Erwin S. King

NAME
Erwin Shaftsbury King
NICKNAME
Shazy
MCSN
357175
HOME OF RECORD
West Road, Clarksburg, MA
NEXT OF KIN
Father, Mr. Erwin C. King
DATE OF BIRTH
August 11, 1924
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
January 22, 1942
DATE OF LOSS
September 24, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
Killed In Action
UNIT
B/1/7th Marines
DUTY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
PFC King’s company was participating in a combat patrol along a Japanese roadway on 24 September 1942. As night approached, and the battalion began searching for a suitable bivouac site along a stream in the foothills of Mount Austen, the Japanese sprung an ambush. In the ensuing firefight, ten Marines were killed or mortally wounded.

PFC King died of his wounds during the night. The following morning, his body was buried with four of his comrades in a small plot on “Hill X” in Guadalcanal’s backcountry.  Multiple post-war searches of the area failed to locate these graves.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS
Buried in the field.
“Hill X, Aerial Mosaic Map, Ref. 1-20,000, Grave 3”
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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