Leon W. McStine

NAME
Leon Walter McStine
NICKNAME
MCSN
240905
HOME OF RECORD
1116 Carroll Street, Brooklyn, NY
NEXT OF KIN
Wife, Mrs. Antoinette McStine
DATE OF BIRTH
April 10, 1913
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
December 15, 1933
DATE OF LOSS
September 17, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal / Lunga River
CASUALTY TYPE
Killed In Action
UNIT
B/1/1st Marines
DUTY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Platoon Sergeant McStine 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, and identified the bodies of all missing men, including McStine. 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; Leon McStine was not among them. His remains likely still lie in their “temporary” grave on Guadalcanal.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Platoon Sergeant
STATUS OF REMAINS
Buried in the field.
MEMORIALS
Arlington National Cemetery
Manila American Cemetery

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