Smith, Marcel Albert, DC3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
DC-0000-Damage Controlman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Damage Controlman
Primary Unit
1949-1950, DC-0000, USS Pledge (AM-277)
Service Years
1947 - 1950
DC-Damage Controlman

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Home State
Washington
Washington
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hoquiam
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Oct 12, 1950
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  2017, Korean War Fallen


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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1947, Recruit Training (Bainbridge, MD), 4707
 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1949-1950, DC-0000, USS Pledge (AM-277)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Pledge re-entered service 28 November 1947. Upon completion of training she steamed via Pearl Harbor to Yokosuka, Japan, where she arrived 28 March 1948. She entered reserve status 16 April. Granted a reduced commission 10 January 1950, she trained, and, upon the outbreak of war in Korea, she accompanied a convoy of merchantmen to Pusan, Korea, 11 July 1950. She continued minesweeping duties off Pusan until she reported for duty as a harbor control vessel at Sasebo, Japan, 7 August. She departed Sasebo 12 September, and, on the 15th, she swept the area to be used for the invasion of Inchon, Korea. On patrol off Inchon 30 September she captured 44 prisoners from a large sampan.

Pledge commenced minesweeping operations off Wonsan Harbor 10 October. She accompanied minesweeper USS Pirate (AM-275) to deployment off Wonsan, Korea. Pirate struck a mine. Enemy shore batteries on Sin-do directed heavy fire upon Pirate, which sank shortly thereafter, and then upon Pledge. As Pledge attempted to maneuver, she too struck a mine and was severely damaged. After fruitless attempts to save her Pledge sank. Her survivors were picked up by USS Endicott (DMS-35).


 

   
Comments/Citation

        LOCATION OR BATTLE ZONE: 

         AT SEA OFF SIN-DO ISLAND

Damage Controlman Third Class Smith was a crew member of the mine sweeper USS PLEDGE (AMS-277) in Korean waters. His ship was sweeping enemy mines three miles off Sin-Do Island when it struck an enemy mine and sank on October 12, 1950. His remains were not recovered.

   
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