Joseph Gifford

NAME
Joseph Gifford
NICKNAME
MCSN
291466
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
REGION
Marshalls
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Kwajalein
CASUALTY TYPE
POW Execution
UNIT
B/2nd Raiders
DUTY
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.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal
LAST KNOWN RANK
Corporal
STATUS OF REMAINS
Believed buried in mass grave, Kwajalein.
MEMORIALS
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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This is likely Joe Gifford’s “friend,” Julia Page, seen at her 50th wedding anniversary in 1937. The Pages were among the early pioneers of Cornville, Arizona. For more information on the Pages, see Cornville Historical Society, “Jim and Julia Page Anniversary” (PDF download)

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