Duffin, James Robert, HN

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1950-1950, HN-0000, 1st Marine Regiment
Service Years
1948 - 1950

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Casualty Info
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Casualty Date
Sep 29, 1950
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Camp Butler National Cemetery - Springfield, Illinois
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Korean War Fallen
  2016, Korean War Fallen

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1948, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
(HM) Hospital Corpsman A School, Fort Sam Houston, TexasNaval Hospital Portsmouth, VAField Medical Training Battalion (Cadre) Camp Pendleton, CA1st Marine Regiment
  1948-1949, HA-0000, (HM) Hospital Corpsman A School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas
  1949-1950, HN-0000, Naval Hospital Portsmouth, VA
  1950-1950, HN-0000, Field Medical Training Battalion (Cadre) Camp Pendleton, CA
  1950-1950, HN-0000, 1st Marine Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
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Silver Star

Awarded posthumously for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Hospitalman James Robert Duffin (NSN: 3028923), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Company Corpsman, attached to Company E, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in action against enemy aggressor forces near Koto-ri, Korea on 29 November 1950. When his company was subjected to a strong attack by a numerically superior enemy force, Hospitalman Duffin repeatedly exposed himself to heavy hostile small-arms, machine-gun and mortar fire to administer aid to the many wounded Marines. Moving from position to position, he carried two wounded Marines to a protected area and rendered medical assistance. While crossing an open, enemy fire-swept area to aid a third casualty, he was mortally wounded by hostile automatic weapons fire. By his courageous actions in saving others at the cost of his own life, Hospitalman Duffin served to inspire all members of his unit. His fortitude, daring initiative and steadfast devotion to duty throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Authority: Board of Awards: Serial 618 (June 11, 1951)

Action Date: 29-Nov-52

Service: Navy

Rank: Hospitalman

Company: Corpsman (Attached), Company E

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 1st Marines

Division: 1st Marine Division


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