Charmning W. Rowe

NAME
Charmning Willie Rowe
NICKNAME
Willie
MCSN
347368
HOME OF RECORD
Orlo Vista, FL
NEXT OF KIN
Father, Mr. Lesber T. Rowe
DATE OF BIRTH
April 4, 1921
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
January 20, 1942
DATE OF LOSS
September 24, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
Killed In Action
UNIT
A/1/7th Marines
DUTY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Private Rowe’s company was participating in a combat patrol along a Japanese roadway on 24 September 1942. As night approached, and the battalion began searching for a suitable bivouac site along a stream in the foothills of Mount Austen, the Japanese sprung an ambush. In the ensuing firefight, ten Marines were killed or mortally wounded.

Private Rowe died of his wounds during the night. The following morning, his body was buried with four of his comrades in a small plot on “Hill X” in Guadalcanal’s backcountry.  Multiple post-war searches of the area failed to locate these graves.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
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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