Personal Muster Roll History
Company C, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment
Muster Roll Personal History
Gordon W. Kraft
Pre- 23rd Marines History:
Enlisted Jan 26, 1940 - regular. Gordon was a member of the Iceland occupation force in 1941. The Islandic contingent returned to the U.S. in April/May 1942, and thereupon he was assigned to C-1-9 in Camp Elliot, California. C-1-9 split in July 1942 to form C-1-23. (See History of C-1-23, Chapter One.)
July 1942 Corporal Kraft became an original member of C-1-23 on July 22 - stationed in New River, N.C.
Aug 1942 General Duty
Sept 1942 28th promoted to Sergeant
Oct 1942 Acting Gunnery Sergeant
Nov 1942 1-12
19-30 Acting Platoon Sergeant.
Dec 1942 Acting Platoon Sergeant
Jan 1943 Act. Platoon Sergeant. See History of C-1-23 for description of Chesapeake Bay maneuvers.
Mar 1943 1-18 Acting Platoon Sergeant
19 promoted to Platoon Sergeant
Apr 1943 1-29 Platoon Sergeant - Co.
30 Acting Gunnery Sergeant.
May 1943 1-31 Act. Acting Gunnery Sergeant.
July 1943 Act Acting Gunnery Sergeant
6th embarked aboard train at Camp LeJeune, New River, N.C.
12th arrived & disembarked at Camp Joseph H. Pendelton, Oceanside, California.
Aug 1943 Acting Gunnery Sergeant
Sept 1943 Acting Gunnery Sergeant
Dec 1943 14th embarked aboard APA -102 (USS LaSalle);
15th sailed fr San Diego, Calif;
15-16 participated in divisional maneuvers;
17 arr and disemb (landing exercise) in the vicinity of Oceanside, California.
30, emb aboard APA-102,
31 sailed from San Diego, California
Jan 1944 1, enroute;
2, participated in landing exercise aboard USS LaSalle at San Clemete Island, Calif.
4 disembarked in the vicinity of Oceanside, Calif.
5-10 temporary duty aboard USS LaSalle at San Deigo Calif. In connection loading supplies.
11, disembarked to rejoin company.
11, re-embarked aboard USS LaSalle at San Deigo, Calif;
13 sailed therefrom.
Feb 1944 1, arrived (Marshall Islands) and disembarked from USS LaSalle.
1-4 participated in the Battle of Roi and Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands.
8, sailed therefrom.
17, arr and disemb at Maui, T.H.
Jun 1944 (Now) Gunnery Sergeant
1-14, enroute via USS Callaway.
15 arr and disembarked at Saipan, Marianas Islands
15-20 participated in the Battle of Saipan, Marianas Islands
Jul 1944 Act Co. 1st Sergeant.
1.1-9 participated in the battle of Saipan, Mariana Islands.
24-31 participated in the Battle of Tinian, Marianas Islands.
Aug 1944 1-30 Act Co 1st Sergeant.
1 only, paticipated in the Battle of Tinian, Marianas Islands;
10 embarked aboard SS Young America;
11, ssailed therefrom;
24, arr and disemb at Kahalui, Maui, T.H.
31 promoted to 1st Sergeant.
Sep 1944 Co. 1st Sergeant
Nov 1944 Co. 1st Sergeant.
15, emb aboard USS Hendry at Kahalui, Maui, T.H.
16, sailed therefrom.
17-18 participated in the Amphibious exercises in the vicinity of Maalaea Bay, Maui, T.H.
19, disemb in the vicinity of Maui Amphibious Training Center, Maui,T.H.
20, warrant changed from 1st Sergeant (org) to 1st Sergeant. (temp.)
Jan 1945 Co. "C" 1st Sergeant.
1, sailed fr Kahalui, Maui, T.H. via USS Newberry;
2 arrived at Pearl Harbor, Oahu, T.H.;
2-11, anchored thereat;
12-17, participated in the landing exercises in the vicinity of Maalaea Bay, Maui, T.H.
18, sailed therefrom.
19-26 anchored at Pearl Harbor, Oahu, T.H.
27, sailed therefrom.
Feb 1945 "C" Co. 1st Sergeant.
1-10 enroute via USS Newberry;
11, arr and disemb at Saipan, Marianas Islands;
11 embarked aboard LST #716.
11-14, moored thereat.
15, sailed therefrom;
19, arr and disemb at Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands.
19-28, participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands.
Mar 1945 "C" Co. 1st Sergeant.
1-16, particpated in the Battle of Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands.
16, emb aboard USS Kingsbury at Iwo Jima, volcano Islands;
20 sailed therefrom;
Jul 1945 1-2 SK V Phib Corps Hosp.
3-31,"C" Co. 1st Sergeant.
Sep 1945 HQ Co.(?) 1-13, Co. 1st Sergeant;
14 only, Act Co. 1st Sergeant(?);
14 promoted to Sergeant Major.
15-30, Bn Sergeant Maj.
15 joined fr Co. "C"
Oct 1945 Battalion Sergeant Major.
25th, embarked aboard USS Rudyard Bay (CVE81) at Kahalui, Maui, T.H. and sailed therefrom.
31, arr and disemb at San Diego, Calif.