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Aragon, Abel Bidal 'Billie' (USMC)

Date of birth:
July 6th, 1926 (Fruita, Mesa County, Colorado, USA)
Date of death:
July 8th, 1961 (Grand County, Utah, USA)
Service number:
MCSN: 867254
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Private First Class (Lance Corporal)
Unit:
1st battalion - 3d Marine Division
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Private First Class Abel Bidal Aragon (MCSN: 867254), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with the 60-mm. section of Company A, First Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Guam, Marianas Islands, 22 July 1944. Assuming the duties of a rifleman in a nine-man group assigned the mission of assaulting a strongly-held enemy ridge, Private First Class Aragon proceeded up the ridge and succeeded in reaching this crest despite withering hostile fire which reduced his group to three men. During the next four hours on the ridge, he repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire and, on several occasions, succeeded in silencing the fire from near-by Japanese pits. Although sustaining severe wounds in the left hip in one attempt, he continued to fire upon the hostile position for two hours. By his cool courage, fortitude and devotion to duty, Private First Class Aragon upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Fleet Marine Force Pacific: Serial 00420 (February 8, 1945)
Navy Cross

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