RAIDERS Edson, Merritt Austin (Red Mike)

John Robertson

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Staff member
  • SURNAME
Edson
  • FORENAME
Merritt Austin (Red Mike)
  • UNIT
1 Raider Bn (HQ Company - Commanding Officer)
  • RANK
Lieutenant Colonel
  • NUMBER
  • AWARD
Medal of Honor,Navy Cross
  • PLACE
Guadalcanal 1942 (MoH) Tulagi 1942 (NC)
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
born 25.4.1897 Rutland,Vermont
enlisted 1st Vermont Infantry (National Guard) 1915
commission USMC April 1917
member of winning team in National Rifle Team Trophy 1921
qualified as pilot 1922
O.C. Marine detachment on Denver (CL 16) 1927
awarded Navy Cross Nicaragua 1928
Tactics Instructor,Basic School for new lieutenants 1930s
Ordnance Officer,Philadelphia Depot of Supplies 1930s
Captain of winning team National Rifle Championships 1935 and 1936
Ops Officer,4th Marines 1937
C.O.1 Raider Bn 1941-42
1 Bn 5th Marines 1943
Chief of Staff 2 Marine Division,Tarawa
Assist Divisional Commander 2 Marine Division,Saipan and Tinian
Chief of Staff Fleet Marine Force Pacific 1945
Officer in Charge Service Command 1945
Commissioner of Public Safety,Vermont postwar
Executive Director,National Rifle Association postwar
awards included Medal of Honor,Navy Cross with Gold Star,Silver Star,Legion of Merit with Gold Star,D.S.O.(GB)
died 14.8.1955 Washington,D.C.
Arlington National Cemetery,Virginia Section 2
buried with his wife Ethel Robbins Edson
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