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Robert McGowan Wagner

Private, U.S. Marine Corps

XC3099452

5th Marine Regiment
1st Marine Division

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: October 8, 1942
Buried at: Beverly National Cemetery
                  Beverly NJ
Awards: Purple Heart

PRIVATE ROBERT McGOWAN WAGNER was born in California on August 19, 1920. He lived most of his life in Berlin NJ, where he attended local elementary schools, and sang in the church choir of the Berlin Baptist Church. After graduating from Haddonfield Memorial High School in Haddonfield NJ, he took a job at a hosiery mill in Palmyra NJ.

Private Wagner enlisted in the Marine Corp at Philadelphia in January of 1942. He trained at Parris Island SC, Quantico VA, and New River NC before leaving the United States in March of 1942, never having had a furlough. He served with Unit 450, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He participated in the invasion on August 7th, 1942 of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, which was the first land offensive against the Japanese. During an aerial bombing attack, in the presence of John Everett Martin, Jr. of Berlin NJ, he was killed on October 8th, 1942, and interred in the U.S. Cemetery there. He was entitled to wear the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon and was awarded posthumously the Purple Heart Medal.      

Robert Wagner was brought home to New Jersey after the war. He was buried at Beverly National Cemetery on March 13, 1948.


Camden
Courier-Post

March 11, 1948

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