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World War II - U.S. Marine Corps

Robert Miller McTureous Jr.

  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company H, 3d Battalion, 29th Marines,
    6th Marine Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: June 7, 1945
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, while serving with the 3d Battalion, 29th Marines, 6th Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa in the Ryukyu Chain, 7 June 1945. Alert and ready for any hostile counteraction following his company's seizure of an important hill objective, Pvt. McTureous was quick to observe the plight of company stretcher bearers who were suddenly assailed by slashing machine-gun fire as they attempted to evacuate wounded at the rear of the newly won position. Determined to prevent further casualties, he quickly filled his jacket with hand grenades and charged the enemy-occupied caves from which the concentrated barrage was emanating. Coolly disregarding all personal danger as he waged his furious one-man assault, he smashed grenades into the cave entrances, thereby diverting the heaviest fire from the stretcher bearers to his own person and, resolutely returning to his own lines under a blanketing hail of rifle and machine-gun fire to replenish his supply of grenades, dauntlessly continued his systematic reduction of Japanese strength until he himself sustained serious wounds after silencing a large number of the hostile guns. Aware of his own critical condition and unwilling to further endanger the lives of his comrades, he stoically crawled a distance of 200 yards to a sheltered position within friendly lines before calling for aid. By his fearless initiative and bold tactics, Pvt. McTureous had succeeded in neutralizing the enemy fire, killing six Japanese troops, and effectively disorganizing the remainder of the savagely defended garrison. His outstanding valor and heroic spirit of self-sacrifice during a critical stage of operations reflect the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Naval Service.

Medal of Honor Recipient Robert M. McTureous Jr.
Medal of Honor Recipient Robert M. McTureous Jr.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Florida
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: August 7, 1946

    Altoona, Florida, presented by Lt. Col. Alexander A. Vandergrift, Jr. to his Family

  • Born: March 26, 1924, Altoona, Lake County, FL, United States
  • Died: June 11, 1945, Aboard the Hospital Ship U.S.S. Relief, at sea, Pacific Ocean
  • Buried: Glendale Cemetery (MH), Altoona, FL, United States
  • Location of Medal: Lake County Historical Museum, Tavares, FL ; National Museum of the US Marine Corps, Quantico, VA

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