Pvt Gordon R Stewart

Pvt Gordon R Stewart

Birth
Auburn, Cayuga County, New York, USA
Death 26 Sep 1942 (aged 18)
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Memorial ID 56753726 · View Source
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The morning of September 26 dawned with the promise of another hot day. 2/5 began to work their way down the Matanikau towards the sea, keeping an eye on the opposing bank for any Japanese movement. The morning and early afternoon were quiet, until Company E attempted to cross. Then the Japanese opened up with everything they had. Captain Tom Richard rushed his Company G to the very mouth of the Matanikau, hoping that shallower water would make the crossing easier and enable him to turn the flank of the enemy defenses. There was no cover for the Marines once they splashed into the water, and automatic weapons fire tore through them. Pvt George Stewart had taken no more than a few steps into the water when an enemy projectile ended his life. His friend Pvt Ray Maassen fell almost at his side. All told, Company G lost 25 Marines killed and wounded in the abortive attack. Of these, seven – including Stewart and Maassen – were never recovered. They may have been washed away by the river, or buried in a temporary grave.

Gravesite Details Entered the service from New York.

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56753726
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Gordon R Stewart (9 May 1924–26 Sep 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56753726, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .