Garcia, Andrew, Pvt

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Last Rank
Private
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
Service Years
- 1944
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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Brothers Only
Last Address
Saint James Street
San Jose, CA

Casualty Date
Mar 30, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Pacific
Conflict
WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Guadalcanal
Location of Interment
Golden Gate National Cemetery - San Bruno, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section B Site 152-B

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 Unit Assignments
23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
  1943-1944, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Aleutian Islands Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Andrew Garcia was killed by enemy sniper's bullet on Bougainville Island in the Pacific during World War II
   
Comments/Citation
The 132nd next fought in the Bougainville campaign. It arrived at Cape Torokina on January 9, 1944, and relieved the 3d Marine Parachute Battalion, the 3rd Marine Raider Battalion, and units of the 145th Infantry, which then reverted to the 37th Division. The 132nd Infantry took over that portion of the perimeter paralleling the Torokina on the extreme right flank and engaged in patrolling and in strengthening defensive positions. On April 5, 1944, after establishing patrols along Empress Augusta Bay, the 132nd successfully launched an attack to capture Mavavia Village. Two days later, while continuing a sweep for enemy forces, the regiment encountered prepared enemy defenses, where they destroyed some twenty Japanese pillboxes using pole charges and bazookas. Later, the 132nd secured the heights west of Saua River in fierce fighting that lasted until April 18th, when the last of the Japanese defenders were killed or driven off.
   
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