Pvt Joseph William Ozbourn

Pvt Joseph William Ozbourn

Birth
Herrin, Williamson County, Illinois, USA
Death 28 Jul 1944 (aged 24)
Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands
Burial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Section F, Grave 77
Memorial ID 7731685 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He enlisted in the Marine Corps October 30, 1943, serving as a Automatic Rifleman with the 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division, during the battle of Japanese held Tinian Island, Marianas Islands, July 30, 1944. As a member of a platoon assigned to clearing the remaining Japanese troops from pillboxes, he was moving to throw an armed hand grenade into a dugout when a blast from the entrance severely wounded the 4 men and himself. Unable to throw the grenade into the dugout and with no place to hurl it without endangering the other men, Pvt. Ozbourn grasped it close to his body, sacrificing his own life to save his comrades. Private Joseph William Ozbourn was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and it is accredited to the state of Illinois.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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PVT, 23 MARINE REGT, 4 MARINE DIV WORLD WAR II

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Illinois.

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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 3 Aug 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7731685
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Joseph William Ozbourn (24 Oct 1919–28 Jul 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7731685, citing National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .