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Korean War 1
Marine Corps 1
Private First Class 1
02 Jun 1931 2
Linden, New Jersey 1
20 Sep 2007 2

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Full Name:
Richard H Christel 2
02 Jun 1931 2
Linden, New Jersey 1
Male 1
20 Sep 2007 2
Cause: Rahway, New Jersey 1
Burial Date: 2007 3
Burial Place: Linden, New Jersey 3
Cemetery: Rosedale & Rosehill Cemetery 1
Place: Clark, New Jersey 3
From: 1996 3
To: 2006 3
From: 2006 1
To: 2007 1
Last Residence: Rahway, NJ 2
Mother: Sophie Christel 1
Father: Andrew J. Christel, Sr. 1

Korean War 1

Marine Corps 1
Private First Class 1
Service Start Date:
Apr 1952 1
Service End Date:
Dec 1954 1
Service Number:
1280596 1
0411: Maintenance Management Specialist 1
Tour End:
Dec 1953 1
Tour Start:
Apr 1953 1
Company "A", 1st Shore Party Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Reinforced) 1
Employer: American Flange Company 3
Position: Shipper 3
Place: Linden, New Jersey 3
Battle Honors (Korea):
Korea, Summer 1953: 1 May - 27 July 1953 4
Third Korean Winter: 1 December 1952 - 30 April 1953 4
Military Awards:
Korea Service Medal: 2 Battle Stars 3
National Defense Service Medal: 27 June 1950 - 27 July 1954 3
Navy Unit Commendation: 11 August 1952 - 27 July 1953 5
ROK Presidential Unit Citation: 27 June 1950 - 27 July 1953 1
ROK War Service Medal: 25 June 1950 - 27 July 1953 1
UN Service Medal: Korea 1
Social Security:
Card Issued: New Jersey 2

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Navy Unit Commendation


Navy Unit Commendation

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in commending the


for service as set forth in the following


"For exceptionally meritorious service during operations against enemy aggressor forces in Korea from 11 August 1952 to 5 May 1953 and from 7 to 27 July 1953.  During these periods the First Marine Division, Reinforced, maintained the integrity of over thirty-five miles of defense line in the Panmunjom Truce Area against the constant aggressions of the enemy.  During the time the Division was in the lines, it was under fire and attack by a resolute, well-equipped and fanatical hostile force.  The Division maintained an aggressive defense and constantly kept the enemy off balance by continuously patrolling, probing and raiding enemy positions, accompanied by the full weight of artillery and air support.  Commencing in August 1952, and frequently thereafter, during the months of October 1952, March 1953, and July 1953, the enemy launched a series of large scale attacks to capture certain terrain features critical to the defense of friendly lines.  The outposts and main defensive positions called BUNKER HILL, THE HOOK, RENO, CARSON, VEGAS, BERLIN and EAST BERLIN, along with certain smaller outposts, gave title to battles of unsurpassed ferocity in which the full effort of the Marine Division was required to hurl back the attackers at heavy cost to both the Division and the enemy.  That the lines in the Division sector remained firm and unbreached at the cessation of hostilities on 27 July 1953 gave eloquent tribute to the resourcefulness, courage, professional acumen and stamina of the members of the First Marine Division, Reinforced.  Their inspiring and unyielding devotion to the fulfillment of their vital mission reflects the highest credit upon themselves and the United States Naval Service."


All personnel attached to and serving with the First Marine Division, Reinforced, during the periods 11 August 1952 to 5 May 1953 and 7 to 27 July 1953, or any part thereof, are hereby authorized to wear the NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION Ribbon.  This includes all organic units of the Division and the following reinforcing units:

FLEET MARINE FORCE UNITS AND DETACHMENTS: 1st 4.5 Rocket Battery; 1st Combat Service Group; 1st Amphibian Tractor Battalion; 7th Motor Transport Battalion; 1st Armored Amphibian Battalion; 1st Amphibian Truck Company; Team #1, 1st Provisional Historical Platoon; 1st Fumigation and Bath Platoon; 1st Air Delivery Platoon; Radio Relay Team, 1st Signal Operations Company; Detachment, 1st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company; 2nd Platoon, Auto Field Maintenance Company; 1st Provisional Truck Company; Detachment, 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company.

UNITED STATES ARMY UNITS: (For such periods not included in Army Unit Awards) 1st Bn, 32nd Regt, 7th Inf Div; 7th Inf Div; 74th Truck Co; 513th Truck Co; 3rd Plt, 86th Engr Searchlight Truck Co (Amphibious, was attached to 7th MT Bn, FMF); 196th Field Arty Bn; 92nd Army Engr Searchlight Plt; 181st CIC Det USA; 163rd MIS Det USA (Unit redesignated 1 Sep 1952 to MIS Plt); TLO Det USA; UNMACK Civil Affairs Team USA; 61st Engr Co; 149th Field Arty Bn (155 Howitzer); 623rd Field Arty Bn; 17th Field Arty Bn "C" Btry; 204th Field Arty Bn "B" Btry; 84th Engr Construction Bn; 1st Bn, 15th US Inf Regt; 1st Bn, 65th US Inf Regt; 1st Bn, 9th Regt, 2nd US Div (attached to KPR); Recon Co, 7th US Inf Div; 461st Inf Bn; Heavy Mortars, 7th Inf Div; 204th Field Arty Bn "A" Btry; 69th Field Arty Bn; 64th Field Arty Bn; 8th Field Arty Bn; 90th Field Arty Bn; 21st AAA-AW Bn; 89th Tank Bn; 441st CIC Det, USA; Prov Bn, USA (Dets 31st and 32nd RCTS); Co D, 10th Engr (C) Bn, USA; Tank Co, 31st Inf, USA; Engr Co, 31st Inf, USA; 2nd Bn, 31st Inf, USA (less Co E); 185th Engr (C) Bn, USA (less Co A); Co B, 1st Bn, 31st Inf, USA.

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