It’s Marine Monday! Today we honor Marine Medal of Honor recipient, Mitchell Paige. On this date in 1942, Platoon Sergeant Mitchell Paige heroically fought off enemy Japanese forces in the WWII Battle of Guadalcanal. For his actions, Paige would receive the Medal of Honor. A portion of his Citation states, “When the enemy broke through the line directly in front of his position, Platoon Sergeant Paige, commanding a machine-gun section with fearless determination, continued to direct fire of his gunners until all of his men were either killed or wounded. Alone, against the deadly hail of Japanese shells, he manned his gun, and when it was destroyed, took over another, moving from gun to gun, never ceasing his withering fire against the advancing hordes until reinforcements finally arrived. Then, forming a new line, he dauntlessly and aggressively led a bayonet charge, driving the enemy back and preventing a breakthrough in our lines. His great personal valor and unyielding devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. ”Paige went on to serve many more years in the Corps, holding every rank and assignment of an infantryman from private to commanding officer. He retired from the Corps at the rank of Colonel in 1959. Col Paige passed away on Nov 15, 2003.
I once had the privilege to meet Col. Paige MANY years ago at Camp Lejeune, another TRULY great Marine!