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.
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:
The youngest Serdula brother, John, enlisted in 1944 and served with Company K, Third Battalion, Second Marines.
Next Of Kin:
Mother, Mrs. Theresa Serdula
Status Of Remains:
Buried on Guadalcanal
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.
St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Cemetery, Steuben County, NY.