Salvatore C. Speciale

NAME
Salvatore Charles Speciale
NICKNAME
Sammy
MCSN
340376
HOME OF RECORD
67 Central Avenue, Cortland, NY
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Julia Speciale
DATE OF BIRTH
1923
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
January 5, 1942
DATE OF LOSS
October 8, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal / Third Matanikau
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA / Declared Dead
October 9, 1943
UNIT
I/3/5th Marines
DUTY
Platoon Messenger
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
On 8 October 1942, after a harrowing night of combat, Company I, Third Battalion, 5th Marines maintained defensive positions along the eastern bank of the Matanikau River.

PFC Salvatore Speciale was last seen at 1700 hours in the Matanikau area. The exact circumstances surrounding his fate are not known; no trace of his remains were ever identified, and he was declared dead on 9 October 1943.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS
Not recovered.
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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