Raymond Alphonse Rosalik
|HOME OF RECORD
1650 Ferdinand Street, Detroit, MI
|NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Sophia Rosalik
|DATE OF BIRTH
December 25, 1924
|DATE OF ENLISTMENT
January 8, 1942
|DATE OF LOSS
August 13, 1942
|CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal / Matanikau-Point Cruz
Killed in Action
|CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
PFC Rosalik served as a rifleman with Company A, First Battalion, 5th Marines during the battle of Guadalcanal. On the morning of 13 August 1942, his company was sent to reinforce the trapped Goettge Patrol near the Matanikau River. The Marines located a Japanese camp along the beach, and mounted an attack.
PFC Rosalik was killed in the ensuing firefight. His body was left on the field of battle, but relocated and buried when American troops returned to the area on 19 August. The grave site was lost over the course of the campaign, and could not be located by post-war searchers.
|LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
|STATUS OF REMAINS
“Interred near mouth of Matanikau River, Guadalcanal.”
Manila American Cemetery
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9 September 1942
Dear Mrs. Rosalik,
It is with my deepest regret that circumstances do not permit me to personally explain to you the great sacrifice which your son made for our country here on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. While Death can never be satisfactorily explained away to beloved ones, I know that my own mother and father would have some of their grief, at least, transformed into pride if I ever respond to the Lord’s call in the same heroic manner that your son has done. That is why I am writing to you now.
Ray was killed in the front line while firing at the enemy. He was protecting the forward advance of other members of his squad so that he and they could drive the enemy from an entrenched position. The enemy was later driven out. To the last Ray obeyed the military orders of his country until a greater order came from Above. More could not be expected of any Marine.
I have talked with those who fought at the side of your son. It is my hope that someday you may do the same. If you do, that which I have so inadequately expressed here will develop into its fullest meaning.
My company and I salute your son and yourself.
With heartfelt sympathy and soldierly pride, I am,
W. P. Kaempfer
Commanding Co. “A”
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