Ralph Cory

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NAME
Ralph Cory
born Merle Ralph Cory
NICKNAME
MCSN
O-10866
HOME OF RECORD
Morton, WA
NEXT OF KIN
Wife, Mrs. Carolyn Fardon Cory
DATE OF BIRTH
November 8, 1897
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
May 26, 1942
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
Interpreter
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Lieutenant Cory was a Japanese language officer serving with 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. Lieutenant Cory was one of the first to fall wounded with a bullet in his stomach; he was later stabbed by a Japanese soldier’s bayonet. Initially listed as missing in action, Cory was declared dead as of 14 August 1943
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
First Lieutenant
STATUS OF REMAINS
Observed on Guadalcanal, but not recovered.
MEMORIALS
New Tacoma Cemetery, University Place, WA
Manila American Cemetery

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