NAME
Frank Bryan Goettge
NICKNAME
“The Great”
MCSN
O-333
HOME OF RECORD
Quarters #4, Quantico, VA
NEXT OF KIN
Wife, Mrs. Florence Page Goettge
DATE OF BIRTH
December 30, 1895
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
May 22, 1917
DATE OF LOSS
August 13, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal / Matanikau-Point Cruz
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA/Declared Dead
August 14 1943
UNIT
HQ/1st Marine Division
DUTY
D-2
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Colonel Goettge served as the division intelligence officer (D-2) of the 1st Marine Division on Guadalcanal. On the night of 12 August 1942, he led a patrol to investigate reports of a Japanese contingent near Point Cruz that wished to surrender.
His patrol landed in the wrong place, and as Goettge led them into the jungle, he was shot by a member of the 11th CU Security Force. His men confirmed Goettge’s death before retreating to a defensive position on the beach. Over the next several hours, the patrol was cut to pieces; only three men survived the ordeal.
Although the remains of the Goettge Patrol were located in subsequent weeks, they were not recovered during the campaign. Goettge himself was reported as missing in action, and declared dead as of 14 August 1943.
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit, Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Colonel
STATUS OF REMAINS
Observed on Guadalcanal, but not recovered.
MEMORIALS
Standing Rock Cemetery, Kent, OH
Manila American Cemetery

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