Doucette, Lawrence Joseph, HN

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Last Rank
Hospitalman Apprentice
Last Primary NEC
HM-0000-Hospital Corpsman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Corpsman
Primary Unit
1950-1950, HM-0000, 1st Marine Regiment
Service Years
1948 - 1950
HM-Hospital Corpsman

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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1929
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Reading
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Sep 24, 1950
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Korea, South
Conflict
Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
Location of Interment
Forest Glade Cemetery - Wakefield, Massachusetts
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Korean War FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1948, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
School Assignments - StaffBureau of Medicine (BUMED)Field Medical Training Battalion (Cadre) Camp Pendleton, CA1st Marine Regiment
  1948-1949, HM-0000, (HM) Hospital Corpsman A School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas
  1949-1950, HM-0000, Naval Hospital Bethesda, MD/Naval Health Sciences Education and Training Command
  1950-1950, HM-0000, Field Medical Training Battalion (Cadre) Camp Pendleton, CA
  1950-1950, HM-0000, 1st Marine Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
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Hospitalman Apprentice Doucette was a member of the U.S. Navy attached to the 1st Marine Division. On September 24, 1950 at the Han River, South Korea, he was killed in action from head wounds caused by a land mine. He was known as "Sonny" to his family and friends. He was also known as "Pushy."
   
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                                  Remembrances


By ROBERT D'ENTREMONT


Grew up with Lawrence Doucette (nicknamed Pushy) from Reading, MA. Honoring him June 12th 1999 at Washington Park (Mudville) in Reading. A memorial large stone with a bronze plaque will be dedicated to him at the park on Washington St. in Reading where he grew up, and the entrance way will be named Doucette Way.

He was the son of Joeseph and Julia Doucette, living at 29 Center Ave. in Reading. He has two brothers now living, Carl in Billerica, MA and Paul of FL. He has many friends who still remember him.


By ARTHUR A. MUISE

FRIEND and probable cousins: I also grew up with Lawrence (Sonny) (Pushy) Doucette. I lived in the middle of the block on Center Ave. and then moved to the 2nd floor on 29 Center Ave. I remember playing ball with Sonny at Washington Park, the bleachers, diamond, wading pool, tennis court and the stone wall at the entrance to the park on Washington St. We used the other entrance near the bleachers. I remember his father, Joeseph (hard dope); he worked at the rubber mill, his brothers, Paul and Carl, and Bubba his cousin from Libbey Ave. The last time I was with Sonny was about 1945 with Lyle Dulong at Wakefield Lake swimming. I also remember at a later date thumbing a ride to Hampton Beach with him, he was 2 yrs older and liked Hampton Beach. I sure miss Reading, Mudville, Whiskey Hollow, Birch Meadow and most of all, Sonny. On my next visit, I will stop at Doucette Way. Arthur A. (Magoose) Muise Reading, Mudville, Whiskey Hollow and Birch Meadow. b W

I still remember Sonny (Pushy) especially this time of the year, for his service and his supreme sacrafice for his country. RIP Sonny, a friend from the 2nd floor of 29 Center Ave Reading, Mass. And, my thoughts to his mother and father, Joseph and Julia, brothers Carl and Paul.

RIP Sonny, I'm still hanging in there in my 75th year.

I would like to hear from his family and friends.

Sorry I didn't get you in 2007, but I have been a little under the weather. See you soon. RIP, Sonny. Arthur A Muise



By JACK WITTER

I have thought and wondered of this "forever young" man for over sixty years and was never aware as to whether he survived his wounds received on September 24, 1950. Just yesterday, I found this remembrance of him and now I know that he did not survive his injuries. On September 24, 1950, we crossed the Han river from Yongdung-po, turned east and attacked towards Hill 79 in Seoul. We were proceeding down a paved road toward our objective when a jeep carrying three people drove past the column of Marines and as it did so, it struck a mine that had been placed in the roadbed. Two of the occupents were killed and one, Corpsman Doucette, was lying on the ground when I got to him. The blast from the explosion had gone up through the floor of the jeep and much shrapnel had hit Corpsman Doucette in his chest and face. The wounds to his face were most horrible to look at. Much of his face and tongue had been blown away and all of his teeth were visible from the loss of his cheeks. A couple of other people started to render assistance to him and I had to keep moving on with my fellow Marines as we were moving out to attack our objective. I have remembered that scene vividly for these many years and have wondered if he survived. Now I know that he did not. Corpsmen are all very highly respected by Marines. They are all very brave and committed to doing their appointed duty in caring for Marines. A Marine's best friend is a Corpsman and the loss of Corpsman Doucette was no doubt a great loss to the Marines he was serving with. I extend my deepest respects to any of his family or friends who now survive him. Blessings to all.

   
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