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Kenneth Dillion Bailey
Birth: Oct. 21, 1910
Pawnee
Pawnee County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Sep. 26, 1942
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was the commander of Company C, 1st Marine Raider Battalion at Guadalcanal. On September 12, 1942, the Japanese counterattacked against Marines holding a ridge overlooking Henderson Field. Some 2,000 strong, the bayonet attack forced the Marines in contact to begin to withdraw. Major Bailey and his company were ordered to stop there withdraw and hold the assault. During the fighting, he was wounded in the head but refused evacuation and led his men in hand-to-hand combat for ten hours until the line was restored and Henderson Field saved. He was killed a few weeks later while heading his men in an attack on the enemy at the Matanikau River, Guadalcanal. In addition to the Medal of Honor and Silver Star Medal, he was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp, and the World War II Victory Medal.  (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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Spring Hill Cemetery and Mausoleum
Danville
Vermilion County
Illinois, USA
 
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Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Jul 24, 2003
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 Added: Jul. 13, 2014
Remembering you and your family today. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. May you rest in peace.
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