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NAME
William Bainbridge
NICKNAME
MCSN
270005
HOME OF RECORD
1210 Howard Street, Hillside, NJ
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Emma Bainbridge
DATE OF BIRTH
December 22, 1921
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
February 1, 1939
DATE OF LOSS
August 13, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal / Matanikau-Point Cruz
CASUALTY TYPE
Killed in action
UNIT
H&S/5th Marines
DUTY
R-2 Section
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Corporal Bainbridge served with the R-2 section of the 5th Marine Regiment 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 and cut off, backs against the sea. Bainbridge was ordered to make a break for Marine lines in search of help. He was killed en route, and his body found by a Marine patrol in the following days. He was buried near the mouth of the Matanikau River.
Post-war search teams were unable to locate Bainbridge’s body.
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Corporal
STATUS OF REMAINS
“Remains interred on beach at mouth of Matanikao [sic] River, Guadalcanal.”
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

* Note: Corporal Bainbridge is the only member of the Goettge Patrol known to have been identified when buried.

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