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World War II - U.S. Marine Corps

Anthony Casamento

Details
  • Rank: Corporal
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines,
    1st Marine Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: November 1, 1942
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company D, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division on Guadalcanal, British Solomon Islands, in action against the enemy Japanese forces on 1 November 1942. Serving as a leader of a machine gun section, Cpl. Casamento directed his unit to advance along a ridge near the Matanikau River where they engaged the enemy. He positioned his section to provide covering fire for two flanking units and to provide direct support for the main force of his company which was behind him. During the course of this engagement, all members of his section were either killed or severely wounded and he himself suffered multiple, grievous wounds. Nonetheless, Cpl. Casamento continued to provide critical supporting fire for the attack and in defense of his position. Following the loss of all effective personnel, he set up, loaded, and manned his unit's machine gun, tenaciously holding the enemy forces at bay. Cpl. Casamento singlehandedly engaged and destroyed one machine gun emplacement to his front and took under fire the other emplacement on the flank. Despite the heat and ferocity of the engagement, he continued to man his weapon and repeatedly repulsed multiple assaults by the enemy forces, thereby protecting the flanks of the adjoining companies and holding his position until the arrival of his main attacking force. Cpl. Casamento's courageous fighting spirit, heroic conduct, and unwavering dedication to duty reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service.
Medal of Honor Recipient Anthony Casamento
Medal of Honor Recipient Anthony Casamento
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: September 12, 1980
    The White House, presented by Pres. Jimmy Carter
  • Born: November 16, 1920, New York, NY, United States
  • Died: July 18, 1987, Northport, NY, United States
  • Buried: Long Island National Cemetery (MH) (DSS-79-A), Farmingdale, NY, United States
  • Location of Medal: West Islip Library, West Islip, NY
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