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Hometown: 823 A. Main St Bicknell, IN 1
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Marine Corps 1
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Private 1st Class 1
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1942 1
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1943 1
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Casualty Date:
27 Nov 1943 1
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Kiribati 1
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Gun, Small Arms Fire 1

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Thank you Marine for your service to this great nation and to our Corps...

I pray that our heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom. Yours very sincerely and respectfully,  Abraham Lincoln."    The Fallen Limb A limb has fallen from the family tree. I keep hearing a voice that says, "Grieve not for me. Remember the best times, the laughter, the song. The good life I lived while I was strong. Continue my heritage, I'm counting on you. Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through. My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest. Remembering all, how I truly was blessed. Continue traditions, no matter how small. Go on with your life, don't worry about falls I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin. Until the day comes we're together again.  

ACKERMAN, Henry R, PFC 745                     SN: 422830
Born:  18 Feb 1922 IN
Enlisted: 03 Jul 1942
Died: 27 Nov 1943 (KIA)
Location: Buariki, Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands
Interred: Fairview Cemetery, Vincennes, IN
 
5th Recruit Battalion, Recruit Depot, MCB, San Diego, CA
Jul 1942 Pvt (Rec), 5th Recruit Bn, RD, MCB, San Diego, CA “6, jd fr CRD; 3, enl. DHS, Indianapolis, IN”
Oct 1942 Pvt 521, 5th Recruit Bn, RD, MCB, San Diego, CA
 
E Co, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, FMF, In the Field
Oct 1942 Pvt 521, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Noumea, New Caledonia)
Dec 1942 Pvt 745, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Noumea, New Caledonia)
Jan 1943 Pvt 745, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands)
Apr 1943 Pvt 745, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, New Zealand)
Jul 1943 Pvt 745, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, New Zealand)
Oct 1943 PFC 745, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, New Zealand)
Nov 1943 PFC 745, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands)
 
Based on this service record, I believe that we can confidently state that he rates the following awards for WWII:
Purple Heart Medal
Combat Action Ribbon
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal-2 stars
World War II Victory Medal
 

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ACKERMAN, Henry R, PFC 745                     SN: 422830
Born:  18 Feb 1922 IN
Enlisted: 03 Jul 1942
Died: 27 Nov 1943 (KIA)
Location: Buariki, Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands
Interred: Fairview Cemetery, Vincennes, IN
 
5th Recruit Battalion, Recruit Depot, MCB, San Diego, CA
Jul 1942 Pvt (Rec), 5th Recruit Bn, RD, MCB, San Diego, CA  “6, jd fr CRD; 3, enl. DHS, Indianapolis, IN”
Oct 1942 Pvt 521, 5th Recruit Bn, RD, MCB, San Diego, CA
 
E Co, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, FMF, In the Field
Oct 1942 Pvt 521, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Noumea, New Caledonia)
Dec 1942 Pvt 745, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Noumea, New Caledonia)
Jan 1943 Pvt 745, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands)
Apr 1943 Pvt 745, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, New Zealand)
Jul 1943 Pvt 745, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, New Zealand)
Oct 1943 PFC 745, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, New Zealand)
Nov 1943 PFC 745, E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands)
 
Based on this service record, I believe that we can confidently state that he rates the following awards for WWII:
Purple Heart Medal
Combat Action Ribbon
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal-2 stars
World War II Victory Medal

OBITUARY

Brown County Democrat 10 Feb 1949
Pfc. Henry Ackerman

Military rites for Pfc Henry R. Ackerman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond R. Ackerman, of Route 3, Morgantown (Brown County), were held Saturday at the graveside in Fairview Cemetery, Vincennes, by the Vincennes VFW Post.

Pfc Ackerman was killed in action at Tarawa, Nov. 27, 1943. He was awarded a Gold Star Medal and the Presidential Citation posthumously. He died at 22.

He was wounded early in 1943 in action on Guadalcanal and was the holder of the Purple Heart.

Before entering the Marines, he lived one year in the home of a sister, Mrs. Goldie Huff, 740 S. Mount Street, Indianapolis. During that year he was employed by the W. J. Holliday Steel Co.

Born in Knox County, he attended Bicknell High School. He was selected as the "honor student of the year" in his graduating class.

Survivors, in addition to the parents, include four sisters, Mrs. Marjory Sullivan, Mrs. Ruth Crawford, and Mrs. Clara Catt, all of Indianapolis, and Mrs. Dorothy Parker, Tucson, Ariz., and two brothers, Paul Ackerman, at home, a student at Helmsburg High School and Raymond Ackerman, Indianapolis. 

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