NAME
Wilfred Harvey Ringer, Jr.
NICKNAME
Bill
MCSN
O-6804
HOME OF RECORD
1511 Wood Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO
formerly of Brookline, MA
NEXT OF KIN
Wife, Mrs. Ruth Warren Ringer
DATE OF BIRTH
June 30, 1915
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
June 4, 1935
DATE OF LOSS
August 13, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal / Matanikau-Point Cruz
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA/Declared Dead
August 14 1943
UNIT
H&S/5th Marines
DUTY
R-2
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Captain Ringer was the regimental intelligence officer (R-2) of the 5th Marine Regiment on Guadalcanal. On the night of 12 August 1942, he joined a patrol led by Colonel Frank Goettge, intending to investigate reports of a surrendering Japanese encampment.
The patrol was ambushed, and Colonel Goettge killed almost immediately. Ringer assumed command, and established a defensive perimeter, which he held throughout the night. One of the few survivors stated that Ringer was shot down shortly before the position was overrun.
Captain Ringer was initially listed as missing in action, and officially declared dead as of 14 August 1943.
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Captain
STATUS OF REMAINS
Observed on Guadalcanal, but not recovered.
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

Biography:
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Articles and Records:

The Fitchburg Sentinel, 18 September 1942. Bill and Ruth were married shortly before he left for overseas.

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One thought on “Wilfred H. Ringer, Jr.

  1. A few months ago I purchased a used version of “Guadalcanal Diary” by Richard Tregaskis. It has the story of Captain Ringer’s unfortunate death in it on pages 96 and 97. It also has the signature of “Ruth W. Ringer” inside the front cover. The book indicates that it is a 1943 first printing by Random House. I would be pleased to present it to the Ringer family.

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