RAIDERS Selby, Robert Bruce

John Robertson

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  • SURNAME
Selby
  • FORENAME
Robert Bruce
  • UNIT
4 Raider Bn (Company P)
  • RANK
Private First Class
  • NUMBER
455383
  • DATE OF DEATH
27th July 1944
  • AGE
21
  • GRAVESITE
Oak Lawn Cemetery, Sturgis, St. Joseph County, Michigan, USA
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
born 28.01.1923, Sturgis, St. Joseph County, Michigan, USA
father Ralph W. Selby (1901-1928) WW1 veteran, (32nd (Red Arrow) Division)
mother Leta May (nee Jourdan) Shields (1900-1990)
attended Jerolene Street School
1940 graduated Burr Oak High School
attended Michigan State College, majoring in conservation
award Navy Cross
KIA Guam,Marianas Is.
brother PFC Ralph W. Selby KIA (also Marines). Died in plane crash 30.05.1944.
 

DATE OF DEATH:

27-Jul-1944

AWARD:

https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/selby-robert-b.29791/

CITATION:

Navy Cross : The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Private First Class Robert B. Selby (MCSN: 455383), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with the Second Battalion, Fourth Marines (Reinforced), First Provisional Marine Brigade, in action against enemy Japanese forces at Guam, Marianas Islands, on 27 July 1944. Mortally wounded by fire from a concealed enemy machine gun while proceeding down a trail through extremely hazardous and densely wooded terrain, Private First Class Selby struggled to his feet and, with superb courage, deliberately exposed himself to the enemy so that other members of his squad could locate the hostile weapon, deploy and take cover. By his great personal valor, his daring aggressiveness and decisive action in voluntarily sacrificing his life for others, Private First Class Selby enabled his comrades to locate and demolish the enemy position, and his valiant devotion to duty 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/8451

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/124723503/robert-b-selby
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