Babson, John Low, Jr., 2ndLt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
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Primary Unit
1952-1952, 0302, A Co, 1st Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (1/7)
Service Years
1951 - 1952
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Second Lieutenant


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Home State
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
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Home Town
Last Address
Contoocook, NH

Casualty Date
Oct 26, 1952
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Contoocook Village Cemetery - Contoocook, New Hampshire
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USMC (United States Marine Corps)Officer Candidate School (Cadre)1st Infantry Training RegimentInfantry Training School(s) West
1st Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (1/7)
  1951-1951, 9900, Platoon Leaders Class (Cadre)
  1951-1951, 9900, Officer Candidate School (Cadre)
  1951-1951, 9901, 1st Infantry Training Regiment
  1952-1952, 0301, 2nd Infantry Training Regiment (Cadre)
  1952-1952, 0302, A Co, 1st Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (1/7)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
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Name:    John Low Babson Jr.
Birth Date:    3 Mar 1929
Birth City:    Contoocook
State Registered:    New Hampshire
Death Date:    26 Oct 1952
Death Country:    Korea
Death Description:    Killed in Action
War:    Korean War
Title:    Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
Rank:    Second Lieutenant
Service:    U.S. Marine Corps
Service ID:    054230
Notes:    Second Lieutenant Babson commanded a platoon in Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. On October 26, 1952, he was defending an outpost 600 yards forward of the main line of resistance in Korea. Although badly wounded, he refused evacuation and continued to lead his men until he was mortally wounded. For his leadership and valor, Second Lieutenant Babson was awarded the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal.
Data Source:    Korean War Veterans Honor Roll

Babson, John Low Jr. (posthumously)

    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant John Low Babson, Jr. (MCSN: 0-54230), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Platoon Commander of Company A, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 26 October 1952. Despite a painful wound sustained during the early stages of the action when his platoon was attacked by a numerically superior hostile force while defending an outpost some six hundred yards forward of the main line of resistance. Second Lieutenant Babson steadfastly refused to be evacuated and constantly exposed himself to a devastating barrage of enemy mortar and artillery fire to direct the efforts of his small garrison of defenders. Although wounded a second time, he continued to lead his platoon in the defense of the position until mortally wounded by enemy artillery fire several hours later. By his exceptional courage, inspiring leadership and valiant fighting spirit, Second Lieutenant Babson was largely instrumental in preventing an enemy attack on the main line of resistance and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. Born: March 3, 1929 at Orono, Maine. Home Town: Contoocook, New Hampshire.  Death: KIA: October 26, 1952.

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