Charles S. Miller

NAME
Charles Sidney Miller
NICKNAME
MCSN
267749
HOME OF RECORD
2213 East 14th Street, Brooklyn, NY
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Etta Miller
DATE OF BIRTH
July 21, 1921
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
August 22, 1938
DATE OF LOSS
November 2, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal / Matanikau Offensive
CASUALTY TYPE
Killed in Action
UNIT
M/3/5th Marines
DUTY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
The 5th Marines continued their part of the Matanikau Offensive by enveloping a strongpoint at the base of Point Cruz, Guadalcanal. Third Battalion, 5th encountered a stubborn group of Japanese firing from a trench, supported by artillery. Hand-to-hand combat – including, unusually, bayonet charges by the Marines – broke through the main defensive points in the Japanese line.Corporal Charles S. Miller was killed on 2 November 1942 when a shell fragment struck him in the chest below the heart. His body was not recovered from the field; his burial location – and whether he received a burial at all – is not known.
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Corporal
STATUS OF REMAINS
“Not recovered.”
MEMORIALS
Long Island National Cemetery
Manila American Cemetery

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At one spot, the Japs had two antiaircraft guns that they had lowered until their barrels were horizontal. This enabled them to fire on a flat trajectory, the shells coming straight at us at a height of about four feet off the ground. It was diabolical – and lethal. I saw what was left of one of our guys who’d caught a round in the chest from one of those guns.
– Ore J. Marion, L/3/5, “On The Canal”

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