Vernon S Wells

Vernon S Wells

World War II · US Marine Corps · Sergeant

    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