Ammar, John, SgtMaj

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Sergeant Major
Last Primary MOS
9999-Sergeant Major/First Sergeant
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1973-1974, 9999, MCAGCC 29 Palms, CA
Service Years
1941 - 1974

Sergeant Major


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West Virginia
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Last Address
Cedar Grove, West Virginia

Date of Passing
Aug 12, 1977
Location of Interment
Twentynine Palms Cemetery - Twentynine Palms, California
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*Plot: Row 26 A

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Retired as Base Sgt. Major, 29 Palms MCB in 1974.
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Served as a Major with the California Cadet Corps, from 1974 until his death in 1977.

SgtMaj John Richard Ammar  #132484
July thru October 1945 - Corporal - 4Th Bn, (155Mm How), 13Th Mar, 5Th Mar Div, FMF, In The Field.
January 1946 - Military Police - Corporal - Headquarters, 4th Bn, 10th Mar, 2nd Mar Div, FMF, In The Field
July 1953 - MOS 4936 - Hq Btry 2Dbn 11Th Marines,Korea - Staff Sgt
July thru October 1953 - MOS 4936 - Servbtry 2Dbn 11Th Marines,Korea - Staff Sgt
January thru April 1954 - MOS 4936 - E Btry 2Dbn 11Th Marines,Korea - Staff Sgt
Twentynine Palms Cemetery
Twentynine Palms
San Bernardino County
California, USA
Plot: Row 26 A

Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)/Battle of Kapyong
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The Battle of Kapyong, also known as the Battle of Jiaping, was fought during the Korean War between United Nations (UN) forces—primarily Australian and Canadian—and the Chinese communist People's Volunteer Army. The fighting occurred during the Chinese Spring Offensive and saw the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade establish blocking positions in the Kapyong Valley, on a key route south to the capital, Seoul. The two forward battalions—3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR) and 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (2 PPCLI)—occupied positions astride the valley and hastily developed defences. As thousands of South Korean soldiers began to withdraw through the valley, the Chinese infiltrated the brigade position under the cover of darkness, and assaulted the Australians on Hill 504 during the evening and into the following day.

Although heavily outnumbered, the 27th Brigade held their positions into the afternoon before the Australians were finally withdrawn to positions in the rear of the brigade, with both sides having suffered heavy casualties. The Chinese then turned their attention to the Canadians on Hill 677, but during a fierce night battle they were unable to dislodge them. The fighting helped blunt the Chinese offensive and the actions of the Australians and Canadians at Kapyong were important in assisting to prevent a breakthrough on the United Nations Command central front, and ultimately the capture of Seoul. The two battalions bore the brunt of the assault and stopped an entire Chinese division during the hard fought defensive battle. The next day the Chinese withdrew back up the valley, in order to regroup. Today, the battle is regarded as one of the most famous actions fought by the Australian and Canadian armies in Korea.
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  77 Also There at This Battle:
  • Anderson, Charles, Cpl, (1950-1952)
  • Andresevic, Bill, LtCol, (1947-1965)
  • Barker, Milton, Cpl, (1943-1951)
  • Belcher, Ed, Sgt, (1950-1953)
  • Bohart, Richard, Cpl, (1946-1951)
  • Brockish, Robert, LtCol, (1949-1974)
  • Buchanan, Gordon, Col, (1947-1957)
  • Burke, Harry, Cpl, (1948-1952)
  • Campbell, Hugh, Cpl, (1948-1951)
  • Carone, Michael, Sgt, (1950-1954)
  • Coad, Jason
  • Davis, Leland Frank, Cpl
  • Faria, Don, SSgt, (1945-1952)
  • Fedde, Patrick, Cpl, (1948-1952)
  • Henry, John, MSgt, (1950-1968)
  • Lawson, George, GySgt, (1948-1968)
  • Lettow, JC, GySgt, (1950-1958)
  • Loraine Jr, Jacques Bernhart, Maj, (1948-1969)
  • Macdonald, Neil, PltSgt, (1948-1958)
  • McCown Sr, John, SSgt, (1949-1959)
  • Raine, Cedric, Sgt, (1950-1953)
  • Revsbeck, Eb, SSgt, (1945-1952)
  • Sampica, Regis, LCpl, (1951-1952)
  • Simmons, John, Sgt, (1951-1954)
  • Sullivan, Richard
  • Tsegeletos, George, Cpl, (1950-1954)
  • Tucker, Charles, SSgt, (1949-1960)
  • Weins, Chuck, Capt, (1948-1970)
  • Wilburn, Ray Vernon, SgtMaj, (1939-1971)
  • Wilder, Roy, PFC, (1951-1953)
  • Wofford, Robert, SSgt, (1949-1965)
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