John Peter Fardy

John Peter Fardy

Birth
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 7 May 1945 (aged 22)
Okinawa, Japan
Burial Alsip, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 7721097 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Corporal and squad leader with Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima in the Ryukyu Islands. It was on May 6, 1945 when Company C was advancing against a strongly fortified defended Japanese position that Corporal Fardy's squad was suddenly brought under heavy small-arms fire. Corporal Fardy temporarily deployed his men along a convenient drainage ditch. Shortly afterwards, an enemy hand grenade landed in the ditch, falling among the pinned-down Marines. Instantly, Corporal Fardy flung himself upon the grenade and absorbed the exploding charge with his own body. Taken to a field hospital, Corporal Fardy died the next day. The Medal of Honor was presented to Corporal Fardy's parents, at ceremonies conducted by the Marine Corps League in Chicago on September 15, 1946, his medal was accredited to the state of Illinois.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 29 Jul 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7721097
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Peter Fardy (8 Aug 1922–7 May 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7721097, citing Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .