Bernard Joseph Luecking
|HOME OF RECORD
2826 Rayner Avenue, Baltimore, MD
|NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Ruth Luecking
|DATE OF BIRTH
|DATE OF ENLISTMENT
January 28, 1942
|DATE OF LOSS
September 17, 1942
|CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal / Lunga River
Killed In Action
|CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Private Luecking participated in a combat patrol up the Lunga River on 17 September 1942. The leading elements of his company, B/1/1, were cut off by an ambush, and attempts to rescue them resulted in further casualties. Eighteen men were left behind when the patrol withdrew.
A burial party returned to the ambush site the following week to identify and bury the remains. Their status was changed to “KIA at 1030 a.m. from gunshot wounds” on 25 September.
Nine of the eighteen were recovered in the years after the battle; Private Luecking was not among them. His remains likely still lie in their “temporary” grave on Guadalcanal.
|LAST KNOWN RANK
|STATUS OF REMAINS
Buried in the field.
Manila American Cemetery
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Editor, The Chevron.
Will you kindly try to get me some information through the Chevron about my son, Bernard Luecking? He was killed in action on Guadalcanal on or about 25 Sept., 1942. The only news I have received of his death was from the Government.
If there would be a possible chance of getting in touch with a boy that knew Bernard when he was on combat duty on Guadalcanal, so that he may be able to give me some definite news of my son, I would like to do so.
Whatever you do as far as information is concerned will be very much appreciated.
JOHN G. LUECKING
2826 Rayner Avenue, Baltimore, Md.
The Marine Corps Chevron Vol. 2, Number 39, October 2 1943.
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