Carl J. Held

NAME
Carl Joseph Held
NICKNAME
Pop
MCSN
299459
HOME OF RECORD
3319 North Albany Avenue, Chicago, IL
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Anna Held
DATE OF BIRTH
July 29, 1916
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
October 16, 1940
DATE OF LOSS
October 26, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA / Declared Dead
October 27, 1943
UNIT
I/3/10th Marines
DUTY
Scout
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
On the night of 25 October 1942, their first on Guadalcanal, a trio of men from Battery I, 3/10th Marines, manned forward observation post #9. This post was overrun during the Japanese attack on Henderson Field, and the senior scout, Sergeant Carl “Pop” Held, was shot in the thigh.

Held’s buddies carried him down the hill to a corpsman, who treated the wound and administered morphine. The sergeant was left behind as the battle moved on; in the morning, he could not be found.

Sergeant Held was never seen alive again. He was declared dead on 27 October 1943.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Sergeant
STATUS OF REMAINS
Missing in action.
MEMORIALS
Rosehill Cemetery, Beechwood, MI
Manila American Cemetery

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“That night the battery lost one of its best men, Scout Sergeant Carl J. (Pop) Held, during the fight for Hand Grenade Hill. The Japs counterattacked, and Held was shot in the right thigh. Corp. [Theodore] Dorn and PFC Charlie R. Perry carried him back about 75 yards to a corpsman. After he was given first aid and a shot of morphine, the others had to leave him there alone as the battle moved forward. They took the hill in the morning, but when they came back for Held he had disappeared. He was never found, and there is an unconfirmed story that his wallet was found on a dead Jap.”
– Bill Miller “The Forgotten Battalion,” 
Leatherneck Magazine Vol. 28, No. 2 (February 1945)

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