Marchese, John, HM2

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class (E-5)
Last Primary Designator/NEC
HM-0000-Hospital Corpsman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Corpsman
Primary Unit
1950-1950, HM-0000, 1st Marine Regiment/2nd Bn (2/1)
Service Years
1946 - 1950
HM-Hospital Corpsman
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Home State
Nebraska
Nebraska
Year of Birth
1928
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Omaha
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1950
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1946, Recruit Training (RTC Great Lakes, IL), 140
 Duty Stations
School Assignments - StaffNational Naval Medical Center (NNMC) Bethesda, MDField Medical Training Battalion  Camp Pendleton (FMTB CAMPEN)1st Marine Regiment/2nd Bn (2/1)
  1946-1947, HM-0000, (HM) Hospital Corpsman A School
  1947-1950, HM-0000, National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) Bethesda, MD
  1950-1950, HM-0000, Field Medical Training Battalion Camp Pendleton (FMTB CAMPEN)
  1950-1950, HM-0000, 1st Marine Regiment/2nd Bn (2/1)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

                                  1st Marine Division

                 

After the liberation of Seoul, the division was put back on ships and taken to the eastern side of the Korean peninsula and put ashore at Wonsan. As part of X Corps commanded by Army Major General Edward Almond the division was ordered to push north towards the Yalu River as fast as possible.   The then commanding officer of the division, Major General O.P. Smith, did not agree with his superiors and had become convinced that they were stretched thin and that the Chinese Forces had entered the war. He purposely slowed his advance and consolidated along the way at every opportunity.   The 1st Marine Division was attacked by ten Chinese infantry divisions on 27 November 1950. They fought their way out of the Chosin Reservoir against seven Communist Chinese divisions suffering over 900 killed and missing, over 3,500 wounded and more than 6,500 non-battle casualties mostly from frostbite during the battle. The greater part of the Chinese 9th Army was rendered ineffective as they suffered an estimated 37,500 casualties trying to stop the Marines' march out of the "Frozen Chosin".

   
Comments/Citation

 By JAIME PALACIOS

He was a friend of my Dad, Antonio Palacios HMC Ret. John Marchese left two young children, a girl,Margaret. And a son Roy. John was a top notch ping-pong player.

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      HM2 JOHN MARCHESE

         NAVY HOSPITAL CORPSMAN

               C CO ASSG F/2/1

             1ST MARINE DIVISION

                       NAVY

                HOSTILE, DIED (KIA)

       DATE OF LOSS: DECEMBER 7, 1950

           SERVICE NUMBER: 3177542

               BORN: JUNE 1, 1928

           HOME OR PLACE OF ENLISTMENT

                      OMAHA, NE

                LOCATION OR BATTLE ZONE: 

                      CHOSIN RESERVOIR

Hospital Corpsman Second Class Marchese was a member of Company C, 1st Medical Battalion, 1st Marine Division assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was Killed in Action while tending his wounded comrades in Korea on December 7, 1950.



 

   
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