Menard, Nelson John, PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
0761-AA Auto Weapons Battery Man
Last MOSGroup
Air Defense
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 0311, E Co, 2nd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (2/1)
Service Years
1950 - 1950

Private 1st Class


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Saint Peter Catholic Church Cemetery Cemetery
Lafayette Parish
Louisiana, USA

Casualty Date
Nov 07, 1950
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Korea, North
Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)
Location of Interment
Saint Peter Catholic Church Cemetery - Carencro, Louisiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 5 Lot 94

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 Military Association Memberships
The National Purple Heart Hall of HonorKorean War Fallen
  1950, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  1950, Korean War Fallen

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Rifle Expert (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1950, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC), 34
 Unit Assignments
RS Baton Rouge La2nd Recruit Training Bn, MCRD (Cadre) Parris Island, SCSchool of Infantry  EAST (SOI East)2nd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (2/2), 2nd Marine Regiment
Ships At Sea2nd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment  (2/1), 1st Marine Regiment
  1949-1949, 9900, RSS Lafayette, LA, RS Baton Rouge La
  1950-1950, 0300, 2nd Recruit Training Bn, MCRD (Cadre) Parris Island, SC
  1950-1950, 0761, School of Infantry EAST (SOI East)
  1950-1950, 0761, E Co, 2nd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (2/2)
  1950-1950, 0311, USS PRESIDENT JACKSON (T-AP-18)
  1950-1950, 0311, E Co, 2nd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (2/1)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 US Occupation of Japan
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)2
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
31 Mar 1950 Enlisted
SVC #1122427
Apr 1950 - Jun 20th, 1950
(PVT) Platoon 34,  "Honor Platoon" ,2D Recr Trng Bvn Mcrd Paris Island S C
Jul 1950
(PFC) "E" Co 2Dbn 2Dmars 2Dmardiv Fmf,Camp Lejeune N C
14-29 Aug 1950
USS President Jackson (AKA-18) enroute to Kobe, Japan
Aug 1950
(PFC) Co E 2D Bn 1St Mar 1St Mar Div (Occupation Japan)
11 Sep 1950
USS President Jackson (AKA-18) Departing Kobe 11 September with vessels of task group TG 90.2, she unloaded on the assault beaches of Inchon
12 Sep 1950
(PFC) Co E 2D Bn 1St Mar 1St Mar Div (Deployed to Korea)
15 Sep 1950-19 Sep 1950
(PFC) Battle of Inchon
Oct 1950
(PFC) Co E 2D Bn 1St Mar 1St Mar Div
7 Nov 1950
(PFC) Co E 2D Bn 1St Mar 1St Mar Div (KIA)

Location of Battale: Wonsan to Majon-Ni Road,  near the town of Munchon-ni
Position Coordinates - (TA 4734J)  39.148889° N - 127.246100° E


7 November 1950

Orders were received to dispatch one company to the plateau at MUNCHON-RI (TA 4635), the high point on the road to MAJON-RI, where the Third Battalion was located. In as much as this would have split the battalion into three separate companies, spread over a 25 mile area, protest was made and the order modified to permit two rifle companies with a 4.2" mortar platoon attached to move to that area. This allowed an operational headquarters to be formed from Headquarters and Service Company and dispatched forward. FOX and EASY Companies were alerted to move, and DOG Company with the 81mm mortar platoon attached ordered to remain at its present position.  All companies were reinforced with AT and HMG sections. Until 0800 there was no transportation available to make the required moves. At that time fourteen trucks were scraped together from various units and orders were received to dispatch a company immediately. Easy Company departed for MUNCHO-RI at 0830. At 1245 hours EASY Company was ambushed at a point (TA 4734J) approximately 4 miles short of the MUNCHON plateau. Most of the road leading to that area was ideally suited for guerrilla-type ambushes. At the point selected by the enemy, the road formed a horseshoe of sufficient size to contain all vehicles of the convoy. There was a precipitous rise all along the left of the road and an equally steep drop on the right. The wall on the right rose to approximately 200 feet with excellent avenues of escape on the reverse slope.  A low road block formed of small rocks and other debris was established at the far end of the horseshoe and as the first vehicle arrived at this block, the convoy received simultaneous fire from all points of the ambush. Personnel immediately dismounted and returned the fire. Inasmuch as the enemy was concentrated on the high ground above the forward end of the convoy, an attack was launched on that area. The attack was successful, and all enemy was killed or dispersed. It was noted that the 50 caliber machine guns mounted on one of the trucks was effective in shutting down enemy fire. It was estimated that the ambush had been established by at least one enemy company. The convoy suffered a total of 52 casualties, including truck drivers and regimental personnel. Five of the seven officers present were casualties. At 1430, the operational CP, FOX Company and the 4.2" mortar platoon departed for MUNCHON. A rear echelon under the command of the Executive Officer was left at TOGWON. The ambush area was reached at 1615, and a junction made with ABLE Company of the Battalion, First Marines returning from MAJON-RI (Third Battalion Area). All casualties not evacuated by Helicopter were returned to the rear. CP with the ABLE Company convoy. EASY and FOX Company convoys proceeded to the plateau area, arriving at approximately 1715. The usual tight perimeter defense was established on the high ground on either side of the road, including the road within the perimeter.  There was no enemy activity during the night.
                        Casualties suffered;
                                    KIA OR DOW                          8
                                    WIA                                        38
                        Enemy Casualties:                              
                                    Killed                                      61
                                    Wounded                                25
                              Ammunition destroyed           300, Cases, small arms, 50 cases 120 mm mortar
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