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First Name: Robert

Last Name: LaPrade

Birthplace: Kenedy, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Marines (present)

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

Date of Birth: 04 August 1916

Date of Death: 23 January 1943

Rank: First Lieutenant

Years Served:
Robert M. LaPrade

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Robert M. LaPrade

First Lieutenant, U. S. Marine Corps

Navy Cross

Died on the USS Solace buried near Auckland NZ returned to US after the war for permanent burial. Served in L Company 3rd Battalion 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division.

Approved by the Secretary of the Navy on July 15, 1943
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant Robert M. LaPrade (MCSN: 0-9775), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service while serving with the SECOND Marine Division during action against enemy Japanese forces on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on 20 January 1943.
Operating behind the enemy lines, Lieutenant LaPrade, in command of a combat patrol which wiped out one enemy machine gun position, was critically wounded twice and his second in command incapacitated by enemy machine-gun fire. Despite his insistence that they leave him behind, First Lieutenant LaPrade was carried back to our lines where, with unfaltering disregard for his own ebbing strength, he continued to give orders concerning directions and formations until he lost consciousness. His indomitable fighting spirit and inspiring devotion to the accomplishment of an important mission were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave up his life in the service of his country.

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Texas WWII Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 315805   Created by: drjones46




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