Name and Rank, Private First Class Dale George Maassen.
Unit/Placed in, 4th Marine Raider Battalion (D-Comp), 1st Marines, United States Marine Corps.
Dale was born approx. on Nov. 15, 1921 in Avoca, Pottawattamie County, Iowa.
Father, Julius G. Maassen.
Mother, Sena K. Maassen.
Sisters, Orpha B. and Joan Maassen.
Brothers, Howard A., Gerald J., Walter D., Ralph A., Francis E., Curtis I., John O. and Willis Maassen.
Dale entered the service from Iowa with service number # 457309.
Dale G. Maassen was a Private1st Class/Soldier(D-Comp) in the United States Marine Corps.
Dale was KIA in the fights with the Japanese over Bairoko Harbor, New Georgia, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on July 20, 1943, and he is honored with a Distinguish Service Cross, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal Marine Corps, Expeditionary Medal Marine Corps, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.
Dale is buried at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila,
National Capital Region, Philippines.
Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.
Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.
ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov
Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/ Geoffrey Roecker
Seabees History Bob Smith https://seabeehf.org/
Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org
POW Info, http://www.mansell.com Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.
Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano
Navy Seal Memorial, http://www.navysealmemorials.com
Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org
Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Dale G. Maassen, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Fourth Marine Raider Battalion in action against the enemy at Bairoko Harbor, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, on 20 July 1943. Severely wounded a moment after taking over a machine gun when a member of his squad was fatally injured, Private First Class Maassen stayed at his post knowing that the continued operation of his weapon was essential to the movement of his company. Private Maassen died of the wounds he had ignored in order to deliver well-aimed fire when it was needed most.