RAIDERS Grassi, Everett Ben

Popski's Private Army
By Vladimir Peniakoff
A Talent For Adventure
By Andrew Croft

John Robertson

Staff member
Everett Ben
  • UNIT
3 Raider Bn (Company L)
  • RANK
Private First Class
Navy Cross
Okinawa 1945
KIA - see Roll of Honour



Navy Cross : The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Everett B. Grassi (535889), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as a member of a Machine Gun Squad in a platoon of Company L, Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 2 April 1945. With his squad leader wounded and his platoon's advance disrupted by intense enemy small-arms fire, Private First Class Grassi unhesitatingly assumed command of the unit and, leading his men forward to an advantageous firing position, delivered extremely accurate streams of machine-gun bullets upon the fanatic Japanese. Quick to act when two of his comrades were seriously wounded, he boldly proceeded to one of the Marines and succeeded in removing him to the comparative safety of a shell hole. Although painfully wounded as he returned to rescue the second man, Private First Class Grassi stubbornly continued to make his way forward until he was again struck by hostile fire and fatally wounded. By his indomitable fighting spirit, daring initiative and gallant concern for the welfare of others, he saved the life of a man who otherwise might have perished, and contributed to the success of his company's offensive. His heroic conduct and unswerving devotion to duty in the face of certain peril were an inspiration to those with home he served and reflect the highest credit upon Private First Class Grassi and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

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