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William F. Richey

Date of death: Killed in Action
Home of record: Tyler Texas
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 William F. Richey (MCSN: 324137), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with Company A, First Battalion, Eighth Marines (Reinforced), SECOND Marine Division, in combat against enemy Japanese forces at Guadalcanal, Solomon Island, on 23 November 1942. Knowing that it was impossible for his comrades to advance as long as two enemy machine guns which were holding a commanding position remained in action, Private Richey with two other Marines volunteered to dislodge them. Fighting his way through a hail of machine-gun and sniper fire up to an advantageous position, he threw hand grenades into the enemy emplacement, silencing the gun. Rushing the position, he repeated the process, silencing the second gun. While returning to our lines with a captured machine gun, he was killed. His inspired acts of valor, in the face of almost certain death, were instrumental in breaking the deadlock with the enemy and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Authority: Board of Awards: Serial 1177 (July 8, 1943)

Action Date: 23-Nov-42

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Private

Company: Company A

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 8th Marines (Rein.)

Division: 2d Marine Division