Jack Henry Gardner
|HOME OF RECORD
2426 Midland Avenue, Syracuse, NY
|NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Florence M. Gardner
|DATE OF BIRTH
|DATE OF ENLISTMENT
January 9, 1942
|DATE OF LOSS
August 19, 1942
|CAMPAIGN / AREA
|CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
On 19 August, PFC Gardner was part of a reinforced platoon making a combat patrol east from the Marine perimeter to Tetere, Guadalcanal. As they prepared to take a noon chow break near the village of Pappangu, the patrol ran into advance scouts of Colonel Kiyono Ichicki’s detachment. In the ensuing firefight, Private John Buckhalt, Private George Grazier, and PFC Gardner were killed.
The three Marines were buried “in the Hills,” and the location was lost in the subsequent fighting for the island.
|LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
|STATUS OF REMAINS
Buried in the field, not recovered.
Manila American Cemetery
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After what seemed an eternity, our patrol had wiped out thirty-one enemy. We took stock of our own losses. I lost my best boot camp friend, Jack Gardner. He lay dead among a small pile of cartridges and a couple of BAR magazines. I weas reaching out to touch his face when I felt the wet; I puked. I was kneeling in his brains.
PFC Herbert “Stub” Morse
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