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26 October 1942 | Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Pfc. Harvey R. Brewster
Co. K, 164th Infantry Regiment, Americal Division
Killed in action 26 October 1942
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
The 164th Infantry Regiment arrived on Guadalcanal on 13 October 1942, and were attached to the 1st Marine Division in the defense of Henderson Field. At the time they were the only Army unit on the island (the rest of the Division would arrive later). 1st and 2nd Battalions held defensive positions along the east of Henderson Field, while 3/164 was held in regimental reserve, until the early morning hours of 25 October. At 0200 on the 25th, 3/164 was brought up to the positions of 1st Battalion, 7th Marines along "Bloody Ridge", fighting along side the Marines, and were involved in hand-to-hand fighting countering massive Japanese "banzai" attacks. (It was for acts during this action that GnySgt John Basilone, 1/7, was awarded the Medal of Honor.)