HARRY C. LANG, MAJ, USMC

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Harry Lang '29

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: May 6, 1942

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

From the 1929 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Harry was lost on May 6, 1942 when he was killed by Japanese artillery fire on Corregidor.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Biography

From Find A Grave:

Harry Cox Lang was the son of Harry C. Lang and Laura Dehart.

The 1915 New Jersey State Census shows Harry as living in East Orange, 4 ward, 1 district, Essex County, New Jersey, with his mother and siblings Robert and Mildred.

The 1920 US Census shows the Lang family still living in East Orange, New Jersey. Laura Lang is shown as being a widow. The following family members are shown in the census as living in the home: Laura D Lang Head F 49 New Jersey Mildred V Lang Dau F 24 New Jersey Harry Lang Son M 14 New Jersey

The 1930 US Census shows Harry was now a Second Lieutenant and was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvanian.

During his career as an officer in the United states Marine Corps, Harry had numerous duty stations to include a tour in China with the famous "China Marines", the 4th Marine Regiment.

Upon the 4th Marines' arrival in the Philippines, Harry was the commander of Company "A" of the 1st Battalion.

In 1938 he graduated from the FBI, Justice School for Special Agents.

He is buried in Manila; he has a memory marker in New Jersey.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Army Award) (Posthumously) to Major Harry Cox Lang (MCSN: 0-4440), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while Commanding Company A, Fourth Marine Regiment, in action at Corregidor during the defense of the Philippine Islands, from April to May 1942. Despite daily artillery bombardments and frequent air attacks, Major Lang exposed himself courageously in the course of his daily visits to all positions, thus contributing materially to strengthening of morale and espirit among his men to meet the subsequent landings on 5 May 1942, when he met his death while directing the action. Major Lang's conduct reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Marine Corps.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 60 (June 26, 1946)
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Major

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Major Harry Cox Lang (MCSN: 0-4440), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in the line of his profession under heavy enemy artillery and bombing attacks. From 29 December 1941 to 4 May 1942, Major Lang was in command of Company A, Fourth Marines, which was defending a subsector of the Corregidor north shore beach defenses facing Bataan Peninsula. The heavy daily hostile artillery bombardment and frequent air attacks from 243 April 1942 until 5 May 1942, were particularly severe in Major Lang's subsector. The troops had no other cover than foxholes, could not return the hostile fire, and were suffering a considerable number of casualties. The situation threatened to undermine the morale of the men, many of whom were Filipino recruits. Major Lang, through his daily visits to all positions in his command and his indifference to the heavy fire to which he was many times exposed in the open, was an inspiration and example of heroism which encouraged his men to remain in their positions and valiantly oppose the landing attack which took place on the night of 5 May. His company took a heavy toll of the hostile forces and were still fighting when the order to surrender was issued. Major Lang was killed on 4 May 1942, by artillery fire while visiting one of his outlying positions. His conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: CITATION:
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Major


Class of 1929

Harry is one of 29 members of the Class of 1929 in Memorial Hall.