PFC Roland W. Kennedy

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NAME:
Roland W. Kennedy
NICKNAME: SERVICE NUMBER:
332675
HOME OF RECORD:
Waldwick, NJ
NEXT OF KIN:
Grandmother, Mrs. Belle Hewitt
DATE OF BIRTH:
1922
ENLISTED:
December, 1941
DATE OF DEATH:
September 26, 1942
CAMPAIGN UNIT MOS RATE FATE
Guadalcanal G/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 & Memorial, Philippines


Birth and Early Life:
Roland Kennedy was born around the year 1922. Little is known about his youth; in 1940 he was eighteen years old, newly employed, and living with his grandparents in Allendale, New Jersey.

Enlistment and Boot Camp:
Kennedy enlisted in December 1941, shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He trained at Parris Island with the Sixth Recruit Battalion, then transferred to New River, North Carolina to join Company G, Second Battalion, 5th Marines.

Wartime Service:
Kennedy was promoted to PFC on April 7, 1942, not long before his regiment headed west towards the war. He saw a brief glimpse of New Zealand before participating in the invasion of Tulagi on August 7; two weeks of garrison duty and patrolling elapsed before Second Battalion boarded destroyers and were shuttled to Guadalcanal. There, they participated in more patrols, nighttime defense of the Marine perimeter, and even helped the Marine Raiders fight off a determined enemy attack in the battle of Bloody Ridge.

On September 25, PFC Kennedy left the comparative safety of the Marine lines. His battalion made its way towards the Matanikau River, where they would relieve a friendly unit and continue the advance into enemy territory.

Date Of Loss:
Roland Kennedy was killed in action on the afternoon of September 26, 1942. His company, attempting to cross the Matanikau under fire, was caught in the open by pre-sighted Japanese weapons and suffered 25 casualties in a matter of minutes. Seven of the dead, including Kennedy, were never recovered after the fighting ended.

Next Of Kin:
Grandmother, Mrs. Belle Hewitt of Waldwick, NJ

Status Of Remains:
Unknown

Memorial:
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.

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