William M. Held

NAME
William Martin Held
NICKNAME
MCSN
346311
HOME OF RECORD
614 South Main Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Emma Held
DATE OF BIRTH
October 7, 1918
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
January 6, 1942
DATE OF LOSS
October 8, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal / Third Matanikau
CASUALTY TYPE
Killed In Action
UNIT
L/3/2nd Marines
DUTY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
On 7 October 1942, the Third Battalion, 2nd Marines led an attack against Japanese positions along the Matanikau River. Slight resistance was encountered near their chosen crossing site, a narrow span called “One Log” or “Nippon Bridge,” and the battalion bivouacked in the area overnight.

Fighting continued in a torrential downpour the following day. Company L, 3/2 suffered three fatal casualties at the hands of a Japanese machine gunner; Private Lloyd Hanson and PFC William Held died on the spot. Neither man’s body was recovered from the field.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS
“Not recovered due to battle conditions.”
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

Biography:
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Articles and Records:

Excerpt from the muster roll of L/3/2, October 1942. Corporal Kerner’s body was eventually returned to the United States; Hanson and Held are likely still on Guadalcanal

Photo Gallery:

A little joke for the 1936 Washington High School yearbook.

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