George Michael Joseph Berwanger
|HOME OF RECORD
7125 Charles Street, Philadelphia, PA
|NEXT OF KIN
Father, Mr. Michael Berwanger
|DATE OF BIRTH
January 17, 1918
October 7, 1935 – October 7, 1939 (active)
October 7, 1939 – February 1, 1941 (inactive, reserve)
February 1, 1941 (active)
|DATE OF LOSS
October 8, 1942
|CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal / Third Matanikau
Killed In Action
|CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
On 8 October 1942, the Second Battalion, 5th Marines attacked a Japanese salient on the banks of the Matanikau River. Companies E and G were ordered to cross near a creek junction at 0906, but by 1212 both companies had been stopped by heavy machine gun and rifle fire from the opposite bank.
Sergeant George Berwanger of G/2/5 was killed during the attack. He was buried in the field; muster rolls reported “at forks of [the] Matanikau River,” while a casualty card gave the location as “in hillside one mile west of Forks of Matanikau River.” Post-war searches were fruitless, and Berwanger was declared non-recoverable on 12 August 1949.
|LAST KNOWN RANK
|STATUS OF REMAINS
“Interred at forks of Matanikau River” 9 October 1942
Manila American Cemetery
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