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Conflict Period:
Korean War 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
First Lieutenant 1
Birth:
16 Mar 1917 1
New York 1
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Hometown: New York 1
Birth:
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Korean War 1

Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
First Lieutenant 1
Service Start Date:
1935 1
Service End Date:
1950 1
Casualty Cause:
Hostile, Died 1
Casualty Date:
08 Dec 1950 1
Casualty Place:
Korea, North 1
Casualty Reason:
Unknown, Not Reported 1
Wall Coordinates:
*Plot: P, 1166 1

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Semper Fi..........Marine......

Thank you for your service to our country, Joe...........you are not forgotten........

Semper Fi.........Marine.........

Thank you Lt. for your service

Joseph Richard Kurcaba
  • Date of birth: 16-Mar-17
  • Date of death: December 8, 1950
  • Place of Birth: New York, New York
  • Home of record: New York, New York
  • Status: KIA
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AWARDS AND CITATIONS
  1. Navy Cross

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    Awarded posthumously for actions during the Korean War

    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Joseph Richard Kurcaba (MCSN: 0-39091), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as Commanding Officer of Company B, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in the Republic of Korea, from 21 October to 8 December 1950. With both platoon commanders seriously wounded when his assault platoons were pinned down under intense hostile fire during a fierce attack against a well-entrenched and numerically superior enemy force, First Lieutenant Kurcaba gallantly rushed forward through blinding snow which seriously hampered vision and precluded the use of supporting arms and, although continually drawing heavy hostile small-arms and machine-gun fire to himself, courageously moved from position to position, reorganizing his men and preparing them to continue the assault. After completing the reorganization, he personally led the forward platoon in a renewed attack, constantly encouraging the men and resolutely pressing ahead until he fell, mortally wounded. By his inspiring leadership, indomitable fighting spirit and unwavering devotion in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, First Lieutenant Kurcaba was responsible for the successful overrunning of the enemy position and thereby upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

    General Orders: Authority: Board of Awards: Serial 1133 (November 7, 1951)

    Action Date: October 21 - December 8, 1950

    Service: Marine Corps

    Rank: First Lieutenant

    Company: Company B

    Battalion: 1st Battalion

    Regiment: 7th Marines

    Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.)

With both his platoon commanders seriously wounded when his company was pinned down during a heavy CCF attack, 1st Lt Kurcaba gallantly rushed forward through blinding snow which seriously hampered vision and precluded use of supporting arms, and although continually drawing heavy enemy fire to himself, courageously moved from position to position, reorganizing his men and preparing them to continue the assault. After completing the reorganization, he personally led the forward platoon in a renewed attack, constantly encouraging his men until he fell, mortally wounded.

1st Lt Kurcaba was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

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