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Last Rank
Hospitalman (E-3)
Last Primary Designator/NEC
HM-0000-Hospital Corpsman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Corpsman
Last Duty Station
1952-1952, HM-0000, US Marine Corps (USMC)/1st Marine Division
Service Years
1950 - 1952
Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
HM-Hospital Corpsman

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Home State
Year of Birth
Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jun 24, 1952
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Korea, North
Korean War/Attack on "Bunker Hill"
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Order of the Golden Dragon

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 Duty Stations
Recruit Training Center (RTC)/RTC Great LakesFormal SchoolsService Schools Command (SSC)/SSC Great LakesNational Naval Medical Center (NNMC) Bethesda, MD
Field Medical Training Battalion  Camp Pendleton (FMTB CAMPEN)US Marine Corps (USMC)/1st Marine RegimentUS Marine Corps (USMC)/1st Marine Division
  1950-1950, HM-0000, Recruit Training Center (RTC)/RTC Great Lakes
  1950-1951, HM-0000, (HM) A School
  1950-1951, HM-0000, Service Schools Command (SSC)/SSC Great Lakes
  1951-1952, HM-0000, National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) Bethesda, MD
  1952-1952, HM-0000, Field Medical Training Battalion Camp Pendleton (FMTB CAMPEN)
  1952-1952, HM-0000, US Marine Corps (USMC)/1st Marine Regiment
  1952-1952, HM-0000, US Marine Corps (USMC)/1st Marine Division
 Recruit Training - Trainee/Instructor
  1950, Recruit Training (RTC Great Lakes, IL), 0
 Combat and Operations History
  1952-1952 Korean War/Attack on "Bunker Hill"
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

                              1st Marine Division


In mid-March 1952 the 8th Army, to whom the Marines were attached, instituted Operation Mixmaster. The operation was a massive redeployment of UN forces designed to put more South Korean Army units on the Main Line of Resistance (MLR).   The 1st Marine Division was reassigned to the far western end of the United Nations line defending a 35-mile line that encompassed the Pyongyang to Seoul corridor. For much of the next year, in what would be termed the "Outpost War", action along this line consisted of small, localized actions because much of the fighting revolved around the holding and retaking of various combat outposts along key pieces of terrain.


Hospitalman O'Donnell was a member of the U.S. Navy serving with the 1st Marine Division. He was Killed in Action while tending his wounded comrades on June 24, 1952. Hospitalman O'Donnell, serving with a rifle platoon on a combat outpost forward of the main line of resistance, displayed exceptional courage and devotion to duty when the position was attacked and overrun by a numerically superior enemy force. Although seriously wounded, he continued to expose himself to heavy enemy small arms and artillery fire, moving about the trench line from bunker to bunker giving aid where needed and personally carrying wounded men to cover until he collapsed and died of his wounds, gallantly giving his life for his country. His heroic actions were directly responsible for the saving of the lives of several Marines.

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