Private Mickey Aubry Boschert

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NAME:
Mickey Aubry Boschert
NICKNAME:

SERVICE NUMBER:
334456
HOME OF RECORD:
Memphis, TN
NEXT OF KIN:
Mother, Mrs. Margaret Boschert
(Wife, Mrs. Twila Boschert)
DATE OF BIRTH:
December 25, 1922
ENLISTED:
December, 1941
DATE OF DEATH:
September 25, 1942
(September 17, 1942)
CAMPAIGN UNIT MOS RATE FATE
Guadalcanal B/1/1 Private KIA
CAUSE OF DEATH:
Unknown
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS:
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK:
Private
STATUS OF REMAINS:
Presumed buried in the field
MEMORIAL:
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.

Birth and Early Life:
Mickey Boschert was born on Christmas Day, 1922. He grew up with his parents and a bevy of younger sisters in Memphis, Tennessee, where he attended Humes High School. Little else is known about his life before the war; although he married Miss Twila Nylander on May 6, 1941, he still gave his mother Margaret as his next of kin. (1)

Enlistment and Boot Camp:
Boschert joined the Marine Corps within days of the attack on Pearl Harbor; by January 1942 the nineteen-year-old Tennesseean was training at Parris Island, South Carolina. He was then assigned to Company B, First Battalion, 1st Marines.

Wartime Service:
Private Boschert spent the entirety of his active-duty service with B/1/1. From New River, North Carolina, they crossed the United States and set sail for New Zealand. They had no sooner arrived in Auckland when orders came to move out again, and on August 7 1942, Boschert splashed ashore on Guadalcanal. From that initial landing until the second week of September, Private Boschert participated in several combat patrols and at least one pitched battle.

Date Of Loss:
Boschert’s platoon was in the lead of a patrol by their parent battalion, 1/1, on the morning of September 17, 1942. They were on the trail of Japanese troops who had recently been defeated in the famous battle of Bloody Ridge, and found them – or, more accurately, were found by them – around 1330 hours that day. The lead platoon ran directly into an ambush, and was completely cut off. After two and a half hours of fighting, the rest of the battalion was forced to disengage, leaving the trapped men to their fate.

Eighteen Marines were lost in the Japanese trap. Their remains were not discovered until September 25, which was officially declared their date of death. Nine of these men–including Mickey Boschert–are still listed as missing in action, their ultimate fates unknown. (2)

For more details about this patrol, see Platoon Sergeant Leon W. McStine.

Next Of Kin:
Mother, Mrs. Margaret Boschert

Status Of Remains:
Unknown

Memorial:
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.
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NOTES:
(1) Mickey and Twila are both listed as residents of Memphis on this marriage record, though neither appears on the 1940 census. Interestingly, Mickey chose to list his mother as his next of kin when he entered the service.
(2) No survivors were located by this follow-up patrol, led by Major Marion Fawcett. Although the Marines were likely all killed on the day they were trapped, they were officially declared dead as of September 25.

Why nine remain “missing” is unknown. At least one of them, Platoon Sergeant Leon McStine, was recorded as “temporarily interred in the field.” Precise details are not known at this time, but it seems likely that the passage of time made some of the graves impossible to locate (a not uncommon occurrence on Guadalcanal).

5 thoughts on “Private Mickey Aubry Boschert

  1. Mickey Boschert was my uncle, his death was before I was born. I was doing research online & googled his name.
    Would love to find out any information about him, pictures, death cert. anything I could show my kids & g/kids. From the only picture I’ve seen of him, my youngest son looks so much like him. Thank you so much…

    1. Sandra:
      My name is Brian Smith. Mickey Boschert was my mothers first husband in 1941. She is mention in the article Twila Mae Nylander. After Mickey’s death she remarried another military man by the name of Charles W. Smith my father.

      If you have any information on Mickey’s family I would be very grateful if you would share it with me. I always thought that if it wasn’t for the war I would have had a different father.
      I look forward hearing from you.

      Brian E. Smith
      bsmith827@verizon.net

    1. Brian, I sent you a picture. I hope you get it, I’m having trouble with my email & FB today. Please let’s know when/if you receive it.
      Thanks,
      Sandra

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