PFC Arthur Thomas Webb

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NAME:
Arthur Thomas Webb
NICKNAME: SERVICE NUMBER:
293394
HOME OF RECORD:
Atlanta, GA
NEXT OF KIN:
Father, Mr. William T. Webb
DATE OF BIRTH:
~1923
ENLISTED:
September 4, 1940
DATE OF DEATH:
September 26, 1942
CAMPAIGN UNIT MOS RATE FATE
Guadalcanal F/2/5 PFC KIA
CAUSE OF DEATH:
Unknown
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS:
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK:
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS:
Unknown
MEMORIAL:
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.


Birth and Early Life:
Arthur Webb was born in Atlanta, Georgia around the year 1923. At the time of his enlistment, he was living with his grandparents in Cobb and working as a paper boy.

Enlistment and Boot Camp:
Webb joined the Marines on September 4, 1940, and proceeded to Parris Island for boot camp. To his chagrin, he failed to qualify with his rifle at the end of training, and was packed off to a provisional company bound for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Service Prior to World War II:
After spending the first few months of 1941 in Cuba, Webb returned to the United States. He first joined up with Company A, 1st Marines at Parris Island, but that summer was transferred to Company F, Second Battalion, 5th Marines. Private Webb spent the rest of the year at New River, North Carolina, where he was rated “specialist 6th class – general duty” – even after his promotion to Private First Class at the end of the year, his lack of rifle qualification meant he would serve as a company “jack of all trades.”

Wartime Service:
Webb was in North Carolina when Pearl Harbor was attacked. After several months of additional training, and an interminable time spent at sea, he experienced his baptism of fire on the island of Tulagi, near Guadalcanal, on August 7, 1942. Although Fox Company experienced little fighting in the two-day skirmish, and little more in their one-company takeover of tiny Mbangai, the experience would still serve them well – especially when they were boarded onto destroyers for the short voyage to Guadalcanal. There, the company participated in familiar patrols and defensive actions, but on a much larger scale. The other two battalions of the 5th Marines had landed on Guadalcanal on D-Day, and were more often used for complicated missions while 2/5 was held in more of a support role. That would change on September 25, when they were ordered to march towards the Matanikau River in support of a battalion from the 7th Marines, which had run into more resistance than they could handle. They arrived that night, and a plan was made to advance in force the following morning.

Date Of Loss:
Arthur Webb was killed in action as his battalion attempted to force its way across the Matanikau River on September 26, 1942. No details are available as to the circumstances of his death, or the disposition of his remains.

Next Of Kin:
Father, Mr. William Torance Webb

Status Of Remains:
Unknown

Memorial:
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.

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