William P. Duckworth

NAME
William Paul Duckworth
NICKNAME
MCSN
344037
HOME OF RECORD
Crossville, IL
NEXT OF KIN
Father, Mr. D. A. Duckworth
DATE OF BIRTH
unknown
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
January 8, 1942
DATE OF LOSS
September 26, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal / Second Matanikau
CASUALTY TYPE
Killed In Action
UNIT
F/2/5th Marines
DUTY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
On 26 September 1942, the Second Battalion, 5th Marines attempted to cross Guadalcanal’s Matanikau River as part of an offensive aimed at Japanese forces west of the Marine perimeter. Company F managed to cross the sandbar at the river’s mouth, but were stopped by heavy fire from the opposite bank and withdrew with heavy casualties.

PFC William Duckworth was killed during the day’s action. His remains, along with those of two other Marines, were buried 300 yards east of the river. Subsequent fighting made the location impossible to find after the war.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS
“Remains interred in Grave No. 3 about 300 yards east of the Matanikau River on the Beach Trail between a cocoanut grove and small trail at Guadalcanal, BSI”
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

Biography:
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Articles and Records:

Excerpt from the muster roll of F/2/5th Marines, September 1942.

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2 thoughts on “William P. Duckworth

  1. This was my grandmother’s brother. She never got over the loss of Bill. I dont think this date of birth is correct, however.

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