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Maassen, Dale George

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.


Thanks to http://www.usmarineraiders.org/chron4thbn.html

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

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

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.

His unit 4th Marine Battalion (D-Comp), 1st Marines
Marine Raiders
Solomon Island Campaig
Tired from Fighting
Marine Raiders Patch
Dale George Maassen
His rank Private First Class
Earned the Distinguished Service Cross Medal