Corporal John P. Fardy, USMC, (1922-1945)
John Peter Fardy was born on 8 August 1922 in Chicago, Illinois. He enlisted from that same state in the U.S. Marine Corps in May 1943. Following recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at San Diego California, he was promoted to Private First Class and remained in the area to attend the Japanese Language School at Camp Elliott. He was reassigned that summer to the base's Infantry Battalion and was trained as an automatic rifleman before joining the Twenty-Ninth Replacement Battalion. That October, Fardy departed for combat duty in the Pacific with the Twenty-Seventh Replacement Battalion then transferred to Company C, First Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division. While serving with Company C, he participated in the Battle of Cape Gloucester, New Britain in December 1943 and in the Battle of Peleliu in the fall of 1944. In December, Fardy was promoted to Corporal.
In April 1945, Fardy was a Squad Leader with Company C in action against Japanese forces on Okinawa, Japan. On 7 May, his squad came under intense and extremely heavy small-arms fire. Taking cover in a drainage ditch, an enemy grenade fell in their midst. Fardy instantly threw himself upon the grenade, absorbing the blast and saving his fellow comrades. He was taken to a field hospital, but due to the severity of his wounds, he died later that day. For his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity" on this occasion, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. John P. Fardy is buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth, Illinois.
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Medal of Honor citation of Corporal John Peter Fardy, USMC (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 182):
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