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GYSGT Robert Howard McCard

GYSGT Robert Howard McCard

Birth
Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Death 16 Jun 1944 (aged 25)
Northern Mariana Islands
Burial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Section B, Grave 1024
Memorial ID 7799231 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Served as a Gunnery Sergeant in Company A, 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, during the battle for Japanese held Saipan, Marianas Islands. On 16 June 1944, his tank was put out of action by a battery of enemy 77mm. guns. Hostile fire caused him to order his crew out of the escape hatch while he exposed himself to enemy guns by hurling hand grenades to cover the escape of his men. Seriously wounded during this action and with his supply of grenades gone he dismantled one of the tank's machineguns to deliver fire into their positions, destroying 16 of the enemy but sacrificing himself to insure the safety of his crew.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

Gravesite Details Entered the service from New York.

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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 27 Aug 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7799231
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for GYSGT Robert Howard McCard (25 Nov 1918–16 Jun 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7799231, citing National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .