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Assistance for Father

From: SMSgt John Peters
Category: Korean War Museum Related Topics
Date: 17 Jun 2000
Time: 07:53:33


I am an active duty Air Force Senior NCO and I retire in three weeks. My father, who served and was wounded in Korea, cannot make my ceremony due to illness. I know that many have served and were wounded and some were less fortunate than that and never returned. My Father never spoke of the war until last year, on the 4th of July as we watched fireworks. He just said one sentence to his girlfriend--"reminds me of the constant shelling"-that was it. Later he mentioned that he was wounded, which I knew, but then he said he just never received the PH in person. I have obtained one with assistance from the USG. We intend to present it to my older brother at my retirement ceremony on 6 Jul 00, and in turn he will bring it to my Father, who is too ill to make my ceremony. The reason I need assistance is as follows:

When he was wounded in Korea, he of course was awarded the Purple Heart, but due to the conflict he never received one. I was able to obtain his DD214, his Honorable Discharge and a third sheet, unnumbered, which states his service record, i.e. 15 Feb 51-20 Jan 52, at Sea; Operations--against enemy forces south and central Korea, 6 Mar 51-13 Jun 51; (I think we was wounded on 13 or 14 Jun), then 19 Aug 51-31 Dec 51.

I am just trying to find where he was wounded, even general area or battle. The information I have is that he served with General Service Unit, Class III, 3d MCRD. On his 214 it says PLACE OF SEPARATION: 3d Battalion, 6th Marines, 2d Marine Division, FMF, Camp Lejune, NC.

I truly appreciate any assistance or directions you can give me!!!

Very Respectfully

John R. Peters, SMSgt, USAF

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