World War II Casualties for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard

                           Navy Cross Citation

The President of the United States takes pride in
presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to James Alton
Faulkingham (333113), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for
extraordinary heroism as Amphibian Tractor Crew Chief
serving with the First Amphibian Tractor Battalion, Third
Amphibious Corps, Fleet Marine Force, during action
against enemy Japanese forces at Peleliu Island, Palau
Group, from 15 to 17 September 1944. Taken under fire
by a superior number of Japanese snipers while engaged
in carrying supplies to the front lines through heavily
mined terrain, Corporal Faulkingham fought valiantly in the
face of tremendous odds. Upon observing the approach of
a hostile tank, firing savagely on our infantrymen, he
unhesitatingly charged the weapon, disabling it with a fifty
caliber machine gun, shooting the turret gunner with a
carbine and completing the destruction by hurling a hand
grenade directly into the enemy tank. Although injured
during this encounter, Corporal Faulkingham continued
his mission of moving urgently needed supplies through
the mined areas partially controlled by the Japanese until
17 September when he sustained severe wounds during
the explosion of his tank by a hostile mine. His daring
aggressiveness and cool courage in the face of grave
peril were in keeping with the highest traditions of the
United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for
his country.
Commander in Chief, Pacific Forces: Serial 1841
(March 8, 1945)
Faulkingham, James Alton,
Cpl., USMCR. Parents Mr. and
Mrs. Steward A. Faulkingham,
310 Grove St., Bangor.
Bangor Book of Honor
American Battle Monuments Commission

James A. Faulkingham
Service #333113
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
Entered Service FromMaine
Date of Death-September 17, 1944
Buried At Sea
Memorialized - Tablets of the Missing
Manila American Cemetery