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Ira E. Heinen

Date of death: Killed in Action
Place of Birth: Wisconsin, Junction City
Home of record: Junction City Wisconsin
Status: KIA


Navy Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Private First Class Ira E. Heinen (MCSN: 540371), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with the Second Battalion, Fourth Marines (Reinforced), First Provisional Marine Brigade, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Guam, Marianas Islands, on 21 July 1944. Operating on the exposed left flank of his platoon where he was subjected to intense hostile mortar and machine-gun fire, Private First Class Heinen fought with determined aggressiveness and, although wounded twice, assisted in repelling two fierce charges by the enemy in that sector, personally accounting for at least eight of the Japanese assailants. Steadfastly refusing to be evacuated until completion of a third vigorous counterattack by the enemy, he resolutely held his ground despite two bayonet wounds and contributed materially to the prevention of a major penetration and encirclement of our position. Later, after his evacuation, he succumbed to his wounds. Private First Class Heinen's great personal valor and indomitable fighting spirit were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific Forces: Serial 004080 (January 1, 1945)

Action Date: July 21, 1944

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Private First Class

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 4th Marines (Rein.)

Division: 1st Provisional Marine Brigade