Service Number: 369076
Birth and Early Life:
Little is known of Daniel Gauntt’s life before he joined the Marine Corps in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Enlistment and Boot Camp:
Gauntt enlisted on January 31, 1942, and trained at Parris Island, South Carolina.
In the spring of 1942, Gauntt was promoted to Private First Class and assigned to Headquarters and Service Company, Fifth Marines as a member of the regimental intelligence section. He trained through the summer and landed on Guadalcanal on August 7.
Date Of Loss:
PFC Gauntt was killed in action on the morning of August 13, 1942, when the patrol led by Colonel Frank Goettge was ambushed and pinned down on a beach near Guadalcanal’s Matanikau River. His remains were never recovered.
Next Of Kin:
Uncle, Mr. Albert Foulks of Mount Holly, New Jersey
Status Of Remains:
Buried on Guadalcanal
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.