Nowak, Stanley, Jr., Cpl

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0335-Machine Gun Team Leader
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1951-1951, 0331, 1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1)/A Co
Service Years
1945 - 1951


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New York
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Casualty Info
Home Town
North Tonawanda
Last Address
North Tonawanda, NY

Casualty Date
Jun 11, 1951
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Elmlawn Cemetery - Town of Tonawanda, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Evergreen Section D Lot 203 Northwest Grave

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  1951, Korean War Fallen

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1945, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)2
 Unit Assignments
Merchant MarinesRTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris IslandMarine BarracksUSMC (United States Marine Corps)
MCAS Cherry Point, NC2nd Marine Division/HQ Bn, 2nd Marine Division2nd Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (2/8)1st Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (1/8)
USS Philippine Sea (CV-47)USS Cambria (APA-36)Ships At SeaMarForRes
2nd Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2)1st Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment  (1/1)
  1944-1945, Merchant Marines
  1945-1945, 0100, RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island/6th Recruit Training Bn
  1945-1946, 0311, Marine Barracks Bayonne, NJ
  1946-1946, 0311, 2nd Infantry Bn, 1st Special Marine Brigade
  1946-1947, 0311, MCAS Cherry Point, NC
  1947-1947, 0311, 2nd Marine Division/HQ Bn, 2nd Marine Division
  1947-1947, 0311, 2nd Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (2/8)/E Co
  1947-1949, 0311, 1st Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (1/8)/A Co
  1948-1948, 0311, USS Philippine Sea (CV-47)
  1948-1948, 0311, USS Cambria (APA-36)
  1948-1948, 0311, USS Okaloosa (APA-219)
  1949-1950, 0311, Individual Ready Reserve
  1950-1951, 0311, 1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2)/Weapons Co
  1951-1951, 0331, 1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1)/A Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1950-1953 Korean War1
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)/Pohang Guerrilla Hunt
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)/Operation Ripper
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)/Battle for the Punch Bowl
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)/Operation Dauntless
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)/Battle of Bloody Ridge (Hill 680)
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)/Operation Rugged
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)/Operation Killer
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)/Battle of Kapyong
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Sep 05, 1950, Before PFC Stanley Nowak Jr was recalled to active duty for Korea2
  Jul 02, 2012, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Dad was wounded the 1st time on 25 April 1951 during the battle at Horseshoe Ridge.

During the push to the Punchbowl on 10 June 1951, while assaulting Hill 700 as a machine gunner with Able Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, Cpl. Nowak was wounded for the 2nd time, but this time his wounds were fatal. Dad died of his wounds the following day, 11 June 1951 at "E" Co., 1st Medical Battalion, Field Hospital.
Interment: Elmlawn Cemetery, 3939 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14217 Evergreen Section D, Lot 203, Northwest Grave

He was transferred to Korea in a replacement draft on 7 Jan 1951. He joined 1st Bn, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division on 14 Jan 1951. He was WIA on 25 April 1951. He was WIA again on 10 June 1951 and died of his wounds the following day on 11 June 1951 at "E"Co.,1stMedBn,Field Hospital. Per Capt Baker: While in the area of Yanggu, Korea on 10 June 1951 our company was assulting an enemy held hill. Enemy action made it necessary for the emplacement of Stanley's machine gun squad to give covering fire. Stanley was directing the fire of his machine gun when he was wounded. He received immediate medical attention and within a few minutes was evacuated from the hill. While being evacuated he dropped into a state of unconciousness from which he never recovered. He passed away on 11 June 1951. Signed, Captain Calvin R. Baker Jr Commanding Company "A", 1st Bn, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division ********************************************* The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION to the FIRST MARINE DIVISION, REINFORCED for service as set forth in the following CITATION: "For extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea during the periods 21 to 26 April, 16 to 30 June, and 11 to 25 September 1951. Spearheading the first counteroffensive in the spring of 1951, the FIRST Marine Division, Reinforced, engaged the enemy in the mountainous center of Korea in a brilliant series of actions unparalleled in the history of the Marine Corps, destroying and routing hostile forces with an unrelenting drive of seventy miles north from Wonju. During the period 21 to 26 April, the full force of the enemy counteroffensive was met by the Division, north of the Hwachon Reservoir. Although major units flanking the Marine Division were destroyed or driven back by the force of this attack, the Division held firm against the attackers, repelling the onslaught from three directions and preventing the encirclement of the key center of the lines. Following a rapid regrouping of friendly forces in close contact with the enemy, the FIRST Marine Division, Reinforced was committed into the flanks of the massive enemy penetration and, from 16 May to 30 June, was locked in a violent and crucial battle which resulted in the enemy being driven back to the north with disastrous losses to his forces in the number killed, wounded and captured. Carrying out a series of devastating assaults, the Division succeeded in reducing the enemy's main fortified complex dominating the 38th Parallel. In the final significant offensive of the action in Korea, from 11 to 25 September 1951, the FIRST Marine Division, Reinforced, completed the destruction of the enemy forces in Eastern Korea by advancing the front against a final desperate enemy defense in the 'Punch Bowl' area in heavy action which completed the liberation of South Korea in this locality. With the enemy's major defenses reduced, his forces on the central front decimated, and the advantage of terrain and the tactical initiative passing to friendly forces, he never again recovered sufficiently to resume the offensive in Korea. The outstanding courage, resourcefulness and aggressive fighting spirit of the officers and men of the FIRST Marine Division, Reinforced, reflect the highest credit upon themselves and the United States Naval Service. Signed: For the President, Charles S. Thomas Secretary of the Navy Last Updated: today
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