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|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
|CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal / Matanikau-Point Cruz
Killed in action
|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.
|LAST KNOWN RANK
|STATUS OF REMAINS
“Remains interred on beach at mouth of Matanikao [sic] River, Guadalcanal.”
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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