Amos H. Gray

NAME
Amos Hedrick Gray
NICKNAME
Hedrick
MCSN
337901
HOME OF RECORD
General Delivery, Raymond, MS
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Vessie Gray
DATE OF BIRTH
March 3, 1920
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
January 15, 1942
DATE OF LOSS
November 10, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
Killed in Action
UNIT
A/1/2nd Marines
DUTY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
At 0600 on 10 November 1942, the First Battalion, 2nd Marines began advancing west from the positions they held around Point Cruz. At the crest of a grassy ridge, Company A ran into a hornet’s nest of machine gun, rifle, and mortar fire that stopped them in their tracks. No reinforcements could be spared, and the company was forced back in what was euphemistically termed a “strategic withdrawal.”

PFC Amos H. Gray of Company A was taking cover with a group of his comrades when a shell landed in their midst. His body could not be recovered from the field, and he has not been accounted for to this day.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS
“Presumably buried in the field at place of death… in vicinity of 500 yds west and 1000 yds inland fr beach of position 03, Map 104.”
MEMORIALS
Raymond Cemetery, Hinds County, MS
Manila American Cemetery

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The heat got to the point where I expected the men to go berserk – it drove everything from your mind but your loathing for this never-ending jungle…. We finally struck the far slope and began whittling a way up to the ridge – daylight and fresh air were up in that direction, so we literally mangled a path upwards. Up here too the Japs lay in wait for us…. they opened up on us with machine guns and sprayed right down through us. They sure had our number, two of Boyd’s squad were hit with the first burst – one was killed…. no corpsman could get up to the ridge to us under that fire but the men cursed and yelled for a corpsman nevertheless.
Some of the fellows were begging me to give the order to withdraw – they wouldn’t budge unless they were told to…. At last they threw the works at us – machine guns and mortar – must have been [a] half dozen grenades from those “knee” mortars that struck squarely in the cluster of men. One shell hit practically on Grey [sic] on the jungle’s edge and killed him instantly, young Hale to my right was hit in the spine with fragments. Mosier below me was hit in the kidneys, young Jais was deaf from the shock blast and McDonald caught a load of the stuff in his shoulder and left arm.
– Jim Sorensen, A/1/2, in William W. Rogal’s Guadalcanal, Tarawa and Beyond: A Mud Marine’s Memoir of the Pacific Island War.

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Excerpt from the muster roll of A/1/2, November 1942.

 


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