Monday, March 14, 2011

Reid C. Chamberlain
U. S. Marine Corps

Date of death: March 1, 1945
Place of Birth: Parkin, Arkansas
Home of record: El Cajon, California
Status: KIA

After his escape from a Japanese Prison Camp in the Philippine Islands, Reid Chamberlain subsequently returned to duty with the Marine Corps. Promoted to Sergeant, he landed with Company A, 21st Marines at Iwo Jima on February 21, 1945, and was killed in action there on March 1.

Awards and Citations
Distinguished Service Cross
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Corporal Reid Carlos Chamberlain (MCSN: 22334352), United States Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy while serving with the Philippine Guerilla Forces in the Philippine Islands during the period 15 January 1943 to 13 November 1943. After escaping from Corregidor and a long journey through enemy-occupied territory, Corporal Chamberlain reported for duty to the commander of the United States forces operating on the island of Mindanao. Acting the in the capacity of an officer he served as liaison officer, continually performing hazardous missions between the headquarters of various forces and delivering supplies to units by means of small boats operating in waters constantly patrolled by enemy vessels. Corporal Chamberlain's courage, resourcefulness, and determination enabled him repeatedly to penetrate the enemy blockade and to render conspicuous service to the United States forces in the Philippine Islands. His outstanding heroism and skill reflect highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Armed Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 83 (1943)
Action Date: January 15 - November 13, 1943
Service: Marine Corps