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.