Alden C. Mattison

NAME
Alden Curtis Mattison
NICKNAME
MCSN
337253
HOME OF RECORD
Blair, WI
NEXT OF KIN
Father, Mr. Edwin T. Mattison
DATE OF BIRTH
April 22, 1921
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
December 16, 1941
DATE OF LOSS
October 16, 1942
REGION
Marshalls
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Kwajalein
CASUALTY TYPE
POW Execution
UNIT
A/2nd Raiders
DUTY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Private Mattison, 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.

Mattison was declared dead on 19 August 1943.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private
STATUS OF REMAINS
Believed buried in mass grave, Kwajalein.
MEMORIALS
Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Blair, WI
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

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