In Memory of
U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class
Roy Aloysius Brandon
Wagner, South Dakota
Charles Mix
September 14, 1920 – July 25, 1944
Killed in Action in Guam

Roy Aloysius Brandon

Roy A. Brandon was born September 14, 1920, to Roy E. and Mary T. Brandon, at Callaway, Minnesota.  He had several siblings. After Roy was educated in Wagner, he went to Hammonds, Indiana, to work in the defense plant.

On April 18, 1942, Roy Brandon enlisted at Indianapolis, Indiana, in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was trained with the 350th Platoon at San Diego, California. Pfc. Brandon went overseas to serve in the Solomons from July 1, 1942, to January 1, 1943. When he contracted a tropical disease while serving in the Pacific, he returned to the United States for convalescence. Pvt. Brandon returned to the Pacific theater on December 21, 1943.

On July 25, 1944, U.S. Marine Corps Private Roy A. Brandon was killed in action at Guam Island, Marianas Island. According to a letter from Company B, First Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines, on August 17, 1944: 

Roy landed with the first wave of assault troops on Guam at 3:30 a.m.,
Friday July 21st and assisted in establishing our first foothold on the island.
He fought in the front lines continually for the following three days, and about
10:00 a.m. on the morning of the 25th, on the neck of [illegible] Peninsula was
pushing forward relentlessly against heavily fortified Japanese positions under
heavy enemy fire when he was struck in the chest near the heart. Death was
instantaneous at 10:15 a.m.
It took a fine courageous man to do what your son did, and he is being
recommended for a suitable awarded.

Roy Aloysius Brandon was buried at Plot M, Row 1, Grave 129, Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator, Spearfish, SD. Information for this entry was provided by the Daily Republic, 8/22/44 and by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment.