Donald H. Beale

NAME
Donald Harkness Beale
NICKNAME
Don
SERVICE NUMBER
349423
UNIT
Company C
First Battalion
2nd Marines
HOME OF RECORD
1235 Carteret Avenue, Pueblo, CO
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Madge Beale
DATE OF BIRTH
September 29, 1921
ENTERED SERVICE
January 5, 1942
DATE OF LOSS
November 3, 1942
REGION
Solomon Islands
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
Killed In Action
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Private Donald H. Beale served with C/1/2nd Marines during the battle of Guadalcanal.

At 0630 on 3 November 1942, the First Battalion, 2nd Marines began advancing west from the Point Cruz area, aiming for an area designated as the O3 Line. Shortly after noon, when about 300 yards short of the objective, they ran into a hornet’s nest of machine gun and mortar fire, and suffered 74 casualties before withdrawing to defensive positions.

Private Beale was killed in action during the day’s fighting; his body was left on the field. The exact location was not recorded, and his remains have not been accounted for.*

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private
STATUS OF REMAINS
“Not recovered due to battle conditions.”
MEMORIALS
Roselawn Cemetery, Pueblo, CO
Manila American Cemetery

* Note: In 1947, the remains of three individuals were discovered in an isolated grave near the site of the 3 November action. Private Thomas J. Christie (X-12B, C/1/2) and PhM3c Bruce B. Bender (X-12A, 2nd Medical Battalion, attached to 1/2) were identified by physical characteristics in 1948. X-12C could not be identified, but may be one of the missing members of C/1/2.

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