RAIDERS Combs, John Garnold

Craig Robertson

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  • SURNAME
Combs
  • FORENAME
John Garnold
  • UNIT
1st Raider Battalion (Company C)
  • RANK
Platoon Sergeant
  • NUMBER
259067
  • DATE OF DEATH
11th July 1943
  • AGE
25
  • GRAVESITE
Oakdale Cemetery, Mount Airy, North Carolina, USA. Section 11, Lot 54, Plot 4
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
born 17.08.1917, Surry County, North Carolina, USA
father William Dixie Combs (1886-1966)
mother Nora Mae (nee Tilley) Combs (1888-1968)
wife Jane Rekiel Combs of Oil City
1937-1941 formerly Marine recruiting officer
1942 reenlisted
Next of kin - Wife, Mrs. John G. Combs, 1315 Mifflin Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
KIA Solomon Islands
posthumous Silver Star
 

DATE OF DEATH:

11-Jul-1943

AWARD:

https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/combs-john-garnold.58295/

CITATION:

Silver Star : The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Army Award) (Posthumously) to Platoon Sergeant John G. Combs (MCSN: 259087), United States Marine Corps, for gallantry in action while serving with Company C, 1st Marine Raider Battalion, at ***, ***, Solomon Islands on 11 July 1943. When the officer in charge of a mopping up patrol was wounded, Sergeant Combs assumed command and without interruption continued a skillful attack on an enemy position. Concerned only with the successful accomplishment of the mission, Sergeant Combs crawled close enough to throw a hand grenade into the Japanese position. He was killed when his bold action immediately drew fire from another enemy weapon.

WEB LINKS:

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/35790

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/30332225/john-g-combs
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