Charmning W. Rowe

NAME
Charmning Willie Rowe
NICKNAME
Willie
SERVICE NUMBER
347368
UNIT
Company A
First Battalion
7th Marines
HOME OF RECORD
20 Country Road, Orlo Vista, FL
NEXT OF KIN
Father, Mr. Lesber T. Rowe
DATE OF BIRTH
April 4, 1921
ENTERED SERVICE
January 20, 1942
DATE OF LOSS
September 24, 1942
REGION
Solomon Islands
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
Killed In Action
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Private Charmning W. Rowe served with the weapons platoon of Company A, 7th Marines, during the battle of Guadalcanal.

On 24 September 1942, Rowe’s company was leading a combat patrol when they encountered a heavily-armed Japanese rear guard. The Marines were forced to fall back and break contact; in the process, Private Rowe suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He died at the battalion aid station that night, and was buried in the field the following day.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private
STATUS OF REMAINS
Buried in the field.
“Hill X, Aerial Mosaic Map, Ref. 1-20,000, Grave 5”
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

Biography:
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“After the fight I went around to see who got hurt. They had a sort of little field hospital, a lot of the guys were hurt or dead. There’s this friend of mine, guy by the name of Rowe. He’s laying on his stomach. I said ‘Hey, where’d you get hit?’ He said, ‘I got hit in the butt.’ ‘Oh, that’s good, you’ll get to go home.’ He looked at me kinda funny, quizzically and said ‘Yeah….’ So I went to sleep that night, nothing ever happened, it was quiet after that.

Woke up the next morning to see how Rowe was. Somebody said he died during the night. I said, what did he die from? The corpsman told me he wasn’t only shot in the butt, he had three bullet holes in his stomach and he died. So… friends of mine are beginning to have some problems.”
– Private Charles M. Jacobs, A/1/7



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