RAIDERS Gilligan, John Joseph, Jr.

Craig Robertson

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  • SURNAME
Gilligan
  • FORENAME
John Joseph, Jr.
  • UNIT
1st Raider Battalion
  • RANK
Private
  • NUMBER
351523
  • DATE OF DEATH
8th August 1942
  • AGE
19
  • GRAVESITE
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, USA. Section 12, Site 3091
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
born 17.06.1923
Next of kin - Parents, Mr. and Mrs. John J. Gilligan, Sr., 361 Burnet Street, East Orange, New Jersey
DOW Solomon Islands
posthumous Silver Star
 

DATE OF DEATH:

08-Aug-1942

AWARD:

https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/gilligan-john-joseph-jr.58337/

CITATION:

Silver Star : The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private John J. Gilligan, Jr. (MCSN: 351523), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the First Marine Raider Battalion during the attack against enemy Japanese forces on Tulagi, Solomon Islands, on 7 August 1942. Realizing that his platoon leader was seriously wounded, Private Gilligan, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, rushed forward to his assistance, but was mortally wounded in the attempt. His heroic conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

WEB LINKS:

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/36507

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/49189257/john-j-gilligan
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