William J. Cusack

NAME
William John Cusack
NICKNAME
MCSN
266646
HOME OF RECORD
261 Corbin Place, Brooklyn, NY
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Helen Cusack
DATE OF BIRTH
November 1, 1918
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
June 13, 1938
DATE OF LOSS
October 9, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal / Third Matanikau
CASUALTY TYPE
Killed In Action
UNIT
G/2/7th Marines
DUTY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
On 9 October 1942, the Second Battalion, 7th Marines was completing a “blitz” against Japanese positions west of the Matanikau River.¬†At 0800, E/2/7 was ambushed by well-emplaced machine guns; seven Marines were killed and more wounded. Once the ambush was cleared, G/2/7 was ordered to move into the area and take over the evacuation of the casualties. Due to changing orders, the dead were buried in the field; G/2/7 then proceeded back to the Matanikau with the battalion’s wounded.

Their route was not without danger; four G Company Marines lost their lives on the way. Sergeant William J. Cusack was just a few hundred yards from safety when he died; his buddies buried him in the field and marked the coordinates. Subsequent campaigning may have destroyed the gravesite; despite intensive post-war searches of the area, Cusack’s remains have never been identified.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Sergeant
STATUS OF REMAINS
“Buried at (70.4 – 200.2) Map #104”
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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