Griffin, John, Cpl

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1745-Light Weapons Squad Leader
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1951-1951, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team
Service Years
- 1951


Two Service Stripes

Three Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
38 West Second Street
Oswego, New York 13126

Casualty Date
Mar 25, 1951
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Korea, South
Korean War
Location of Interment
Saint Pauls Cemetery - Oswego, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Honorably Discharged WW II

 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne Artillery Shoulder Cord

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Airborne Glider BadgeBasic Parachutist (1 Combat Jump)
Korea - Jump Wings

 Unit Assignments
82nd Airborne Division187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team
  1947-1950, 82nd Airborne Division/HHC
  1951-1951, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)/Operation Tomahawk
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
John was a member of Company G, 2/187th ARCT. After jumping in at Munsan-ni on 23 March 1951 (Good Friday) he and his unit fought thier way to the Ujongbu area. Their mission was to cut the main suppy route for the Chinese operating in South Korea. He was killed in heavy fighting on 25 March, Easter Sunday at a place called Parun-ni. He died from a massive head wound from small arms fire.
He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Parachute Badge with bronze combat jump star, the Purple Heart Medal, Korean Service Medal with two bronze battle stars, the United Nations Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal with two knots and the Gliderman Badge. He also served in the U.S. Navy in WWW II, serving on destroyer escorts, earning several awards for his duties during that period.
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