Cain, James, CWT

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
WT-0000-Water Tender
Last Rating/NEC Group
Water Tender
Primary Unit
1939-1946, BT-0000, USS Chester (CA-27)
Service Years
1940 - 1945
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
WT-Water Tender
Four Hash Marks

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
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Home Town
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Last Address
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Date of Passing
Jul 24, 2006
 
Location of Interment
Bushnell National Memorial Cemetery - Bushnell, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
SECTION 1E ROW 6B SITE 16

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 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Shellback US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal

Navy Chief 100 Yrs 1893-1993 Navy Chief Initiated Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose) Order of the Golden Dragon

Cold War Veteran Cold War Veteran




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Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Marshall Islands Operation
From Month/Year
November / 1943
To Month/Year
December / 1943

Description
In the Pacific Theater of World War II, the Gilbert and Marshall Islands campaign, from November 1943 through February 1944, were key strategic operations of the United States Pacific Fleet and Marine Corps in the Central Pacific. The purpose was to establish airfields that would allow land based air support for the upcoming operations across the Central Pacific. The campaign began with a costly three-day battle for the island of Betio at the Tarawa atoll. The campaign was preceded a year earlier by a diversionary raid on Makin Island by U.S. Marines in August, 1942.
About 4,000 kilometers southwest of the Hawaii Islands, the Marshall Islands represented part of the perimeter of the Japanese Pacific empire. The former German colony was given to Japan after the closure of WW1, and had since been an important part of both offensive and defensive plans of the Japanese Navy. By the end of 1943, Admiral Mineichi Koga of the Japanese Combined Fleet knew the Americans were eyeing the islands, but he could not figure out where they would strike. His difficulties were further complicated by the lack of carrier aircraft, as they were taken away from him in an attempt to reinforce land-based squadrons. With his hands tied, all Koga could do was to send his submarines out as forward observers and order the regional commander in Truk Admiral Masashi Kobayashi to reinforce the island garrisons that were most exposed to American attacks. Kobayashi shifted men to the outer islands of Jaluit, Mili, Wotje, and Maloelap. In total, Kobayashi had 28,000 troops available to him in the Marshall Islands. For a garrison that size ground fortifications were sub-par, but that was rather by design at this stage of the war, for that Tokyo had since decided that the Marshall Islands were to serve only as a part of a delay action campaign. The new defensive perimeter was to be established much closer to the home islands.

American intelligence decoded Japanese messages and detected movements for the outer islands, and decided to change the invasion plans. Unbeknownst to the Japanese, the Americans were now bypassing the reinforced outer islands; they were now directly attacking Kwajalein and Eniwetok.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
November / 1943
To Month/Year
November / 1943
 
Last Updated:
May 29, 2021
   
Personal Memories
   
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No Available Photos

  84 Also There at This Battle:
 
  • Freeman, Harold, CMC, (1943-1975)
  • Kundrot, Vity
  • Lucas, Charles S., PO3, (1943-1946)
  • Scalza, Louis, PO2, (1943-1946)
  • Smith, Jakie, S2c, (1943-1946)
  • Soucy, Ronald, PO2, (1942-1945)
  • Wood, Morris, CPO, (1941-1949)
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