John Carmen Buckhalt
“Buck,” “Ice Man”
|HOME OF RECORD
30 Sanchez Avenue, Dowling Park, FL
|NEXT OF KIN
Parents, John & Pearl Buckhalt
|DATE OF BIRTH
March 23, 1923
|DATE OF ENLISTMENT
January 15, 1942
|DATE OF LOSS
August 19, 1942
|CAMPAIGN / AREA
|CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
On 19 August, Private Buckhalt was part of a reinforced platoon making a combat patrol east from the Marine perimeter to Tetere, Guadalcanal. As they prepared to take a noon chow break near the village of Pappangu, the patrol ran into advance scouts of Colonel Kiyono Ichicki’s detachment. In the ensuing firefight, Buckhalt, Private George Grazier, and PFC Jack Gardner were killed.
The three Marines were buried “in the Hills,” and the location was lost in the subsequent fighting for the island.
|LAST KNOWN RANK
|STATUS OF REMAINS
Buried in the field, not recovered.
St. Augustine National Cemetery
Manila American Cemetery
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As I stooped to quickly tie [my shoelace], John Buckhalt stepped in front of me and started for the cover of the trees. A shot blasted close to the left and Buck’s left arm was hit badly. Blood gushed from the wound and I shouted to him to get down. He motioned to the treetops and shouted, “The bastards are in the trees!” They weren’t. I reached to pull him down but he pulled away and got to his knees. I was looking right at him when the second shot hit him in the temple. He slumped back against the tree, uttered a little moan, and died.
I wanted to scream. I wanted to disbelieve my eyes. I wanted to wake up and discover this was all a bad dream. I wanted to crawl in a hole and cry. I wanted to die, too, and get it over with. I wanted to kill the Jap that did this to Buck. As I moved on, I saw that someone had already done that. A nauseating, gut-wrenching hatred drove me on to join the rest of the squad….
PFC Herbert “Stub” Morse
A-1-1, Pearl Harbor to Peleliu: A Marine Rifle Company Tells Their Story
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