Photo #: NH 106311
Private Robert M. McTureous, Jr., USMC
Halftone reproduction of a photograph, copied from the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 228.
Robert M. McTureous, Jr. was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity" while serving with the Third Marine Battalion, Twenty-ninth Marines, Sixth Marine Division against Japanese forces on Okinawa, Japan, 7 June 1945. While capturing a hill on Oroku Peninsula, his company suffered casualties, and the wounded couldn't be evacuated to the rear due to heavy enemy fire. Realizing the peril of his comrades, on his own initiative he attacked the enemy position numerous times. Though severely wounded while continuing his attack on the Japanese position, McTureous crawled 200 yards back to safety before asking for aid. His actions covered the removal of wounded Marines and completely disorganized the enemy to the point where his company could occupy the hill and complete its mission. He was evacuated to USS Relief (AH-1) but succumbed to his wounds on 11 June.
U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
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