Elbert R. Priest

NAME
Elbert Raymond Priest
NICKNAME
Ray
MCSN
345513
HOME OF RECORD
1006 King Street, Redwood City, CA
NEXT OF KIN
Parents, Fred & Alice Priest
DATE OF BIRTH
October 16, 1921
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
January 5, 1942
DATE OF LOSS
October 15, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Out of Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA / Declared Dead
19 February 1945
UNIT
VMSB-141
DUTY
Radio / Gunner
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Corporal Elbert “Ray” Priest was a radioman/gunner assigned to VMSB-141. Among his squadronmates was his younger brother, Corporal George F. Priest. the two enlisted, trained, and campaigned together as part of the “Cactus Air Force” that operated out of Guadalcanal – until 10 October 1942, when George vanished on a strike mission.1

5 October 1942 was a day of frantic activity at Henderson Field. The Cactus Air Force staged repeated strikes on Japanese ground troops and convoys, and weathered dogfights and bombing raids in return. Ray Priest and his pilot, Second Lieutenant Robert LeBlanc, were in the thick of the action, but failed to return to base following one of the day’s missions. No trace of either Marine, or of their aircraft, was ever found.

Elbert Priest was officially declared dead on 19 February 1945.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Corporal
STATUS OF REMAINS
Not recovered.
MEMORIALS
Golden Gate National Cemetery
Manila American Cemetery

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The three Priest brothers – George, Irvine, and Ray – before the war.

Photo posted to the Olson-Shackley Family Tree by Douglas John Shackley.

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