Olmsted, James Newton, MGySgt

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Master Gunnery Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0369-Infantry Unit Leader
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1944-Present, 0369, Missing In Action
Service Years
1921 - 1944
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Golden Dragon Certificate
Shellback Certificate

Master Gunnery Sergeant

Five Hash Marks


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Order of the Golden Dragon Shellback China Marine

 Military Association Memberships
American Defenders of Bataan & CorregidorWorld War II Fallen
  1942, American Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor
  1944, World War II Fallen

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Last Known Activity
On December 14, 1944 more than 1600 American POWs left the Philippines bound for Japan on a hellship called the Oryoku Maru. Later that day aircraft from the USS Hornet found the ship in Olongapo Bay near Subic and strafed and bombed it ¬†but did not sink it. The following day they returned and sank the crippled ship, with the loss of more than 300 POW lives. Following the bombing of the Oryoku Maru, those POWs who survived were re-assembled at San Fernando La Union, PI and put aboard two more hellships to continue their journey to Japan. About 1,040 men were forced into one hold of the Enoura Maru, and the remaining 240 men went on the Brazil Maru. The Enoura Maru had previously been used to transport horses and the hold was filthy with manure. On its last trip the Brazil Maru had carried coal. Neither hold was cleaned out before the POWs were forced down into them. Some of the POWs were so hungry that they ate grain that had been dropped by the horses when they were feeding, and which was now mixed in with the manure. The Enoura and Brazil Marus left the Philippines on December 27, 1944 and headed north. All of the POWs on the Enoura Maru were crammed into the second hold aft of the bow. The POWs suffered terribly from hunger, thirst and the filth that pervaded the holds of the two hellships. Diseases broke out and many of the men were violently ill. On December 31 ‚?? New Year‚??s Eve - they reached Takao ( Kaohsiung ), Formosa. MGySgt James Newton Olmsted died while a POW on the Enoura Maru.

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Rifle Expert (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1921, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
 Unit Assignments
Marine Barracks4th Marine Regiment3rd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (3/4), 4th Marine RegimentUSMC (United States Marine Corps)
Marine Barracks Mare Island, CA2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4), 4th Marine RegimentPrisoner of WarMissing In Action
  1921-1924, 0369, HQ Detachment, Marine Barracks Parris Island, SC
  1925-1926, 0369, H&S Co, 4th Marine Regiment
  1927-1930, 0369, K Co, 3rd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (3/4)
  1930-1931, 0369, MARDET (Ashore)
  1932-1938, 0369, Marine Barracks Mare Island, CA
  1941-1941, 0369, F Co, 2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4)
  1941-1942, 0369, F Co, 2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4)
  1942-1944, 0369, Prisoner of War - Japan
  1944-Present, 0369, Missing In Action
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater
  1941-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
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