Coulombe, Raoul Joseph, PhM3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
PhM-0000-Pharmacist Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Pharmacist's Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1946, PhM-0000, 23rd Marine Regiment/2nd Bn (2/23)
Service Years
1942 - 1946
PhM-Pharmacist's Mate

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Contact Info
Home Town
Waterville, ME
Last Address
Sodus, NY

Date of Passing
Jun 01, 2003
Location of Interment
Ridge Chapel Cemetery - Williamson, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Last Known Activity

Prior to his enlistment in the Navy, Raoul Coulombe worked at the Pratt & Whitney Division of United Aircraft Corporation.

PhM3 Coulombe was a highly decorated sailor. While serving with the 2nd Battallion, 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division, he was wounded twice for which he received Purple Heart Medals and also was eventually awarded the Bronze Star for his heroic actions to save the Marines under his care.

Not much is known about his civilian life after the Navy. According to brief mentions in newspapers, it can be seen that he was involved in the Boy Scouts of America where he served as a neighborhood commissioner in Sodus, NY.
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Service number: 6427689

Bronze Star
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Bronze Star Medal to Raoul Joseph Coulombe, United States Naval Reserve, for service as set forth in the following citation:

For heroic service as a Hospital Corpsman with a Marine Infantry Battalion, Twenty-third Marines, Fourth Marine Division, during operations against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, March 8, 1945. When seven wounded Marines were isolated in an enemy-held pocket of resistance and subjected to hostile machine-gun and rifle fire, Coulombe moved forward in the face of enemy fire to administer medical aid. After leading the five ambulatory wounded men to a position from which they could be evacuated, he obtained litters and assisted in evacuating the other two casualties despite enemy small-arms fire and hostile observation from two ridges overlooking the area. His courage and initiative reflect the highest credit upon Coulombe and the United States Naval Service.

Coulombe is authorized to wear the Combat "V".

For the President
James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy

The information contained in this profile was compiled from PhM3 Coulombe's military record and various internet sources.
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
(HM) Hospital Corpsman A School, Great Lakes, ILBureau of Medicine (BUMED)Field Medical Service School (FMSS) Camp LeJeune, NC23rd Marine Regiment/2nd Bn (2/23)
  1942-1943, HA-0000, (HM) Hospital Corpsman A School, Great Lakes, IL
  1943-1943, HA-0000, Naval Hospital Long Island, NY (St. Albans)
  1943-1943, HA-0000, Field Medical Service School (FMSS) Camp LeJeune, NC
  1943-1946, PhM-0000, 23rd Marine Regiment/2nd Bn (2/23)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Roi-Namur Island
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Tinian
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Other recorded awards2
  Oct 28, 1924, Birth certificate1
  Oct 19, 1942, Enlistment application1
  Sep 01, 1943, Promoted to HA1c
  Dec 09, 1943, Deck Court
  Jun 15, 1944, Promoted to PhM3
  Jun 19, 1944, Report of casualty1
  Jul 24, 1944, Presidential Unit Citation awarded1
  Nov 01, 1944, Awarded 1st Purple Heart2
  Mar 19, 1945, Shrapnel wound to right elbow
  Jun 24, 1945, Awarded 2nd Purple Heart2
  Aug 12, 1945, Overseas Service record1
  Sep 29, 1945, Hartford Man to Receive Bronze Star1
  Mar 05, 1946, Notice of separation1
  Mar 06, 1946, Draft card info
  Mar 28, 1947, Bronze Star citation and certificate2
  Jun 01, 2003, Ridge Chapel Cemetery - Williamson, NY2
  Jun 14, 2003, Obituary1
  Sep 29, 2018, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
The National Purple Heart Hall of HonorWW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
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