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 Carlton Elisha Massey

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Carlton Elisha Massey

Birth
Maryland, USA
Death
22 Jun 1945 (aged 27)
Okinawa, Japan
Burial
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot
Plot N Row O Grave 854
Memorial ID
18902492 View Source

He was the 11th child of Edwin T. and Bertha A. Morris Massey. He was born and raised near Galestown, Maryland.

At the age of 24, he enlisted in the service. He joined the Infantry/Army I Company, 305th Regiment, 77th Division. He spent 9 months training at Ft. Jackson. He was transferred to Louisana for 11 months. He spent two weeks in Desert Training Center in California, before being transferred again. He then spent one month at Camp Picket, where he was promoted from Pvt. to Cpl. He then went to the Hawaiian Islands.

He served in Leyte, Guam and Okinawa. He participated in the Guam-Leyte Operation winning the Bronze star in Letye.

On June 22,1945, at the age of 27, he was asked to fix a jammed machine gun. To pull gun from service would have allowed the Japanese to gain ground. He went up on the front line, worked on the machine gun under fire, while the gun crew defended him with small gun fire. During his heroic act, he received fatal wounds. He died from his wounds the next day in Okinawa.

He received the following recognitions for his service:
The Purple Heart, The Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Clusters, The Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Phillipine Liberation Ribbon, and the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with 3 stars.

He body was interred in the National Memorial Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii.

He was the 11th child of Edwin T. and Bertha A. Morris Massey. He was born and raised near Galestown, Maryland.

At the age of 24, he enlisted in the service. He joined the Infantry/Army I Company, 305th Regiment, 77th Division. He spent 9 months training at Ft. Jackson. He was transferred to Louisana for 11 months. He spent two weeks in Desert Training Center in California, before being transferred again. He then spent one month at Camp Picket, where he was promoted from Pvt. to Cpl. He then went to the Hawaiian Islands.

He served in Leyte, Guam and Okinawa. He participated in the Guam-Leyte Operation winning the Bronze star in Letye.

On June 22,1945, at the age of 27, he was asked to fix a jammed machine gun. To pull gun from service would have allowed the Japanese to gain ground. He went up on the front line, worked on the machine gun under fire, while the gun crew defended him with small gun fire. During his heroic act, he received fatal wounds. He died from his wounds the next day in Okinawa.

He received the following recognitions for his service:
The Purple Heart, The Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Clusters, The Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Phillipine Liberation Ribbon, and the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with 3 stars.

He body was interred in the National Memorial Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii.


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