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William Frank Seiverling Jr.

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William Frank Seiverling Jr.
Born(1920-09-22)September 22, 1920
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
DiedNovember 1, 1942(1942-11-01) (aged 22)
Matanikau River, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1942-1942
RankPrivate (rank)
Battles/warsWorld War II
  • Pacific War
    • Solomon Islands campaign
      • Guadalcanal campaign
        • Fourth Battle of the Matanikau  
AwardsNavy Cross

William Frank Seiverling Jr. (September 22, 1920 – November 1, 1942) was a private in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, fighting in the Pacific Theater during the Guadalcanal campaign. Seiverling Jr. was killed in action on November 1, 1942 and was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

Marine Corps career[edit]

Seiverling enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on February 2, 1942.

Attached to the Marine Barracks, Parris Island, South Carolina, for basic training from February 3, to March 12, he moved to the base at New River, North Carolina, on the latter date and served there until May 17, 1942.

He began service in the field on June 19, 1942 and, by the following fall, was on Guadalcanal helping to wrest control of that island from the Japanese.

Awarded the Navy Cross[edit]

Pvt. Seiverling was killed on November 1, 1942 during the enemy attack across the Matanikau River on that island. When the enemy attacked, Seiverling ran down the hill in the face of enemy fire, killing at least one sniper and perhaps several others. Later, he covered the evacuation of wounded Marines from his own platoon; and, after hearing that the 2d Platoon was also in trouble, he ran between that unit and the enemy to cover his comrades' withdrawal. Once again, he killed several Japanese before he himself was hit by enemy machinegun fire. Though wounded, Pvt. Seiverling continued to deliver a withering fire into an enemy position with his automatic rifle. As he started back over the ridge to make his own retirement, he was fatally wounded. For unselfishly giving his life for his comrades and his country, Pvt. Seiverling was awarded the Navy Cross, posthumously.


William Seiverling (DE-441) was named in his honor. She was laid down on December 2, 1943 at Newark, New Jersey, by the Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., launched on March 7, 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Grace Seiverling; and commissioned at the New York Navy Yard on June 1, 1944, Lt. Comdr. Charles F. Adams Jr., in command.

See also[edit]

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