PFC Manuel Menendez

PFC Manuel Menendez

Birth
Langeloth, Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 20 Nov 1943 (aged 20)
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 54 | Grave 2143
Memorial ID 183627469 · View Source
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Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Manuel Menendez, killed during World War II, has now been accounted for.

The son of Nicholas and Elena Menendez, Manuel enlisted in New York City on November 6, 1922.

In November 1943, Menendez was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, but the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Menendez died on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943.

DPAA is appreciative to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs for their partnership in this mission.

Menendez' name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for (56125491).

Link - DPAA: Recent News & Stories (08.Sep.2017)

Brother - Angel Menendez (151136536)
Sister - Lucille (Menendez) Boris (183628185)


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  • Created by: JSMorrison
  • Added: 21 Sep 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 183627469
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Manuel Menendez (21 Dec 1922–20 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 183627469, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by JSMorrison (contributor 47978427) Unknown.