PFC James M. Branch

PFC James M. Branch

Birth
Oklahoma, USA
Death 26 Jul 1944 (aged 18)
Guam
Burial Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma, USA
Plot Block 16
Memorial ID 48051124 · View Source
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W.W.II Veteran.
Marine Raider.
Son of Mrs. Myrtle M. Branch.
He attended Duncan High School.
Killed in Action, Guam, Marianas Islands.
AWARDED NAVY CROSS.

From BarryC
Navy Cross Citation
The President of the United States of America takes
pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to
Private First Class James M. Branch (MCSN: 529099),
United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary
heroism as a member of Company C, First Battalion,
Fourth Marines (Reinforced), First Provisional Marine
Brigade, during action against enemy Japanese forces
on Orote Peninsula, Guam, Marianas Islands, on 26
July 1944. With his squad pinned down by intense
enemy automatic fire from a well-concealed pillbox
while advancing across a clearing, Private First Class
Branch, on his own flank and his squad leader on the
other, attempted to close in on the Japanese
emplacement but were forced by the fury of the
barrage to take cover. Realizing the precarious position
of his squad, Private First Class Branch unhesitatingly
risked his life to stand upright and advance on the
pillbox. Fiercely returning the enemy's persistent fire
with his own automatic weapon while moving steadily
forward, he killed two Japanese before sustaining a
mortal wound himself. By his courageous initiative,
Private First Class Branch saved the lives of other
members of his squad and enabled them to flank and
destroy the hostile emplacement. His valiant spirit of
self-sacrifice in the fulfillment of an extremely
hazardous mission reflects the highest credit upon
Private First Class Branch and the United States Naval
Service. He gallantly gave his life for his Country.


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  • Created by: Jeff Johnson
  • Added: 12 Feb 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 48051124
  • Diane Miller
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC James M. Branch (15 Feb 1926–26 Jul 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 48051124, citing Duncan Municipal Cemetery, Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Jeff Johnson (contributor 47208695) .