George M. J. Berwanger

NAME
George Michael Joseph Berwanger
NICKNAME
MCSN
250176
HOME OF RECORD
7125 Charles Street, Philadelphia, PA
NEXT OF KIN
Father, Mr. Michael Berwanger
DATE OF BIRTH
January 17, 1918
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
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
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal / Third Matanikau
CASUALTY TYPE
Killed In Action
UNIT
G/2/5th Marines
DUTY
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.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Sergeant
STATUS OF REMAINS
“Interred at forks of Matanikau River” 9 October 1942
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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George’s older brother, Joseph A. Berwanger, also enlisted in 1935. The brothers served in the same company for several years before the war. Leatherneck Magazine, March 1944.

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