Estrada, Armand Ernest, HM3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
HM-0000-Hospital Corpsman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Corpsman
Primary Unit
1950-1953, HM-0000, 1st Marine Regiment/1st Bn (1/1)
Service Years
1948 - 1953
HM-Hospital Corpsman

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Apr 16, 1953
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Korea, North
Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Korean War Fallen
  2017, Korean War Fallen

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1948, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
Field Medical Training Battalion (Cadre) Camp Pendleton, CA1st Marine Regiment/1st Bn (1/1)
  1950-1950, HM-0000, Field Medical Training Battalion (Cadre) Camp Pendleton, CA
  1950-1953, HM-0000, 1st Marine Regiment/1st Bn (1/1)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
  1952-1952 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Beginning in early 1951 the division participated in several UN (UN) offensives in east-central Korea. This was followed by defending against the Chinese spring offensive composed of over 500,000 troops. By June 1951 the 1st Marine Division had pushed northward and secured the terrain around the Punchbowl and then settled into a defensive line 11 miles long.
Hospital Corpsman Third Class Estrada served with the U.S. Navy attached to Company B, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. He suffered a gun shot wound to his back while tending his wounded comrades and was taken to the 11th Evacuation Hospital where he died on April 16, 1953.
Silver Star

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Hospital Corpsman Third Class Armand E. Estrada, United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company B, First Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 10 April 1953. 

Serving as Company Corpsman, Hospital Corpsman Third Class Estrada displayed outstanding courage, initiative and devotion to duty.  He was a member of a unit that conducted a raid on a strongly fortified enemy position far forward of the main line of resistance.  Approximately 200 yards from the objective, the raiding party was subjected to a devastating hail of hostile small arms and mortar fire.  Expressing complete disregard for his personal safety, he refused evacuation and courageously moved among his injured comrades in order to administer medical aid.  Although painfully wounded, he refused to remain behind and fearlessly continued toward the objective.  When approaching the enemy installation, he was again wounded and rendered unable to walk.  Although suffering intense pain as a result of his multiple wounds, he competently directed the removal of the other stricken men before allowing himself to be evacuated.  Later, as a result of his wounds, he died gallantly giving his life for his country. 

Hospital Corpsman Third Class Estrada's intrepid and courageous actions served as an inspiration to all who observed him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commanding General, 1st Marine Division (Reinforced) FMF: Serial 20504 (June 14, 1953)
Action Date: April 10, 1953

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