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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 2
Rank:
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps 1
Birth:
24 Oct 1916 2
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah 2
Death:
15 Jun 1944 3
Saipan, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana 3
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Full Name:
Helmut Fred Behlert 1
Birth:
24 Oct 1916 2
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah 2
Male 2
Death:
15 Jun 1944 3
Saipan, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana 3
Cause: K.I.A. while landing on the island 3
Death:
Buried: Missing in Action or Buried at Sea<BR>Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial<BR>Honolulu, Hawaii 1
Death: 15-Jun-44 1
Death Date: 15 Jun 1944 1
Memorial Cemetery: Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial 1
Memorial Country: Honolulu, Hawaii 1
Memorial Location: Missing in Action or Buried at Sea 1
Residence:
State: Utah 1
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Marriage:
Margaret Arko 4
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World War II 1

Branch:
Marine Corps 2
Rank:
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps 1
Service Start Date:
Oct 1942 2
Service End Date:
15 Jun 1944 2
Service Number:
346911 1
Awards:
Purple Heart 1
Regiment:
United States Marine Corps 1

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PFC Helmut Fred Behlert was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division of the II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF). From October to November 1942, the unit deployed to Wellington, New Zealand. During the course of WWII the battalion fought at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian and Okinawa. In the Marianas, the regiment landed under heavy fire at Saipan's Red Beach on Jun 15th, 1944. This was the most difficult landing in regimental history; two of the three battalion commanders were seriously wounded in the first minutes ashore. Early the next morning the 6th Marines repulsed several tank-supported counterattacks and saved the beachhead. Unfortunately, many of the Marines never made it to the beach. PFC Behlert was one of them. His body was never recovered and presumed washed out to sea. 

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