Marchese, John, HM2
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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class (E-5)
Last Primary Designator/NEC
HM-0000-Hospital Corpsman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Corpsman
Last Duty Station
Service Years
1946 - 1950
Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
HM-Hospital Corpsman
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1950
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Korea, North
Korean War/Battle of Chosin Reservoir
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
American Cold War VeteransAmerican Association of Navy Hospital Corpsman (AAoNHC)Military Order of the Purple Heart1st Marine Division Association
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesKorean War Veterans Association (KWVA)
  1946, American Cold War Veterans
  1948, American Association of Navy Hospital Corpsman (AAoNHC)
  1950, Military Order of the Purple Heart - Assoc. Page
  1950, 1st Marine Division Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1950, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States
  1950, Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Duty Stations
RTC Great Lakes, ILUS Navy/Formal SchoolsService Schools Command (SSC)/SSC Great LakesNational Naval Medical Center (NNMC) Bethesda, MD
Field Medical Training Battalion  Camp Pendleton (FMTB CAMPEN)1st Marine Regiment/2nd Bn (2/1)1st Medical Bn1st Marine Regiment
  1946-1946, HM-0000, RTC Great Lakes, IL
  1946-1947, HM-0000, (HM) A School
  1946-1947, HM-0000, Service Schools Command (SSC)/SSC Great Lakes
  1947-1950, HM-0000, National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) Bethesda, MD
  1950-1950, HM-0000, Field Medical Training Battalion Camp Pendleton (FMTB CAMPEN)
  1950-1950, HM-0000, 1st Marine Regiment/2nd Bn (2/1)
  1950-1950, HM-0000, 1st Medical Bn
  1950-1950, HM-0000, 1st Marine Regiment
  1950-1950, HM-0000, 1st Marine Division
  1950-1950, HM-0000, CINCPACFLT/ COMPACFLT
 Recruit Training - Trainee/Instructor
  1946, Recruit Training (RTC Great Lakes, IL), 140
 Combat and Operations History
  1950-1950 Korean War/Battle of Chosin Reservoir
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

                                  1st Marine Division


After the liberation of Seoul, the division was put back on ships and taken to the eastern side of the Korean peninsula and put ashore at Wonsan. As part of X Corps commanded by Army Major General Edward Almond the division was ordered to push north towards the Yalu River as fast as possible.   The then commanding officer of the division, Major General O.P. Smith, did not agree with his superiors and had become convinced that they were stretched thin and that the Chinese Forces had entered the war. He purposely slowed his advance and consolidated along the way at every opportunity.   The 1st Marine Division was attacked by ten Chinese infantry divisions on 27 November 1950. They fought their way out of the Chosin Reservoir against seven Communist Chinese divisions suffering over 900 killed and missing, over 3,500 wounded and more than 6,500 non-battle casualties mostly from frostbite during the battle. The greater part of the Chinese 9th Army was rendered ineffective as they suffered an estimated 37,500 casualties trying to stop the Marines' march out of the "Frozen Chosin".



He was a friend of my Dad, Antonio Palacios HMC Ret. John Marchese left two young children, a girl,Margaret. And a son Roy. John was a top notch ping-pong player.





               C CO ASSG F/2/1

             1ST MARINE DIVISION


                HOSTILE, DIED (KIA)

       DATE OF LOSS: DECEMBER 7, 1950

           SERVICE NUMBER: 3177542

               BORN: JUNE 1, 1928


                      OMAHA, NE

                LOCATION OR BATTLE ZONE: 

                      CHOSIN RESERVOIR

Hospital Corpsman Second Class Marchese was a member of Company C, 1st Medical Battalion, 1st Marine Division assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was Killed in Action while tending his wounded comrades in Korea on December 7, 1950.


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