1LT Alvin Chester Cockrell, Jr

1LT Alvin Chester Cockrell, Jr

Birth
Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, USA
Death 1942 (aged 23–24)
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Burial Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, USA
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Navy Cross Citation
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Alvin Chester Cockrell, Jr. (MCSN: 0-6684), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty as Platoon Leader of the Second Platoon, Company B, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces near Mambulo, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on 24 September 1942. In the face of hostile machine gun and rifle fire, First Lieutenant Cockrell, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, led his platoon in an assault against a strongly-held enemy position, inflicting extremely heavy losses and contributing in a large part to the defeat of the Japanese in this engagement. First Lieutenant Cockrell's outstanding courage and aggressive fighting spirit reflect great credit upon himself, his command and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave up his life in the defense of his country.


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died WWII on Guadalcanal


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  • Created by: Martha
  • Added: 6 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 32685264
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Alvin Chester Cockrell, Jr (28 Sep 1918–1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32685264, citing Hazlehurst Cemetery, Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Martha (contributor 46981928) .