Corporal Stephen Serdula

Photo from the Corning Leader, August 20, 1943.
Photo from the Corning Leader, August 20, 1943.

Service Number: 292498

Birth and Early Life:
Stephen Serdula was the second son of Antonio and Theresa Serdula. From his birth on December 12, 1922 until the day he joined the Marine Corps, Serdula lived in Corning, New York.

Enlistment and Boot Camp:
After enlisting on August 21, 1940, Serdula trained at Parris Island and was then posted to Company E, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines.

Wartime Service:
Within two months of his enlistment, Serdula was on his way to the Caribbean, seeing Puerto Rico, Cuba, and plenty of open sea from the deck of the USS McCawley. In January, he was transferred to his regiment’s Headquarters and Service Company to join the intelligence section.

One year later, with the nation at war, PFC Serdula was rated a Specialist 6th Class – a Scout/Observer for the Fifth Marine Regiment. He made corporal while training with the regiment that spring, and made the landing on Guadalcanal on August 7, 1942.

Date Of Loss:
Corporal Serdula was killed on August 13, six days after landing on Guadalcanal. He was shot by Japanese troops when his patrol, led by Colonel Frank Goettge, ran into a position that would rather fight than surrender. Serdula’s remains were left where they fell on the beach near the Matanikau River.

The newspapers of Corning reported the news:

This article appeared in the September 8, 1942 edition of the Corning Evening Leader. Charles Serdula served with the 14th Marines from 1944-1945.
Corning Leader, August 20, 1943.
Corning Leader, August 20, 1943.
Corning, N. Y. Leader, September 7 1943. The article was titled “Jap Treachery Responsible for Serdula’s Death, Says Gullo, Home From Pacific.” Gullo fought with the Seventh Marines on Guadalcanal and after his furlough was posted to a stateside aviation post.

The youngest Serdula brother, John, enlisted in 1944 and served with Company K, Third Battalion, Second Marines.

“Blanket-bouncing time out west. Marines in the Pacific have their own ways and means of “touching the sky.” Pictured in the spread-eagle pose is Marine Pvt. John Serdula, being tossed in the air by a group of his fellow Marines.”

Next Of Kin:
Mother, Mrs. Theresa Serdula

Status Of Remains:
Buried on Guadalcanal

Memorial:
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.
St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Cemetery, Steuben County, NY.

3 thoughts on “Corporal Stephen Serdula

  1. All of these Serdula men were my Great Uncles. This post is incredible, and such a wonderful way to remember these brave men. Thank you!

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