By Associated Press - Friday, May 29, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A Farmville-born Marine Corps general who led a battle which helped recapture Guam is being honored with a highway historical marker.

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources says Gen. Allen Hal Turnage is to be honored on Friday at 11 a.m. in his hometown.

Turnage commanded the landing forces hitting Bougainville Island and was awarded the Navy Cross for “exposing himself to heavy enemy gunfire.”

With the Third Amphibious Corps, Turnage led the 3rd Marine Division in driving Japanese soldiers from their beach defense and securing the beachhead by nightfall. The division then pushed into the mountains to take forward positions and hold off enemy counterattacks.

In August 1944, Guam became the first American territory to be recaptured from the enemy and Turnage was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.

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