Acuna, Miguel Lara, GMC

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
GM-0000-Gunner's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate
Primary Unit
1951-1958, GM-0000, USS Los Angeles (CA-135)
Service Years
1940 - 1961
GM-Gunner's Mate
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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1923
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by PO1 Carlos Benavides (chale biggs) to remember Acuna, Miguel Lara, GMC USN(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Corpus Christi, TX
Last Address
Un ranchito in South Texas

Date of Passing
Aug 19, 2007
 
Location of Interment
Seaside Memorial Park Mausoleum - Corpus Christi, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20


 Unofficial Badges 

Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion Order of the Shellback


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Mike was a great American.  A proud Pearl Harbor Survivor.  A father of six  and  a nice neigbor;  A retired CPO and a retired Civil Servant at CCAD(Corpus Christi Army Depot).  Mike is buried close to my dad also a WWII veteran.  I miss them both.  The world is a better place because of their service and family.

Carlos B Benavides 
   
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ACTIVITY DURING WWII

Aboard USS Vestal at Pearl Harbor, he served on the USS Vestal until 1943 He was then transferred to the USS Titanina for the rest of the war. He took pare in the landings in North Africam Bougaineville, Leyte Gulf, Guam, Borneo and many other s in the Pacific. 

Korean War 
He was aboard the the USS Los Angels when it was hit by shore batteries from the Norht Korea. 

   
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Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
Start Year
1944
End Year
1944

Description
Guam, ringed by reefs, cliffs, and heavy surf, presents a formidable challenge for an attacker. But despite the obstacles, on 21 July, the Americans landed on both sides of the Orote peninsula on the western side of Guam, planning to cut off the airfield. The 3rd Marine Division landed near Agana to the north of Orote at 08:28, and the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade landed near Agat to the south. Japanese artillery sank 20 LVTs, and inflicted heavy casualties on the Americans, especially on the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, but by 09:00 men and tanks were ashore at both beaches. The 77th Infantry Division had a more difficult landing. Lacking amphibious vehicles, they had to wade ashore from the edge of the reef where they were dropped by their landing craft. The men stationed in the two beachheads were pinned down by heavy Japanese fire, making initial progress inland quite slow.



US Marines move inland.
By nightfall, the Americans had established beachheads about 6,600 feet (2,000 m) deep. Japanese counterattacks were made throughout the first few days of the battle, mostly at night, using infiltration tactics. Several times, they penetrated the American defenses and were driven back with heavy loss of men and equipment. Lieutenant General Takeshi Takashina was killed on 28 July, and Lieutenant General Hideyoshi Obata took over the command of the defenders.

Supply was very difficult for the Americans in the first days of the battle. Landing ships could not come closer than the reef, several hundred yards from the beach, and amphibious vehicles were scarce. However, the two beachheads were joined up on 25 July, and the Orote airfield and Apra harbor were captured by 30 July.

The counterattacks against the American beachheads, as well as the fierce fighting, had exhausted the Japanese. At the start of August, they were running out of food and ammunition and had only a handful of tanks left. Obata withdrew his troops from the south of Guam, planning to make a stand in the mountainous central and northern part of the island. But with resupply and reinforcement impossible because of American control of the sea and air around Guam, he could hope to do no more than delay the inevitable defeat for a few days.

Rain and thick jungle made conditions difficult for the Americans, but after an engagement at Mount Barrigada from 2-4 August, the Japanese line collapsed; the rest of the battle was a pursuit to the north. As in other battles of the Pacific War, the Japanese refused to surrender, and almost all were killed. On 10 August, after three weeks of combat, organized Japanese resistance ended, and Guam was declared secure. The next day, Obata committed ritual suicide.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
Dec 9, 2017
   
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  213 Also There at This Battle:
  • Barr, John Andrew, PO3, (1943-1946)
  • Beckwith, John Edward, S1c, (1942-1945)
  • Besson, John Henry, RADM, (1931-1959)
  • Chavez, Natalio, S1c, (1944-1946)
  • Coggins, Royal Joseph, S1c, (1942-1946)
  • Crookshank, Irvin, PO2, (1942-1946)
  • Dawson, William L., PO2, (1942-1945)
  • Dikel, Samuel, PO2, (1942-1946)
  • Garrett, Earl, PO2, (1941-1953)
  • Garrettson, Charles
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