Denzil R. Caltrider

NAME
Denzil Ray Caltrider
NICKNAME
MCSN
250032
HOME OF RECORD
Route 4, Augusta, GA
formerly Vienna, WV
NEXT OF KIN
Wife, Mrs. Ruth Jordan Caltrider
DATE OF BIRTH
February 3, 1917
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
September 23, 1935
DATE OF LOSS
August 13, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal / Matanikau-Point Cruz
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA/Declared Dead
August 14 1943
UNIT
H&S/5th Marines
DUTY
R-2 Section
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Platoon Sergeant Caltrider 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, isolated on its beachhead, and all but annihilated. Caltrider survived a night of fighting, only to be hit by machine gun fire just before the position was overrun. Initially listed as missing in action, he was declared dead as of 14 August 1943.
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Platoon Sergeant
STATUS OF REMAINS
Observed on Guadalcanal, but not recovered.
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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The Caltrider siblings went all in on the war effort. The family was represented in the Marine Corps, the Navy, the regular Army, and the WAC.

2 thoughts on “Denzil R. Caltrider

  1. Denzel’s younger brother Charles George Caltrider enlisted US Navy shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor and was deployed to the Philippines.

  2. Many of us have read about the ill-fated foray led by Goettge but this is the first reading where a Marine was brought to life. This fateful journey was a critical scene in the 1943 B&W classic, “Guadalcanal Diary”.

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