|HOME OF RECORD
519 North Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro, CA
raised Yavapai County, AZ
|NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. V. Martin
|DATE OF BIRTH
March 27, 1909
|DATE OF ENLISTMENT
October 10, 1927 – October 9, 1931
January 10, 1942
|DATE OF LOSS
October 16, 1942
|CAMPAIGN / AREA
|CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Corporal Gifford, a member of the 2nd (Carlson’s) Raiders, participated in an amphibious raid on Makin Island in August, 1942. He was one of nine Raiders left behind when the battalion withdrew, and was captured by the Japanese.
The nine prisoners were held at the 6th Base Force Headquarters on Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands until 16 October 1942. Then, on the orders of Vice Admiral Kōsō Abe, they were beheaded and buried in a mass grave on the island.
Gifford was declared dead on 19 August 1943.
Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal
|LAST KNOWN RANK
|STATUS OF REMAINS
Believed buried in mass grave, Kwajalein.
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
* Note: for reasons unknown, Gifford does not appear on the official DPAA list of non-recovered Marines.
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