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LeRoy Diamond

Place of Birth: New York, New York
Home of record: East Haddam Connecticut


Navy Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Corporal LeRoy Diamond (MCSN: 294352), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving as a Machine Gunner of the Eleventh Machine Gun Squad, Company H, Second Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese armed forces at the Tenaru River, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on 21 August 1942. Lacking the protection of riflemen, Corporal Diamond's machine gun squad was forced to tear down its frontal protection to meet the oncoming strong Japanese landing force. In spite of tremendous difficulties, the enemy attack was courageously met and repulsed by fierce and determined fighting during which Corporal Diamond was seriously wounded. His personal valor and loyal devotion to duty contributed to the defeat of the enemy and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: SPOT AWARD: Serial 18 (SofN Signed March 18, 1943)

Action Date: 21-Aug-42

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Corporal

Company: Company H

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 1st Marines

Division: 1st Marine Division