Bassett, John Winfield, CPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Medical Corps
Last Primary MOS
3150-General Surgeon
Last MOS Group
Medical Department (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1943, 3150, 7th Infantry Division
Service Years
1939 - 1943

Medical Corps


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Last Address
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Casualty Date
May 29, 1943
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Aleutian Islands Campaign (1942-43)
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
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World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
7th Medical Battalion7th Infantry Division
  1941-1943, 3150, 7th Medical Battalion
  1943-1943, 3150, 7th Medical Battalion
  1943-1943, 3150, 7th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Aleutian Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Attu
 Colleges Attended 
San Diego State UniversityUniversity of Southern CaliforniaUniversity of Southern California
  1931-1932, San Diego State University
  1932-1935, University of Southern California
  1935-1940, University of Southern California
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Dr. John Bassett was called to active duty 13 January 1941 from his medical practice.  He was a 1st Lt. with the Medical Corps Reserves.

He served as a Platoon Leader, Clearing Company, 7th Medical Battalion, 7th Division.  He was initially based at Fort Ord, California.  He had several different assignments until he was assigned to Attu in April 1943.

In June 1942, the Japanese had captured Attu, in the Aleutian Chain, Alaska. On 11 May 1943, U.S. troops (Task Force 51.4) launched a campaign to recapture Attu. U.S. infantrymen dug in May 28, feeling confident the following day would see the end of the Japanese occupation.

Though American forces had succeeded in recapturing Attu, approximately 800 Japanese troops remained trapped. On the morning of May 29, having killed their own wounded, the enemy troops launched an attack, successfully overrunning the advance aid station commanded by Capt. Bassett. The Japanese soldiers stormed through the aid station, killing wounded Soldiers.

Despite his efforts in defending the unit, Bassett was shot and killed.  "Of the medical battalion personnel, one other officer, a member of the Dental Corps, and seventeen enlisted men were killed; four officers and twenty-three enlisted men were wounded." (Location: Massacre Valley-Sarana Valley Pass, Attu Island).

For his heroism, he was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star.

Dr. Bassett left a wife and son at his passing.

Bassett Army Hospital, Fort Wainwright, Alaska was named in his honor.
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