RAIDERS McGee, James Matthews

John Robertson

Administrator
Staff member
  • SURNAME
McGee
  • FORENAME
James Matthews
  • UNIT
3 Marine Raider Bn
  • RANK
Gunnery Sergeant
  • NUMBER
283033
  • AWARD
Silver Star
  • PLACE
Shortland Island,Solomon Islands 1943
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
from Birmingham,Alabama
born 28.3.1920 Dallas,Texas
wife Eugenia Herron (nee Rivers) (1923-1998) (married 1944, divorced 1968)
died 13.2.1995
Houston National Cemetery,Houston,Harris County,Texas Section C-11 Row B Site 3
 

CITATION:

Silver Star : The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Gunnery Sergeant James M. McGee (MCSN: 283033), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as member of a reconnaissance patrol landed by submarine on enemy-held Shortland Island, Solomon Islands, August 23, 1943. Voluntarily and with utter disregard of personal safety, Gunnery Sergeant McGee 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.

WEB LINKS:

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/37668

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/976184/james-matthews-mcgee
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