Kathan, Fred Eugene, 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
1943-1943, PhM-0000, 6th Marine Regiment/1st Bn (1/6)
Service Years
1939 - 1943
PhM-Pharmacist's Mate
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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
San Diego, CA
Last Address
San Diego, CA

Casualty Date
Nov 21, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Kiribati
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 3 (cenotaph)

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[From the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency]

Pharmacist's Mate First Class Fred Eugene Kathan entered the U.S. Navy from California and was attached to Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. He was killed in action by bomb fragments during the Battle of Tarawa on November 21 when the LVT-1 he was aboard hit a land mine. He was buried on Betio, but after the war his remains could not be identified among those disinterred from the island. Pharmacist's Mate First Class Kathan is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
   
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Service number: 3759738

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Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings
Start Year
1942
End Year
1942

Description
The Battle of Tulagi and Gavutu–Tanambogo was a land battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, between the forces of the Imperial Japanese Navy and Allied (mainly United States (U.S.) Marine) ground forces. It took place from 7–9 August 1942 on the Solomon Islands, during the initial Allied landings in the Guadalcanal campaign.

In the battle, U.S. Marines, under the overall command of U.S. Major General Alexander Vandegrift, successfully landed and captured the islands of Tulagi, Gavutu, and Tanambogo among which the Japanese Navy had constructed a naval and seaplane base. The landings were fiercely resisted by the Japanese Navy troops who, outnumbered and outgunned by the Allied forces, fought and died almost to the last man.

At the same time that the landings on Tulagi and Gavutu–Tanambogo were taking place, Allied troops were also landing on nearby Guadalcanal, with the objective of capturing an airfield under construction by Japanese forces. In contrast to the intense fighting on Tulagi and Gavutu, the landings on Guadalcanal were essentially unopposed. The landings on both Tulagi and Guadalcanal initiated the six-month long Guadalcanal campaign and a series of combined-arms battles between Allied and Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands area.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1942
To Year
1942
 
Last Updated:
Jul 8, 2018
   
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  199 Also There at This Battle:
  • Besson, John Henry, RADM, (1931-1959)
  • Brosnan, Ryan
  • Burlingame, Archie, S1c, (1923-1943)
  • Earnest, Albert, CAPT, (1941-1972)
  • Froze, Francis Donald, Cox, (1941-1945)
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