Charles H. Burgess, Jr.

NAME
Charles Henry Burgess, Jr.
NICKNAME
MCSN
362707
HOME OF RECORD
1 Superior Street, Swampscott, MA
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Gertrude Burgess
DATE OF BIRTH
July 12, 1924
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
January 26, 1942
DATE OF LOSS
September 27, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal / Second Matanikau
CASUALTY TYPE
Killed In Action
UNIT
A/1/7th Marines
DUTY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
On 27 September 1942, a detachment of the First Battalion, 7th Marines under the command of Major Otho Rogers made an amphibious landing at Point Cruz, behind Japanese defensive positions along Guadalcanal’s Matanikau River. Surrounded by fast moving enemy troops, they established a defensive perimeter around the summit of Hill 84 and suffered heavy casualties before fighting their way back to the beach. The survivors were rescued by landing craft; the battle was derisively nicknamed “Little Dunkirk.”

PFC Burgess was one of thirteen Marines from A/1/7 to lose his life in the failed attack. His remains were not recovered from the battlefield.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS
“Not recovered due to battle conditions.”
MEMORIALS
WWII Memorial Monument, Swampscott, MA
Quantico National Cemetery
Manila American Cemetery

Biography:
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Articles and Records:

Excerpt from the muster roll of A/1/7th Marines, September 1942. None of these men have been recovered.

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