Shockman, James Philip, PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
0331-Machine Gunner
Last MOSGroup
Primary Unit
1942-Present, 0331, Missing In Action
Service Years
1939 - 1942
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Golden Dragon Certificate
Shellback Certificate

Private 1st Class


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State of Birth
North Dakota
North Dakota
Year of Birth
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 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Golden Dragon Shellback

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

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Service Number: 275167
Birth and Early Life:
James Shockman was born on June 15, 1919. He was raised in Berlin, North Dakota, where his father Michael ran a farm and a hardware store. At the age of twenty, James enlisted from nearby LaMoure.
Enlistment and Boot Camp:
Shockman joined the Marines on September 27, 1939. After completing his boot training at MCRD San Diego, Shockman was transported to Bremerton, Washington for duty with the guard detachment at Puget Sound Navy Yard.
Service Prior to World War II:
James Shockman was promoted to Private First Class in December, 1939; he was transferred in April 1940 to duty with the Cavite Navy Yard in the Philippines. On August 18, Shockman committed a cardinal offense: quitting his post without being properly relieved. He was kept in the brig until his trial on the 26th, when he was sentenced to be reduced in rank to private.
Wartime Service:
Shockman regained his PFC rating in 1941; when the Fourth Marines arrived in the Philippines to prepare defenses, his garrison was absorbed into the regiment as its Third Battalion. PFC Shockman became a member of Company M, a weapons company, and after fighting in the initial defense of the Philippines, was detailed to Fort Hughes with other members of his company to man defenses for the heavy batteries there.
Date Of Loss:
PFC Shockman was listed as killed on May 6, 1942, the day the Japanese overran Corregidor. He was awarded the Army Soldier's Medal; the details of his citation have been lost, but it was credited to his actions on May 6.
Next Of Kin:
Mother, Mrs Catherine Shockman
Status Of Remains:
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.
Other Comments:
Body Not Recovered
Soldier's Medal
SYNOPSIS: Private First Class James P. Shockman (MCSN: 275167), United States Marine Corps, was awarded the Soldier's Medal (Posthumously) for heroism involving voluntary risk of life not involving conflict with an armed enemy, in the Solomon Islands, on 6 May 1942.
Action Date: May 6, 1942

Prisoner of War Medal
Private First Class James P. Shockman (MCSN: 275167), United States Marine Corps, was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Corregidor, Philippine Islands, on 6 May 1942, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his execution later on that same day.
Action Date: May 6, 1942
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 Ribbon Bar
Rifle Expert (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1939, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
MCRD (Cadre) San Diego, CAMarine Barracks Puget Sound Naval ShipyardMarine Barracks3rd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (3/4), 4th Marine Regiment
Prisoner of WarMissing In Action
  1939-1939, 0300, MCRD (Cadre) San Diego, CA
  1939-1940, 0311, Marine Barracks Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
  1940-1941, 0331, Marine Barracks Cavite, PI
  1941-1942, 0331, K Co, 3rd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (3/4)
  1942-1942, 0331, Prisoner of War - Japan
  1942-Present, 0331, Missing In Action
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater
  1941-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Bataan
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