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Neldon Theo French

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Neldon Theo French
Born(1918-07-25)July 25, 1918
Benton County, Tennessee
DiedOctober 9, 1942(1942-10-09) (aged 24)
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1940–1942
Battles/warsWorld War II
  • Guadalcanal campaign  
AwardsNavy Cross (posthumous)
shared in the Presidential Unit Citation

Neldon Theo French was a Marine in the United States Marine Corps in World War II.

He was born July 25, 1918 in Benton County, Tennessee. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on September 9, 1940, and was killed in action on October 9, 1942 in the Guadalcanal Campaign. Corporal French was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism in fighting to his death in a defensive post on the Matanikau River, and shared in the Presidential Unit Citation awarded his division for its performance in the initial landings on Guadalcanal.


The destroyer escort USS French (DE-367) was named in his honor. She was sponsored by Mrs. Alma M. French, mother of Corporal French, launched on June 17, 1944, and commissioned October 9, 1944.

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topics Biography AND World War II : Frank O. Slater, Oliver Mitchell, Remi A. Balduck, Boone Guyton, Willis Ricketts, Doyle Clayton Barnes, London Lewis Traw

Other articles of the topic Biography : Wole Oni, Louis J. Carpellotti, Cal Farley, Rami Elias, Nickarth, Jaime Sabater Sr., Angus R. Goss

Other articles of the topic World War II : Louis J. Carpellotti, Grady A. Dugas, M.D., Edward Henry Allen, Clancy Lyall, Bert C. Edmonds, Eugene Blair, Carl W. Weiss
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