Robert Miller McTureous, Jr

Robert Miller McTureous, Jr

Altoona, Lake County, Florida, USA
Death 11 Jun 1945 (aged 21)
Okinawa, Japan
Burial Umatilla, Lake County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 7137472 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Private in the US Marine Corps in Company H, 3rd Battalion, 29th Marines, 6th Marine Division. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action at Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands on June 7,1945, where he was killed in action. His citation reads in part "Determined to prevent further casualties, he quickly filled his jacket with hand grenades and charged the enemy-occupied caves from which the concentrated barrage was emanating. Coolly disregarding all personal danger as he waged his furious one-man assault, he smashed grenades into the cave entrances, thereby diverting the heaviest fire from the stretcher bearers to his own person and, resolutely returning to his own lines under a blanketing hail of rifle and machine-gun fire to replenish his supply of grenades, dauntlessly continued his systematic reduction of Japenese strength until he himself sustained serious wounds after silencing a large number of the hostile guns. Aware of his own critical condition and unwilling to further endanger the lives of his comrades, he stoically crawled a distance of 200 yards to a sheltered position within friendly lines befoe calling for aid. By his fearless initiative and bold tactics, Pvt McTureous had succeeded in neutralizing the enemy fire, killing six Japanese troops and effectively disorganizing the remainder of the savagely defended garrison."

Bio by: Don Morfe

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Miller McTureous, Jr (26 Mar 1924–11 Jun 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 7137472, citing Glendale Cemetery, Umatilla, Lake County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .