PARAMARINES Bachman, Carl Olson

Craig Robertson

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  • SURNAME
Bachman
  • FORENAME
Carl Olson
  • UNIT
former 1 Marine Parachute Regiment (Hq 2)
  • RANK
Captain
  • NUMBER
13832
  • DATE OF DEATH
14th March 1945
  • AGE
27
  • GRAVESITE
Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Block 9
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
resided Minneapolis, Minnesota
born 31.07.1917, State Center, Iowa, USA
father Carl Wilhelm Bachman (1890-1946)
mother Sarah Matilda (nee Olson) Bachman (1892-1941)
02.01.1942 enlisted
KIA Iwo Jima
posthumous Silver Star
 

DATE OF DEATH:

23-Mar-1945

CITATION:

Silver Star : The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Captain Carl O. Bachman (MCSN: 0-13832), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Commanding Officer of Company H attached to the Third Battalion, Twenty-Eighth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, on 23 February 1945. Undaunted after five days of bitter fighting, Captain Bachman rallied his tired and depleted troops when ordered to flank the battalion to the beach and, establishing himself on the front lines with his men, encouraged and directed them during the fanatic infiltration attack launched during the night by the enemy with hand grenades and knives, personally engaging in fierce grenade duels until the Japanese assault was repulsed and heavy casualties inflicted on the enemy. By his indomitable spirit and coolness in the face of extreme danger, Captain Bachman inspired confidence in his men and prevented a serious break-through which would have been disastrous to vital units at the rear. His superb leadership and unwavering devotion to duty throughout the bitter hostilities contributed essentially to the defense of his sector and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

WEB LINKS:

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/35164

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/103090222/carl-olson-bachman
First to Fight
By Victor H. Krulak
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