Service Number: 279588
Birth and Early Life:
James McCutcheon was the son of Mr and Mrs James McCutcheon of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey.
Enlistment and Boot Camp:
McCutcheon joined the Marines on January 2, 1940. He trained at Parris Island, and was sent to the Signal Detachment at Quantico, Virginia in February, where he was under instruction at the radio school.
Service prior to 1941:
After a brief stint as a truck driver with the barracks Service Detachment (the reasons for this change of assignment aren’t clear), Private McCutcheon was transferred to Company C of the Fifth Marines. He was promoted to PFC on September 18, while en route to Cuba, and served in the Caribbean until transferred C/1/7 in January, 1941.
McCutcheon made corporal in the summer of 1941. He was with the 7th at New River, North Carolina when Pearl Harbor was attacked that December, and transferred to the First Marines in January, 1942.
Corporal McCutcheon was assigned as an NCO in Company F, Second Battalion, First Marines. He shipped out with them for the invasion of the Solomon Islands in the summer of 1942, and made the landing on Guadalcanal on August 7.
Date Of Loss:
James McCutcheon was listed as missing in action on August 8, 1942. He was carried on the battalion’s muster rolls until October.
Next Of Kin:
Parents, Mr & Mrs James McCutcheon
Status Of Remains:
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.