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First Name: James

Last Name: Tobey

Birthplace: Blue Ridge, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Marines (present)

Home of Record: Merkel, TX
Middle Name: W.

Date of Birth: 06 June 1923

Date of Death: 20 March 1999

Rank: Corporal

Years Served:
James Wyman Tobey

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


James Wyman Tobey

Corporal, U. S. Marine Corps

Navy Cross

SPOT AWARD, Commander in Chief Pacific Forces: Serial 0647 (SofN Signed January 26, 1948)
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Private James W. Tobey (MCSN: 488633), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as a member of the Reconnaissance Party of the SECOND Tank Battalion, SECOND Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces at Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, on 20 November 1943.
When the lane of channel markers laid by his party over a shell-and-bomb-pocked coral reef was swept away, Private Tobey unhesitatingly served as a human marker under intense, persistent enemy fire and, after the tanks had safely reached the island, immediately made his way forward one hundred and fifty yards inside the hostile lines to a disabled tank, guided it back through his own lines to the beach and was highly instrumental in restoring it to operating condition. Private Tobey's splendid initiative, inspiring conduct and fearless devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Texas WWII Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 315830   Created by: drjones46




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