Hugh G. Strickland

NAME
Hugh Gilbert Strickland
NICKNAME
Buddy
MCSN
286699
HOME OF RECORD
404 DeSoto Street, Port Tampa City, FL
NEXT OF KIN
Father, Mr. Charley G. Strickland
DATE OF BIRTH
1924
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
July 8, 1941
DATE OF LOSS
October 9, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal / Third Matanikau
CASUALTY TYPE
Killed In Action
UNIT
F/2/7th Marines
DUTY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
On 9 October 1942, the Second Battalion, 7th Marines was completing a “blitz” against Japanese positions west of the Matanikau River.The attack commenced at 0645; by 0800, E/2/7 was in serious trouble from a Japanese machine gun on their flank. A squad from F Company was detached to assist.

PFC Hugh G. Strickland was likely killed in action while maneuvering around the enemy position. His buddies buried him on a ridge fifty yards from PFC Robert O. Eberle, and recorded the coordinates of the site. However, Strickland’s grave was not found by searchers in the years after the war.

Remains potentially matching those of PFC Strickland were located on Guadalcanal in 2013.
At present, no official identification has been made.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS
“Buried at (69.75 – 200.4) Map #104”
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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