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MAJ Robert John Herwig

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MAJ Robert John Herwig

Birth
Woodford, Kern County, California, USA
Death 14 Dec 1974 (aged 60)
Sacramento County, California, USA
Burial Elk Grove, Sacramento County, California, USA
Memorial ID 158456408 View Source
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Navy Cross Citation
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Second Lieutenant Robert J. Herwig (MCSN: 0-20070), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism as a Rifle Platoon Leader, attached to the Second Battalion, Fourth Marines (Reinforced), First Provisional Marine Brigade, Third Amphibious Corps, during action against enemy Japanese forces on the Island of Guam in the Marianas Group, on 21 and 28 July 1944. Although wounded while directing his platoon under exceptionally heavy hostile mortar and machine-gun fire, Second Lieutenant Herwig remained with his men, reorganized them and contributed to their success in repulsing an enemy counterattack. Evacuated for medical treatment, he returned immediately to duty with his company. Displaying unusual skill and courage during a later action, he led his men in repelling two Japanese counterattacks and, although wounded during the last one, refused to be evacuated until the completion of the action. His great personal valor and devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Second Lieutenant Herwig and the United States Naval Service.

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  • Created by: Jim
  • Added: 21 Feb 2016
  • Find a Grave Memorial 158456408
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/158456408/robert-john-herwig : accessed ), memorial page for MAJ Robert John Herwig (12 Dec 1914–14 Dec 1974), Find a Grave Memorial ID 158456408, citing East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park, Elk Grove, Sacramento County, California, USA ; Maintained by Jim (contributor 47008269) .