Actions Along the Matanikau: 1942, 1970, 2013

Pacific Paratrooper is proud to bring you this well-researched article on some of the men of Guadalcanal.

Missing Marines

Except for scholars of the battle, October 9, 1942 is not a particularly noteworthy day in the history of Guadalcanal. American presence on the island, while not exactly secure, was at least not as tenuous as it had been. The Cactus Air Force was developing a daily routine, and Japanese raids came in like clockwork. The battles of the Tenaru, Savo Island, and Edson’s Ridge were in the past; Battleship Sunday, the attack on Henderson Field, the Matanikau Offensive and the Long Patrol had not yet occurred. The main activities on October 9 were the arrival of the First Battalion, Second Marines from garrison duty on Tulagi, and the successful conclusion of a flanking attack along the far bank of the Matanikau River that removed a thorn in the side of the Marine perimeter. Both of these actions resulted in men killed, wounded, and missing.

The remains of at least twenty-five Marines…

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Posted on May 2, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Thank you for this reblog, gocox. If my aging memory serves me right, I had visited this blog some time back… Perhaps through you? Can’t recall. But sadly for me, I have not re-visited until your post here. I’m sure he/she has one on Sgt. Genaust. Need to fact check. 🙂

    Death in war is but grisly. To document the location of field burials was a best effort at that time. Old Man Jack went on such a patrol to locate dead Marines after things cooled down. The conditions under which they fought and died is the primary reason for not being able to locate them. They did their best to mark their locations. But not knowing for sure was a mother’s greatest anguish.

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    • I follow the Missing Marines blog, and I believe I have reblogged him before. He has not been posting much at present because he is working on his thesis, but will return regularly in the near future.
      Sgt. Genaust will be one of the cameramen I will be mentioning in an Intermission story, but I can Not locate on that site. There are many others tho.

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  2. Excellent research gp, thankfully todays records are well documented and remains are found and returned.
    It would have been hard to record every detail, on every MIA or KIA, back in the days when it was Hell all around.
    I wish closure for Penny Strickland Rogo, hopefully his story can be told in its finale.
    Seeing as you are up on research gp, how many are still listed as MIA in Vietnam ?.


  3. Great article and such determination!


  4. Thank you for reblogging, GP!

    Hoping to be able to devote more time to MissingMarines once my thesis is done in a few weeks–got a lot of catching up to do, and might have some good news coming out of Guadalcanal pretty soon.



    • I’ve been reading about that, Geoffrey, and looking forward to more news!! It was my pleasure to reblog it – they’ll be more in the future – we have a long way to go!! Best of luck on your thesis – priorities always come first!

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  5. I am always amazed at how much care was taken to record places of burial. Maybe in this case it was not careful enough but an incredible effort in tough conditions, all the same.

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  6. Thank you gp. Well worth the time

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  7. An incredibly detailed account of the ‘other side’ of war, the discovery and recovery of those killed or missing. It includes personal accounts from the time, and shows the determination of the marines to attempt to bring home the bodies of their fallen comrades.
    A very different, but equally important article. Thanks for the re-blog GP.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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