RAIDERS Neill, William Kent

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By Hamish Ross, Fred Marafono

Craig Robertson

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  • SURNAME
Neill
  • FORENAME
William Kent
  • UNIT
1st Raider Battalion (Company A)
  • RANK
1st Lieutenant
  • NUMBER
11579
  • DATE OF DEATH
20th July 1943
  • AGE
24
  • GRAVESITE
Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California, USA. Plot B, 776
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
born 24.10.1918, Clifton, Arizona, USA
father William Hood Neill (1881-1964)
mother Mary Irene (nee Kent) Neill (1883-1969)
graduated Bakersfield High School
graduated Bakersfield Junior College
1939 bachelor of arts from University of California
1942 bachelor of laws
03.1942 enlisted
posthumous Silver Star
Next of kin - Father Mr. William H. Neill, 301 G Street, Bakersfield, California
KIA Solomon Islands
 

DATE OF DEATH:

20-Jul-1943

AWARD:

https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/neill-william-kent.58450/

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 First Lieutenant William K. Neill (MCSN: 0-11579), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for gallantry in action at New Georgia, Solomon Islands, on 20 July 1943. Despite heavy enemy fire he pushed forward aggressively to overcome hostile resistance and capture an enemy position well in advance of adjacent units. In doing so, First Lieutenant Neill sacrificed his life.

WEB LINKS:

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/37943
https://marineraiderassociation.org/neill-william-k/

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/3614106/william-kent-neill
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