Rives, Edwin Eugene, Capt

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0302-Infantry Officer
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1950-1950, 0302, HQ Bn, 1st Marine Division/H&S Co
Service Years
1940 - 1950



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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Pamela Jeans (Pam)-Historian to remember Marine Capt Edwin Eugene Rives (Gene).

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
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Casualty Date
Sep 29, 1950
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korea, South
Korean War
Location of Interment
Memorial Park Cemetery - Memphis, Tennessee
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Korean War Fallen
  1950, Korean War Fallen1

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Naval Observer Wings
Rifle ExpertPistol Expert 3rd Award

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1940, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
 Unit Assignments
USMC (United States Marine Corps)22nd Marine RegimentMarine BarracksSchool of Infantry  (SOI WEST)
MCB Quantico, VA1st Marine Division/HQ Bn, 1st Marine Division
  1943-1943, 1542, Reserve Officers Course
  1943-1945, 1542, 1st Bn, 22nd Marine Regiment (1/22)
  1945-1945, Marine Barracks Parris Island, SC
  1946-1947, Infantry Training Bn, School of Infantry (SOI WEST)
  1947-1949, HQ Bn, Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, VA
  1948-1948, Marine Barracks Quantico, VA
  1949-1950, 0302, HQ Bn, 1st Marine Division/Recon Company
  1950-1950, 0302, HQ Bn, 1st Marine Division/H&S Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Battle of Guam (1944)
  1945-1945 Ryukyus Campaign (1945)/Battle for Okinawa
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of the Pusan Permineter
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)/First Battle of Seoul
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Second Battle of Seoul
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Last Known Activity
Capt. Rives entered the Marine Corps with Boot at Parris Island beginning in September 1940.  He served in the PTO during WWII, Guam and Okinawa. He was a Captain on 30 April 1946. MOS 1542/1043/302.

Prior to Korea, he served with Recon Company, 1st Marine Division, California. He joined this unit at Camp Pendleton, California in July 1949, MOS 302.  He participated in OPERATION MICOMEX 50A on the north coast of the Alaskan Peninsula in January-March of 1950.  {This was Minor Cold Weather Exercise (MICOWEX) 50A, which was an amphibious cold weather exercise held jointly with the U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy.}

In Korea, he served with Hq. Company/Recon Company, Hq. Battalion, 1st Marine Division.

On 20 September 1950 served as the observer aboard an OY-2 "Grasshopper" (BuNo 122510) helicopter from VMO-6 (FW), MAG-33, 1st MAW that was on a reconnaissance mission near Uijongbu, Korea (listed as Yuman-Ni on Marine Diary). His helicopter was shot down by hostile fire, and crashed ten miles northeast of Seoul. Both he and the pilot, Thomas D. Odenbaugh, were lost. (Odenbaugh was never recovered and remains MIA).

An HO3S-1 rescue helicopter, flown by 1st Lt. Arthur R. Bancroft, was sent but was also shot down. Although rescue, he died later.

He was interred in Memorial Park Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee.
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