalcanal and the Solomons Islands, and completely routing all enemy forces from the above, from August 7, 1942 until December 9, 1942. The award was signed by Major Gen. Vandergrift, USMC

Exerpt from Natick Herald
August 31, 1944

IS AWARDED PURPLE HEART POSTHUMOUSLY

Marine Hero Warren Bedford Also Given The Presidential Citation.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J Bedford, 4 Dewey Street, bereaved parents of Marine Sergeant Warren J. Bedford, 31, who was killed in action as Saipan, have been notified that their hero son has been awarded the Purple Heart Posthumously, as well as a Presidential Citation. The cherished Purple Heart was sent to them by Colonel W. W. Orr, USMC.

The Presidential citation is to the First Marine Division Reinforced of which Sgt. Bedford was a member. It says, “for strongly defending against the assaults of the Japanese, positions on Tulagi, Gavuter, Tanambogo, Florida, Guadalcanal and the Solomons Islands, and completely routing all enemy forces from the above, from August 7, 1942 until December 9, 1942. The award was signed by Major Gen. Vandergrift, USMC

Served in WWII from 1942-1944

1944 – Saipan

Earned the purple heart in 1944 when he was killed in Saipan.
On Memorial Day, Monday May 28th, the town of Natick is going to dedicate the intersection of East Central Street and Dewey Street in memory of our Uncle Warren who gave his life in WWII. It is going to take place after the morning parade.

He was served in the Pacific theatre on the island of Saipan in the Mariana Islands. He was killed during the Battle of Saipan. Warren came from a family of twelve children. He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 5/31/13 to Amanda and Thomas Beford. He immigrated to Natick in 1923 with his parents and brothers and sisters. He graduated from Natick High School and proudly enlisted in the United States Marines on 1/21/42. While serving in the Marines he contracted malaria, lost 35 pounds, and upon his recovery continued to serve. At the time of his death, he had not been home since his enlistment, 2 1/2 years prior.


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