In Memoriam

William Burt Ignatious

Entered the Service from:Richwood, West Virginia
In Honored Glory!
Awards: Purple Heart
William Ignatious
William Burt Ignatious
son of
Joe & Mary Ignatious

Horse Ridge
Richwood WV.
Buried at Sea

World War II Honor Roll

William B. Ignatious

Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

Service # 22784

United States Marine Corps

Entered the Service from: Richwood West Virginia
Died: 4-Jun-42
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii
Awards: Purple Heart
Purple Heart
Purple Heart

World War 2 - United States Navy at War, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS CASUALTIES, Part 2 - BY DATE, JUNE 1942, Battle of Midway

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.
Hornet 1941!
Navy photographs of Hornet (CV-8)
William B. Ignatious, PltSgt, 222784, Marine with the USS Hornet Marine Detachment, killed in action.

Thursday, June, 4, 1942

MIDWAY: The Battle of Midway. The Japanese Striking Force launched the first attack wave against Midway; sea-plane hangers were set aflame and a large fire started in the fuel oil tanks on Sand Island, and Marine buildings including the powerhouse were destroyed on Eastern Island. Two groups of 12 and 13 planes from Marine Fighter Squadron 221 received heavy damage in an attempt to intercept the approaching force. Twenty-one Marine bombers together with aircraft from three U.S. carriers attacked the Japanese force; carriers Kaga and Soryu were sunk and Akagi and Hiryu set afire and later sunk by the Japanese. U.S. carrier Yorktown was severely damaged and abandoned


USS Hornet CV-8, Marine Detachment CUMMINGS, Fred Wilfred, Jr, Pfc, 311871, MarDet, USS Hornet, killed in action (mc)HUMFLEET, Lowell Edward, Pvt, 316213, MarDet, USS Hornet, killed in action (mc)IGNATIOUS, William Burt, PltSgt, 222784, MarDet, USS Hornet, killed in action (mc)

The Battle of Midway was called the "turning point in the Pacific" during World War II

MIDWAY Trailer (2019) Patrick Wilson WWII


Midway is a 2019 American war film based on the Attack on Pearl Harbor and the subsequent Battle of Midway during World War II. Directed by Roland Emmerich, who produced the film with Harald Kloser, and written by Wes Tooke, the film features an ensemble cast, including Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, Tadanobu Asano, and Woody Harrelson.

Battle of Midway, is a 1976 American Technicolor war film directed by Jack Smight and produced by Walter Mirisch from a screenplay by Donald S. Sanford.[2][3] The film features an international cast of stars including Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford, Ed Nelson, Hal Holbrook, Toshiro Mifune, Robert Mitchum, Cliff Robertson, Robert Wagner, James Shigeta, Pat Morita, John Fujioka, Robert Ito and Christina Kokubo.

IGNATIOUS, William Burt, PltSgt, 222784, MarDet, USS Hornet, killed in action

External links
Wreck of WWII aircraft carrier USS Hornet discovered in the South Pacific
(National Park Service )
National WWII Memorial Washington, D.C.
The National Archives
"A Day that will Live in Infamy"

Internal links
  1. Richwood State Champ Supplier of Marines
  2. Newspaper clip of Richwood skilled warriors of WWII
  3. Support our Troops
  4. Military Police Company from Richwood
  5. Memory of SP4 REX ALLAN BOWYER
  6. The forgotten USMC Divers
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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

MarineWilliam Mom And Dad Joseph and Mary Chicoski-Ignatious 1950 Richwood WVAwards medals and commendations William B Ignatious received.

killed in action Where: Midway
When: June 4, 1942
Submitted by: Fellow Marine