John Robertson

Administrator
Staff member
  • SURNAME
Belt
  • FORENAME
Thomas Joel,Jr
  • UNIT
3 Marine Raider Bn
  • RANK
Corporal
  • NUMBER
352965/0-35492
  • AWARD
Silver Star
  • PLACE
Shortland Island,Solomon Islands 1943
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
from Lafayette,Indiana
born 26.6.1921 Chicago,Illinois
wife Marie A. Belt (1918-2014) (Navy nurse, buried with Thomas)
son Thomas Belt
died 28.11.1966
Marietta National Cemetery,Marietta,Cobb County,Georgia Section U Site 224
 

CITATION:

Silver Star : The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Corporal Thomas J. Belt, Jr. (MCSN: 352965/0-35492), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a member of a reconnaissance patrol landed by submarine on enemy-held Shortland Island, Solomon Islands, 23 August 1943. Voluntarily and with utter disregard of personal safety, Corporal Belt embarked upon an extremely dangerous mission into Japanese-occupied territory for the purpose of securing vital information with regard to terrain, hydrographic conditions, and strength and disposition of hostile forces. Undeterred by the isolation of his position and by the full knowledge that no assistance could be expected from outside sources, he nevertheless remained on the island for three days, successfully carrying out an important assignment under hazardous conditions where discovery by Japanese troops would undoubtedly have resulted in his capture or death. His courageous devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/3946678/thomas-joel-belt
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