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World War II 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Sergeant 1
Birth:
07 Oct 1917 1
Iowa 1
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Full Name:
Vernon Wells 1
Birth:
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Iowa 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Sergeant 1
Service Start Date:
1940 1
Service End Date:
1943 1
Casualty Cause:
Hostile, Died 1
Casualty Date:
27 Nov 1943 1
Casualty Place:
Kiribati 1
Casualty Reason:
Gun, Small Arms Fire 1
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*Plot: Section K Row 7 N-S Grave 45 1

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WELLS, Vernon S., Sgt 745                SN: 302264
Born: 07 Oct 1917 Chariton, Iowa
Enlisted: 26 Nov 1940
Died: 27 Nov 1943 (KIA, Buariki, Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands)
Interred: Chariton Cemetery, Chariton, IA
 
3rd Recruit Battalion, Recruit Depot, MCB, San Diego, CA
Nov 1940 Pvt (Recruit) 3rd Recruit Bn, RD, MCB, San Diego, CA “28, jd fr CRD, Des Moines, IA”
Jan 1941 Pvt, 521 - 3rd Recruit Bn, RD, MCB, San Diego, CA
 
D Co, 1st Bn, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Brigade, FMF, MCB, San Diego, CA
Jan 1941 Pvt 521 – D Co, 1st Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarBrig, FMF, MCB, San Diego, CA
Apr 1941 PFC 745 – D Co, 1st Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarBrig, FMF, MCB, San Diego, CA
 
D Co, 1st Bn, 6th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Brigade (PROV), FMF, MCB, Iceland
Jul 1941 PFC 745 – D Co, 1st Bn, 6th Marines, 1st MarBrig (PROV), Iceland, Base Cmd
Jan 1942 PFC 745 – D Co, 1st Bn, 6th Marines, 1st MarBrig (PROV), Iceland, Base Cmd
 
D Co, 1st Bn, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, FMF, MCB, San Diego, CA
Jul 1942 Cpl 745 – D Co, 1st Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, MCB, San Diego, CA
 
E Co, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, FMF, In the Field
Oct 1942 Cpl 745 – E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Noumea, New Caledonia)
Jan 1943 Cpl 745 – E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Guadalcanal, British Solomon Islands)
Apr 1943 Cpl 745 – E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, New Zealand)
Jul 1943 Sgt 745 – E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, New Zealand)
Oct 1943 Sgt 745 – E Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd MarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, New Zealand)
Nov 1943 Sgt 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
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal-2 star
World War II Victory Medal
 

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