David Alvin Stauffer, Jr.
|HOME OF RECORD
4 Woodbine Avenue, Berwyn, PA
|NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Ada Bradley Stauffer
|DATE OF BIRTH
June 22, 1922
|DATE OF ENLISTMENT
October 16, 1940
|DATE OF LOSS
August 13, 1942
|CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal / Matanikau-Point Cruz
August 14 1943
|CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Sergeant Stauffer served with the R-2 section 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, isolated on its beachhead, and all but annihilated. Sergeant Stauffer was shot down in the last few moments before the position was overrun. Initially listed as missing in action, he was declared dead as of 14 August 1943.
|LAST KNOWN RANK
|STATUS OF REMAINS
Observed on Guadalcanal, but not recovered.
Great Valley Baptist Church Cemetery, Devon, PA
Manila American Cemetery
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Early in the morning the tide began to come in and filled up our foxholes, and as it was beginning to get light enough to see, Capt. Ringer, Platoon Sgt. Caltrider, and I started forward. When we had advanced about twenty five feet, up on a line with Col. Goettge’s body, I turned and called Sgt. Stauffer up. He moved forward about five feet when he was shot about five times in the back with what I believe to have been explosive bullets. When they hit him they exploded and set fire to his clothing.
– Platoon Sergeant Frank L. Few, Goettge patrol survivor
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