John L. Delano

NAME
John Lehneman Delano
NICKNAME
MCSN
332099
HOME OF RECORD
1940 Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton, MA
NEXT OF KIN
Wife, Mrs. John Delano
DATE OF BIRTH
January 14, 1920
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
December 20, 1941
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
Draftsman
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
PFC Delano was a draftsman 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. PFC Delano was one of those who did not return. Initially listed as missing in action, he was declared dead as of 14 August 1943.
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS
Observed on Guadalcanal, but not recovered.
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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John Delano was a talented artist; his watercolor painting of an amphibious landing graced the dust jacket and inner cover of Keith Ayling’s 1943 book “Semper Fidelis.”

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