Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, right, N.D. adjutant general, along with 1st Sgt. William "Mitch" McCoy, hold a N.D. state flag at the sendoff ceremony for Company C, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment, in Bismarck, N.D. on Oct. 25, 2020. The flag will travel with the unit during its deployment to the National Capital Region.
Prepping for Deployment
Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP) activities were held for Soldiers and Families of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment in Bismarck, N.D. on Oct. 24, 2020. Activities were also live streamed for those who could not attend in person. YRRP is a DoD-wide effort to promote the well-being of National Guard and Reserve members, their families and communities, by connecting them with resources throughout the deployment cycle.
Cpl. William A. Clark, Company M, 164th Infantry Regiment was a replacement from Nebraska’s 134th Infantry Regiment, when he received the Distinguished Service Cross, for actions on Oct. 25 1942. During the Battle of Coffin Corner, Guadalcanal, when Clark’s water cooled Browning .30 caliber machinegun became disabled, in darkness with the battle raging around him, he cannibalized both his and a disabled Marine weapon to assemble one operable machine gun. This weapon played a pivotal role in stopping a renewed and concentrated Japanese attack on American positions.
Cpl. Louis Lockner, Company G, 164th Infantry Regiment, a Minnesota draftee, was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, for actions on Oct. 25 1942. During the Battle of Coffin Corner, Guadalcanal, while on a mission as advance scout for his platoon, Lockner surprised and eliminated a squad of enemy soldiers. Later, volunteering for an observation post in front of the line, he was critically wounded by an enemy bullet while field stripping his jammed rifle. He warded off a bayonet attack using the barrel and receiver group of his disassembled weapon, killing his attacker. He died of wounds the next day.
Main Photo: Australian history hunter Peter Flahavin, looking south from Coffin Corner where now plenty palm trees have grown during a trip to Guadalcanal in 2013.
Smaller photo: Soldiers near the same area during the battle in 1942.