Empfield, James Roy, HN

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1952-1952, HM-0000, 1st Marine Division
Service Years
1950 - 1952

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Ebensburg, PA
Last Address
Ebensburg, PA

Casualty Date
Nov 22, 1952
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Korea, North
Korean War/Second Korean Winter (1951-52)/Battle of Bunker Hill
Location of Interment
Lloyd Cemetery - Ebensburg, Pennsylvania
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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 Empfield was a medic with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was Killed in Action while tending wounded comrades in Korea on November 22, 1952. According to a statement by William Robeson, his body was returned to Outpost Vegas, manned by the 7th Marine Regiment at the time. Corpsman Empfield took part in a company sized raid conducted by Dog Company 2/1 while 2/1 was officially in reserve. Credit for information: Richard Payne

Service number: 4280395

I knew him briefly. He was a new fellow corpsman with D-2-1, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was killed by small arms fire while bravely doing his duty. Another corpsman by the name of Filliburti, myself and six Marines carried his body and a badly wounded Marine back in as far as COP Vegas. We returned well after daybreak from a company-sized raid that had gone rather badly. We were the last group back.


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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1950, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)Service Schools Command (Faculty Staff)/SSC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILLNaval School of Health Sciences (Staff)Field Medical Training Battalion (Cadre) Camp Pendleton, CA
1st Marine Regiment/2nd Bn (2/1)1st Marine Regiment1st Marine Division
  1950-1950, HM-0000, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
  1950-1951, HM-0000, Service Schools Command (Faculty Staff)/SSC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILL
  1951-1952, HM-0000, Naval School of Health Sciences (Staff)
  1952-1952, HM-0000, Field Medical Training Battalion (Cadre) Camp Pendleton, CA
  1952-1952, HM-0000, 1st Marine Regiment/2nd Bn (2/1)
  1952-1952, HM-0000, 1st Marine Regiment
  1952-1952, HM-0000, 1st Marine Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1952-1952 Korean War/Second Korean Winter (1951-52)/Battle of Bunker Hill
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Nov 22, 1952, Korean War Casualties
  Dec 16, 1952, Five Pennsylvanians Killed in Action1
  Sep 28, 2017, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
The National Purple Heart Hall of HonorThe National Gold Star Family RegistryKorean War FallenUnited States Navy Memorial
  2017, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, Korean War Fallen
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
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