Stephen, James W, Sgt

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1952-1952, 0311, H Co, 3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)
Service Years
1950 - 1952

Sergeant

 
 

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 Personal Details 


Home State
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
1929
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Detroit

Casualty Date
Oct 06, 1952
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952/Attack of Combat Outpost Frisco
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  1952, Korean War Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar
Rifle Expert

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1950, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
1st Marine Division, I MEF3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)
  1950-1952, 1st Marine Division, I MEF
  1952-1952, 0311, H Co, 3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952/Attack of Combat Outpost Frisco
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
   
Comments/Citation
Citation: The Navy Cross is presented to James William Stephen, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Squad Leader of Company H, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on the night of 6 October 1952. When the outpost was subjected to an intense hostile artillery and mortar barrage and an overwhelming enemy force immediately assaulted and overran the position under cover of darkness, Sergeant Stephen quickly organized his squad to defend his sector and, during the ensuing close-combat struggle with the enemy, personally accounted for several enemy dead with accurate counterfire. Encouraging and inspiring his men to heroic efforts, he spearheaded three determined counterattacks and succeeded in temporarily driving off the hostile forces and in inflicting numerous casualties. With his squad cut down to only four wounded Marines, he ordered his men to take cover and assisted them to the comparative safety of a bunker. Observing six enemy infantrymen advancing along the trench line, Sergeant Stephen single-handedly charged forward with fixed bayonet and, taking the enemy by complete surprise, was last seen alive in full pursuit of the retreating troops. By his daring initiative and resolute fighting spirit in the face of tremendous odds, he enabled the remaining Marines to escape detection until the outpost was retaken by friendly troops. His great personal valor reflects the highest credit upon Sergeant Stephen and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. Born: 11/15/1929 at Detroit, Michigan Home Town: Madison, Michigan
   
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