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CPL Eugene Edward Rowland

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CPL Eugene Edward Rowland

Birth
Death
6 Nov 1950 (aged 22)
Burial
Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot
Section 34 Site 499-A
Memorial ID
32406483 View Source

Corporal Rowland was a member of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. On November 6, 1950, he singlehandedly delivered effective machine-gun fire on the enemy from an exposed position permitting an adjacent friendly platoon to evacuate its position. Upon completion of his mission he was mortally wounded.

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Silver Star Citation -
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The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Eugene E. Rowland (MCSN: 605440), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Machine Gunner of Company I, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 6 November 1950. Observing members of an adjacent platoon being subjected to intense enemy small arms, machine gun, mortar and grenade fire while attempting to evacuate wounded Marines from a nearby hill, Corporal Rowland unhesitatingly carried a light machine gun to an exposed position and manned it single-handedly in support of the harassed platoon. Steadfastly remaining in this position while the casualties were removed, he placed accurate and effective fire on the hostile force until he fell, mortally wounded. By his aggressive determination, heroic initiative and unflagging devotion to duty in the face of heavy odds, Corporal Rowland served to inspire all who observed him and contributed materially to the successful evacuation of the casualties thereby upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. Born: September 20, 1928 at Girard, Ohio. Home Town: Girard, Ohio. Death: KIA: November 6, 1950.

Corporal Rowland was a member of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. On November 6, 1950, he singlehandedly delivered effective machine-gun fire on the enemy from an exposed position permitting an adjacent friendly platoon to evacuate its position. Upon completion of his mission he was mortally wounded.

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Silver Star Citation -
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The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Eugene E. Rowland (MCSN: 605440), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Machine Gunner of Company I, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 6 November 1950. Observing members of an adjacent platoon being subjected to intense enemy small arms, machine gun, mortar and grenade fire while attempting to evacuate wounded Marines from a nearby hill, Corporal Rowland unhesitatingly carried a light machine gun to an exposed position and manned it single-handedly in support of the harassed platoon. Steadfastly remaining in this position while the casualties were removed, he placed accurate and effective fire on the hostile force until he fell, mortally wounded. By his aggressive determination, heroic initiative and unflagging devotion to duty in the face of heavy odds, Corporal Rowland served to inspire all who observed him and contributed materially to the successful evacuation of the casualties thereby upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. Born: September 20, 1928 at Girard, Ohio. Home Town: Girard, Ohio. Death: KIA: November 6, 1950.

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