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 William Robert Caddy

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William Robert Caddy Famous memorial

Birth
Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death
3 Mar 1945 (aged 19)
Iwo Jima, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
Burial
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot
Section C, Grave 81
Memorial ID
7756676 View Source

World War II Medal of Honor Recipient. Served with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 28th Marines. On March 3, 1945 in action against the Japanese on Iwo Jima, he, his platoon leader and his acting platoon sergeant, were advancing against enemy machine gun fire in an isolated sector. Seeking cover from the murderous fire, the three Marines dropped into a shell hole. After several unsuccessful attempts to advance, he and his lieutenant engaged in a hand grenade battle with the defending Japanese. When an enemy missile landed in their hole, he covered it with his body and absorbed the full impact. The Medal of Honor was presented posthumously to his mother on September 8, 1946. He was the 72nd Marine of World War II to receive this great honor.

World War II Medal of Honor Recipient. Served with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 28th Marines. On March 3, 1945 in action against the Japanese on Iwo Jima, he, his platoon leader and his acting platoon sergeant, were advancing against enemy machine gun fire in an isolated sector. Seeking cover from the murderous fire, the three Marines dropped into a shell hole. After several unsuccessful attempts to advance, he and his lieutenant engaged in a hand grenade battle with the defending Japanese. When an enemy missile landed in their hole, he covered it with his body and absorbed the full impact. The Medal of Honor was presented posthumously to his mother on September 8, 1946. He was the 72nd Marine of World War II to receive this great honor.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 12 Aug 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 7756676
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7756676/william-robert-caddy: accessed ), memorial page for William Robert Caddy (8 Aug 1925–3 Mar 1945), Find a Grave Memorial ID 7756676, citing National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave .