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First Name: Eugene

Last Name: Key

Birthplace: Milam Co., TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Marines (present)

Home of Record: Dallas, TX
Middle Name: M.

Date of Birth: 05 October 1916

Date of Death: 07 August 1942

Rank: First Lieutenant

Years Served:
Eugene Morland Key

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Eugene Morland Key

First Lieutenant, U. S. Marine Corps

Navy Cross

Son of Ira Floyd and Agnes H. Sears Key.

Commander in Chief Pacific Forces: Serial 909 (May 24, 1943)
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Eugene Morland Key (MCSN: 0-7597), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with the FIRST Marine Raider Battalion, during the landing assault and seizure of enemy Japanese-held Tulagi Island, British Solomon Islands, on 7 August 1942.
When his platoon was attacked from the flank by a group of hostile snipers, First Lieutenant Key, although mortally wounded, worked his way forward until he could throw hand grenades into the enemy position. By his indomitable fighting spirit and outstanding skill, he destroyed Japanese resistance at this point and enabled his platoon to advance without further loss. His great personal valor was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the defense of his country.

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Texas WWII Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 315803   Created by: drjones46




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