Fredrick John Carlson
|HOME OF RECORD
124 Marseilles Avenue, Elyria, OH
|NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Mary Carlson
|DATE OF BIRTH
February 9, 1942
|DATE OF LOSS
November 1, 1942
|CAMPAIGN / AREA
Killed In Action
|CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Corporal Fred J. Carlson served as an NCO with C/1/5th Marines during the battle of Guadalcanal.
On 1 November 1942, 1/5th Marines crossed the Matanikau River and attacked Japanese positions in the vicinity of Point Cruz. Company C ran into a strongpoint in a ravine and was stopped cold, and repeated attempts only drove up the casualty rate. By nightfall, 27 Marines of C/1/5 were dead or mortally wounded – one of the highest fatality rates any Marine company suffered in a single action on Guadalcanal. Corporal Fred Carlson was among those killed at the strongpoint.
The following day, thirty Marines from 1/5 were buried in the field at a site 400 yards west of Point Cruz and 600 yards from the beach. Only seven were recovered after the battle; the remainder, including Corporal Carlson, were classed as non-recoverable.
|LAST KNOWN RANK
|STATUS OF REMAINS
Buried in the field.
“about 400 yards West of Point Cruz,
about 600 yards inland from the sea.”
Manila American Cemetery
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“Saw Ausili die. Louis Kovacs was dead but still warm, Harland Swart, Carlson, Potocki, Doucette, Waterstraw… everyone was dead… shot to hell and back. It was the saddest and most awful sight I’ve ever seen in my life. I saw Jack Holland, leader 2nd Platoon, shot in the shoulder. Henry Loughman was shot in the groin and died… I found Crosby’s body… Poor fellow, he never knew what hit him.”
– Lieutenant Maurice Raphael, B/1/5, diary entry. Congressional Record: Proceedings and Debates of the 124th Congress, October 14 1978.
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