RAIDERS Ahrens, Edward Henry

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By Richard Marcinko
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By Ray Hildreth

John Robertson

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  • SURNAME
Ahrens
  • FORENAME
Edward Henry
  • UNIT
1 Raider Bn (Company A)
  • RANK
Private First Class
  • NUMBER
  • AWARD
Navy Cross
  • PLACE
Tulagi 1942
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
KIA - see Roll of Honour
 

ROLL OF HONOUR:

https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/ahrens-edward-henry.4346/

CITATION:

Navy Cross : The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Edward Henry Ahrens (358161), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with Company A, FIRST Marine Raider Battalion, during the landing assault and seizure of enemy Japanese-held Tulagi Island, British Solomon Islands, on the night of 7–8 August 1942. While a member of a security detachment protecting the right flank of his battalion, Private First Class Ahrens, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, single-handed engaged in hand-to-hand combat a group of the enemy attempting to infiltrate the rear of the battalion. Although mortally wounded, he succeeded in killing the officer in command of the hostile unit and two other Japanese, thereby breaking up the attack. His great personal valor and indomitable fighting spirit were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the defense of his country.

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/76780963/edward-henry-ahrens
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