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Robert M. McTureous, Jr.

United States Marine Corps

 
 
Robert M. McTureous, Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, February 17, 2021
1. Robert M. McTureous, Jr. Marker
Inscription.  
Robert M. McTureous, Jr.
Private
United States Marine Corps

Born: March 26, 1924
Killed in Action: June 1945
Awarded his country’s highest
award
The Medal of Honor

”For conspicuous gallantry and
intrepidity at the risk of his
life above and beyond the call of
duty… He gallantly gave his life
for his country.”

Harry S. Truman
President of the United States

 
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: HeroesParks & Recreational AreasPatriots & PatriotismWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #33 Harry S. Truman, and the Medal of Honor Recipients series lists.
 
Location. 28° 57.733′ N, 81° 38.999′ W. Marker is in Altoona, Florida, in Lake County. Memorial can be reached from the intersection of Main Street (Florida Route 19) and Clark Road, on the right when traveling north. Monument is located in Lake County's Mctureous Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18539 Clark Road, Altoona FL 32702, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Robert M. McTureous, Jr. image. Click for full size.
2. Robert M. McTureous, Jr.
markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Mason (approx. 3˝ miles away); Birth of the Florida Trail (approx. 6.1 miles away); The Clifford House (approx. 7˝ miles away); a different marker also named Clifford House (approx. 7˝ miles away); On The Waterfront (approx. 7˝ miles away); Entrance Names (approx. 7.6 miles away); The Pavilion (approx. 7.6 miles away); Boat Works (approx. 7.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Robert M. McTureous, Jr. - Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Alert and ready for any hostile counteraction following his company's seizure of an important hill objective, Pvt. McTureous was quick to observe the plight of company stretcher bearers who were suddenly assailed by slashing machine-gun fire as they attempted to evacuate wounded at the rear of the newly won position. Determined to prevent further casualties, he quickly filled his jacket with hand grenades and charged the enemy-occupied caves from which the concentrated barrage was emanating. By his fearless initiative and bold tactics, Pvt. McTureous succeeded in neutralizing enemy fire, killing six Japanese troops, and effectively disorganizing the remainder of the savagely defended garrison. His outstanding valor and heroic spirit of self-sacrifice during a critical stage of operations reflect
Robert M. McTureous, Jr. Monument detail image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, February 17, 2021
3. Robert M. McTureous, Jr. Monument detail
the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Naval Service. (Submitted on February 22, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Robert M. McTureous Jr. (Wikipedia). In recognition of Pvt. McTureous's heroic actions on Okinawa, a Marine Corps' base on Okinawa, Camp McTureous, is named in his honor. His boyhood home has been turned into a museum named for him in Altoona, Florida. (Submitted on February 22, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Robert Miller McTureous Jr. (Find a Grave). Glendale Cemetery, Umatilla, Florida
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Private in the US Marine Corps in Company H, 3rd Battalion, 29th Marines, 6th Marine Division. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action at Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands on June 7,1945, where he was killed in action. (Submitted on February 22, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Robert M. McTureous, Jr. Monument image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, February 17, 2021
4. Robert M. McTureous, Jr. Monument
(Florida Highway 19 in background)
WWII M3A1 37mm Gun image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, February 17, 2021
5. WWII M3A1 37mm Gun
(on exhibit beside Robert M. McTureous, Jr. monument)
Care and supervision of this historic
military weapon was transferred to
Lake County by
American Legion Post 76, Tavares and
the City of Tavares to honor Robert McTureous
and to guard his monument
November 10, 2001
McTureous Homestead image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, February 17, 2021
6. McTureous Homestead
(located just north of monument)
Robert M. McTureous, Jr. Gravesite image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, February 22, 2021
7. Robert M. McTureous, Jr. Gravesite
(Glendale Cemetery, Umatilla, Florida)
Robert M. McTureous, Jr. Headstone image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, February 22, 2021
8. Robert M. McTureous, Jr. Headstone
(Glendale Cemetery, Umatilla, Florida)
Congressional Medal of Honor image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, February 22, 2021
9. Congressional Medal of Honor
(image on headstone)
Robert Miller McTureous, Jr. image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, February 22, 2021
10. Robert Miller McTureous, Jr.
(image on headstone)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 22, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on February 22, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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