LeCaptain, Bernhard, PhM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
PhM-0000-Pharmacist Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Pharmacist's Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1944, PhM-0000, 9th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn (2/9)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
PhM-Pharmacist's Mate

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Home State
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Ladysmith
Last Address
Ladysmith

Casualty Date
Jul 25, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Pacific
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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World War II Fallen
  2016, World War II Fallen


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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
(HM) Hospital Corpsman Independent Force Duty Corpsman Course9th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn (2/9)
  1943-1943, PhM-0000, (HM) Hospital Corpsman Independent Force Duty Corpsman Course
  1943-1944, PhM-0000, 9th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn (2/9)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
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Last Known Activity

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Bernhard LeCaptain, Pharmacist's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving as a Medical Corpsman attached to the Second Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, during the battle for Fonte Hill, Guam, on 25 July 1944. Pharmacist's Mate Second Class LeCaptain repeatedly risked his life to minister to men wounded in battle. He unhesitatingly ran through heavy machinegun fire 75 yards to a wounded Marine and then carefully used the scant cover of a small parapet to protect the Marine. He himself remained exposed, while administering first aid. Continuing his daring and gallant service, he dragged another casualty to a nearby ravine to provide comparative safety during medical treatment. A few minutes later, he braved the intense barrage to rescue another wounded man who lay in the line of fire. Although severely wounded by rifle fire while caring for his patient, Pharmacist's Mate Second Class LeCaptain continued his task. He attempted to rise from his kneeling position only to collapse from extreme loss of blood and succumb before assistance could reach him. By his courage and efforts on behalf of others at great risk to his own life, Pharmacist's Mate Second Class LeCaptain undoubtedly saved many lives, and his steadfast devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

   
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