Herbert E. Benson

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NAME
Herbert Emanuel Benson
NICKNAME
MCSN
271950
HOME OF RECORD
124 Irvington Avenue, South Orange, NJ
NEXT OF KIN
Father, Mr. Ernest Benson
DATE OF BIRTH
April 23, 1918
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
May 1, 1939
DATE OF LOSS
August 13, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal / Matanikau-Point Cruz
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA/Declared Dead
August 14 1943
UNIT
HQ/1st Marine Division
DUTY
Scout
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Corporal Benson served as a scout with the Intelligence Section, 1st Marine Division on Guadalcanal. On the night of 12 August 1942, he joined a patrol led by Colonel Frank Goettge, intending to investigate reports of a surrendering Japanese encampment.
The patrol was ambushed, isolated on its beachhead, and all but annihilated. Among those who did not return was Corporal Benson.  Initially listed as missing in action, he was declared dead as of 14 August 1943.
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Corporal
STATUS OF REMAINS
Observed on Guadalcanal, but not recovered.
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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