Baxter, Eugene E, PhM1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
PhM-0000-Pharmacist Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Pharmacist's Mate
Primary Unit
1942-1942, PhM-0000, Field Medical Service School
Service Years
1936 - 1942
PhM-Pharmacist's Mate

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Home Town
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Last Address

Casualty Date
Nov 03, 1942
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Solomon Islands
World War II
Location of Interment
Mount Hope Cemetery - San Diego, California
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 Duty Stations
RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA(HM) Hospital Corpsman A School, Great Lakes, IL1st Marine Division2nd Marine Regiment/1st Bn (1/2)
Advancement Schools and Courses
  1936-1936, RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA
  1936-1937, PhM-0000, (HM) Hospital Corpsman A School, Great Lakes, IL
  1942-1942, HM-8404, 1st Marine Division
  1942-1942, HM-8404, 2nd Marine Regiment/1st Bn (1/2)
  1942-1942, PhM-0000, Field Medical Service School
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings
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  Jun 22, 2012, General Photos1
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                            *BAXTER, EUGENE EDWARD (KIA)


The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Eugene Edward Baxter (0-3808979), Pharmacist's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving as a Medical Corpsman attached to the First Battalion, Second Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces at Guadalcanal, during the Solomon Islands Campaign from 7 August 1942 to 3 November 1942. On 9 October 1942, Pharmacist's Mate First Class Baxter displayed unusual valor and bravery while rescuing survivors lost when a Personnel Boat capsized in Lengo Channel off Guadalcanal. At that time he spent over an hour in shark-infested waters and personally accounted for ten of the fourteen survivors that were saved. On 3 November 1942 during the offensive against the Japanese beyond the Matanakau River on Guadalcanal, Pharmacist's Mate Baxter was killed while carrying a wounded Marine out of a ravine in the face of persistent enemy fire. By his courage and efforts in behalf of others at great risk to his own life, Pharmacist's Mate First Class Baxter 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.
Commander, Southern Pacific Forces and Area: Serial 2977 (August 28, 1943)
Born: June 30, 1914 at Anaheim, California
Home Town: San Diego, California

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