Julius W. Copple

NAME
Julius Worth Copple
NICKNAME
Worth
SERVICE NUMBER
306863
UNIT
Company A
First Battalion
7th Marines
HOME OF RECORD
835 South Cox Street, Asheboro, NC
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Fannie L. Copple
DATE OF BIRTH
January 11, 1921
ENTERED SERVICE
March 29, 1941
DATE OF LOSS
September 27, 1942
REGION
Solomon Islands
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
Killed In Action
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
PFC Julius W. Copple served with A/1/7th Marines during the battle of Guadalcanal.

On 27 September 1942, a detachment of 1/7 under the command of Major Otho Rogers made an amphibious landing at Point Cruz, behind Japanese defensive positions along Guadalcanal’s Matanikau River. Surrounded by fast moving enemy troops, they established a defensive perimeter around the summit of Hill 84 and suffered heavy casualties before fighting their way back to the beach. The survivors were rescued by landing craft; the battle was derisively nicknamed “Little Dunkirk.”

PFC Copple was one of thirteen Marines from A/1/7 to lose his life in the failed attack. His remains were not recovered from the battlefield

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS
Not recovered
MEMORIALS
Oak Grove United Methodist Church, Randolph County, NC
Manila American Cemetery

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