William B. IgnatiousEntered the Service from:Richwood, West Virginia
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William B. Ignatious
Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Service # 22784
United States Marine Corps
|Entered the Service from: Richwood West Virginia|
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial
|Awards: Purple Heart|
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|The Missing in Action from World War I and World War II who are memorialized on Tablets of the Missing within the cemeteries and on three memorials in the U.S.|
Source: American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) web site.
Japanese carrier-based planes were reported headed for Midway the early morning of 4 June 1942.
Source: USS Hornet (CV8)
Hornet steamed from Pearl 30 April, to aid USS Yorktown (CV 5) and USS Lexington (CV 2) at the Battle of the Coral Sea. But that battle was over before she reached the scene. She returned to Hawaii 26 May and sailed 2 days later with her sister carriers to repulse an expected Japanese fleet assault on Midway.Japanese carrier-based planes were reported headed for Midway the early morning of 4 June 1942. Hornet, Yorktown, and Enterprise launched strikes as the Japanese carriers struck their planes below to prepare for a second strike on Midway. Hornet dive bombers missed contact, but 15 planes comprising her Torpedo Squadron 8 found the enemy and pressed home their attacks. They were met by overwhelming fighter opposition about eight miles from three enemy carriers and followed all the way in to be shot down one by one. Ens. George H. Gay, USNR, the only surviving pilot, reached the surface as his plane sunk. He hid under a rubber seat cushion to avoid strafing and witness the greatest carrier battle in history.
USS Hornet (CV 8) underway in Hampton Roads, Va., 27 October 1941.
Navy photographs of Hornet (CV-8)
William B. Ignatious was a Marine with the USS Hornet Marine Detachment.
West Virginia's World War II ( Dead or Missing )
(National Park Service )
National WWII Memorial Washington, D.C.
The National Archives
"A Day that will Live in Infamy"
- Richwood State Champ Supplier of Marines
- Newspaper clip of Richwood skilled warriors of WWII
- Support our Troops
- Military Police Company from Richwood
- Memory of SP4 REX ALLAN BOWYER
Once a Marine, Always a Marine (Even in Heaven)
"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they’ve made a difference...U.S. Marines don’t have that problem"
President Ronald Reagan
When: June 4, 1942
Submitted by: Fellow Marine