Thursday, November 1, 2012

Nov

1

1942

Bloody fight for Guadalcanal continues

A U.S. Marine patrol crosses the Matanikau River on Guadalcanal in September, 1942.  It was near this location that Anthony Casamento's machine gun team made their stand - every single one of them was killed or seriously wounded.

During the course of this engagement, all members of his section were either killed or severely wounded and he himself suffered multiple, grievous wounds. Nonetheless, Corporal Casamento continued to provide critical supporting fire for the attack and in defense of his position. Following the loss of all effective personnel, he set up, loaded, and manned his unit’s machine gun, tenaciously holding the enemy forces at bay.