Richard J. Wehr

NAME
Richard Johnson Wehr
NICKNAME
MCSN
297234
HOME OF RECORD
217 West Brady Street, Butler, PA
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Barbara Wehr
DATE OF BIRTH
October 21, 1918
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
September 30, 1940
DATE OF LOSS
September 24, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
Killed In Action
UNIT
HQ/1/7th Marines
DUTY
Messenger
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Private First Class Richard Wehr served as a runner to Lieutenant Colonel Lewis “Chesty” Puller, the commanding officer of First Battalion, 7th Marines on Guadalcanal. On 24 September 1942, Wehr accompanied Puller to the head of a combat patrol searching for a suitable night bivouac. Hidden Japanese troops sprung an ambush; Wehr was shot through the throat in the opening volley.

A search party located PFC Wehr’s body the following day. He was buried with four of his comrades in a small plot on “Hill Y” in Guadalcanal’s backcountry, 25 September 1942.

Multiple post-war searches of the area failed to locate the graves on Hill Y.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS
Buried in the field.
“Hill Y, Aerial Mosaic Map, Ref. 1-20,000, Grave A”
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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