TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 2—(AP)—Tampa’s fighting Marine of Tulagi, Gunner Angus Robert Goss, has been killed in action [July 20, 1943], ending a career of 13 years as a professional soldier.
His mother, Mrs. Adeline Goss, received word of his death in a telegram from the Navy Department, a few hours after she had purchased a ticket to Washington to receive the Conspicuous Gallantry award, a British decoration awarded her son. It was to have been presented at the British embassy by Lord Halifax, British ambassador.
Some time ago, Goss was recommended for the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest United States decoration, for cleaning out a nest of seven Japs single handed in the bitter fighting at Tulagi.
Goss, wounded in the Tulagi encounter and several times since, apparently had a premonition that his luck could not hold out. In a letter to his family, written July 3 from somewhere in the South Pacific, he said:
“If anything happens that I can’t get back this year, I’ll see you next, I hope, and if not then, well, you can’t live forever.”