Kirkpatrick, Edward Lewis, MSgt

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
2512-Field Wireman
Last MOSGroup
Communications
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 2512, H&S Co, 2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5)
Service Years
1938 - 1950

Master Sergeant

 
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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1920
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Michael Frederick (Fred) to remember Marine MSgt Edward Lewis Kirkpatrick (Moose).

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Oceanside
Last Address
Oceanside

Casualty Date
Sep 15, 1950
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Korea, South
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
n/a

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 Unit Assignments
Marine Barracks Mare Island, CAUSMC (United States Marine Corps)Marine Security Guard (MSG)1st Marine Division, I MEF
2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5), 5th Marine Regiment
  1940-1940, 8151, Marine Barracks Mare Island, CA
  1940-1945, 8151, MarDet Tientsin-Peking
  1940-1945, 8156, Marine Security Guard (MSG)
  1950-1950, 2512, 1st Marine Division, I MEF
  1950-1950, 2512, H&S Co, 2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater
  1941-1945 World War II3
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite1
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)1
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1953 Korean War
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Last Known Activity
MSgt. Edward Kirkpatrick served with Hq. Service Company,  2nd Battalion, 5th Marines.

He was killed during the landing at Inchon, Korea (1950)

During WWII, he was held as a POW of the Japanese in Camp: Fukuoka POW Camp #1 - Kashii (Pine Tree Camp) Kyushu Island 33-130.  He was a POW from 8 December 1941-14 September 1945, having been taken prisoner in China.
   
Comments/Citation
POW with other North China Marines (Beijing and Tientsin), 1941-45. Christmas, 1944 - in Japanese Captivity A North China Marine POW had the following memory:

1944 POW Fukuoka Camp 3, Kokura, Japan, after twelve hours of back-breaking work in Yawata steel mills and an hour ride to camp in an open gondola car with freezing sleet, we forgot about it being Christmas eve.

On bed-bug infested straw mats, we tried to get some sleep and rest for our worn bodies while the bed-bugs drained our anemic blood.

We were awakened by Japanese guards hitting us with clubs and rifle butts about two in the morning. We were driven out of the barracks into thirty degree sleet.

Standing frozen in damp freezing weather, we were forced to sing Christmas carols as the guards stood wrapped in warm coats and laughed. This was their idea of a cruel joke and insult to our customs.

On being allowed back in the barracks after nearly an hour standing and singing in the freezing sleet, we found a Japanese tube sock with one rice cracker on each man's mat. We knew we could barely get our frozen bodies warm before being rousted out before daylight for another freezing ride and another twelve hours of slave labor in the steel mills on Christmas day.

1948 War Claims Act of 1948 allows payment of $1 per day of imprisonment for failure to receive sufficient quantity and quality of food 1952 Amendment to War Claims Act allows payment of additional $1.50 per day for inhumane treatment such as hard labor. Had to file before 3/31/52.

-http://www.northchinamarines.com/id34.htm
   
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