Trimm, John Edward, HM3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)
Last Primary Designator/NEC
HM-0000-Hospital Corpsman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Corpsman
Primary Unit
1950-1950, HM-0000, 1st Marine Division
Service Years
1948 - 1950
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
HM-Hospital Corpsman

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Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Bersley H Thomas, Jr. (Tom), SMCS to remember Trimm, John Edward (Jet), PO3.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Camp Pendleton, Ca.

Casualty Date
Nov 28, 1950
Hostile, Died
Illness, Disease
Korea, North
Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
American Cold War VeteransAmerican Association of Navy Hospital Corpsman (AAoNHC)Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States1st Marine Division Association
Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA)
  1948, American Cold War Veterans
  1949, American Association of Navy Hospital Corpsman (AAoNHC) [Verified]
  1950, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States - Assoc. Page
  1950, 1st Marine Division Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1950, Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Ribbon Bar

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1948, Recruit Training (RTC Great Lakes, IL), B011
 Duty Stations
RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)Service Schools Command (Faculty Staff)/SSC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILLNaval Hospital Great Lakes, ILField Medical Training Battalion  Camp Pendleton (FMTB CAMPEN)
CINCPACFLT/ COMPACFLT7th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn (3/7)7th Marine Regiment1st Marine Division
  1948-1948, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
  1948-1949, HM-0000, Service Schools Command (Faculty Staff)/SSC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILL
  1949-1950, HM-0000, Naval Hospital Great Lakes, IL
  1950-1950, HM-0000, Field Medical Training Battalion Camp Pendleton (FMTB CAMPEN)
  1950-1950, HM-0000, CINCPACFLT/ COMPACFLT
  1950-1950, HM-0000, 7th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn (3/7)
  1950-1950, HM-0000, 7th Marine Regiment
  1950-1950, HM-0000, 1st Marine Division
 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".



I want to know of anyone who served with my brother, Marine corp medic, naval medic assigned to 1st Marine div. 7th Marines 3rd Battalion H and S company at the Chosin Reservoir about November of 1950. He was taken as a POW while evacuating wounded Marines and executed or froze to death per two captured fellow POW Marines. Please contact me. My brothers discription is that he had light red hair, Medium build, approx. 5'10", light complexion, and scar above the eye. They nicknamed him "Scarface" due to this. He also went by the nickname of "Jet".




               HQ SVC CO 3 BN



                HOSTILE, DIED (KIA)

      DATE OF LOSS: NOVEMBER 28, 1950

            SERVICE NUMBER: 2532502

            BORN: NOVEMBER 23, 1930


                    BIRMINGHAM, AL


                    CHOSIN RESERVOIR

Hospital Corpsman Third Class Trimm served with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was Killed in Action while tending his wounded comrades on December 20, 1950. His remains were not recovered. Died in actiona as a result of exposure to bad weather. He was known as "Scarface" and the nickname "Jet."


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