CPL Weldon Fader De Long

CPL Weldon Fader De Long

Birth
Barss Corner, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Death 3 Nov 1942 (aged 27)
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Memorial ID 56759830 · View Source
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Navy Cross Citation
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal Weldon Fader DeLong (MCSN: 295947), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with Company K, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in combat against enemy Japanese forces west of the Matanikau River, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on 2 and 3 November 1942. After leading his squad forward in numerous assaults upon enemy positions, Corporal DeLong with two other Marines, when the advance of his company was threatened by a Japanese 37-mm. Gun firing at almost point-blank range, unhesitatingly rushed forward, seized the gun after disposing of its crew and put it out of action. Finally, in a violent bayonet assault, he advanced to the front of his unit and engaged the enemy in hand-to-hand combat until he was mortally wounded. By his great personal valor, aggressive leadership and fearless devotion to duty he contributed to the complete destruction of the enemy forces in this engagement. He gallantly gave up his life in the defense of his country.

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Massachusetts.

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56759830
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPL Weldon Fader De Long (18 Sep 1915–3 Nov 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56759830, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .