Raymond H. Moershall

NAME
Raymond Homer Moershall
NICKNAME
MCSN
375620
HOME OF RECORD
305 West Union Avenue, Wheaton, IL
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Mary Moershall
DATE OF BIRTH
June 1, 1922
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
April 20, 1942
DATE OF LOSS
October 16, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadlacanal / Lunga Roads
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA / Declared Dead
17 October 1943
UNIT
VMF-223
DUTY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
PFC Raymond Moershall, a member of the ground echelon of VMF-223, was slated to leave Guadalcanal on 16 October 1942. He was one of about 150 ambulatory patients – sick, wounded, or combat fatigued – taken aboard the USS McFarland (AVD-14) for evacuation.

At 1750, the ship was attacked by a flight of nine Aichi Type 99 dive bombers. The final plane landed a bomb on the McFarland’s stern, setting off the ship’s depth charges and causing havoc among the passengers packed on the exposed deck. PFC Moershall was among them: his exact fate is not known.

Moershall was reported as missing in action when the McFarland beached at Tulagi. An official declaration of death followed on 17 October, 1943.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS
Not recovered.
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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