Driskell, Joseph R., MSgt

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0369-Infantry Unit Leader
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Primary Unit
1953-1953, 0369, MarForRes
Service Years
1940 - 1953
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Iwo Jima Certificate

Master Sergeant

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Contact Info
Home Town
Terre Haute, Ind
Last Address
Sun City

Date of Passing
Mar 12, 1997
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Pearl Harbor Survivor's AssociationUnited States Marine Raiders Association
  2013, Pearl Harbor Survivor's Association
  2013, United States Marine Raiders Association [Verified]

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                             JOSEPH R. DRISKELL

                                 MARINE CORPS

For service as set forth in the following:


    The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Corporal Joseph R. Driskell (MCSN: 283270),United States Marine Corps, for exceptional courage, presence of mind, and devotion to duty and disregard for his personal condition while serving on the U.S.S. NEVADA (BB-36) during the Japanese attack on the United States Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, on 7 December 1941. Corporal Driskell, the gun captain of No.9 broadside gun of the U.S.S. Nevada, was seriously wounded and burned, and most of his clothing burned off when a bomb exploded in the immediate vicinity of his gun. Disregarding his condition, he insisted on manning another gun after his own was wrecked. Despite serious leg wounds, he refused to join the wounded, but assisted other wounded men instead, and then joined fire-fighting squads which contributed materially to bringing the fires under control. His outstanding courage, aggressive fighting spirit, and devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Corporal Driskell and the United States Naval Service.

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BURIED_ Highland Lawn Cemetery in Terre Haute, Ind
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1940, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
Sea School MCRD San DiegoMARDET (Afloat)4th Raider Bn4th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4)
24th Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 24th Marine Regiment (1/24)Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)USMC (United States Marine Corps)3rd Marine Regiment
H&S Bn Henderson Hall (HQMC)MarForRes
  1940-1940, 0311, Sea School MCRD San Diego
  1940-1941, 0756, MARDET USS Nashville (CL-43)
  1941-1942, 0756, MarDet USS Nevada (BB-36)
  1943-1944, 0311, 4th Raider Bn
  1944-1944, 0369, 4th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4)
  1944-1945, 0301, 24th Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 24th Marine Regiment (1/24)
  1945-1947, 0301, 24th Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 24th Marine Regiment (1/24)
  1948-1948, 0301, Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)
  1948-1950, 0431, Combat Service Support Units (CSS)
  1950-1951, 0369, 3rd Marine Regiment
  1951-1953, 0369, H&S Bn Henderson Hall (HQMC)
  1953-1953, 0369, MarForRes
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1941-1945 World War II
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Gilbert Islands Operation (1943)
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Battle of Guam (1944)
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
  1950-1953 Korean War
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