Major General Merritt A. Edson

Major General Merritt A. Edson (HM1ZY0)

Location: Rutland, VT 05701 Rutland County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 36.398', W 72° 58.328'

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United States Marine Corps

who was awarded theMedal of HonorColonel Merritt A. Edson
for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of the First Marine Raider Battalion, with the First Parachute Battalion attached, during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands on the night of September 13-14, 1942. After the airfield on Guadalcanal had been seized from the enemy on August 8, Colonel Edson, with a force of eight hundred men, was assigned to the occupation and defense of a ridge dominating the jungle on either side of the airport. Facing a formidable Japanese attack which, augmented by infiltration, had crashed through our front lines. He by skillful handling of his troops, successfully withdrew his forward units to a reserve line with minimum casualties. When the enemy, in a subsequent series of violent assaults, engaged our force in desperate hand-to-hand combat with bayonets, rifles, pistols, grenades and knives, Colonel Edson, although continuously exposed to hostile fire throughout the night, personally directed the defense of the reserve position against a fanatical foe of greatly superior numbers. By his astute leadership and gallant devotion to duty, he enabled his men, despite severe losses, to cling tenaciously to their position on the vital ridge,
thereby retaining command, not only of the Guadalcanal airfield, but also the First Division's entire offensive installations in the surrounding area.
Presented byThe Boston Chapter ofThe 1st Marine Division AssociationSeptember 13, 1992
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Year Placed1992
Placed ByThe Boston Chapter of the 1st Marine Division Association
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Date Added Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 11:06pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 663654 N 4830181
Decimal Degrees43.60663333, -72.97213333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 36.398', W 72° 58.328'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 36' 23.88" N, 72° 58' 19.68" W
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Area Code(s)802
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 140 S Main St, Rutland VT 05701, US
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