Gerald M. Butland

NAME
Gerald Meaden Butland*
NICKNAME
MCSN
351363
HOME OF RECORD
13 Eighmie Terrace, Poughkeepsie, NY
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Louise Butland
DATE OF BIRTH
October 24, 1920
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
January 6, 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.”

Private Butland 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
STATUS OF REMAINS
“Not recovered due to battle conditions.”
MEMORIALS
Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, Dutchess County, NY
Manila American Cemetery

Note: Name appears as “Gerard M. Butland” on USMC casualty reports.

Biography:
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Articles and Records:

Excerpt from the muster roll of A/1/7, September 1942.

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3 Replies to “Gerald M. Butland”

  1. The 1923 sailing roster mentioned has a “last residence” of Brickets (place of birth isnt recorded, only nationality). I believe this is a misspelling of Brigus, Newfoundland, which also appears to be the birthplace of both his parents. George Duncan Butland, his father seemed to have travelled between Canada and the US often over the years and became a naturalised US citizen in 1905, which may be part of the reason for the apparent inconsistencies in nationality and immigration dates quoted. George was also blind at the time of his death in 1941, and had been for “some years” according to his obit in the NY Times. Blindness can be a result of ocular tuberculosis, so the suggestion the family was suffering from TB in 1930 seems quite possible.

    1. I am his niece. Please contact me D. Butland. From M. Butland

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