RAIDERS Wolf, Donald William

John Robertson

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Staff member
  • SURNAME
Wolf
  • FORENAME
Donald William
  • UNIT
1 Raider Bn (Company D)
  • RANK
Sergeant
  • NUMBER
278342
  • DATE OF DEATH
9th October 1942
  • AGE
23
  • GRAVESITE
Hart Cemetery, Hart, Oceana County, Michigan, USA
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
born 07.02.1919, Hart, Oceana County, Michigan, USA
father John Giles Wolf (1891-1973)
mother Julie M. (nee Knapke) Wolf (1891-1969)
wife Barbara (nee Sanders) Wolf (1917-????) (married 05.06.1942)
enlisted 05.12.1939
award Navy Cross
KIA Guadalcanal,BSI
 

DATE OF DEATH:

09-Oct-1942

AWARD:

https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/wolf-donald-w.29816/

CITATION:

Navy Cross : The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant Donald William Wolf (MCSN: 278342), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with Company A, FIRST Marine Raider Battalion in action against enemy Japanese forces near the Matanikau River on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on 8 - 9 October 8 - 9, 1942. When his battalion moved into a defensive position along the Matanikau River, Sergeant Wolf and other members of his platoon bore the brunt of the heavy enemy assault against their hastily prepared positions. Approximately 150 Japanese, stealing through the dense jungle growth under cover of smoke, fiercely attacked the small group of Marines with automatic weapons, hand grenades, and bayonets. Fighting desperately in hand-to-hand combat against the overwhelming hostile forces, Sergeant Wolf refused to be dislodged from his position and after a tremendous toll of the enemy, heroically died at his post. His indomitable fighting spirit and unyielding devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Sergeant Wolf gallantly gave his life for his country.

WEB LINKS:

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/8518

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/70931192/donald-william-wolf
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