Niedbalski, Leonard M, PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
746-Automatic Rifleman (BAR)
Last MOSGroup
WWI & WWII SSN/MOS
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 746, 1st Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (1/28)/B Co
Service Years
1943 - 1945

Private 1st Class

 
 

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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1925
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
South Bend
Last Address
2509 W. Longley Avenue, South Bend, Indiana

Casualty Date
Mar 03, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Japan
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Ceder Grove Cemetery - Notre Dame, Indiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section G, Row 1, Lot 4

 Official Badges 


 Unofficial Badges 


 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1945, World War II Fallen


 Ribbon Bar
Rifle Marksman (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
 Unit Assignments
Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC)Marine Barracks28th Marine Regiment
  1943-1943, 521, RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island/6th Recruit Training Bn
  1943-1944, 522, Marine Barracks Charleston, SC
  1944-1945, 746, 1st Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (1/28)/B Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Killed in Action, 03 March 1945, during offensive operations against Imperial Japanese Forces on Iwo Jima Island, Bonin 'Volcano' Islands.
 
   
Comments/Citation
NIEDBALSKI, Leonard M., PFC 521/522/746          SN: 853703
Born: 13 Jan 1925 South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana
Enlisted USMCR: 14 May 1943 (Home of Record, 2509 W. Longley Avenue, South Bend, Indiana)
Died: 03 Mar 1945 (KIA, Iwo Jima Island, Bonin 'Volcano' Islands)
Interred: Cedar Grove Cemetery, Notre Dame, South Bend, IN (Section G, Row 1, Lot 4)

6th Recruit Battalion, Recruit Depot, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, SC
Jul 1943 Pvt, 6thRecBn, RDep, MB, Parris Island, SC "30, by S/Rs to MBNYd, Charleston, SC; Auth fur to 9Aug43"

Guard Company, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Charleston, SC
Jul 1943 Pvt, GdCo, MB, NYd, Charleston, SC
Oct 1943 Pvt, GdCo, MB, NYd, Charleston, SC "Msm"
Jan 1944 PFC, GdCo, MB, NYd, Charleston, SC
Apr 1944 PFC, GdCo, MB, NYd, Charleston, SC "?, to Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, Calif."

Company B, 1st Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division, FMF, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA
Apr 1944 PFC, Co B, 1stBn, 28thMar, 5thMarDiv, FMF, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA "522; 3, jdfr MBNYd, Charleston, SC"
Jul 1944 PFC, Co B, 1stBn, 28thMar, 5thMarDiv, FMF, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA "746"
Company B, 1st Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division, FMF, In the Field
Oct 1944 PFC, Co B, 1stBn, 28thMar, 5thMarDiv, FMF, In the Field "746"
Jan 1945 PFC, Co B, 1stBn, 28thMar, 5thMarDiv, FMF, In the Field "746; 10, emb fr Camp Drewes, Maui, T.H. via LST#9; 17, emb and sailed fr Lahaini Roads, Maui, T.H. abd USS DICKENS"
Mar 1945 PFC, Co B, 1stBn, 28thMar, 5thMarDiv, FMF, In the Field "853703; 746; 1-3, participated in the battle of Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands; 3, KIA, Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands"

Based on this service record, I believe that we can confidently state that he rates the following awards for WWII:
Purple Heart Medal
Combat Action Ribbon
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal-1 star
World War II Victory Medal
 
   
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