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Capt Gilbert Burton Doolittle

Capt Gilbert Burton Doolittle

Birth
Greenfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 1 Feb 1945 (aged 29)
Central Luzon, Philippines
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 12, Site 2271
Memorial ID 86610987 · View Source
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PARENTS:
Louis A Doolittle 1867 –
Laura E Doolittle 1897 –

SPOUSE:
Virginia Margaret Brown 1915 – 1989
Married April 19, 1942, San Franscisco, CA in the Presidio


Captain Doolittle's company supported a rifle company of the 6th Infantry Division..

A mortar smoke mission, unfortunately, concealed enemy movement on the left and right flanks of the infantry company that had come diagonally across a ravine to a hill formerly occupied by the Japanese..

While emerging from the ravine onto the northwest slope of the hill, the company met devastating enemy mortar, machine gun and rifle fire from the ravine, below and to the left. This area of the ravine had not been burned off by the white phosphorous smoke mortars..

When the commander and other officers of the infantry company became casualties, the company began a disorganized retreat. The retreating soldiers abandoned dead, wounded and equipment behind them..

Capt. Doolittle halted the retreat and reorganized Company G. He used the Chemical Corps’ radio, the only available means of communication at the time, and contacted the infantry battalion’s commander..

The battalion commander ordered Capt. Doolittle to take charge of the infantry company during the emergency..

Doolittle ordered his control point back to the highest hill, then directed all three mortar platoons to lay a heavy smoke screen on the improvised enemy positions..

For this outstanding example of initiative and leadership, Capt. Doolittle was awarded the Silver Star..

He was killed in action one week later, in the battle at Luzon, Phillipines.

(His cousin was the famous James H. Doolittle who flew over Tokyo)


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CAPT, US ARMY WORLD WAR II


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  • Created by: Anne Cady
  • Added: 11 Mar 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 86610987
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Gilbert Burton Doolittle (28 May 1915–1 Feb 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86610987, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Anne Cady (contributor 46985237) .