Joseph M. Auman
|Joseph Martin Auman|
January 4, 1922|
|Died||November 12, 1942
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1940–1942|
|Unit||1st Marine Division|
|Battles/wars||World War II
After duty at San Diego, California, Private Auman served on Guadalcanal during the Guadalcanal campaign. On 12 November 1942, when his company was forced to make a temporary withdrawal, Private Auman, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, manned a machine gun and covered the retirement. Steadfastly remaining at his exposed position, he continued to fire the weapon until killed in action.
For his gallant devotion to duty for his country in action on Guadalcanal, Private Auman was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.
The United States Navy destroyer escort USS Joseph M. Auman (DE-674) was named for Private Auman. She was converted during construction into the high-speed transport USS Joseph M. Auman (APD-117) and was in commission from 1945 to 1946.