Alvin C. Cockrell, Jr.

NAME
Alvin Chester Cockrell, Jr.
NICKNAME
Chester
MCSN
O-6684
HOME OF RECORD
Hazlehurst, MS
NEXT OF KIN
Father, Dr. Alvin C. Cockrell Sr.
DATE OF BIRTH
September 18, 1918
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
May 1, 1937
DATE OF LOSS
September 24, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
Killed In Action
UNIT
B/1/7th Marines
DUTY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
First Lieutenant Cockrell was the acting commander of B/1/7th Marines on a combat patrol seeking a flanking route around strong Japanese positions along the Matanikau River. When his battalion was ambushed in the late afternoon of 24 September, Cockrell coordinated a counterattack to relieve heavy pressure on A/1/7. He personally led one of his platoons in the assault, but was shot through the head and killed before reaching his objective.

A search party located Lieutenant Cockrell’s body the following day. He was buried with four of his comrades in a small plot on “Hill Y” in Guadalcanal’s backcountry, 25 September 1942.

Multiple post-war searches of the area failed to locate the graves on Hill Y.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Navy Cross, Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
First Lieutenant
STATUS OF REMAINS
Buried in the field.
“Hill Y, Aerial Mosaic Map, Ref. 1-20,000, Grave E”
MEMORIALS
USS Alvin C. Cockrell (DE-366)
Hazlehurst Cemetery, Hazlehurst, MS
Manila American Cemetery

Biography:
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The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Alvin Chester Cockrell, Jr. (MCSN: 0-6684), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty as Platoon Leader of the Second Platoon, Company B, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces near Mambulo, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on 24 September 1942. In the face of hostile machine gun and rifle fire, First Lieutenant Cockrell, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, led his platoon in an assault against a strongly-held enemy position, inflicting extremely heavy losses and contributing in a large part to the defeat of the Japanese in this engagement. First Lieutenant Cockrell’s outstanding courage and aggressive fighting spirit reflect great credit upon himself, his command and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave up his life in the defense of his country.


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Second Lieutenant Cockrell, photographed for his service record book on 1 October 1940

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